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HP unveils an avalanche of monitors ranging in size from 20 to 27 inches


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It's pretty clear HP is all about monitors at this year's CES -- in fact, that's pretty much all it announced, with the exception of a couple laptops. All told, we've detailed 10 models here, and that's not even counting that USB-powered one we wrote up in a separate post. You can find all the gory details after the break, because we're assuming you don't want Engadget's home page taken up by paragraphs on resolution, contrast ratio and brightness ratings. (Or do you?) For those of you who just plan on skimming, all you really need to know is that the displays range in size from 20 to 27 inches, and cost anywhere from $130 to $500. And some of them, like the one pictured above, are damn gorgeous. Meet us past the break where we'll break down all the particulars.

Gallery: HP's CES 2013 monitor lineup | 7 Photos

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  • Envy 27. Why not start with the cream of the crop? At 27 inches, the Envy 27 is among the biggest of these new displays. And with an asking price of $499, it's also the most expensive. For the money, you get a 1080p IPS panel, which offers some pretty wide viewing angles (if you don't trust that press shot above, we've seen it in person and can attest to its beauty). In fact, the screen reflects so little light that at first glance we thought it might have a matte finish, though it's technically glossy. Design wise, it has an edge-to-edge (read: bezel-less) display, a die-cast aluminum base and built-in Beats Audio. As for ports, there's VGA, DisplayPort, HDMI, a 3.5mm headphone jack and optical digital output, allowing you to send audio to wireless bookshelf speakers and the like. If you're interested, you can mark your calendars now: it's set to go on sale February 3rd, about a month from now.
  • Pavilion 20xi, 22xi, 23xi, 25xi and 27xi. This is where things start to get hairy. In addition to the Envy 27, HP added a handful of IPS monitors to its affordable Pavilion line. As the model names suggest, almost every common screen size is represented here, starting with 20 inches and going all the way up to 27. (Note: the 20xi and 23xi were previously announced for the European and Middle Eastern market.) We think we can explain the lineup pretty simply, though: with the exception of that 20-inch model, everything in the series has a 1080p screen and a port selection that includes VGA, DVI and HDMI. The 20-inch 20xi has a lower 1,600 x 900 resolution, along with VGA and DVI output (but not HDMI). Look for these to land in a few weeks, with prices ranging from $130 to $340.
  • ProDisplay P191, P201, P201m and P221. Almost done, you guys! Designed with business users in mind, these monitors range in size from 18.5 to 21 inches. (There are two 20-inchers slotted in between: the P201 and P201m.) Regardless of the model, you'll find many of the specs are the same: a 250-nit brightness rating, 1,000:1 contrast ratio and 5ms response time. Across the board, too, they all tilt 35 degrees and can rotate up to 90 degrees. What varies is the resolution: the P191 has a pixel count of 1,366 x 768, compared with 1,600 x 900 for the P201 and 1080p for the P221. If all this sounds rather ho-hum, they at least win on price: the lot range in price from $129 to $179, making them the most affordable of these new models.

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