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Reviewed on Jul 31, 2018

HP Pavilion 22CWA MONITOR REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
6.7
Mixed Usage
6.9
Office
7.1
Gaming
6.5
Multimedia
6.4
Media Creation
4.8
HDR Gaming
Size : 22"
Resolution : 1920x1080
Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
LCD Type
:
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
:
No

The HP 22CWA is a decent budget monitor with an IPS panel. It lacks more advanced features to improve the picture quality and performance, but still performs okay. It has wide viewing angles, which helps the image to remain uniform when viewed from up close. Blacks appear gray in a dark room, but in a bright room, the monitor can overcome some glare due to the good reflection handling and decent brightness. Motion handling is only decent but is limited by the 60Hz refresh rate and the mediocre response time.

Test Results
Design 6.5
Picture Quality 6.4
Motion 6.9
Inputs 8.2
Pros
  • Sides remain accurate when viewed from close
  • Gray uniformity is excellent
Cons
  • Blacks appear gray in a dark room
  • More motion blur than most monitors

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6.5

Design

Curved : No
Curve radius : N/A
Weight (without stand)
:
6.7 lbs (3.0 kg)
Weight (with stand)
:
7.9 lbs (3.6 kg)

The design of the HP Pavilion 22CWA is mediocre and it is entirely made of plastic. The stand supports the monitor well and does not take much desk space, but it wobbles a little if gently knocked. When viewed from the side the monitor looks thin and can be placed close to a wall. Unfortunately, the ergonomics are bad and thus, you will need to spend some time before you can place it in a comfortable position. The build quality feels ok but does not give off any premium feel whatsoever.

Stand
Width
:
8.9" (22.6 cm)
Depth
:
5.9" (15.0 cm)

The stand is plastic, very plain, and wobbles a little if gently knocked. In our case, when mounting the stand to the monitor, we were not able to lock it in place as we did not get the characteristic "click" sound.

2.8 Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
:
N/A
Switch portrait/landscape : No
Swivel Range : N/A
Tilt Range : -22.5° to 2.5°

The stand has very limited ergonomic adjustments, so it is more difficult to place it in a comfortable position. The only available option is tilting.

Back
Wall Mount : N/A

The back of the monitor is very plain. It has no option to wall mount it as the necessary Vesa adapter is sold separately. Also, there is no cable management

Borders
Borders
:
0.4" (1.0 cm)

The borders of this monitor are thin with almost no bezel. There is a gap between the edge and where the pixels start.

Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
:
5.9" (15.0 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
:
1.7" (4.3 cm)

The HP Pavilion 22CWA is fairly thin when viewed from the side, so you can easily place it close to a wall.

6.0 Build Quality

The built quality of the monitor is mediocre. There are no loose ends or any gaps, but the monitor does not feel firm and the issue with the stand not clicking into place emphasized that feeling.

6.4

Picture Quality

The HP 22CWA has a mediocre picture quality. It can not display deep blacks in a dark room. Its brightness levels and good reflection handling make it more suitable for brighter rooms. The viewing angles allow you to view it from the side without significant loss of accuracy. The monitor has great gray uniformity, good out-of-the-box color accuracy, and a very good color gamut.    

6.6 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
1423 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
:
N/A

The contrast of the HP 22CWA is mediocre. If you place the monitor in a dark room, blacks will look grayish. This is typical of IPS monitors.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Direct

The HP Pavilion 22CWA does not have a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only.

7.0 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
:
250 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
267 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
268 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
268 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
268 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
268 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
267 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
268 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
268 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
268 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
268 cd/m²
SDR ABL
:
0.000

The SDR peak brightness of the monitor is decent. The same level of brightness is measured at all window sizes and this is great. Also, the brightness level makes this monitor suitable for brighter rooms

0 HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
:
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
:
N/A
HDR ABL
:
N/A

HDR is not supported.

7.2 Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
:
42 °
Color Shift from Right
:
34 °
Brightness from Left
:
46 °
Brightness from Right
:
43 °
Black Level from Left
:
75 °
Black Level from Right
:
75 °
Curve Radius : N/A

The horizontal viewing angles are decent. The colors and the brightness remain accurate when you look at them from slightly wider angles.

8.0 Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
:
29 °
Color Shift from Above
:
27 °
Brightness from Below
:
33 °
Brightness from Above
:
31 °
Black Level from Below
:
75 °
Black Level from Above
:
75 °

The vertical viewing angles are very good. You do not have to place the monitor right in front of you to get an accurate image and this is great.

8.9 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
2.650 %
50% DSE
:
0.100 %
5% Std. Dev.
:
0.397 %
5% DSE
:
0.044 %

This monitor has excellent gray uniformity. Most people will not notice any clouding or dirty screen effect while browsing the web or watching sports clips.

