IPS monitors are undeniably on a roll this year, to the point of becoming the norm, and HP has just done the same by launching various new monitors. It is also launching a standalone monitor, in its new product line.
An all-in-one to ARM architecture
The "HP Passport 1912nm" is actually an all-in-one, not much thicker than conventional monitors, that has an ARM SoC, 1GB of DDR2 RAM and 2 GB of internal memory. Aimed at public places such as hotel lobbies, rather than to individuals, it runs its own Linux solution, allowing you to navigate the Internet with Firefox and access photos, videos and music stored on a SD card or USB storage media. It also comes with an Ethernet port, five USB ports and a memory card reader, but no Wi-Fi.
The screen itself is satisfactory with a HD TN panel (1366 x 768 pixels) of 18.5 inches, which can be also used with an external source through a single VGA input.
The "HP Passport 1912nm" is already marketed in the U.S., including to individuals, at a retail price of $260.
Affordable IPS monitors
HP also snaps LG by launching affordable IPS panel screens.
The "HP 2311x" has an IPS LED backlit panel displaying a 23-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels). It also introduced the "2011x" that has a single slab of 20-inch HD (1366 x 768 pixels). The first has HDMI, DVI and VGA, but the second is being deprived of HDMI.
They will be launched in late June in the U.S. at a retail price of $240 and $170 respectively.