The Good The HP ZR2740w's pixel-packing 2,560x1,440 resolution makes high-end PC games look incredible. The monitor also includes the full gamut of ergo options and plenty of USB ports. At $700, it's the cheapest way to get an extreme-definition (XD) monitor onto your desktop.
The Bad With no included OSD, picture customizations are limited to brightness. Also, a single DVI and one DisplayPort are all the connections you get.
The Bottom Line The HP ZR2740w sacrifices customization to deliver a powerful monitor at a reasonable price.
With no customization options (aside from brightness), the HP ZR2740w requires you to accept it as is. However, is its price-to-performance ratio high enough to make its lack of options worth dealing with?
Design and features
Based on its thick, sturdy body, the astute among you might be able to quickly determine the panel type of the HP ZR2740w. Unsurprisingly, the monitor houses an in-plane switching (IPS) panel that demands copious amounts of silicon real estate to contain its IPS-based power. The ZR2740w has a substantial, 1.3-inch-deep initial chassis that slopes inward toward the rear and extends back an additional inch to include the connection options and ventilation system. This brings the monitor's full depth to 2.3 inches. That's a far cry more girth than the sub-inch-thick profiles we're used to seeing on twisted nematic (TN) monitors.
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