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HP's new displays push curves, VR and a 5K priced so low you MUST read this story

Gordon Mah Ung | Jan. 6, 2015
HP's latest monitors get curvy, push virtual reality and push a new price on 5K monitors that's unbelievable.

Still not cheap enough?
HP has an option for high-resolution display lovers on tighter budgets, too: Its new 4K Z27s. It's a 27-incher boasting 3840x2160 across its 300-nit screen. For $750, you get an IPS panel, 10-bit color and sRGB color gamut. Inputs include DisplayPort 1.2, MHL 2.0/HDMI 1.4 and Mini DisplayPort. And yes, it has a 60Hz refresh rate. No company in its right mind would try to sell even a budget 4K monitor with 30Hz, right? 

Only those with bionic vision need apply
For those with exceptional vision, HP will also offer its Z24s, which shoehorns a 4K panel into a 24-inch monitor. Like its larger cousin, the monitor boasts an IPS panel and 60Hz refresh rate. Inputs include MHL 2.0/HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2 and Mini DisplayPort. It's rated at 300 nits, with 178-degree vertical and horizontal viewing angles.

I'll say, 24-inch 4K monitors are beautiful. They're pixel-dense and fit better on your desk. But anyone interested in a 24-inch 4K needs to take one for a test drive first: Everything onscreen is small. You really need exceptional vision, perhaps bionic vision, to see things--or you'd better get used to reading your monitor with your nose practically pressed up against it. You have until April to decide, because the monitor won't be available until then. The 27-incher will be available almost immediately, though.

It's nothing without curves
You're not a monitor maker if you don't have curved panels, so HP's trotting out no fewer than four at CES. Some are new and some not, but all are impressive. 

The HP Z34c and Envy 34c are both curved 34-inch panels with resolutions of 3440x1440 and 21:9 aspect ratios, and 350-nit brightness. Both feature a pair of MHL 2.0/HDMI 1.4 inputs, plus a DisplayPort 1.2 in back and integrated 6-watt speakers. 

Both monitors have 8-bit color depth and 98.8-percent sRGB color depth. The pair also use VA panel technology and feature 178-degree vertical and horizontal viewing angles. Pricing for each is $1,000, with availability pegged to April.

If you can't wait until April to get your curve on, HP is making its EliteDisplay S270c and Pavilion 27c available immediately. They're even cheaper for curved displays, at $400 apiece. The catch? Both are smaller at 27 inches, and the resolution drops to 1920x1080. Both get you 95-percent sRGB color gamuts, 4-watt speakers, and both also use VA (vertical alignment panel) technology. Brightness is 300 nits, compared to 350 nits for the curved 34-inch panels.


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