HP LP3065 30-inch Flat Panel Monitor

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The connectivity options on the HP LP3065 are simple yet surprising. We'll show you what we mean below.

HP LP3065 I/O
DVI, DVI, and...DVI!

  

The connectivity options here are simple because they lack variety, like S-video, component video, VGA and DVI. Instead HP threw in not one but three DVI connectors. Depending on your perspective, this is pretty cool or maybe a little unappealing. We find it to be a good idea, considering the high-end market that this type of product is aimed at. Many buyers of a monitor in this class are going to be graphic artists, designers, engineers and the like, and they probably have more than one machine that they can hook into this beast. Some people may want to be able to hook up a DVD player or camera (which you could probably do with the right adapters), but those people just aren't the target audience in this case.

In addition to the three DVI connectors, the LP3065 also sports four USB 2.0 ports on the left side. Once you connect the included USB cable from your monitor to one of your PC's USB 2.0 ports, the LP3065 basically acts as a USB hub, which is quite handy when you want to plug in a flash drive or other USB peripheral. The inclusion of a flash card reader (like on some other high-end LCDs) would have been nice, but that's just a minor gripe.

HP LP3065 Controls
Just a few buttons

Shown here with the monitor turned off, you can see the LP3065's user control buttons, which are located on the bottom right-hand corner of the panel. There are four buttons: input, - (brightness down), + (brightness up), and power. This might sound like an overly simple set of buttons, but the LP3065 does not feature an on-screen menu for making adjustments like some other monitors that you may be used to. The lack of an on-screen menu and more adjustment options is due to the fact that this is a DVI-only monitor. Nevertheless, it still seems odd that there aren't more options.

Overall, we were pleased with the feel and response of the buttons. They are easy to use and respond almost immediately, just like you'd expect them to.


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