1.2 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
5.178 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
:
N/A

The black uniformity of this monitor is poor. In very dark scenes clouding is noticeable especially close to the corners.

7.8 Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Custom
Luminance
:
252 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
90
Contrast Setting
:
80
RGB controls
:
255-255-255
Color Temperature
:
6461 K
White Balance dE
:
2.14
Color dE
:
3.23
Gamma
:
2.25

The out of the box color accuracy of the HP Pavilion 22cwa is good.
We found that the most accurate picture mode was when we set Quick View to Custom with Color Control set to Custom (RGB) and Black Stretch set to off.

With these settings selected some people might still be able to spot color inaccuracies. Finally, the gamma curve is not tracking our target very closely.

9.5 Post Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Custom
Luminance
:
99 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
27
Contrast Setting
:
85
RGB Controls
:
254-255-255
Color Temperature
:
6516 K
White Balance dE
:
0.54
Color dE
:
0.85
Gamma
:
2.18

After calibration, the accuracy of the HP 22CWA is excellent. Both the white balance dE and the color dE were brought down to very small levels where it is almost impossible to spot inaccuracies. The gamma and the color temperature were improved closer to our targets.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here.

8.2 SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
:
92.4 %
Adobe RGB xy
:
70.9 %

The SDR color Gamut is very good. It has an excellent coverage of the s.RGB color space, but the color coverage of the Adobe RGB color space is limited. This does not make it a great option for professionals in the photo editing domain.

7.6 SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
:
83.8 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
:
68.1 %

Good coverage of SDR color volume. The HP Pavilion 22CWA covers adequately the standard s.RGB volume, but does have a lesser coverage of the Adobe RGB color volume due to its limited coverage of the Adobe RGB color space. In both cases, the monitor's limited contrast ratio does not allow it to cover well the darker brightness levels.

0 HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
:
N/A

HDR is not supported.

0 HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
:
N/A
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
:
N/A

HDR is not supported.

10 Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 2 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
:
0.00 %

The HP 22cwa shows no signs of image retention after our 10-minute burn-in scene.

7.1 Gradient
Color Depth
:
8 Bit

The gradient performance of this monitor is decent. There is visible 8-bit banding in the darker shades.

10 Color Bleed
Pixel row error
:
0.000 %
Pixel column error
:
0.000 %

Perfect color bleed performance. Nearby colors are not affected by large uniform shades and this is great for accuracy.

7.5 Reflections

The image reflection handling is good. The monitor is able to reduce reflections by diffusing them across the screen. You should have no problems unless you place it in a bright room with many light sources.

6.9

Motion

The HP 22cwa has decent motion handling. The response time is ok and can be slightly improved with the overdrive set to on. However, the monitor has a refresh rate of only 60Hz and no option to improve the image any further which is not great for games.

7.4 Motion Blur
80% Response Time
:
8.9 ms
100% Response Time
:
20.9 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
:
On

Overdrive Off
Overdrive On

The monitor has a decent response time. When the Overdrive is set to on, it reduces the response time by 1ms without introducing overshoot and therefore we recomend that you set it to on.

7.5 Image Flicker
Flicker-free : Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
:
No
BFI Maximum Frequency
:
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
:
N/A

The HP Pavilion 22CWA does not use PWM flicker to dim the backlight. This makes motion look smooth but creates blur. On the other hand, there isn't any black frame insertion option available to add flicker to make the image look crispier by removing blur.

6.7 Refresh Rate
Native
:
60 Hz
Factory Overclock
:
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
:
No
G-SYNC Compatible
:
No
VRR Maximum
:
N/A
VRR Minimum
:
N/A
VRR Maximum With OC
:
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors : N/A

The HP 22cwa only supports the more common 60 Hz refresh rate. This means that motion in video games is not as good as on faster refresh rate monitors. It also does not support Variable Refresh Rate features like G-sync and FreeSync to avoid tearing and smooth out the image.

8.2

Inputs

The input lag of this monitor is excellent. However, because of its small size and 1920x1080 resolution, the amount of detail it can display is limited and this might bother some. The number of inputs is also very basic.

9.0 Input Lag
Native Resolution
:
8.2 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
:
8.4 ms
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
:
8.2 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
:
N/A
10 bit HDR
:
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
:
N/A

Excellent low input lag for this HP 22cwa monitor. Almost the same low input lag is also found in non-native resolutions and this is great.

