HP w2408 Display Calibration?

w00t951

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I have a HP w2408 flatscreen monitor, and I want to use it for my Macbook Pro as an external display. For some reason, after doing all of the calibration steps and whatnot, the colors on the external display still look too saturated and the text looks too washed out. Does anyone have a solution that will make the HP display looks similar to my Mac's? I'm using the Mini-Display Port to VGA adapter. The Mac is the oldest unibody.
 

mynewromantica

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I use a Huey Pro calibrater on mine, but I am not sure Idid it right because mine looks overly red. So I would love to hear what other people are doing.

I do have that exact same monitor also.
 

J&JPolangin

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I've run my 2408 with my win7 HP desktop (ATI Visiontek 4550) card, my whitebook 9400m and my eeePC = all I've just used the auto adjust feature and it gives me better color/viewing angles than either of the notebook/netbook screens... maybe you've got a problem coming on with your monitor?
 

w00t951

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I changed the monitor settings to: R: 250, G: 238, B: 208. I have attached my Mac's color settings here. I don't know why PC displays can't compare to Mac flatscreens, but this is the closest I have gotten mine. I hope you like it!
 

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CaptainChunk

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I changed the monitor settings to: R: 250, G: 238, B: 208. I have attached my Mac's color settings here. I don't know why PC displays can't compare to Mac flatscreens, but this is the closest I have gotten mine. I hope you like it!
That's because you've been using the wrong 3rd-party displays. The panels used in ACDs and iMacs are IPS panels, which are far more color accurate than the TN panels a lot of readily-available 3rd party displays use.

The HP w2408 in particular has a TN panel. HP does make a professional version called the LP2475 (I own two of them), which use IPS panels instead. And they're about $300 cheaper than Apple's 24" ACD and have more user calibration tools, more versatile connectivity, etc.
 

CaptainChunk

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Well, this monitor came with my old $700 HP desktop, so I'm not complaining.
As one shouldn't. ;)

I was just explaining why your particular monitor isn't as easy to calibrate as an ACD is. Better panels = easier and more accurate calibration, but at a higher cost.

The majority of consumers don't care about things like color accuracy and viewing angles - especially when they're spending $500 on a tower and $200 on a monitor to go with it.
 

pdleemac

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hp w2408 display

I have a HP w2408 flatscreen monitor, and I want to use it for my Macbook Pro as an external display. For some reason, after doing all of the calibration steps and whatnot, the colors on the external display still look too saturated and the text looks too washed out. Does anyone have a solution that will make the HP display looks similar to my Mac's? I'm using the Mini-Display Port to VGA adapter. The Mac is the oldest unibody.
Hi, I too have a hp w2408 display. I want to use it for my macbook through the DVI connect. But I can't make it work. Can you tell me how you got your's to work? My macbook has 1280x800 display and the hp has 1920x1200. Is that the problem? How do you set your hp to 1280x800 to work with the macbook?

I have been very happy with the color of my hp when used with a Quad pc running Vista.

Thanks in advance.
David