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HP ZR30w review


The Good The HP ZR30w has excellent performance, high brightness and plenty of USB connections.

The Bad The HP ZR30w lacks an on-screen menu, which limits its adjustability. In addition to other 30-inch monitors, the ZR30w lacks many video options.

The Bottom Line The HP ZR30w does not have too many features to compete with other, 30-inch, lower prices.

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6.8 Overall

  • Design
  • Features
  • Performance
  • Support

It’s hard to see the $ 1660 HP ZR30w is fair, not to mention the Dell UltraSharp U3011 for $ 1500. than the HP ZR30w at a lower price. The monitors use the same LG panel, but unlike Dell from the U3011, Hewlett-Packard decided not to include an on-screen display (OSD) with the ZR30w, which severely limits its performance potential because the only adjustable option is brightness. Although the ZR30w has excellent benchmarks, it’s hard to recommend it when there are other, much more well-equipped, 30-inch monitors on the market for a lower price.

Design and features
The HP ZR30w is a giant beast of a monitor. Not surprisingly given its 30-inch screen. Measuring the panel is 27.2 inches and a depth of 2 inches initially adds another inch to the power and connection options, providing a full panel depth of up to 3 inches. The stand is a stand for finishing all the foot rests, measuring 17 inches wide and 10.6 inches deep. The monitor offers 35-degree adjustment of screen height, rotation and tilt. The backing is 0.9 inches thick, with a 5.2 inch screen at the highest level and 1.6 inches at the lowest. When it is at its lowest height, the monitor does not budge when knocking on the sides and moves only slightly even at the highest height, thanks to its super footrest and weight of 27.3 pounds.

In the lower right corner of the frame is an array of buttons aligned horizontally. Options include brightness control and a source button, and at the far right is a power button. Each button is about an inch wide, and each has a tactile feel and emits a soft “pop” when pressed.

ZR30w connections include DVI, DisplayPort, four USB ports per stream and one top stream. Accessing them from the front was a heartache, as they were embedded in the monitor quite deep.

Design highlights:
Connectivity: DVI, DisplayPort, Component
Ergonomic options: 35 degree back tilt, 45 degrees swivel, 3.6-inch screen height adjustment range
Resolution: 2560×1600
Aspect ratio: 16:10
Audio: n/a
VESA wall mount support: Yes
Feature highlights:
Included video cables: DVI, DisplayPort
Backlight: CCFL
Panel Type: H-IPS
Screen film: Matte
Pixel-response rate: 7ms
Number of presets: n/a
Overdrive: No
Picture options: Brightness, Dynamic Contrast Ratio
Color controls: n/a
Gamma control: n/a
Additional features: Four USB downstream; one upstream

We tested the HP ZR30w through its DVI input connected to a Windows Vista PC using the included DVI cable. The display shows a composite score of 95 on CNET lab performance tests.

The ZR30w did well on most of our color scale tests, aiming to display dark to light scales correctly; however, we did notice a serious problem with the green tint in our color-tracking test. This imperfection somewhat grew its ugly head as we watched the movies. In our test of bars of grayscale, we were able to see dark gray to level 2 – two levels above black, which indicates good black level performance. The ZR30w performed well on uniformity tests and a dark screen, showing only a minimal amount of backlight. Unfortunately, we have seen clear evidence of static leakage. Static flashing occurs when large contrast changes occur, or a darker or lighter color “leaks” on its counterpart, giving, for example, black stripes on a white background.

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The biggest problem with the ZR30w is that its performance cannot be adjusted beyond the brightness of the backlight, severely limiting its performance potential.

Text: We didn’t see any color issues with the black text on the white background in the text. The fonts were clearly visible up to size 6.8. Not too much wrong can the monitor do at such a high resolution on such a large screen.

Movies: We tested the HP ZR30w using Avatar’s Blu-ray version. We saw deep blacks and mostly accurate colors that looked great on a huge 30-inch screen. The face looked natural, with no hue issues, but a multi-point green adjustment would be welcome.

Games: Through our close acquaintance with StarCraft II, it is our new favorite tool for judging color quality and brightness in games. Yes, StarCraft II looks incredible, works at 2,560×1,600 and definitely messed us up, because after testing, we found ourselves crawling to our 24-inch monitors, which now seem positively limited (sigh). The colors and brightness of the ZR30w are not needed by anyone, and everything looked detailed and embossed.

We also used MotionMate DisplayMate tests and found that the ZR30w, with its 7-second refresh rate, was producing significantly more than the Samsung PX2370, running at 2ms refresh rate.

Photos:The HP ZR30w delivers crisp photos with good color saturation and accurate color tones.

Viewing angle:The optimum viewing angle for the monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen down from the top. At this angle, you are viewing the colors as intended by the manufacturer. Most monitors are not viewed from any other angle. The image quality at sub-optimal angle depends on the type of panel. Most monitors use TN panels that are too bright or too dark on parts of the screen, if you do not look at optimal angles. On the other hand, IPS panels typically show only minimal color shifts with an angle change. The HP ZR30w has an LG H-IPS (Horizontal Flat Panel Switch) panel, and when viewed from the outside, we perceive the screen to be about 15 inches from the center, which is twice as wide as the typical TN panel.

Recommended settings and usage:The HP ZR30w does not have an on-screen menu and only brightness is included as a tuning option. Not surprisingly, this greatly limits the number of possible settings using this monitor. The display contains dynamic contrast mode, but you may already know how we treat dynamic contrast.

As with most IPS-based monitors, HP directs the ZR30w for professional use, requiring accurate color reproduction; however, the monitor is also great for watching movies, playing games, viewing photos and sharing. There are usually giant high resolution screens.

Energy consumption:The HP ZR30w showed low power consumption, the default power / on power was 141.7 watts, compared to another 30-inch HP LP3065, which received 133.62 watts for the same test. The numbers of both monitors are clear, given their giant screens. In our sleep / standby test, the ZR30w used 1.23 watts and the LP3065 1 watts. Based on our formula, the ZR30w will cost $ 43.12 a year, compared to the LP3065 $ 40.55 a year.

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Brightness (cd / m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Apple 27-inch cinema display
361 NEC MultiSync PA271W
346 Dell UltraSharp U2711
333 HP ZR30w
317HP LP3065

Contrast ratio
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
NEC MultiSync PA271W
1035:1 27 inch Apple Cinema Display
977:1 Dell UltraSharp U2711
947:1 HP ZR30w
846:1HP LP3065

Tests of CNET DisplayMate laboratories
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
NEC MultiSync PA271W
98 Dell UltraSharp U2711
98HP LP3065
97 27 inch Apple Cinema Display
97 HP ZR30w

Juice box
HP ZR30w Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 141.7
On (max luminance) 141.7
On (min luminance) 71.39
Sleep 1.23
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 87.9
Annual power consumption cost $43.12
Score Poor

Learn more about how we test LCD monitors.

Service and support
HP supports the ZR30w with a three-year limited warranty on spare parts and backlit performance, as do many other vendors, such as Dell. HP includes labels for free shipping and home maintenance as well as support through its 24-7 toll free number. Just remember that the free service expires in a year, and HP will charge you afterwards. The HP Web site offers web chat and email support, which the company believes will respond within an hour.

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