Excerpt: 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 power, picking the ZR30w was an easy decision. We haven’t been this wowed by a display since we laid eyes on NEC’s LCD3090 WQXi , which we reviewed in our March 2010 issue. But that 30-incher costs nearly twice as much as this one.
Pros: S-IPS panel; great performance with both games and professional applications.
Cons: No HDMI; no media card reader; doesn't pivot to portrait mode.
Conclusion: Performance Summary: HP's new ZR30w offered exceptional performance in both our task-specific Everest image quality tests, as well as our subjective testing. Color uniformity was spot on, along with brightness and contrast that we've come to expect from a high-end S-IPS panel. Suffice to say, the ZR30w runs laps around your typical TN panel, like the Asus VH242H that's so popular among home users, most of which have probably never laid eyes on an IPS screen.
Pros: Competitively priced for a 30-inch panel, Excellent S-IPS panel, Great viewing angle, Easy to rotate, pivot, and adjust the height
Cons: No OSD, Lacks Portrait mode, Only two conectors (DVI and DisplayPort)
Excerpt: Labelling a display costing more than two grand ˜affordable’ may surprise some, but the ZR30w from IT giant HP deserves that label. It’s a big boy that measures 30 inches diagonally and comes with a huge 2560 x 1600-pixel resolution. To give you some perspective, Apple’s 30-inch Cinema display costs around $3200, the same as the Samsung SyncMaster 305T. Neither of those provides 10-bit colour, only 8-bit, making the ZR30w look like a bargain in comparison.
Pros: Fantastic image quality, 10-bit colour panel, Good price
Cons: Lack of connectors, No on-screen display, Not factory calibrated