REVIEW: HP ZR24w
++ very good, + good, +/- satisfactory, - bad, -- very bad
Currently, a new monitor from HP is causing people to sit up and take notice: the ZR24w. According to the datasheet, the 24-inch monitor has some promises to make. For the best image quality, the model has a 24-inch S-IPS panel without an extended colour space with a 16:10 image format and a resolution of 1.920 x 1.200 pixels. A response time that is improved through overdrive should also make the HP ZR24w for gamers. For the lowest possible and most efficient power consumption, HP has included a power unit which is more than 85 percent more effective and in addition, for the sake of the environment, the plastic components of the HP ZR24w consist of at least 25 percent used and recycled resin.
Optically, too, the HP ZR24w sets new trends with an exterior made from brushed aluminium. As well as the usual DVI and D-Sub VGA ports, the HP ZR24w also has a DisplayPort connection. In order not to leave anything to chance, HP has also equipped the ZR24w with all imaginable ergonomic functions.
All of these features come at an extremely low price of around 330,00 Euro. In our test, we want to clarify whether or not the quality has suffered between the outstanding features and low price.
We connected and tested the HP ZR24w on the digital DVI output of an Asus GTX 275 and connected the monitor using a DVI cable. The colorimetric measurements were taken using a spectral photometer (EyeOne Pro) in connection with the iColor software from Quato and Colorimetre HCFR. A colorimeter (X-Rite DTP94) was used to measure the minimum black value. As an external player source, we used the Sony BDP-S350 Blu-ray player, connected via a HDMI-DVI cable.
The HP ZR24w is delivered in a mono-coloured, printed box. Measuring 64 x 33 x 43 centimetres (W x H x D), the box is not very compact, but has two handles on the side to make transport easier. Including packaging, the HP ZR24w weighs 10.8 kilograms – so it is no lightweight. Inside the box is the base, separated from the monitor by a layer of Styrofoam, and the accessories provided. Both the base and display are also further protected from damage with a soft foam bag.
The range of accessory cables is complete and HP even includes a DisplayPort cable with the monitor - very generous. In addition, the scope of supply also includes a software CD and a getting started guide.
Complete scope of supply: HP ZR24w.
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