Summary: I purchased this monitor on based on a Woot advertisement. It was a refurbished monitor, but I use to work for HP and purchased many refurbished desktops and laptops, but never a refurbished monitor. So glad I purchased this monitor! I am not a gamer, so let me make that disclaimer, just a heavy user of spreadsheets, email, PowerPoint, etc... This monitor is gorgeous!
Summary: All in all, I'm pretty happy with my purchase. If I could figure out why these monitors didn't wake up and could fix the problem so I could use them 100% the way that I'd like, I'd be fully happy.
Pros: The monitors came in very large, well-packed boxes. I wanted a high-resolution display to do remote troubleshooting - my previous 1900x1200 weren't cutting it anymore - and these monitors deliver excellent quality for that and then some. Gaming is good enough for my tastes.
Cons: I do have a little trouble (enough to deduct an egg) with the screens changing settings sometimes. For example, if I lock my computer (screens shutting off for a split second) sometimes they won't wake back up. Same thing if the UAC in Windows 7 kicks in for a second, or when changing modes. I typically don't do things with my computer that will make this happen, but when it does and I have to reset my computer it makes me grumpy. The cards are connected to Asus GTX 7...
Summary: Compared to my HP 24 IPS this monitor has settled me on 27 or bigger, for Photo Work and Games, as well as general computer work. Will keep the 24 as a back up until I can get at least one more 27.
Pros: Very sharp, Brightnees was a little high, when Colors were calibrated was well corrected.
Cons: None so far, first refurbished monitor I have bought. Well worth it if the Monitor functions well past the 30 day warranty.
Great Display, but not Compatible with MacBook Pros out-of-the-box
H. Huda, Amazon
22 January 2014
Summary: I didn't know if I should give this 2 stars or 4... the display looks amazing, but it took a long time for me to figure it out. I bought the HP ZR2740w monitor and assumed that the DVI cable would be able to power a resolution of 2560x1440. In the box, there's a DVI cable and I had a DVI to MiniDisplay Port adapter... and well, the monitor only maxed out at 1280x720. It didn't even get to 1080! I thought I had a defective monitor and was going to send it back...
A Very good "step up" monitor for those looking for something better than the Dell Ultra sharp.
7 December 2013
Summary: Zeroed in on this make an model via some CNET reviews. Was looking for something better that the Dell Ultra sharps that I been using for 8+ years at work and at home. My primary goal was clarity of screen, no room reflection back, visual softness of screen surface (when not in use, same as no reflections from surrounding lights), ability to rotate 90 degrees, sturdy build, highest density around today for the cost, best contrast ratio available around today for cost,...
Summary: Its a major gamble to buy a monitor over the internet because if you get a bad one, the RMA process and customer support will be a nightmare no matter who the manufacturer is. But when you have something very specific in mind, in my case a 27" ips panel under or at $700, what other option is there? From looking at other reviews it seems like I got lucky with mine, no uneven colors or dead pixels.
Summary: A good monitor is one of the best investments you can make in your computer. This monitor looks great. Plus it has more ports than Apple's Thunderbolt display, so you'll be able to use it for many years with several generations of computers. I've had this monitor for over a year. A couple problems. You can't adjust the brightness. The brightness controls don't do anything, and the Displays system preference lacks a brightness control.
Great picture quality, bad compatibility, minor annoyances
27 July 2012
Summary: Before buying a monitor, I looked at all the 27" 2560x1440 pixel LCDs. I decided against the Apple Cinema Display because it is glossy. I initially decided against the HP ZR2740w (this monitor) because it has no HDMI input and Dell got better reviews from my schoolmates. I initially bought a Dell U2711, but I hated the picture quality on that monitor. So I returned the Dell and got the HP ZR2740w (this monitor). This monitor has fantastic picture quality.
Summary: if all you want is a matte 2560x1440 ips monitor for a very reasonable price, then this is it! i love the resolution, everything looks stunning and great for productivity. the only downside for my unit was the bottom right corner is noticeably brighter than the rest. i plan on exchanging mine for another unit. hopefully the uniformity isn't as bad as this one.
Summary: This is the cheapest 27" ips monitor in the market. Is matter screen. Great view angle and show accurate colors. One reason why is cheaper because it has no picture adjustment setting, only brightness. You has to buy calibration software, but the default color is good enough for most user. Adjustment is nice. This is led it only use like 30-50 watts. For fast gaming monitor look elsewhere, this one would show some ghost in fast moving game like sport and fps.