HP ZR30w 30-Inch S-IPS LCD Monitor Review - HotHardware
HP ZR30w 30-Inch S-IPS LCD Monitor Review

HP ZR30w 30-Inch S-IPS LCD Monitor Review

When given the opportunity to review HP's new 30" ZR30w display, we answered 'yes' without hesitation. We didn't need to hear the rest - the fact that this is a ginormous 30-inch display built around a sexy S-IPS panel is all we needed to know. S-IPS, or Super In-Plane Switching, is the Rolls Royce of display panels and almost always offers significantly better color reproduction and far wider viewing angles than the much more common (and cheaper to produce) Twisted Nematic (TN) panels. S-IPS displays also tend to tap deeper into your gold reserve than TN-based monitors, and when you're talking about 30 inches of screen real estate, things can get expensive awfully quick. Or at least that used to be the case...

HP ZR30w 30-Inch S-IPS LCD Monitor Review

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I can't imagine have a monitor this big on my desk. May as well get an LCD TV.

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I'll take one... or three

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Bigger is always better

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I used to have a 24" Dell LCD back when they were still the cats meow, and it was almost too big on my desk. Even sitting about 4 feet back, I sometimes had to scan the entire LCD to see everything.

Very nice screen though.

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Sounds like a very nice display. Also it is nice to see them list the typical contrast ratio, as it is very hard to find that spec on any monitors now a days.

@Chainzsaw

I still have an old 24" Dell :-P It is pretty big... but still not big enough... even at 2ft away lol!

Also I need something with HDCP. This one does not support it. It's kind of old :-(

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LOL RA1D, always trying for the best and biggest! :)

For one single monitor, this i just too big for me :D. But very nice for some one that would want 1 of these or 3...!

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This is a nice price for a 30" monitor and while the price seems good. My computer can't produce the fabled resolution of 2500x1600, maybe when I get a new computer then I can get this monitor and experience the glorious resolution that only certain computers can handle.

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I'll wait for the ridonkulously high price of these screens to come down.

I just can't justify spending so much on such a "small" screen.

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acarzt:

I'll wait for the ridonkulously high price of these screens to come down.

I just can't justify spending so much on such a "small" screen.

Well this is a computer monitor and not some fancy HDTV that you hang on your wall. The price justifies the resolution these babies can push.

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I wouldn't mind sitting down and gaming in front of a massive 55" plasma with a "measely" 1920x1080 resolution :-)

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Inspector:

LOL RA1D, always trying for the best and biggest! :)

For one single monitor, this i just too big for me :D. But very nice for some one that would want 1 of these or 3...!

 Well Raid is the Bill Gates on this forum!!!! When he does an upgrade I look forward to just seeing the photos then I start slobbering but its nice if you can do that, and if I had the cash flow I promice I would do the same thing!! So Raid let us know if you get 1 or 3 send pictures of them hooked up to your Rigs and maybe even some live video always entertaining!!!! Oh yeah by the way when you get them you can send those old used moniters you got that you wont need anymore to a couple of  us. LOL Im just kidding Raid!!!! NOT LOL!!

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This is the big brother of my monitors (the ZR24w) and though I thought about it for all of a minute, I noticed I could get three of the 24" version for less than a single 30".  Guess which way I went...

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InfinityzeN:
three of the 24" version for less than a single 30"

Nice math,....reality based too,......although the 30" display is desirable, I like THIS ONE TOO.

How about 3 of them? Heh-Heh!

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realneil:

InfinityzeN:
three of the 24" version for less than a single 30"

Nice math,....reality based too,......although the 30" display is desirable, I like THIS ONE TOO.

How about 3 of them? Heh-Heh!

Now that'd be absurd. You better have $18,000 ready to blow and eyes near the sides of your head.

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TaylorKarras:
You better have $18,000 ready to blow and eyes near the sides of your head

I don't have eyes at the side of my head, but my wife says I have three hands,.......

The field of view with just one of them looks pretty cool to me. Because it's just one screen, you can run it with a 'not so wazoo' computer too. The system requirements aren't so steep.

3 of the HP ZR30w screens would require a truly pissed-off setup to run properly.

My quote about three of them together was just a stab at ridiculousness.

Film at three,.......

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgIoExNoarU

Overkill? Yes.... But I still want it :-D

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Yea neil. That one is pretty friggin sweet. I think i'd be happy with 1 of those :-D

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acarzt:
Yea neil. That one is pretty friggin sweet. I think i'd be happy with 1 of those :-D

It is a nice looking screen, and three would be way overkill too. (But there is a pic on the website of three in an EyeFinity setup)

These screen's quality probably isn't as good as the HP ZR30w is that started this thread is either.

My wife didn't understand when I told her that we have to sell her car so I can buy some screens,...............sigh,........


 

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Looks like a very nice piece of work - but after checking my wallet, I think I'll just have to continue running my LP2465....

Henri

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Hopefully this is the begining of companies trying to tap into the Apple high dynamic displays-market!

This one is nice, I would just like to see the price come down!  My ratio for monitor pricing has always been targeted at ten dollars and Inch! This is just to much.  Maybe if it was a 130" monitor?

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animatortom:
the Apple high dynamic display-market

The one where everybody has to sell a child to pay for the darn things?

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No, it's the one you have to sell a limb to pay for the darn thing.... the child is for their new 12 core system lol

I know, their pricing system can get very confusing sometimes... asking for so many different organs and items you'd rather not part with lol

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I got one for photo editing. Could not believe the picture this thing produces, absolutely amazing.

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