Gateway XHD3000 Monitor (30-inch) review: Gateway XHD3000 Monitor (30-inch)

On our contrast ratio test, the Gateway achieved a 734:1 ratio in our lab, which falls short of Gateway's 1,000:1 claim. We typically see a difference between what we see in the labs and what a vendor rates its own panels, but this is a larger difference than usual. Without knowing exactly what methodology Gateway uses to test contrast ratio, however, it's impossible to pinpoint the reason for the disparity.

With that said, real-world testing was a completely different story as the display's lackluster contrast score did nothing to affect its ability to show highly detailed, clear, and colorful Blu-ray and DVD images. This is easily one of the best monitors we've yet seen when it comes to picture quality. We found that the DVD and Blu-ray playback was exemplary and matches the quality we saw with the Samsung SyncMaster 305T and the Dell Crystal. Each of our test films looked great, with very full colors and tight sharpness. From the red blood spatters in Kill Bill Vol. 1 to the highly detailed face close-ups in Swordfish, at every turn we were not disappointed. World of Warcraft looked great as usual, but in this case it looks especially awesome running in 2,560x1,600. We did not notice any of the streaking that we saw with the Samsung SyncMaster 305T, which was really the only performance difference we were able to discern between the two 30-inchers.

Gateway claims a viewing angle of 176 degrees for the display. We watched both Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Swordfish from extreme angles and did not notice a drop in quality. As an added bonus to all of this entertainment talk, we also found that the huge 30-inch screen coupled with the very high 2,560x1,600 resolution makes for loads of screen real estate that can be utilized to make even normal office work more enjoyable and productive.

The included speaker bar produces decent sound at about mid to 90-percent volume; anything above that and we noticed a slight distortion in the form of a hissing sound.

Juice box
Gateway Extreme XHD3000 Average watts per hour
On (Default Luminance) 160.36
On (Max Luminance) 160.36
On (Min Luminance) 68.51
Sleep 17.01
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 104.46
Score Poor
Annual energy cost (@$0.1135/kWh) $59.67

CNET Labs DisplayMate tests
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Gateway XHD3000 Extreme HD
92 

Brightness scores (in cd/m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Gateway XHD3000 Extreme HD
348 

Contrast ratio
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Gateway FHD2400
1047:1 
Gateway XHD3000 Extreme HD
734:1 

Testing note: We used the Kramer VM-2DVI distribution amplifier during testing. This device allowed us to test two 30-inch displays at their native resolution at once.

Find out more about how we test LCD monitors.

Service and support
The monitor comes back with a one-year parts-and-labor warranty. Toll-free phone technical support is available 24-7, and you can also e-mail your support questions to Gateway. The bundled EZTunes software allows you to configure the contrast and color options. The display comes with the EZTunes software, however we could not find a downloadable version on Gateway's site. We were able to find it at Portrait.com, however.

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