HP's 30-inch green machine

HP's 30-inch ZR30w. Purported to be a cleaner, greener version of the LP3065.

Not quite Tony Stark-level tech, but this'll do for now. HP

For those of you clamoring for coverage of the HP ZR24w and ZR22w (all both of you; you know who you are), be patient. A review of at least one is coming--depending on which one HP decides to send me. In the meantime, HP has seen fit to add a 30-inch version to the series, the ZR30w.

In the company's press materials for the new 30-incher, HP insinuates that some people may not see much difference between it and the previous 30-inch monitor, the HP LP3065. They must have read my mind, as that was exactly what I was thinking when I first laid eyes on it.

However, HP claims that a few upgrades are included, most in the interest of lower power consumption and environmental responsibility. First, according to HP, the ZR30w has a new aluminum-clad chassis that uses a minimum of 25 percent post-consumer recycled resin. Next, the monitor purportedly houses a lower power panel than the LP3065. Finally, the ZR30w comes with what HP says is an 85 percent efficient power supply.

So if power consumption and the environment are concerns, HP seems determined to bring you a high-performing monitor, which you won't have to hide when your crunchy, bamboo-car-driving friends visit.

Like the LP3065, the new display also includes four-way ergonomic support including height adjustment, swivel, tilt, and pivot. In addition, the ZR30w is manufactured with an S-IPS panel, includes a 2,560x1,600 resolution, and has a purported 370 candelas per square meter luminance and 3000:1 contrast ratio. Unfortunately, while the LP3065 included three DVI ports and four USB ports, the ZR30w includes a DisplayPort, only one DVI port, and an integrated four-port USB hub. I've not yet decided how close to an even trade this is.

The ZR30w is available now for $1300. Keep your eyes on the monitor hub for a full review soon.

 

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