HP ZR2330w Monitor Review


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The HP ZR2330w monitor is a solid, good-quality monitor at a reasonable price. Its built-in color profile is rich and vibrant, and it tackles contrast well, which is where most low-end monitors fall down. The HP ZR2330w is a very good 23″ monitor for a very attractive price.

Last December, I reviewed the aging but still-excellent Dell UltraSharp U2412M, which was such a good monitor that I bought one. It is still my top pick for a monitor, and the Wirecutter agrees. Read on to find out why the 23″ HP doesn’t quite bump the 24″ Dell as my top pick.

What I like about the HP ZR2330w

Look, monitors aren’t all that exciting — until you get a decent one and realize what you are missing. Last year, I bought an ASUS VE-248h because, hey, less than $200! Big mistake. The real problem was the color profile. In WordPress, for example, there are shaded headers on every box in the UI. They don’t show up on my ASUS monitor, which has an awful, overly-bright color profile. They show up just fine on the HP, though.

This also comes into play when you are editing documents. If you want to select a block of text in Word, for example, you can’t see the selection highlighting on the ASUS. But you can on a better monitor like the HP or my Dell. That is pretty important if, like most lawyers, you spend most of your time working on documents.

In fact, colors on the HP are nice and bright, in general, with excellent contrast. If the saturation is a bit high, it’s nothing to complain about.

The adjustable stand means you can adjust the monitor to an ergonomic position without buying an expensive peripheral. This means a lot when you spend most of the day in front of your computer. You can spin the monitor to vertical orientation if you want to be able to see an entire page at a time, or keep it horizontal for viewing two pages side-by-side (or watching the occasional TV show).

What I don’t like about the HP ZR2330w

There is not a lot to dislike about this monitor, honestly. But since it’s my job to find negatives, here are a few reasons why the Dell is the better choice, even if nobody will be disappointed with the HP.

First, the HP is a very widescreen monitor. I really appreciate my Dell for being a bit less wide and a bit taller. It’s also a bit bigger, overall, at 24″. That’s better for working on documents, which is what lawyers do, after all. You need a monitor that fits two documents comfortably while giving you as much vertical real estate as possible. That’s where the Dell wins.

You get two USB ports, which is useful, but still two less than my Dell. USB ports on your monitor are ideal for three things: your keyboard, mouse, and webcam. Sometimes the keyboard and mouse use the same dongle; sometimes not. Choose according to your needs.

So while I’m giving the HP a 5 and it’s a perfectly good monitor, the Dell is only $40 more. And it is bigger, with a better aspect ratio, and just as good (or better) on quality. With all that in mind, it’s hard to pick the HP.

Who should buy the HP ZR2330w

If $40 makes a difference to your budget, or if you are going to be watching movies more than editing documents, get the HP. Otherwise, the Dell UltraSharp U2412M remains the better monitor for lawyers.


HP ZR2330w

Reviewed by Sam Glover on .

Summary: The HP ZR2330w is a very good 23″ monitor for a very attractive price. But the Dell UltraSharp U2412M is a slightly better buy.

Overall score: 5 (out of 5)


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  • Something I usually want to know with monitors is whether they are VESA compliant. I’ve found that a lot of monitors now have no mounting capabilities. Where does this one stand?

    • This one is VESA compliant, but you are right, you wouldn’t know it from the website.

  • Here is a question…

    Is there anything comparable to a Thunderbolt monitor? I’ve been debating getting one but Leo says they are a waste of money, and I could get a cheaper monitor that would do all the same things.

    I use a Macbook Pro, but it would be nice to have a monitor when I’m at the office.

    • I believe Dell’s UltraSharp monitors use the same panels that Apple does for its Thunderbolt monitors, and they are popular with the Apple set. The big brother to my 24″ monitor is the Dell UltraSharp U2313HM. The Wirecutter recommends it, and so do I, based on my experience with my smaller Dell. It even has a DisplayPort so it plugs right into your MacBook Pro. No Thunderbolt port, though. We probably won’t see that on non-Apple monitors for a while, yet.

      • What is the advantage of the Thunderbolt port?

        • Nothing in terms of image quality. My understanding is that it doubles as a USB cable, so that you can connect your devices to your monitor and they automatically come online when you plug in your laptop. With the Dell, you will get USB ports on the monitor, but you will need to run the monitor’s USB cable to your laptop in addition to the DisplayPort cable. with a Thunderbolt display, you’d just have the Thunderbolt cable.

        • Just spend the money and get a Thunderbolt Monitor. The Thunderbolt cable is pretty sweet. You can usually find a refurbished one on Apple’s site: http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac

          • $150 for a used monitor and one less cable? In the long run, it might be worth it, but I always have trouble with Apple’s markup.

          • Your love of your Thunderbolt monitor is what is leaning me towards it.

            There isn’t one Apple product I regret buying, and I imagine this is probably the same.

            • Is it overpriced? Probably. Is it awesome? Yes.

              The screen is fantastic. Given that I stare it for 8-10 hours a day, that’s good. For me, since I spend a fair amount of time running in and out, the Thunderbolt connection is a big deal. When I need to jet, I unplug two cables from my laptop—Thunderbolt and power (which both come from the monitor itself). All of my peripherals and my ethernet cable jack into the monitor, so it’s really convenient.

              Is it worth the extra money? For me, it is.

  • I recently purchased a Dell S2340M from Amazon ( https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009H0XQRS/ref=as_li_ss_til?tag=marlyo-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=B009H0XQRS&adid=0DDKZK0EPCME7HT07BXW& ) and have been incredibly happy with not only the price point (around $170) but with the quality. I particularly like the “no edge” design which makes having multiple monitors next to each other a bit more seamless.

    My only complaint would be the lack of a VESA mount and the limited connection options. That said, it works perfectly fine with both my Mac and PC computers and the image quality is excellent.

    • I think you’d find, if you compared this side-by-side with the HP or Dell UltraSharp, that you’d notice a difference in quality. But you would definitely notice a difference in the adjustment range. The S-series only tilts back and forth. The UltraSharps can raise and lower, tilt, swivel, spin, and tilt. For someone who spends a lot of time in front of a computer, it’s well worth another $100 over the economy monitor, which is close to what you’ll spend on a VESA mount, anyway (or would, if it were compatible).

      • I agree – for your everyday, all-day monitor, it’s worth putting in a reasonable premium. The Dell, though, serves its need as my “work from home” monitor when I’m away from my desk quite well.