Review: HP DreamColor Z27x Display

Studio Daily by David English

If you work with video content, you probably spend much of your time staring at a desktop monitor. And you probably wonder if what you see on the screen is an accurate representation of what your content will look like as a finished product. You could always throw money at the problem, but most of us can?t afford to pay $20,000 to $30,000 for a color-accurate monitor. What many post-production facilities want is a video-optimized monitor that costs a fraction of that price.

That?s the niche that HP hopes to fill with its new $1,499 HP DreamColor Z27x display. An upgrade to the original DreamColor display that was introduced back in 2008, it costs less than half the price of the original, yet it has three times the color accuracy. HP worked closely with DreamWorks and one of the top VFX houses (HP won?t say which one) when designing this product. As a result, it includes many of the features that postproduction companies have requested over the years.

This monitor has a 27-inch second-generation IPS panel with a 2560?1440 resolution. It comes with push-button access for the sRGB D65, sRGB D50, AdobeRGB, BT.709, BT.2020, DCI-P3, and native color spaces, though you can program any of the seven presets to suit your own requirements. The output is true 10-bit color for 1.07 billion colors. The colors are calculated with 14-bit precision, and it can produce 1,024 gray levels per channel. There?s input support for 4K video for both 4096?2160 and 3840?2160, even though those resolutions are higher than the panel can technically display. It has a 7 ms response time (gray to gray). And there?s a built-in calibration engine that?s compatible with some of the color measurement instruments that are often used to calibrate DCI projectors. read more...

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