For the past few years, consumer electronics companies have battled one another in the LCD market, determined to score the best gaming monitor in the world. Jumping into the fray is Hewlett-Packard, which released the HP ZR30w 30-inch S-IPS LCD Monitor. Designed and billed as a high-end monitor, the HP ZR30w Monitor is primed as the ideal gaming monitor for performance-oriented PCs or powerful workstations.
the HP ZR30w Monitor is primed as the ideal gaming monitor for performance-oriented PCs.Obviously named partially after the diagonal size of its screen — which is 30 inches — the HP ZR30w Monitor is marketed as the first 30 inch monitor with the ability to surpass a billion colors. The rated number is actually 1.07 billion, which would do well with gaming enthusiasts looking for the best gaming monitor. To this group of customers in particular, graphics with accurate color tracking and a wide gamut (rated at 102 percent for this gaming monitor) is ideal for the ultimate visual experience. The material used on the screen of the gaming monitor is a Wide-Aspect Active Matrix thin film transistor (TFT).
Boosting the ZR30w’s candidacy for best gaming monitor status is the Super In-Plane Switching technology. Abbreviated to S-IPS, it implemented on the TFT LCD screen to display accurate and consistent color from any viewing angle, which explains the gaming monitor’s “S-IPS” designation. The technology also provides energy efficiency. According to HP, the gaming monitor typically consumes 135 watts; its maximum power consumption is rated at 185 W. As a high-definition device aiming for best gaming monitor status, the HP ZR30w Monitor has a native resolution of 2,560 by 1,600 pixels. This surpasses the traditional pixel resolutions of 1,280 by 720 pixels or even the 1,920 by 1,080 pixels found on HD TVs. In general the S-IPS implementation and high resolution help propel the HP ZR30 gaming monitor toward the forefront of the race for the best gaming monitor title.
HP ZR30W GAMING MONITOR SPECS
|Ergonomic options:||Height-Adjustable stand,tilt and swivel|
|Resolution:||2560 x 1600|
|Audio:||No Integrated speakers|
|Wall mount support:||Yes VESA wall mount support|
|Connectivity||DisplayPort, DVI-D, USB-B, 2x USB-A|
|Picture options:||In Menu: Input select, brightness up, brightness down, power|
|Additional Features:||First 30″ monitor with over 1,000,000,000 colors!!|
|Power Consumption:||130 W (in use)
185 W (max)
<2 W (Sleep mode)
The HP ZR30w Monitor has a typical viewing angle of up to 178 degrees — both horizontal and vertical — at a minimum contrast ratio of 10 to 1. The typical contrast ratio, however, is 1,000 to 1, and the dynamic contrast ratio is 3,000 to 1. This awesome gaming monitor sports a brightness of 370 candelas per square meter, with a back-light lamp life designed to last for up to 40,000 hours. As a best gaming monitor competitor, the HP ZR30w Monitor has several connectors. Five USB 2.0 ports are provided for hooking up USB-compatible devices. For digital display products that demand relatively higher video bandwidth, the monitor also provides a Dual-Link DV1-D port. A DisplayPort is included for connecting HD displays, in lieu of the traditional HDMI port.
Possessing a 5.9-foot power cable and packaged with a stand, this best gaming monitor candidate measures 17.9 inches in height, 27.3 inches in width and 3.4 inches in depth with just the head. The monitor alone, without the stand, weighs 20.9 pounds. At Amazon.com, a place for gauging the best gaming monitor, the reviews for the HP ZR30w Monitor have been almost entirely positive. Most of the praise goes to the image quality characterized by sharp images, crisp and clear colors and better-than-average back-lighting. As of 2013, the gaming monitor has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars.