HP (NYSE:HPQ) is the latest manufacturer to target the 5K segment. Dubbed the Z27q,HP’s offering features a resolution of 5,120 x 2,880 pixels and a 300-nit display. The monitor will be available from March for $1,299, which is far lower than the $2,000 list price of Dell’s 5K monitor.
The 27-inch IPS panel has 10-bit color and 99% Adobe RGB color gamut. Two DisplayPort 1.2 ports are needed to drive the monitor as the medium is not yet able to handle 5K resolutions just yet. That functionality is coming with DisplayPort 1.3. Other connectivity options include three USB 3.0 ports, DVI, HDMI, Mini-DisplayPort and MHL.
For users looking to get a 4K monitor, HP has the Z27s, which offers a resolution of 3840 x 2160 for $749. Main features of the monitor include an IPS panel, 60 Hz refresh rate and wide sRGB color gamut. If you do not need a 27-inch monitor, HP is also selling a 23.4-inch variant dubbed the Z24s, which will set you back $549. Both monitors come with a four-way stand that allows you to swivel the screens and change orientation to portrait.
Curved and VR monitors
HP is also getting into the curved monitor segment with the Z34c and Envy 34c, which come with a resolution of 3440 x 1440 and 21:9 ratio. The wide ratio allows you to fit several windows within a single monitor, thereby negating the need for dual displays. Both monitors are set to retail for $999, and will be available later this year. For more conventional users, HP also has a 27-inch curved monitors called the EliteDisplay S270c and Pavilion 27c with full-HD resolution and 300-nit brightness (versus 350 nits for the 34-inch versions) for $400.
Curved monitors aren’t all HP is dabbling in, as the manufacturer has also rolled out the Zvr Virtual Reality Display, a 3D monitor with a 120 Hz refresh rate and integration passive 3D glasses that allow you to create and interact with “virtual holographic 3D images.” The monitor comes with a stylus through which you can interact with the 3D images, while four cameras mounted on the display constantly track your head and eye movements. HP is aiming for engineering design and automotive use-cases with the Zvr Virtual Reality Display, which will be available later this year.