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HP ZR30w PC Monitor

alphr.com Recommended A-List hothardware.com Recommended maximumpc.com Kick Ass Award
30" 2560 X 1600 3000:1 LCD Dec 2012
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HP ZR30w 30 IPS 2560x1600 LCD Unboxing + My First Impressions
Test de l'écran HP ZR30w de 30 en 2560x1600
Unboxing HP ZR30w

13 Reasons For

Three Industry Awards

This HP PC display was given a "Recommended" award by both Hothardware.com and Alphr.com, both of which concluded that this PC screen was good.

Maximumpc.com gave this flatpanel monitor a "Kick Ass Award".

Expert Reviews Are Average

The average expert rating of this LCD screen is 74% based on eight expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Techradar, PC Mag and layersmagazine.com.

Nice Design

One HP ZR30w reviewer who purchased this PC monitor reckoned that it was good looking. Techradar.com said on expert website Techradar “We suspect images of corporate cubes leap to mind more readily than sexy screens.” in their HP ZR30w review and rated the HP ZR30w 4 stars.

Good Picture Quality

One person reckoned that this PC monitor had good picture quality.

Good Product Quality

One HP ZR30w reviewer who reviewed this PC monitor wrote that it was good quality. Six years ago expert review site Alphr.com mentioned “HP’s gargantuan screen delivers luscious image quality.” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars.

Good Connectivity

One HP ZR30w owner who reviewed the HP ZR30w said that it was good in terms of USB connections. It Reviews.com mentioned on IT Reviews.com “Built-in USB hub”.

Five USB Type-A Downstream Ports

Most flatpanel monitors of a similar age and spec to the ZR30w have between one and five USB Type-A downstream ports, including the HP ZR30w which has five USB Type-A downstream ports.

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2560 X 1600 Pixels Display Resolution

The HP ZR30w has a maximum display resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. That's 98% more display resolution than the most common display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

A 2560 x 1600 pixels display resolution is actually the best display resolution across all medium monitors that have been available for a similar time to the ZR30w.

The worst display resolution across comparable types of LCD screen is 1366 x 768 pixels.

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HP Flatpanel Monitors Have Good Reviews

Medium monitors built by HP have good reviews on average. We also checked the reviews for all PC displays (not just medium monitors) and found that HP also has good reviews across its entire range.

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Quite Wide Horizontal Viewing Angle

The HP ZR30w has a quite wide horizontal viewing angle (178 degrees) compared to most of the other PC monitors of this type and age. Across all the PC screens of this type and age the horizontal viewing angles range from 60° to 1,800°, and the average horizontal viewing angle is 170°.

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Five USB 2.0 Ports

The HP ZR30w is a five USB 2.0 port PC monitor. Most of the other PC screens of a similar type and age to the ZR30w have between one and five USB 2.0 ports.

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Fairly Bright Display Brightness

Across all the medium monitors that have been on the market for more than two years the display brightness range from 30 cd/m² to 1,700 cd/m². At 370 candellas per square meter, the HP ZR30w has a quite bright display brightness compared to most of the other comparable spec LCD screens that are a similar age to the ZR30w.

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2560 X 1600 (WQXGA) Graphics Resolution

The HP ZR30w has a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1600 (WQXGA). That's 98% more resolution than a 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) flatpanel monitor, which is the most common resolution. Across all medium monitors that have been available for a comparable time to the ZR30w the worst resolution is 640 x 350 and the best is 3840 x 2160.

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8 Reasons Against

Difficult to Use

Two people mentioned in their reviews that the HP ZR30w was not easy to use the menus. Pcmag.com said “Its lack of picture settings and limited video inputs hold it back”. It Reviews.com wrote in their HP ZR30w review “Limited picture settings” and gave the product a rating of 60 out of 100.

Inferior Technical Features

One HP ZR30w reviewer who purchased this PC monitor thought it did not have good features. Expert website Cnet.com mentioned in their HP ZR30w review “The HP ZR30w lacks too many features to be competitive with other, lower-priced 30-inchers”.

Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker

Like most of the other medium monitors that have been available for a comparable time to the ZR30w, the HP ZR30w does not have a built-in speaker.

