HP has just launched a whole lot of new products today and we already reported about the Compaq Pro 6305 desktop system here. If you’re searching for an impressively good looking monitor to go with that, HP now has the slim L2401x for you.
The HP L2401x is a very slim monitor that is only 11 millimeters thick and has a very nice metallic looking casing on the back.
HP decided not to use an IPS panel on the L2401x, but went for MVA technology instead.
MVA is short for multi-domain vertical alignment and this was the first technology that was able to offer fast response time and very good contrast rates for the time it was introduced.
MVA is the VA technology evolved, while VA is short for vertical alignment and Wikipedia describes it as:
“Vertical alignment displays are a form of LCDs in which the liquid crystals naturally align vertically to the glass substrates.
When no voltage is applied, the liquid crystals remain perpendicular to the substrate creating a black display between crossed polarizers.
When voltage is applied, the liquid crystals shift to a tilted position allowing light to pass through and create a gray-scale display depending on the amount of tilt generated by the electric field.”
The VA panel technology also brings large viewing angles, higher contrast ratios and it is generally cheaper to make when compared with IPS displays.
In fact, MVA offers very high-quality black and good color reproduction along with very good contrast rates and wide viewing angles that can only be surpassed by S-IPS panels.
One important note that we must emphasize is the fact that the VA technology offers the highest contrast ratios compared to all other popular panel types, which leads to much better black levels.
There is also a disadvantage as the VA technology usually suffers from higher response times when compared with both TN and IPS panels.
MVA is supposed to fix most of the issues of the VA technology and HP’s L2401x certainly has an impressive contrast of 5000 to 1, but can also boast a 10 million to 1 dynamic ratio.
HP will offer two versions of this monitor. The basic one will have a 1-year warranty while the business one will be just $10 more expensive, but it will also benefit from a 3-year warranty period.
Pricing is set at $250 (192 EUR).