HP ZR30W review

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

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HP zr30w

Twelve hundred British pounds is a huge amount of money for a monitor. But the HP ZR30W is an awful lot of screen. In fact, it's impressive even before you flick the power switch. It's solidly hewn from quality plastics and sports a cool-feeling brushed alloy bezel surround. Admittedly, the styling is rather corporate, but there's no denying the engineering integrity.

As for image quality, the HP ZR30W absolutely blitzes the Lagom image fidelity test suite. Whether it's white saturation, black tones, colour scales or gradient rendering, the result is the same: excellence. In fact, in those objective tests of image quality, it's slightly more consistent than Dell's U2711.

It's no slouch in the subjective viewing stakes, either. The backlight will burn your retinas when set to full reheat. Despite the sheer power, however, there's absolutely no unwanted backlight bleed around the edges. The panel is extremely uniform.

Colour accuracy is another strong point. Flesh tones in HD video catch out most screens, but the ZR30W handles them with effortless realism. If you're looking for weaknesses, they're aren't many. However, like any IPS screen, absolute black levels aren't all that great. The panel also suffers, but only very slightly, from the characteristic IPS white glow from certain angles.

Those are minor issues that most will see past. However, it's the sheer size of the HP ZR30W that could prove a sticking point. This monitor is so big that at normal viewing distances you have to turn your head to see the extremities.

We liked

Spend £1,000 on a PC processor and your investment will probably be technologically outclassed inside six months. Unload a similar amount on the HP ZR30W and you have several years of stunning visuals ahead of you. This really is an excellent monitor that's very unlikely to be significantly bettered any time soon.

We disliked

If you can't afford a monitor like this, it's best not to even look at one. The image quality is so impressive and the sense of space so luxurious, it will spoil you for normal screens. Should you actually buy one, the only issue that's likely to disappoint are black levels that fall short of the best.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD Monitor
Number of Screens1
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH, WEEE
Adjustable Display AngleYes
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
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