HP Goes Crazy With Virtual Holographic, 5K Displays At CES

After a long stretch without major innovation in the display sector, PC screens are getting interesting. Affordable 4K displays started showing up at CES last year, so you can expect to see even better pricing on the screens announced this week at CES.

HP unveiled its lineup today, touting 5K resolutions, curved displays, and a virtual holographic screen that lets you explore 3D models with a stylus.

HP's new curved displays are meant to provide a better experience.
HP Pavilion 27c

Curved displays reduce the reflection of ambient light, making for better viewing. HP launched several curved screens, including the 27-inch EliteDisplay S270c and Pavilion 27c. (Both are available for $399.) Both monitors have 1920x1080 resolutions, but the office-oriented EliteDisplay S270c has a 14ms response time (without overdrive), while the Pavilion 27c has an 8ms response time. Both displays have built-in speakers and an MHL 2.0 port for connecting smartphones.

HP also released the 
ENVY 34c Media Display (available for about $999 in April), which offers 34 inches of screen real estate and features a 3440x1440 resolution. The display has six front-facing speakers and comes with a remote control so you can adjust the volume without getting up. It has a VESA adapter that makes the monitor compatible with VESA wall mounts. The HP Z Display Z34c is an office-friendly widescreen cousin to the ENVY, with the same 3440x1440 resolution. 

Although curved displays are typically hard to mount, HP often offers adapters that can help make the monitor VESA-compabitible.
HP Envy 34c Media Display

If you’re looking for out-of-the-box color calibration for Adobe, sRGB, and BT.709, the HP Z27q is directed at you. HP’s 27-inch, 5K monitor (5120x2880) IPS display isn’t curved, but supports up to 1.07 billion colors and 218ppi.

HP Zvr
HP Zvr Virtual Reality Display

Of course, the HP monitor that’s likely to get the most attention at CES is the 23.6-inch HP Zvr Virtual Reality Display, which parallax motion sensors that track the 3D glasses you wear while using the monitor. You can use the included stylus to move and zoom in or out of 3D images. In Q2 2015, a hardware package will become available that will let you project your 3D models to a 2D screen so you can share your 3D image with a team.