“The last 30” HP LCD we touched was the venerable HP LP3065 back in 2007. The LP3065 is still available today as well at $1,349 on HP’s website. The ZR30w is being introduced at a price point of $1,299 – some $300 below Dell’s UltraSharp 3008WFP display. Interestingly enough, the ZR30w does away with the plethora of DVI-D ports we praised the LP3065 for having (almost doubling as a KVM switch). It trims down the 3 DVI-D ports in the LP3065 to 1 DVI-D port and a DisplayPort for the ZR30w. That’s not a deal breaker, but you’re still one input shorter a generation later, which is a bit puzzling. Considering other 30” displays include a plethora of input options, we find the ZR30’s a bit spartan – an HDMI port or component would be welcome additions.”
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- Samsung SyncMaster 2494HM DVI / HDMI 24-in LCD Monitor Review @ OCIA
- ViewSonic VT2730 Review @ TechReviewSource
- Alienware OptX AW2310 23″ LCD Monitor @ Tweaktown
- Dell UltraSharp U2711 27″ LCD Monitor @ Tweaktown
When you think of 30″ monitors it tends to be Dell and their 3007WFP/3008WFP that people think of first but HP is hoping to put and end to this with their new ZR30w. It is 29.7″ viewable diagonally with a 2560×1600 resolution and a MRSP of $1,299 which makes it fairly inexpensive compared to other 30″ monitors. HP has tried for a balance with the lower price, they didn’t make sacrifices on the screen quality but the lack of HDMI or components plugs as well as no real onscreen display obviously contribute to the lower price. You can see AnandTech’s full review here which will give you an idea as to how well HP did.