HP 2311xi - Color Quality and Color Gamut

Straight out of the box, I set the color mode on the 2311xi to sRGB mode and then set the brightness level to 200 nits. I didn’t do any other adjustments, and I also didn’t use the HP .icc profile, as HP only allows this to be downloaded from their website as a Windows .exe file and I do the monitor testing on a Mac. Since this is a file that can be used on all OS platforms without an issue, I see no reason to only have the download as an .exe file, so I just decided it was appropriate to not use it.

Despite this, the performance of the 2311xi in sRGB mode was very good. The average dE on our Gretag Macbeth test was 5.87, which is the second best monitor out of the box that I have tested so far. The grayscale performance was pretty good, and color performance was even better. Since most users that purchase a $200 display are not going to be calibrating it I imagine, being this good out of the box is a big benefit for users. You’ll get better color than almost any other display without any adjustments, and that’s a really nice thing to see.

Color Tracking - XR Pro, Xrite i1D2 and XR i1DPro

Since the HP was so good out of the box, I expected it to perform really well once it was properly calibrated. After using ColorEyes Pro, with a target of D65, 2.2 gamma, and 200 nits, we see that the average dE drops down to 1.74. This is good but not exceptional. The most noticeable difference is that the grayscale goes from being one of the best to one of the worst. It’s still at 1.0 or below, so the differences are incredibly small, but other monitors do wind up being better after calibration.

Color Tracking - XR Pro, Xrite i1D2 and XR i1DPro

Targeting 100 nits instead of 200 nits for calibration, the results were almost identical. Grayscale errors were about the same, and so were the numbers for the colors. With how consistent the contrast ratio numbers were for different light output levels, I would expect the color results to be the same at different levels of light, and it proved to be that way. The HP was fantastic out of the box, but only decent once calibrated. I place more importance on the out of the box numbers here because of the target audience for the display, so I’d say it’s a very good performer in that regard.

Color Tracking - XR Pro, Xrite i1D2 and XR i1DPro

The color gamut of the HP 2311xi can only be sRGB, as white LEDs can’t do greater than sRGB; you need to move up to RGB LEDs for an AdobeRGB or larger gamut. Right around what we would expect, we see the 2311xi can manage 69% of the AdobeRGB gamut, very close to what it is specified for. This explains the issues with certain blue tones that fall at the edge of the sRGB space on the Gretag Macbeth chart as well, since it can’t produce those at all and can only try to come close.

LCD Color Quality

HP 2311xi - Brightness and Contrast Ratios HP 2311xi - Display Uniformity
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  • mikato - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    Different resolutions in LCDs other than the native resolution look so crappy I don't know why you would want to change it. I'm not sure what you're doing in your video work but can't you scale it in the video player instead?

    For inputs, I think it's important to have one of [DVI, HDMI] and also one DisplayPort. That's because DVI and HDMI are electrically equivalent. converters are cheap and easy to come by. That's why the Dell U2412M has 1 DP, 1 DVI (and 1 VGA). If you want multiple monitors, then DisplayPort is the best way to go. If I was buying new stuff now I'd make sure the monitor had DP.

    Just curious, do you remember what Dell monitors you had?
  • Sub Zero - Friday, August 17, 2012 - link

    When you want to upload HD to YouTube, you have 1280x720 and 1920x1080. 1280x720 is generally preferred because of bandwidth and playback issues.

    So, if I want to present in 1280x720, I want to record in 1280x720 for the best quality. So, I set the screen to run 1280x720, and I want it to actually use 1280x720 pixels centered in the screen, as it should be. It works for me on 2 monitors, but not on my 30", even though I'm using the same Win 7 64 bit Nvidia drivers.

    You may not see the need to use other than native resolution, but for people that do record often, either video games or tutorial, such variable resolution scenarios are common.

    There is an entire industry on YouTube where gamers do playthroughs with commentaries and most do at 1280x720. Most want it to display at 1280x720 at 1:1 pixel ratio while they play it. I see no problem with that.
  • theoldguy - Friday, August 17, 2012 - link

    Remember, back in the old days...say mid-1990's you paid $650 for an average 17in CRT with a max resolution of 1600x1200. Back then we had more money to design Good products. It's been downhill ever since. People are spoiled to cheap, cheap, cheap stuff so companies are exploiting it, but as more of a survival tactic than anything else these days. My former co. made some great displays at one time, but nobody wanted to pay for them. They'd rather pay $250 for a cheap piece of crap. You can't convince management to keep making great displays when you can't sell enough to recoup the development costs. It's just simple economics.
    You can still get a few good displays out there today, but you're going to pay for them. Look at the specs for some of the NEC and HP commercial stuff, especially the Dream Color 24in monitor with the 30bit panel. There's a 47in that can be configured with its own IP address (network control), can daisy-chain 25 of them from one DP output, has VOE (video over ethernet) and has gorilla glass protective screen with a 2mm bezel. Of course you'll pay around $5k for that one!! I saw a wall of six of those doing the AMD Eyefinity 4k resolution thing. Gamer's heaven.
  • Oxford Guy - Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - link

    Once again Anandtech hasn't mentioned PWM backlight flicker, a factor that has been covered in-depth at prad.de and to some extent at tftcentral. Both of those sites now include PWM measurements. Disappointing, Anandtech.
  • Krane1 - Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - link

    For some reason the advancement in resolution has come to a complete halt. Even as we speak nearly a half dozen manufacturers have cameras on the market with 4k resolution and beyond. And although it is possible to edit this video on a reasonable budget, there is no way to view the full resolution without move into the cost of a car purchase territory.

    I've no idea why none of the monitor market haven't brought a reasonably priced 4k or 5k monitor to the market by now. But Apple has stepped in where others fear to tread.

    Only Apple has moved past the 1080p wall so far. And although I've never really been a fan, I have to admit that their vision forward in display development is the best in the industry. At the moment, only they offer a laptop with a display greater than 1080p. It's Retina display (2880 X 1800 resolution), puts the Apple Macbook Pro is in a class all by itself.
  • theoldguy - Friday, August 17, 2012 - link

    Chris, make sure you turn off the Gamma control if you're going to calibrate.
    I suspect since this is an IPS panel, they use gamma correction to improve the dark 2.2 gamma (common with IPS/PLS/MVA panels) to around 1.8~2 gamma so people can see the details in dark shading. Also, native panel color temp for HP monitors is the Custom RGB setting. This bypasses what may be a poor factory setup on the color presets.
  • LEDnoob - Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - link

    Chris you mentioned all you did was set the color mode on the 2311xi to sRGB mode where did you set that? I don't see that option on OSD are you talking about setting it using operating system?

    Also for this monitor has anyone tried sharpness/gamma test on http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/sharpness.php
    at default factory setting the sharpness test and the viewing angle test doesn't blend in at all. Does these test even work for IPS?

    If anyone can help me with these question it would be appreciated or else I probably have to return it again sigh... :(
  • XchiMeraX - Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - link

    I am planning to purchase this product in India (Bangalore). I checked with all HP distributors in Bangalore sadly its not available any where, not even online. So please let me know where can i purchase this monitor in Karnataka?

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