• Price: 812

  • Company: HP

  • Pros: Very low cost. Performance good enough for video applications.

  • Cons: Print pros will need more than the LP3065 offers.

  • Our Rating: We rate this 8 out of 10 We rate this 8 out of 10

At more than £200 less than its nearest competitor, the LP3065 is a bargain. On performance alone, it would sit at the back of our bunch, but for creatives with modest demands its low price makes it better value than its rivals.

The LP3065’s black bezel gives it an appearance that’s superficially similar to Samsung SyncMaster 305T – though without any of the 305T’s attractive details or class. The squat silver base is tacky and reminiscent of a cheap consumer-focused monitor – though it does offer a wide range for tilt and swivel, and allows the height of the monitor to be raised and lowered smoothly and without problems.

The monitor’s original picture was luridly oversaturated – even more so than Dell’s entertainment-focused UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC – to the point where looking at highly-saturated images on it would make you nauseous. Calibration cleared this up though, revealing a picture quality that is usable, if not outstanding.

We wouldn’t recommend the LP3065 to those working in print: it’s no match for the colour accuracy and depth of Apple's 30-inch Cinema HD Display or Samsung 's 305T, and comparing it to Eizo's FlexScan SX3031W just isn’t fair. For creatives working in media where the output is less colour-accurate, such as Web, broadcast or DVD output, the LP3065 is more than adequate.

There are three DVI inputs on the base, which is great if you use more than one workstation.

If you’re working on a very tight budget, the LP3065 offers excellent value. However, if you can afford to buy a higher-spec monitor, you should.