HP 2009f LCD Monitor

The HP 2009f is a good-looking 20-inch display with enough features to make it well worth its low price.

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Design and features

The HP 2009f's black bezel and 20-inch screen are strikingly glossy and, not surprisingly, fingerprint magnets. The bezel measures less than 25mm on all sides while the uniquely designed panel that sits behind it protrudes 6.35mm from the right, left and top. The display's full width is 502mm; slightly longer than the LG Flatron 2053's 482.6mm length. The HP's panel is 69.85mm deep from bezel to back and the bottom of the panel sits 51mm above the desktop. The back of the monitor is smooth and curves towards the front.

The rectangular, metallic-silver foot stand is smooth to the touch, measuring 196.85mm by 177.8mm. It wobbles quite a bit when knocked from the sides. Although the panel doesn't swivel independently of the stand, the stand rests on a small "button" on the bottom of the foot stand, which protrudes slightly. This small button, which allows the whole display to rotate 360 degrees, is a useful, low-cost way of implementing swivelling. Also, the stand is removable and the display wall-mountable. Connection options — limited to DVI and VGA — are fairly easy to access, though the stand blocks the DVI and the speaker cable ports just a bit.

The panel extends another 12.7mm from the bottom of the bezel and houses the on-screen display controls. The transparent power button on the far right glows turquoise when powered on and there are four OSD buttons aligned from left to right: Menu, Audio/Volume down, Source/Volume up, and OK/Auto. Unfortunately, the interface is not as intuitive as we'd like. The Source button also doubles as volume up, but to increase the volume, you must press the audio button before you adjust the volume. The execution is clunky and we'd prefer a simpler method. The OSD buttons, while clearly labelled, are located on the bottom of the panel out of view. Yet, the buttons are tactile and they give a satisfying click when pushed.

The OSD menu includes controls for brightness, contrast, and colour temperature — including sRGB — and you can adjust the custom colour by changing the red, green and blue values individually. There is a Quick View menu that includes four presets — Movie, Photo, Gaming and Text, in addition to custom. The Quick View menu, however, lacks a shortcut so you're forced to dig two levels deep within the OSD. Also included is a sharpness control that lets you select from five different levels. Adjusting it below the third level caused websites to look rather blurry, but the fourth or fifth levels produced a crisp, clear look. We didn't notice a difference in quality when we adjusted sharpness during movies, but we recommend a setting of at least three for games.

The HP 2009f includes built-in speakers on the bottom rear corners of the display. The speakers produce a decent volume; however, the sound lacks bass and, unfortunately, there is no way to adjust the bass.


We tested the HP 2009f with its DVI connection. The display posted a composite score of 87 on CNET Labs' DisplayMate-based performance tests, matching the 20-inch LG Flatron W2053TQ's 87. Both monitors handled text well; however, we found that the HP performed better in the 9500k colour temperature than the 6500k temp. White text on black that looked fine at 9500k temperature has a distracting yellowish hue in the 6500k temperature. Conversely, text on the LG looked better at 6500k, while in 9500k the screen was too bluish.

In our colour ramping tests, which checks for colour banding, the HP performed slightly better than the LG, but neither monitor had a stellar showing, suggesting that both monitors could have colour banding issues in certain apps.

The 2009f achieved a brightness score of 255 candelas per square metre (cd/m²) — lower than HP's claimed 300cd/m² max. The W2053TQ faired better with a brightness of 270cd/m². On our black screen test, both monitors exhibited heavy backlight bleed through on the top and bottom edges of the displays.

We looked at Kill Bill Vol. 1 on DVD and were pleasantly surprised at the lack of ghosting in both monitors in our ghosting test scene — a close-up of The Bride's big toe. Colours looked full, but didn't have the pop we desired. Also, because of the backlight bleeding, the black bars at the top and bottom of the screen are distractingly light. Unreal Tournament 3 looked fairly vibrant on both monitors; however, their relatively low brightness prevented the colours from having the impact that you'd want in a game. The game, though, played quickly with no signs of streaking, trails or pixel lag.

The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen's distance down from the top. At this angle, you're viewing the colours and gamma correction as they were intended. Most monitors are made to be viewed only at that angle. Depending on its panel type, picture quality at non-optimal angles varies. Like most monitors the HP 2009f uses a TN panel, which gets overly bright or overly dark when viewed from non-optimal angles. When we viewed the 2009f from the sides or below, the screen appeared to darken only a couple of millimetres off from optimal. From the sides text is still legible until viewing from about 80 degrees. When viewing from the bottom, the text becomes illegible at 40 degrees. Of course, when viewed from the optimal angle, we had no problems.

Brightness (in cd/m²)
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Contrast ratio
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DisplayMate performance
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I am using this monitor since two years, This is all the best.

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