HP ZR2740w - High Resolution IPS that Doesn't Break the Bank
16 March 2012
Conclusion: HP made a lot of choices to be able to get this panel in at this price point. For some people the lack of any analog inputs, or even an HDMI input, is going to be a deal killer as they might need those inputs for their use. Others might have issues with the lack of any OSD or scaling options, as you have very little control over the monitor. This lack of controls also means that being able to calibrate this display is even more important than usual.
Summary: The HP ZR2740w sacrifices customization to deliver a powerful monitor at a reasonable price.
Pros: The HP ZR2740w 's pixel-packing 2,560x1,440 resolution makes high-end PC games look incredible. The monitor also includes the full gamut of ergo options and plenty of USB ports. At $700, it's the cheapest way to get an extreme-definition (XD) monitor onto your desktop.
Cons: With no included OSD, picture customizations are limited to brightness. Also, a single DVI and one DisplayPort are all the connections you get.
Conclusion: Much of what we said at the time of the original review still stands as we test this new revision approximately 1 year on. The ZR2740w v2 had some good areas but some which left us a little disappointed. From a positive point of view, the default setup was pretty good apart from the overly high brightness which is easy to adjust. In fact the brightness adjustment range was massive and really did give you a huge potential range to play with.
Pros: Improved screen coating, now a light AG solution, Great backlight adjustment range and control, no PWM used either!, Decent responsiveness and very low input lag
Cons: Lack of OSD menu meant limited control, No hardware level aspect ratio control, Black depth and contrast ratio good, but not great for an IPS panel
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Pros: Decent default colour setup, Great backlight adjustment range and control, no PWM used either!, Decent responsiveness and low input lag
Cons: Lack of OSD menu meant limited control, No aspect ratio control, Black depth and contrast ratio good, but not great for an IPS panel