Tuesday, 6 January 2015

HP announces 6 new monitors, including 4K, 5K, curved, and 3D displays

HP went ballistic today with its monitor announcement, launching no less than seven of them at once. This includes some 4K monitors, some curved, one 5K screen and there’s even a 3D monitor.

The HP Z27q is the 27-inch 5K monitor with a 5120×2880 resolution, identical to the new iMac with Retina display. The monitor has two DisplayPort 1.2 inputs, four USB 3.0 outputs, tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustment, and covers 99% of the Adobe RGB gamut. The Z27q will set you back by a reasonable $1,299 starting March.

Then there are the two 4K panels, the 27-inch Z27s and the 23.8-inch Z24s. Both have 3840×2160 resolution, 1.07 billion colors, and cover sRGB color gamut. Both have HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, Mini DisplayPort, four USB 3.0 ports, 1 audio out port, and tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustment. The Z27s will be available in January for $749 and the Z24s in April for $549.

The three curved models include the 34-inch Envy 34c, the 27-inch Pavillion 27c and the 27-inch EliteDisplay S270c. The 34c has a super wide 21:9 aspect ratio VA panel with 3440×1440 resolution, dual HDMI (one with MHL), one DisplayPort 2.1, 8-bit color depth, 98.8% sRGB coverage, low reflective coating, and DTS Audio with 6W per channel speakers. It will be available in April for $999. The 27c has a 1080p VA panel, HDMI 1.4, MHL 2.0, and VGA port. There are also built-in DTS Audio and 4W per channel speaker system. It is available now for $399. The S270c is practically the same but has a bigger 27-inch display.

Lastly, there is the HP Zvr virtual reality 3D monitor. It as a 1080p TN panel with 3D cameras above the display that track your head movement and with the help of the passive 3D glasses, not only can you see the objects in 3D but the monitor will use real-time parallax effect to move objects around relative to the position of your head. You can also use the provided stylus to manipulate objects around. This is designed primarily for 3D software such as AutoCAD and for places like design studios, engineering labs, and schools. The Zvr has one DVI-D port, one DisplayPort 1.2, and two USB 3.0 ports. No pricing information has been announced yet.


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