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HP ZR30W review

Want acreage in your monitor? HP's got your covered with this 30" beast

Our Verdict

HP's latest 30-incher is a masterclass in image quality. It's also expensive to the point of near irrelevancy.

For

  • Fabulous IPS panel

  • Impeccable build quality

Against

  • So very expensive
  • Black levels could be better

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 monster with a high-quality IPS panel and a monster resolution of 2,560 x 1,600. It comes with a massive price tag to match, of course. But if you want a large, high resolution screen with impeccable colour accuracy, you're going to have to pay for it.

The only problem for the HP ZR30W is Dell's U2711. Admittedly, it's three inches smaller. But it packs very nearly as many pixels, offers similar IPS technology and can be yours for over £400 less than the ZR30W. What's more, when it comes to usability and visual ergonomics, there is such a thing as a monitor that's too big. For some users, a 30-inch panel is precisely that.

Power consumption
Watts: maximum / approx 170cd/m2 – lower is better
HP ZR30W: 160W / 65W
Dell Ultrasharp U2711: 130W / 80W
Hanns.G HZ281: 79W / 32W

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD Monitor
Number of Screens1
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH, WEEE
USBYes
DVIYes
DisplayPortYes
Adjustable Display AngleYes
ColourBlack
Brightness370 cd/m², 370 cd/m²
Screen ModeWQXGA
Colour Support1.07 Billion Colors
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1600
Brand NameHP
Contrast Ratio1,000:1
Screen Size76.2 cm (30")
Response Time7 ms
Built-in DevicesUSB Hub
Weight with Stand (Approximate)13 kg
Operating Power Consumption185 W
Height with Stand589 mm
Width with Stand694 mm
Depth with Stand276 mm
Height454 mm
Width694 mm
Depth87 mm
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
Product ModelZR30w
Product NameZR30w Widescreen LCD Monitor
Manufacturer Part NumberVM617AT#ABU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Introducing the newest 76,2 cm (30") diagonal Performance Series monitor from HP. With a 30-bit panel and DisplayPort connectivity, the ZR30w delivers 4.1 Million pixels and 1.07 Billion colors.

Package Contents
  • ZR30w Widescreen LCD Monitor
  • DVI Cable
  • DisplayPort Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Power Cable
  • Quick Release
Limited Warranty3 Year