May 30, 2012
- HDMI connection
- Full 1080p HD
- Very good performance
- Little ergonomic adjustment
- Streaking visible while gaming
The HP 2311xi isn't your typical 23-inch LED monitor. It has an extremely wide viewing angle, a beautiful IPS display and lots of connections that include HDMI. It is a full 1080p HD display that provides a very good looking image but it lacks ergonomic adjustments.
The design of the HP 2311xi is best described as smooth and finished. It has a piano-black, shiny bezel that surrounds the 23-inch display and a rectangular base that is also shiny black. The bezel is just shy of an inch wide, so it doesn't add too much to the width of the monitor. The monitor also feels very sturdy as knocking the monitor around a little yields little movement. It measures 22.0 x 6.3 x 16.4-inch (wdh) and weighs about 8.6-pounds, so it well definitely fit anywhere on a desk where you'd think a large-screen monitor would fit.
HP includes several rear-facing connections on the display: VGA, HDMI and DVI. With these three you've definitely covered all your bases, except for DisplayPort but that may be too much to ask when you consider what you already have. The ports are rear-facing, so they are easy to access and don't require any awkward jostling of the monitor to get things connected.
There is limited adjustment of the display aside from a slight back tilt. There is no height adjustment off the stand nor swivel to the base. This may disappoint some of the ergonomic-minded users out there, so be mindful.
HP's on-screen display (OSD) is standard and easy to use. Adjustments for brightness, contrast and sharpness are all available as well as five presets: Gaming, Movie, Photo, Text and Custom. For more advanced users, you can adjust RGB colors as well as color temperature.
The 23-inch display has a native resolution of 1920 x 1080-pixels, which is full high-definition, and is LED-backlit. It is also an e-IPS (in-plane switching) panel, which offers wider viewing angles than non-IPS displays. In subjective testing while connected via DVI, we found the HP 2311xi to provide a very good image. Text looked very crisp and clear while graphics and photos looked vibrant and clear. Gaming performance (fast-moving objects) was decent with slightly more streaking than most other LED-backlit monitors. Because of that, this may not be the best monitor for gamers, but DVD movie movement was good with little to no streaking.