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A waking dream of color, from HP

The HP DreamColor LP2480zx is finally reviewed.

The LP2480zx in all its powered-off glory. Josh P. Miller/CNET

I've been getting requests to review the HP DreamColor LP2480zx for the better part of the last year. Sorry it's taken so long, but here it is. Better late than never.

It's an interesting endeavor, to review a product that costs well over $2,000. This is especially true when other devices that serve the same basic purpose exist and can be procured for fraction of the cost.

In this situation, the intended audience has to be considered. Does it meet their needs as best you can tell? Are there lower-priced alternatives?

This leads to comparisons that best illustrate the reviewed monitor's value. In this case I chose to compare the LP2480zx to the NEC MultiSync PA27AW. It's larger than the LP2480zx, but still geared towards the same audience.

Keep reading to find out how a 24-inch, professional-grade monitor released last year compares to a 27-inch display from last month.

If these are too rich for your blood, be sure to stop by the monitor hub for in-depth reviews on some other devices that serve the same basic purpose.