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.
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.
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.
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.
The HP Pavilion 22CWA is fairly thin when viewed from the side, so you can easily place it close to a wall.
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.
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.
The HP Pavilion 22CWA does not have a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only.
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
HDR is not supported.
The horizontal viewing angles are decent. The colors and the brightness remain accurate when you look at them from slightly wider angles.
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.
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.
The black uniformity of this monitor is poor. In very dark scenes clouding is noticeable especially close to the corners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HDR is not supported.
HDR is not supported.
The HP 22cwa shows no signs of image retention after our 10-minute burn-in scene.
The gradient performance of this monitor is decent. There is visible 8-bit banding in the darker shades.
Perfect color bleed performance. Nearby colors are not affected by large uniform shades and this is great for accuracy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying an alternative resolution at its native refresh rate. The non-native resolution tested depends on the native resolution of the monitor, following this pattern unless otherwise specified in the Input Lag text:
|Native Resolution||Non-Native Resolution Tested|
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.
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.
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.
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.
The HP 22cwa is a basic monitor that performs decently in most usages. See our recommendations for the best monitors under $200.
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.
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.
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.
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.