7.0 Resolution and Size
Native Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio : 16:9
Megapixels : 2.1 MP
Pixel Density : 103 PPI
Screen Diagonal : 21.5 inches
Screen Area : 197 sq inches

This is a 22-inch monitor and the native resolution of FHD is expected. The relatively small size and resolution do not give you a lot of space or detail to work with.

Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort : No
Mini DisplayPort : No
HDMI : 1 (HDMI 1.4)
DVI : No
VGA : 1
DisplayPort Out : No
USB : No
USB C : No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : No
Microphone In 3.5mm : No
Digital Optical Audio Out : No
Analog Audio Out RCA : No
Power Supply : External Brick

This monitor does not have DisplayPort or any Usb inputs

Features

This is a very basic monitor and there are no features like speakers nor any other additional features offered on the menu of the On-Screen Display (OSD) other than basic controls.

Additional Features
Speakers
:
No
HDR10 : No
Multiple input display
:
No

The monitor does not have any additional features like speakers.

On-Screen Display (OSD)

The menu of On-Screen Display (OSD) is plain and very intuitive.

Controls

There are 4 buttons on the bottom edge to help you navigate through the menus.

In The Box

  • Manual and drivers
  • Power adapter
  • Power cable
  • VGA cable

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 22" model (22cwa), which is the only size available.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their HP 22cwa doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.

Model Size Refresh rate Resolution
22cwa 22" 60Hz 1080p

Compared to other Monitors

Left: Acer GN246HL. Center: HP 22cwa Right: Acer G257HU .
Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The HP 22cwa is a basic monitor that performs decently in most usages. See our recommendations for the best monitors, the best monitors under $200 and the best budget gaming monitors.

Dell P2217H
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Amazon.com

The Dell P2217H is a much better monitor than the HP 22CWA. The Dell has significantly better ergonomics that allow you to easily position it to your likings, and this is important for all usages. The Dell also has marginally better motion blur. The Dell also has slightly better picture quality, due to somewhat better black uniformity which is good for dim scenes in a dark room.

Dell P2417H
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The Dell P2417H is much better than the HP 22CWA. The Dell has much better ergonomics and will not trouble you when trying to place it comfortably. The Dell also has slightly better motion blur. On the other hand, the HP 22CWA has a slightly better vertical viewing angle and marginally better contrast that improves the picture quality in a dark room.

ASUS VG245H
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Amazon.com

The HP 22CWA is an IPS monitor and has much better viewing angles that are good in wide rooms when you look at the image from the side. On the other hand, the ASUS VG245H has a TN type panel and the image degrades at the slightest deviation from the center. The ASUS VG245H has significantly better ergonomics that allow you to easily place it in a comfortable position and is more suitable for gaming with slightly better motion blur and refresh rate.

Acer GN246HL
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

If you will be watching the monitor from the side, the IPS panel of the HP 22CWA is a better choice as it has better viewing angles than the Acer GN246HL that has a TN panel. The HP has also better gray uniformity which improves picture quality, whereas the Acer has somewhat better motion blur and marginally better refresh rate, which is important to gamers.

6.7 Mixed Usage

This is a decent monitor for mixed usage. It is a relatively small size monitor with FHD resolution that is not very suitable for those seeking more screen area and good detail to work. On the other hand, it is very portable, has a low input lag and will please most gamers.

6.9 Office

The HP Pavilion 22CWA is a decent monitor for office use. It has very good viewing angles to allow you to work side by side with your colleagues, but the bad ergonomics will not make it easy to position it at a comfortable position. At the same time, you might find the relatively small size and the less detail that comes along the FHD resolution limiting.

7.1 Gaming

The HP 22CWA has decent performance in gaming. It has a remarkably low input lag that makes it very responsive but at the same time, it lacks more advanced gaming features that would allow it to further improve the image. It is better suited for brighter gaming rooms since dark scenes look washed out in dim environments.

6.5 Multimedia

Decent multimedia performance for this HP 22CWA. Its small size makes it portable so you can watch your favorite movies on the go, but the resolution is limited to FHD and the monitor is suitable for brighter rooms. The bad ergonomics will trouble you when you try to place it in a comfortable position, but due to the good viewing angles, you do not have to sit right in front.

6.4 Media Creation

The HP 22CWA is a mediocre monitor for use in media creation. Resolution and size are ok although they will not accommodate those looking for large working area and great detail and the ergonomics might annoy you a little. On the other hand, the monitor has great color gamut and good color volume. Although it is not suitable for a dark room, you can place it in a bright room without worrying too much about reflections. Finally, the viewing angles are good and the image will not deteriorate if watch it from the side.

4.8 HDR Gaming

The HP Pavilion 22CWA does not support HDR. If you are looking for a monitor that supports HDR check the Samsung CHG70.

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