Looking to pick up a pro-color-quality display at a price south of $1,000? HP has revved its cheapest DreamColor, the 24-inch DreamColor Z24x to G2.
The update is very minor -- the specifications are identical with the exception of brightness, which dropped from 350 nits to 300 nits. But if you're looking for an inexpensive color-critical display, it's worth knowing this exists. And you can find the three-year-old model for less than $450 (£462), so you could pick one up even cheaper if you go for the last generation. Except in Australia, where it's AU$1,071.
When the DreamColor Z24x G2 ships in July it will cost $559 in the US. I don't yet have pricing or availability for other regions, but the US price converts to approximately £467 and AU$795.
|Size (diagonal)||24 in/61 cm|
|Maximum gamut||99 percent Adobe RGB (96 percent DCI-P3)|
|Bit depth||"8 (10-bit simulation via FRC)"|
|Typical brightness (nits)||300|
|Color profile stored in hardware||Yes|
|Hardware calibration compatibility||X-Rite i1 Display Pro, Klein Instruments K10-A|
|Selectable color spaces||sRGB, Adobe RGB, BT.709|
|MHL (Mobile High-definition Link) support||No|
|HDMI||1 x 1.4|
|DVI||1 x DVI-D|
|USB 3.0 (out)||4 x USB 3.0|
|USB 3.0 (in)||1|
|DisplayPort||1 x 1.2 (out), 1 x 1.2 (in)|
|Release date||July 2017|
The most important thing to note is that it's not a true 10-bit panel; like many less-expensive monitors, the Z24x uses an 8-bit panel and use FRC -- frame-rate control -- to interpolate colors between screen-refresh frames and deliver the appearance of a bigger gamut, but might cause some flicker. But it does have hardware profiles, so at least for color-critical sRGB it's a step up.