HP's 30in LCD monitor, the LP3065, produced impressive image quality in our tests. It also has a nice design and unique features that set it apart. Like other 30in displays, it's pricey, but it might be worth it if your work demands lots of screen real estate.

The LP3065 performed well in our text and graphics tests, showing extremely sharp text in both a Microsoft Word document and an Excel spreadsheet. Black text on a white background was quite easy to read, even at very small font sizes. However, because of the display's high resolution of 2,560x1,600, icons and text can appear rather small. You can remedy this by increasing the font display size in Windows.

Colours on the LP3065 looked bright and lively, both in photographs and on a screen of a website. Again, its high resolution helped the display excel at showing fine detail.

With three DVIs (digital visual interfaces), the LP3065 is more versatile than other displays - it can be hooked up to several PCs at once using a digital connection, which is a nice extra.

All of the ports are dual-link DVI, so they all require a dual-graphics card setup. If you don't already have such a graphics card, you'll have to shell out for one to accommodate this monitor.

The LP3065 lacks an OSD (onscreen display) for adjusting the image - because no components yet exist that support its high resolution. HP states that future versions of the LP3065 will include an OSD. The only adjustment you can make is to brightness - several buttons on the front of the unit dial brightness up or down.

The monitor has a nice streamlined design, with a thin black bezel and a silver stand. It can tilt and swivel, but not pivot. It's also height-adjustable and wall-mountable.

HP LP3065: Specs

  • Active Matrix TFT (thin film transistor)
  • anti-glare and anti-static coatings
  • 30in screen
  • 178 degree horizontal, 178 degree vertical viewing angle
  • 300 nits brightness
  • 1,000:1 contrast ratio
  • 6ms response time (grey to grey), 12ms (rise and fall)
  • 0.250 mm pixel pitch
  • 16.7 million colours
  • 275MHz maximum pixel rate
  • horizontal frequency: 100kHz, vertical frequency: 60Hz
  • 2,560x1,600 @ 60Hz (native) resolution
  • three dual-link DVI-D inputs
  • two dual-link DVI cables
  • 790x378x568mm
  • 1.34kg
  • Active Matrix TFT (thin film transistor)
  • anti-glare and anti-static coatings
  • 30in screen
  • 178 degree horizontal, 178 degree vertical viewing angle
  • 300 nits brightness
  • 1,000:1 contrast ratio
  • 6ms response time (grey to grey), 12ms (rise and fall)
  • 0.250 mm pixel pitch
  • 16.7 million colours
  • 275MHz maximum pixel rate
  • horizontal frequency: 100kHz, vertical frequency: 60Hz
  • 2,560x1,600 @ 60Hz (native) resolution
  • three dual-link DVI-D inputs
  • two dual-link DVI cables
  • 790x378x568mm
  • 1.34kg

OUR VERDICT

But the LP3065 costs more than a grand, which is quite a bit for a display. Granted, you do get excellent image quality and lots of room to spread out in and if you crave viewing detail in your photos and documents, the LP3065 might be worth the splurge.

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