The HP Z lineup has long been a staple for intensive and next-level creative content workflows. Whether you’re a 3D, VFX, or motion-graphics artist, designer, photographer, video editor, or all-around creative, there’s an HP Z display that will refine your work experience and enhance your creativity. Let’s take a look at some popular Z Series displays from HP.
For Color Professionals: The HP DreamColor Z27x 27" Studio Display
Designed for serious color professionals, the HP DreamColor Z27x 27" 16:9 IPS Monitor delivers rich, accurate color, deep blacks, and cinema-class color gamuts, thanks to 10-bit support for 1.07 billion colors and 1,024 tones per channel via the HP DreamColor Engine 2. An integrated calibration engine lets you create your own color space with one touch or use a professional calibration device via one of the two USB 2.0 Type-A DreamColor ports. To serve a wide variety of users, the Z27x supports 100% of the sRGB, BT.709, and Adobe RGB color gamuts, 99% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, and 68% of the BT.2020 gamut. A native resolution of 2560 x 1440 delivers crisp images, while 250 nits of brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, and 178° viewing angles provide bright images with solid contrast that can be viewed from almost any angle. Connect to external peripherals with two DisplayPort 1.2 ports, one HDMI 1.4 port, a USB 3.0 Type-B port, four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a 3.5mm audio output, and a TOSLINK audio output, so you’ll be able to tackle anything multimedia that comes your way.
Consistent Color, Surpasses Design Standards: The HP Z27k G3 27" 4K IPS Monitor
HP’s Z27k G3 27" 4K 16:9 IPS Monitor brings your ideas to life with 99% sRGB and 85% DCI-P3 coverage for consistent color and vibrant details, Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) resolution for precise details, and a frameless design that allows for more on-screen real estate in a smaller form factor. This IPS panel also features wide 178° viewing angles, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, 350 nits of brightness, and 10-bit (8-bit + FRC) support for 1.07 billion colors. As impressive as this is, the Z27k also shines when it comes to connectivity. It is equipped with one HDMI 2.0 input, one DisplayPort 1.4 input, one DisplayPort 1.4 output to daisy-chain monitors together, one 10 Gb/s USB Type-C port that supports 100W of power and DisplayPort 1.4, four 5 Gb/s USB Type-A ports that support up to 7.5W of power, and an RJ45 Ethernet port. The back of this display can also be used to mount an HP Z2 Mini or HP Desktop Mini so you can keep a more organized workspace.
If you don’t need the resolution of this display, the HP Z27u G3 27" 16:9 IPS Monitor retains most of the features of the Z27k, but with 2560 x 1440 resolution and 8-bit (6-bit + FRC) support for 16.7 million colors.
Quad HD Resolution, Streamlined Connectivity: The HP Z27q G3 27" 16:9 IPS Monitor
If you need the color accuracy and resolution of the Z27u, but don’t have a system equipped with USB Type-C, then the HP Z27q G3 27" 16:9 IPS Monitor is for you. Its ports comprise a DisplayPort 1.2 output for daisy-chaining, a DisplayPort 1.2 input, an HDMI 1.4 input, and four 5 Gb/s USB Type-A ports that provide 7.5W of charging power. Aside from that, you’ll enjoy a 2560 x 1440 IPS display with 8-bit color, coverage for 99% of the sRGB and 85% of the P3 D65 gamuts, wide 178° viewing angles, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, and 350 nits of brightness. The back of this display can also be used to mount an HP Z2 Mini or HP Desktop Mini, so, when combined with the device ports, you can keep a more organized workspace.
HDR, Billions of Colors, Calibrated Color Presets: The HP Z25xs G3 DreamColor 25" 16:9 IPS Monitor
Remove barriers between the design and the designer with HP’s Z25xs G3 DreamColor 25" 16:9 IPS Monitor, which lets you create impactful visuals with billions of colors, thanks to 10-bit (8-bit + FRC) support and hyper-realistic contrast with HDR that is driven by VESA DisplayHDR 400 and 400 nits of brightness with a 1000:1 contrast ratio. Further attention is given to color-critical work with purpose-built, factory-calibrated color presets for Windows or Mac, as well as coverage for 99% of the sRGB and 95% of the P3 D65 color gamuts. If you need to customize your color presets further, the HP Display Center lets you create three additional ones. To switch between color presets more efficiently, there is a joypad, plus an attachment for a Z Display G3 Conferencing Speaker Bar for stereo-quality audio and dual mics.
On the technical side, the Z25xs features one HDMI 2.0 input, one DisplayPort 1.4 input, one DisplayPort 1.4 output for creating a daisy chain, one 10 Gb/s USB Type-C port that supports 100W of power and DisplayPort 1.4, a second 10 Gb/s USB Type-C port that supports data and power up to 15W, and three 5 Gb/s USB Type-A ports. Should just a third of a pixel fail or get stuck in one position, HP will replace this entire display, so you really don’t have anything to lose.
If you like the Z25xs, but desire more resolution, try the HP Z27xs G3 DreamColor 27" 16:9 4K HDR IPS Monitor, which adds Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution, VESA DisplayHDR 600 and 600 nits of brightness, and a 1300:1 contrast ratio for shaper images with increased details and a greater tonal range.
Four Monitors in One: The HP Z43 42.5" 16:9 4K UHD IPS Monitor
Geared toward business users, but practical for anyone who needs to keep multiple windows open simultaneously, HP’s Z43 42.5" 16:9 4K UHD IPS Display upgrades your impromptu business meetings and collaborative brainstorming sessions with a 42.5" diagonal and connects with a single USB Type-C cable that provides data transfers up to 5 Gb/s, DisplayPort 1.2, and up to 65W of power. 3840 x 2160 resolution delivers 8 million pixels, while the large screen area replaces a typical quad-display setup. Thanks to Picture-by-Picture and Picture-in-Picture functionality, you’ll be able to pull content simultaneously from up to four systems and display it on screen. The Z43 also features adjustable tilt and swivel, or take it off the stand and mount it using the integrated VESA thread.
The Z43 is also notable because it is a true 10-bit panel that delivers 1.07 billion colors without relying on 8 bits and Frame Rate Control to display the same number of colors virtually. Visuals are further enhanced via 350 nits of brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, and viewing angles of 178°. There is also coverage for 72% of the NTSC and 96% of the sRGB color gamuts, but for a true 10-bit display, it would be nice to see Adobe RGB and P3 gamut support, as well. To ensure you’ll have all the ports you need to go along with the massive amount of on-screen real estate there is, there are also DisplayPort 1.2, Mini DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, and USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports.
Well, there you have it. No matter what kind of creative content tasks you’re engaging in, HP Z’s lineup has a monitor that will suit your workflow. Do you need a massive display, or are you OK with something smaller? 4K, QHD, Full HD? USB Type-C single-cable connectivity? HDR or SDR? More or less color gamuts? You can rest easy knowing HP has you covered.
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