Monday, December 7, 2009

My New Gadget, HP 2509p


3-day Pikom PC Fair in KL just over. Did you get any good deal?

I think I broke my record, I visited the fair 3 consecutive days! Not that I bought a lot but was helping friends to get their gadgets. Ultra thin notebooks and whatnot, but only got myself a long waiting gadget as per the subject, the HP 2509p.


Some features printed on the box...




25" 16:9 1920x1080 Full HD LCD monitor with 2MP webcam. It comes with unbox guide due to its weight and fragility...


It's 12kg load...


It's not easy to carry a 12kg box in the crowded PC Fair especially if you get something as big as this in the first or second hall, that you must walk through all 5 halls before you're allowed to exit the fair. Plus the distance to the car park. Fortunately, KLCC convention center is my territory, so I have the "secret shortcut" to bypass other halls. ;)

Unbox it...


The monitor with quick user guide stick on the screen. In front of the monitor, (from left) software driver CD, the audio cable, power cable, HDMI cable (yes! HDMI cable is included!), DVI cable and USB cable for the webcam on the rightmost. Too bad VGA D-Sub cable is not included in the box but I guess that's a good move as most people should have D-Sub cable and it's definitely much cheaper than HDMI cable to buy on your own expense.

Turn to the back...


The speakers are hidden at the back, same goes to the power brick. I personally like this setup. Usually the speakers are built on the side of the screen, that makes the screen looks visually smaller than its original size, and no additional power brick to keep on the table.

In between the speakers are the connectors...


Above from left, DVI, D-Sub, USB host (for webcam and USB hub), USB hub. Bottom from left, the audio out and HDMI.

On the left there are another 2 USB, sum up to 4 connectors available that should be enough for other peripherals like mouse and thumb drive...


Get it up onto the table...


Side by side with my antique CRT monitor. The CRT will be retired after I decommission my stone age PC, it still serves me very well though.

So where are the buttons? It's very interesting, this monitor is button-less design with capacitive touch sensor. Check out this video...


Cool huh? It's useful that you can still maneuver the menu in the dark room. It dims off after few seconds so it won't distract you.

Why I buy this monitor? 2 very simple requirements. In work, I need dual screen setup for most of my works when I work from home. In personal, this is going to be the secondary TV to view my full HD movies. Add on more must-have technical requirements are native 1920x1080 (than 1920x1200 16:10 aspect ratio), HDMI and D-Sub connector. Height adjustment is also key which I found not many LCD from other brands offer this except a 24" AOC monitor. Other addition features are nice-to-have to me. The only draw back is HP provides a mere one year warranty compare to other's that usually a 3 years assurance is given.

I am not into photography and professional editing, so this TN-panel monitor is more than enough to serve me well. See this list of monitors that I shortlisted from my survey and I had chances to view most of them live...


No deep technical review on this post as I always tell my friends that I personally think your eyes are the best technical review for yourself to buy a monitor, beauty is in the eyes of beholder, right? Those technical facts on the paper should only for reference to help to shortlist your choices but not to be the deciding factor until you have seen the monitor in action. I've viewed this HP monitor playing the same Transformer trailer side by side with other brands like Samsung, Asus etc including some latest model of LED monitors, finally I decided to bring back this beauty. The other gamer also had the same comments (i.e. too bright, bluish) like me on other brands, I believe he should have gotten himself one too (UPDATE: yeah, he got the same!). So my advice on buying a monitor is, see to believe.

This 25 incher is with price tag RM1060 from one of the PC Fair booths, other was selling on RM1100 and Low Yat is RM1199 from C-Zone. Perhaps my next gadget should be one of these...


The media player to compliment the sexy screen.

p/s: This site may be helpful if you plan to get a LCD monitor. Be warned, it's very technical site.