At least among my colleagues, I seem to be the one of those who are pushing the boundaries of using large LCD monitors – those above 24-inch in size. You may be looking to upgrade this year, so I’d like to share my experience with my two purchases this year: the 27-inch ZR2740w and to 30-inch HP ZR30w.
THESE ARE BOTH GREAT MONITORS
Let’s this that out of the way, I really enjoy using these monitors. Easily they are both the best LCD monitors I have ever owned and have no reservations in recommending them.
|Diagonal Size||27 inches||30 inches|
|Pixel pitch||0.233 mm||0.2505 mm|
|-5 to +35°||-5° to + 35°|
|USB ports|| |
4 USB ports
|5 USB ports|
|DisplayPort||Yes (supports HDCP)||Yes|
|HDMI||Yes (supports HDCP)||No|
|Weight||10.5kg (23.1 lb)||13kg (28.6 lb)|
|Power Consumption||120W (maximum) |
|185 (maximum) |
|Price (as of 2011-10-21)||~$720 US||$1,100|
For both these monitors, the first thing you will notice is how bright the displays are and the colors seem very crisp. Both of the monitors I purchased had zero defective pixels – but your mileage may vary.
Notice that despite being smaller, the 27-inch ZR2740w has almost as many pixels as the 30-inch ZR30w – which means that the ZR2740w display has a higher resolution (as you can tell from the pixel pitch in the table above).
The ZR2740w has a LED backlight – this doesn’t have any visual difference to me, but at least it allows the ZR2740w display to be thinner.
I think this is simple – the ZR2740w packs almost as many pixels as the ZR30w into a smaller, lighter device with more support for display inputs and consumes less power and costs $400 less. If you are looking for a larger display for the next few years my #1 recommendation would be the ZR2740w .