First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
Looking at some of the seemingly ridiculous sub-$300 price tags attached to 22in monitors, it's obvious that larger screens are quickly becoming available for lower price tags. But unless you want to dip into the bargain bin, you're unlikely to find too many screens from good manufacturers costing less than $250 and, as the larger sizes become mainstream, the smallest screens simply disappear from the market. While 19in may not yet qualify as small, with a lip-smacking price tag this 19in HP L1908w looks to be a genuine bargain. Expect it to be widely available for around $300 by the time you read this.
- Rugged design
- Doesn't have a digital DVI connector -- only RGB is included, poor viewing angles
It's undoubtedly no stunner on hardware, but the HP L1908w's specifications are palatable given the price tag. And this screen is all about that price.
Price$ 379.00 (AUD)
The HP L1908w isn't the prettiest flat-panel we've seen, and its chunky styling and rather dull casing give the lie to the idea that all LCDs are sleek and stylish. But the construction seems rugged and, while many a cheap flat-panel appears to be one good door-slam away from crashing to the floor, we can see the HP L1908w putting up with plenty.
The HP L1908w's image is quite bright -- providing you're sitting directly in front of it. Twitch slightly and the colours will quickly fade. Most modern flat-panels have wide enough viewing angles that you have to move a considerable distance from the monitor before the picture deteriorates. The HP L1908w, however, is very much in the opposite camp. You also have to make do without a digital DVI connector -- only RGB is included.
Provided you can get past the functional looks and poor viewing angles, the HP L1908w is a proficient screen. Text isn't the cleanest we've seen, but neither is it excessively fuzzy. And the colour palette is serviceable.
You aren't going to get the same depth of hues you might expect from a screen costing $100 more. But if you're not finicky about image quality, the HP L1908w is quite satisfactory.
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GGG Evaluation Team
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
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