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« 24″ 1920×1200 pivoting LCD monitor $210 refurb

[UPDATE 18 Feb 2009: They are all out of monitors, sorry! – T]

I tried to resist, but broke down and ordered one myself. Normally I don’t talk about hardware, nor directly shill for products. But I figure this will be of interest to a fair chunk of my readers…. But it probably won’t be around for long.

Now, this monitor is refurbished, but still, it’s an awesome deal at $209.99 including shipping: a refurb pivoting 24″ 1920×1200 widescreen LCD monitor. Pivoting means that you can rotate the screen to switch between landscape and portrait orientation.

They say in the ad it’s “comparable to” the HP monitor, but sources say that it’s literally the same monitor, that if you peel off a bit of tape on the back, there’s the HP logo (or in some cases there’s just a little block missing where the logo would have been inserted). PC Magazine reviewed the HP-​​branded version a year ago.

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5 commentsto “24″ 1920×1200 pivoting LCD monitor $210 refurb”

  • February 18, 2009
    Simon Robertson wrote

    so has it arrived? is it as good as you thought?

    [Not here yet, supposedly shipped on Monday, though. – T]

  • February 18, 2009
    Simon Robertson wrote

    oh and it looks like the link to buy.com no longer works.

    [Probably because they are out of monitors. I’ll update the post. Interestingly, the graphics links are still good. – T]

  • February 23, 2009
    Thomas Phinney wrote

    It arrived yesterday, and I set it up this morning. It is indeed as good as I thought. The biggest issue is that ClearType and similar technologies are not adaptive to the screen rotation, so I find I want to turn them off when the monitor is in portrait mode. Still, it’s pretty awesome, and I’m thinking it was a good call.

    24″ widescreen is actually pretty darn tall in portrait mode, btw. I don’t think I would want it to be any bigger than that.

    Cheers,

    T

  • March 7, 2009
    Michael Rowley wrote

    I have been using a similar monitor (Iiyama) to your new one for just over a year in portrait mode without doing anything about ClearType etc. I have noticed no deterioration in resolution, possibly because I mostly work full-​​screen showing a single A4 page; but perhaps your younger and more practiced eyes may notice a difference. Your report will be read with interest.

  • April 4, 2009
    Thomas Phinney wrote

    Yes, switching orientation is definitely an issue for ClearType and similar technologies, as one would expect. I don’t have a great solution for this.

    That being said, the monitor is working fabulously for its intended purposes!

    Cheers,

    T

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