CNET First Look
HP ZR30wThe HP ZR30w lacks too many features to be competitive with other, lower-priced 30-inchers.
Hey guys, Eric Franklin here. And today, we're taking a first look at the HP ZR30w. As you can see, the HP is a huge honking thing with a 3-inch screen that includes a 2560x1600 resolution. The foot stand is like the foot stand to end all foot stands. It's incredibly wide and has a depth that rivals most notebooks with. As you'd expect, the monitor hardly budges when knocked around, no matter its screen height. Speaking of which, the HP includes screen height adjustment, back tilt, and swivel but no pivot option. Connections include DVI, display port, 4 USB downstream ports, and one upstream. The on-screen display or OSD is non-existent. There is a brightness adjustment option and a fundamentally useless dynamic contrast ratio mode. But no other options are included. In movies, we were impressed with deep [unk] mostly accurate color that look great on the huge 30-inch screen. Faces look natural with no color tip problems. But an option to tweak the green down a few points would have been welcome. Games looked incredible running at 2560x1600 resolution. The colors and vibrancy are second to none. And everything looked detailed and pops nicely from the screen. In power consumption, the HP will cost about $43 per year [unk] compared with the 30-inch HP LP3065, $40.55 per year. The lack of an OSD severely limits the performance potential of the HP. Even with its good baseline performance, we can't recommend the HP when there are other much more well-equipped 30-inchers in the market for a lower price. Once again, this is Eric Franklin and this has been a first look at the HP ZR30w.