HP ZR2740w: 27-inch 2560×1440 IPS LCD Monitor

  • Display: 10-bit 27-inch IPS LCD
  • Pixel Format: 2560×1440
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Backlight: 39,000-hour LED
  • Brightness: 380 nits
  • Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
  • Viewing Angles: 178/178
  • Response Time: 14 ms on/off, 12 ms GTG
  • Connectivity: DisplayPort, dual-link DVI
  • Adjustability: Tilt, swivel, pivot, height

HP: The ZR2740w sports a matte 10-bit IPS LCD good for over one billion colors. To get that though you’ll need to use a DisplayPort connection and 10-bit content. Unfortunately I can’t seem to find evidence suggesting there is an embedded programmable lookup table (LUT) for precision color tuning.

The 2560×1440 pixel format should be a boon for dual window workers like me allowing two expansive 1280×1440 windows. Unfortunately I would have liked 160 extra vertical pixels for a 16:10 aspect ratio.

For some of us who like working in dark environments the ZR2740w can be throttled down to just 50 nits of brightness, saving power and your eyes.

One feature I’d like to point out is the HP Quick Release 2 feature. At deployments that require easy access to thousands of monitors, the QR2 system allows for quick and easy dismount by installing a QR2 plate compatible with 100×100 mm VESA holes.

The HP ZR2740w is aggressively priced at US$729, undercutting the Dell UltraSharp U2711 by $220 and the Apple Thunderbolt Display by $270.