is an online retailer to check out whenever you are looking for a good selection of good deals on "geeky items". They stock a large selection of computer components with a wide range of prices thanks to carrying both new and refurbished items. The selection of LCD monitors
on their virtual shelves is one example of such diversity, with models from 15 to 52 inches, and with prices from about $60 to about $1500.
This review is going to take a look at an LCD monitor situated away from the highs and lows when considering both the size and the price; the 22 inch HP debranded DVI widescreen LCD monitor
. What we have is an LCD monitor originally manufactured by HP that was rather highly regarded
as a new product, and it has basically been refurbished by a third party and made available for $189.99 at Geeks.com minus the HP badging.
The product page at Geeks.com
lists the bulk of the key features and specifications, so we won't relist everything here. The basics are that it is a 22 inch widescreen display with a native resolution of 1680x1050, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, and the brightness is advertised as 300 cd/m2. With that out of the way, let's see what you get.
The 22 inch HP debranded DVI widescreen LCD monitor arrived in a huge cardboard box that was stuffed with packing material to surround the retail style box shown below. It looks like an HP brand product due to the layout and color scheme, but notice it doesn't say HP anywhere in the below left image. Taking a look at the below right image shows a label found on the side of the box where a few of the monitor's specifications are confirmed, as well as the fact that this is a refurbished product.
When I opened the box I was surprised to see how poorly the monitor was packed. There were two foam braces that were supposed to hold things in place, but the monitor had popped out and its base was pressing against the side of the box. Other than a thin foam bag that was wrapped around the screen itself, nothing was protecting the rather delicate LCD panel from damage. In the below right image we see that a protective film was applied to the bezel, but nothing extra was included to protect the important part; just a few inches of air separated the box wall from the screen. Luckily nothing was damaged, and I would have to think Geeks.com's extra packaging outside the retail box made all the difference.