We think you might also be interested in other PC displays which also have a built-in speaker including the HP ENVY 27 ($280.00) or the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display.

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Not 3D Compatible

The HP ZR30w is not 3D compatible. Most of the other medium monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as the ZR30w are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera

The HP ZR30w does not have a built-in camera. Most of the other medium monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as the ZR30w also do not have a built-in camera.

There are a number of alternative PC monitors which also have a built-in camera which you might want to consider including the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader

Most medium monitors that have been available for more than two years do not have an integrated card reader. The HP ZR30w is no exception to this as it too does not have an integrated card reader.

There are a number of alternative PC displays which also have an integrated card reader that you might also want to look at including the DELL U3011, or the Asus PA279 ($749.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Only HD HD Type

This flatpanel monitor has a Full HD HD type, which is the most commonly found HD type on LCD screens of this age and spec.

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Very High Maximum Power Consumption

When compared to other medium monitors that have been available for more than two years, the maximum power consumption of the HP ZR30w of 185 Watts is one of the highest. The average maximum power consumption of medium monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as the ZR30w is 52W.

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2 Other reasons to consider the HP ZR30w

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when HP released the ZR30w.

LCD Display Type

The HP ZR30w has an LCD display type which is better than most LCD screens of this spec and age. Most PC displays of this age and type have an LED display type.

We compared this LCD screen to all the other flatpanel monitors that have an LCD Display and we think the HP 2310 which is cheaper; or the DELL U3011, and the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display which has better reviews are also worth considering.

If the display type of this LCD screen is not good enough for you then you might want to look at the Asus PA279 ($749.00) (LED and higher rated).

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Specification

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3 Awards

alphr.com Recommended A-List hothardware.com Recommended maximumpc.com Kick Ass Award

Expert Reviews

(15)
15 September 2013

The HP ZR30w, a massive 30-inch IPS monitor with an equally massive price tag, offers good grayscale performance and wide viewing angles...

Strong grayscale performance
Wide viewing angles
Built-in USB hub
Design
Price
No HDMI port
Oversaturated reds
Limited picture settings
No OSD
Only two connectors (DVI and DisplayPort)
13 September 2013

The HP ZR30w is a massive 30-inch IPS monitor with an equally massive price tag. It offers good grayscale performance and wide viewing angles but its lack of picture settings and limited video...

27 June 2013

With a steady stream of 27-inch QHD monitors coming through our lab, we thought we'd take a quick break and test two even bigger screens, the 30-inch, 16:10 aspect ratio HP ZR30w and DoubleSight... Read more…

30 April 2012

I love doing these comparisons. Moreover, I enjoy sitting two products next to each other that seemingly have no good reason to be compared. The mismatched bout between the burly Astro Gaming A40... Read more…

1 February 2011

30? DISPLAY FOR CREATIVE PROFESSIONALSWhat gets a creative person (designer, animator, photographer, etc.) drooling when you?re talking about hardware? A monitor with enough real estate to block... Read more…

10 January 2011

The HP ZR30w is a 30-inch widescreen LCD dis play that's huge in screen space, but also has some really good performance, including great brightness. However, rather frustratingly, HP decided to... Read more…

13 December 2010

The HP ZR30w lacks too many features to be competitive with other, lower-priced 30-inchers...

23 November 2010

Think about computing giant HP and we suspect images of corporate cubes leap to mind more readily than sexy screens. But there's no doubting the new HP ZR30W is an absolute stunner.It's a 30-inch... Read more…

27 September 2010

HP?s gargantuan screen delivers luscious image quality, but it?s light on features compared to some...

Alphr.com

25 August 2010

Maximumpc.com

Fit for a Dream Machine You might recall seeing three of HP?s ZR30w 30-inch displays gracing the cover of our September ?Dream Machine? issue. Considering our theme for that build was raw, wanton... Read more…

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Electricity cost when switched on $157.74
Electricity cost when on standby $9.22
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Total running cost over 5 years $166.96
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Running this PC monitor over 5 years will generate 1.1 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 29 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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