HP's inexpensive high resolution 27" display

Subject: Displays | April 5, 2012 - 12:49 PM |
Tagged: hp, 27, ZR2740w, ips display, led backlight

It may seem odd to refer to a $680 monitor as a really great deal but that is exactly what the HP ZR2740w is.  Finding a new 27" 2560x1440 IPS display with LED backlighting for under $1000 is well nigh impossible, even finding a used one for around $700 is a rare find.  HP has done what no other company has though, cutting costs by removing HDMI and speakers as well as not including an OSD. They did not skimp on the quality of the display however, with a very good response rate for an IPS display as well as a very good colour gamut.  AnandTech does warn you that the lack of OSD controls, having a colourometer to calibrate the monitor properly is very important.

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"We finally have our first real affordable 27”, high resolution display on the market now, and it comes courtesy of HP. The HP ZR2740w is a 27” IPS panel with 2560x1440 resolution (16:9 aspect ratio) and an LED backlighting system. With a street price that comes in at $700 or below, what has HP done to be able to bring a high resolution display to the masses at a price well below other vendors? Thankfully, they provided me with a unit so I could evaluate it and see."

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Source: AnandTech
April 5, 2012 | 01:20 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Considering I can get a 27 inch off eBay for half the price, I'll pass.

April 5, 2012 | 03:28 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

At a 1920 x 1080 resolution? Gross

April 5, 2012 | 03:46 PM - Posted by jake (not verified)

Can we get this resolution in 21" or lower? Why can I only get a higher resolution by getting a much larger display? The pixel density is worse than many 1080p panels you have been able to get for years.

April 5, 2012 | 03:54 PM - Posted by Nilbog

Well i'm sold on it. Definitely a step in the right direction.

April 5, 2012 | 04:19 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

seems like a great deal but im not diggin' the 12ms response time. but im sure this monitor has great color reproduction. the added screen real estate is nice too :)

April 6, 2012 | 08:15 AM - Posted by Kusanagi (not verified)

12ms is still lower than one frame. i'd rather it be slightly lower than what it is though.

April 6, 2012 | 08:50 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I bought this display about 1 and a half months ago, i have been very happy with it for gaming. Once you see such a high res for gaming u cant go back.

April 9, 2012 | 02:43 PM - Posted by genomad (not verified)

If they had this pixel density on a 16:10 monitor I would be begging them to take my money. But I'll pass. I don't care for 16:9 on monitors (personal preference, not trolling).

Does anyone know of any good 16:10 >24 inch monitors with high pixel density

May 15, 2012 | 08:17 PM - Posted by Devil 2 U

I would really like PCPer to do a review on this monitor and let us know how it performs, especially for gaming.

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