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

HP ZR30w 30-Inch S-IPS LCD Monitor Review

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Performance Summary: HP's new ZR30w offered exceptional performance in both our task-specific Everest image quality tests, as well as our subjective testing.  Color uniformity was spot on, along with brightness and contrast that we've come to expect from a high-end S-IPS panel. Suffice to say, the ZR30w runs laps around your typical TN panel, like the Asus VH242H that's so popular among home users, most of which have probably never laid eyes on an IPS screen. And thanks in part to the high color gamut, the ZR30w is able to hang with the best 30-inch models on the market, sometimes at a fraction of the price. Those who already own an HP 3065 -- an excellent monitor in its own right -- won't see much difference, but for those stepping up from a smaller display, it should be noted that the ZR30w boasts a few feel-good features compared to the 3065, including a lower power panel and PSU HP claims is 85 percent efficient, as well as a minimum of 25 percent post-consumer recycled resin. In other words. HP is pitching Green for not a whole lot of green, if you're into that sort of thing. 


 

One thing we haven't yet addressed in this review is given the cost of a 30-inch panel, why not pick up an HDTV instead? After all, $1,300 these days buys you 52 inches of 120Hz bliss, so it seems foolish to pay the same amount for substantially less screen estate. But here's the thing - HDTVs max out at 1920x1080 (or 1920x1200), so even though the physical panel is larger, you're actually losing quite bit of actual on-screen real estate. In contrast, a 30-inch panel like the ZR30w offers a native resolution of 2560x1600, and that makes all the difference in the world when trying to work with multiple windows or manipulate gargantuan images.

While on the topic of cost, the ZR30w is one of the least expensive 30-inch panels around. The comparative savings don't come without some drawbacks, however, and HP had to cut a few corners to keep the cost down. There isn't an OSD to fiddle with, nor are there any integrated speakers. Perhaps the biggest drawback is the lack of input connectors, primarily a second DVI port or even a single HDMI port. The only two connections are a DVI port and a DisplayPort.




Built for the graphics professional, we like the simplified aesthetics and brushed aluminum strip that runs on top of the bezel. We also dig the flexible stand, which makes easy work out of manipulating the ZR30w's position, but it's the S-IPS panel that we're most in love with. The high end panel didn't disappoint, boasting superb color reproduction, excellent uniformity, and even proved adept at playing games. If you can live with the few drawbacks, the ZR30w will serve as an all around workhorse built for business but equally suited for play.

 

 

  • Competitively priced for a 30-inch panel
  • Excellent S-IPS panel
  • Great viewing angle
  • Easy to rotate, pivot, and adjust the height
  • No OSD
  • Lacks Portrait mode
  • Only two conectors (DVI and DisplayPort)

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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.

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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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