One HP ZR30w reviewer who purchased this PC monitor reckoned that it was good looking. Techradar.com said on expert website Techradar “We suspect images of corporate cubes leap to mind more readily than sexy screens.” in their HP ZR30w review and rated the HP ZR30w 4 stars.
Good Picture Quality
One person reckoned that this PC monitor had good picture quality.
Good Product Quality
One HP ZR30w reviewer who reviewed this PC monitor wrote that it was good quality. Six years ago expert review site Alphr.com mentioned “HP’s gargantuan screen delivers luscious image quality.” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars.
One HP ZR30w owner who reviewed the HP ZR30w said that it was good in terms of USB connections. It Reviews.com mentioned on IT Reviews.com “Built-in USB hub”.
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Several customers who reviewed this PC monitor thought it was good value for money. Pcmag.com wrote on expert website PC Mag “The HP ZR30w is a massive 30-inch IPS monitor with an equally massive price tag” but despite that they rated it 3 stars. Expert website Itreviews.com mentioned “A massive 30-inch IPS monitor with an equally massive price tag, offers good grayscale performance” in their review.
Five USB Type-A Downstream Ports
Most flatpanel monitors of a similar age and spec to the ZR30w have between one and five USB Type-A downstream ports, including the HP ZR30w which has five USB Type-A downstream ports.
2560 X 1600 Pixels Display Resolution
The HP ZR30w has a maximum display resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. That's 98% more display resolution than the most common display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
A 2560 x 1600 pixels display resolution is actually the best display resolution across all medium monitors that have been available for a similar time to the ZR30w.
The worst display resolution across comparable types of LCD screen is 1366 x 768 pixels.
HP Flatpanel Monitors Have Good Reviews
Medium monitors built by HP have good reviews on average. We also checked the reviews for all PC displays (not just medium monitors) and found that HP also has good reviews across its entire range.
Quite Wide Horizontal Viewing Angle
The HP ZR30w has a quite wide horizontal viewing angle (178 degrees) compared to most of the other PC monitors of this type and age. Across all the PC screens of this type and age the horizontal viewing angles range from 60° to 1,800°, and the average horizontal viewing angle is 170°.
Five USB 2.0 Ports
The HP ZR30w is a five USB 2.0 port PC monitor. Most of the other PC screens of a similar type and age to the ZR30w have between one and five USB 2.0 ports.
Fairly Bright Display Brightness
Across all the medium monitors that have been on the market for more than two years the display brightness range from 30 cd/m² to 1,700 cd/m². At 370 candellas per square meter, the HP ZR30w has a quite bright display brightness compared to most of the other comparable spec LCD screens that are a similar age to the ZR30w.
2560 X 1600 (WQXGA) Graphics Resolution
The HP ZR30w has a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1600 (WQXGA). That's 98% more resolution than a 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) flatpanel monitor, which is the most common resolution. Across all medium monitors that have been available for a comparable time to the ZR30w the worst resolution is 640 x 350 and the best is 3840 x 2160.
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Difficult to Use
Two people mentioned in their reviews that the HP ZR30w was not easy to use the menus. Pcmag.com said “Its lack of picture settings and limited video inputs hold it back”. It Reviews.com wrote in their HP ZR30w review “Limited picture settings” and gave the product a rating of 60 out of 100.
Inferior Technical Features
One HP ZR30w reviewer who purchased this PC monitor thought it did not have good features. Expert website Cnet.com mentioned in their HP ZR30w review “The HP ZR30w lacks too many features to be competitive with other, lower-priced 30-inchers”.
The cheapeast LCD screens of this age and type that we found costs £51 and the most expensive costs £5,421. We think that this HP PC display looks expensive for a PC monitor of this age and type.
Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker
Like most of the other medium monitors that have been available for a comparable time to the ZR30w, the HP ZR30w does not have a built-in speaker.
The HP ZR30w is not 3D compatible. Most of the other medium monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as the ZR30w are also not 3D compatible.
Does Not Have a Built-In Camera
The HP ZR30w does not have a built-in camera. Most of the other medium monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as the ZR30w also do not have a built-in camera.
There are a number of alternative PC monitors which also have a built-in camera which you might want to consider including the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display[plb_1794077_price] which also has a higher rating.
Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader
Most medium monitors that have been available for more than two years do not have an integrated card reader. The HP ZR30w is no exception to this as it too does not have an integrated card reader.
There are a number of alternative PC displays which also have an integrated card reader that you might also want to look at including the DELL U3011[plb_1534149_price], or the Asus PA279[plb_1588541_price] which also has a higher rating.
Only HD HD Type
This flatpanel monitor has a Full HD HD type, which is the most commonly found HD type on LCD screens of this age and spec.
Running Costs Are High
The average running cost of the ZR30w is £221 over 5 years based on typical energy prices and usage levels, which makes it one of the more expensive to run LCD screens of a similar age and spec.
Very High Maximum Power Consumption
When compared to other medium monitors that have been available for more than two years, the maximum power consumption of the HP ZR30w of 185 Watts is one of the highest. The average maximum power consumption of medium monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as the ZR30w is 52W.
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Released Over Four Years Ago
It was over four years ago when HP released the ZR30w.
LCD Display Type
The HP ZR30w has an LCD display type which is better than most LCD screens of this spec and age. Most PC displays of this age and type have an LED display type.
We compared this LCD screen to all the other flatpanel monitors that have an LCD Display and we think the HP 2310[plb_1491133_price] which is cheaper; or the DELL U3011[plb_1534149_price], and the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display[plb_1794077_price] which has better reviews are also worth considering.
If the display type of this LCD screen is not good enough for you then you might want to look at the Asus PA279[plb_1588541_price] (LED and higher rated).
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