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HP ZR30w Monitor

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What gets a creative person (designer, animator, photographer, etc.) drooling when you’re talking about hardware? A monitor with enough real estate to block the sun, and HP has just given us another reason to spend more time inside with the new 30″ HP ZR30w Monitor. Not only has HP given us a sweet monitor, they’ve done it at a reasonable price compared to other monitors in the market.

The ZR30w incorporates the S-IPS (Super In-Plane Switching) panel that offers significantly better color reproduction and wider viewing angles than cheaper monitors. It’s capable of delivering more than 4 million pixels and 1 billion displayable colors. What can it do? Right out of the box this was pretty amazing and the difference was very noticeable in my various tests using Lightroom, Photoshop, Maya, a bit of Dead Red, and some HD trailers. The colors were vibrant and the blacks looked great. There were no lags while playing the video games, which is quite impressive in itself. I could go on and on about the great features, but I need to give a quick rundown on some of the important specs, as well. The ZR30w has 2560×1600 resolution, 16:10 aspect ratio, and a 1000:1 contrast ratio with a 7 ms response time. It has connectors for DisplayPort and DVI-D, as well as an onboard 4-port USB hub.

This is one impressive monitor that I would pick over one with the fruit logo, even if they were the same price (they’re not). Its performance on the applications that I use daily was unsurpassed by any monitor that I’ve tested, worked on, or owned. Any professional who wants a great monitor at a reasonable price should definitely take a long, hard look at this one. You won’t be disappointed.—Bruce Bicknell

Company: Hewlett-Packard
Price: $1,300
Rating: 4.5
Hot: Design; price; S-IPS panel; flexible stand
Not: No OSD; only two connectors (DVI and DisplayPort)

One Comment

  • evan says:

    Since there are quite some 30″ monitors around, I feel it is fair to mention a few things.
    The ZR30w lacks an OSD which means it cannot be calibrated properly, quite important for professional graphic artists.
    It sports a wide gamut panel, as do all of todays 30″ monitors (except from an older Eizo SPVA model) which is not so good for SRGB and video work, especially when it cannot be properly calibrated.
    Previous version 3065 had one additional dvi input.
    I’m writing these words in front of its smaller sibling the ZR24W which proved to be a very good choice for price/performance.
    Yet on the 30″ arena there are competing products that have more to offer at a similar price like the Dell U3011.
    As for the high end hardware calibrated NEC 3090 and Eizo cg303, they cater to a different audience.