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Sbuy Hp Promo Zr24w Lcd Monitor U.S

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  • Display Type:LCD Monitor
  • Display Diagonal Size:24 Inch
  • Dot Pitch / Pixel Pitch:0.27 Mm
  • Display Technology:TFT Active Matrix
  • Display Response Time:7 Ms
  • Max Resolution:1920 x 1200
  • Image Contrast Ratio:1000:1
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 64.8 x 43.2 x 33 cm ; 11 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 11 Kg
  • Item model number: VM633A8#ABA
  • ASIN: B003D1ADUU
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: March 25 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,650 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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SBUY HP Promo ZR24w LCD Monitor U.S

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By olssy on Jan. 31 2012
This was my second zr24w monitor and I really love it. I don't know if it is a better monitor than other IPS based monitors from Dell and Apple but I don't have any regrets of getting this one from HP. The reason I am giving it 4 stars is that there is no USB 3 ports and the price I paid on amazon was 50$ more than if I would have gone with B&H.
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201 of 205 people found the following review helpful
Good all-rounder monitor, great for average users, not just pros July 23 2010
By Max Harry Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
If you don't want to read my long rambling, skip down to the pros and cons below. Also read my update below.

I previously owned a 'Samsung 226BW' for 6 years (TN panel) and had the 'HP LP2475w' briefly (H-IPS panel, instead of e-IPS like this ZR24w). My problem with the LP2475w was it's wide gamut and I wanted consistent color saturation across the entire desktop. I wanted a good looking monitor for multiple purpose, for work and entertainment. This ZR24w meets my need, it only come with a few small imperfections, but they are not bad enough so I would still recommend it.

General impressions, the good stuff:
-The monitor has a very sturdy stand. After turning the brightness down to zero (which is still bright enough), it output around 37watt which is acceptable. The monitor is very bright, but CCFL backlights are known to slowly dim as it gets more hours, so this is a good thing for the long run.

-The colors are simply stunning, combined with great contrast this monitor have very good clarity. When viewing photos and videos, the details and objects stands out, unlike most TN panels which look washed out by comparison. Watching HD videos should be a joy.

-The text is really smooth and sharp at the same time, one of the highlight of this monitor. Good for people who spend lots of time reading online. Small pixel pitch (.270mm) so you won't notice dots unless you move your eyes up close to the screen. There is a feature to adjust sharpness, but only 5 steps, which isn't enough IMO.

-The monitor is standard color gamut (not wide), so colors are not over saturated and are consistent across the whole screen. This is important as it makes the monitor more attractive to average users who don't want to mess with color profiles. Of course, if you are an artist/designer and want to work with Adobe RGB colors, you should buy a wide gamut monitor instead.

The green tint:
My previous HP LP2475w have the infamous problem that plague some IPS monitors: one side of the screen have a pinkish tint and the other side a greenish tint. Unfortunately, my ZR24w came with a slight green tint starting from the right edge of the screen disappearing toward the middle, the left side is white. I can notice the green with white and gray backgrounds. Turning down the green and calibrating the monitor can help a lot, but the green doesn't fully go away. This imperfection bothers me because I do a lot of online reading and a bit of scripts editing that usually involves white background. UPDATE: I fixed this problem using a (better) colorimeter, more info below.

Backlight uniformity:
There are some backlight leakage. I set the monitor to display a black screen and in a dark room took photos of the monitor using my camera with 1/4th and 1/8th second exposure to exaggerate backlight leakage. The photo shows leakage coming from the bottom left and a small bit from the rest of corners. Believe it or not, I noticed these leakages even while using the monitor in daytime when the screen background is a dark colored like black or dark brown, though not anymore if the screen is displaying brighter colors. Also, the backlight slightly dims along the very top and bottom edges of the screen.

Black level:
The black level isn't great and have problem showing 'true black'. Experienced users will know what I mean when a monitor's black level is not good and instead of pure black you see kind of a 'reflective black' because of the backlight bleeds through. This creates a problem when you watch movies or play FPS video games where very dark scenes are involved, this 'reflective black' can makes it harder to pick out objects and details. Despite this, the contrast is good and the colors are accurate, it's still much better watching black and white films on this monitor than my Samsung 226BW. However, I don't think this is the best monitor to edit black and white photos (also due to a bit of 'color banding', though rarely will you notice it unless you are doing specific tests to identify the banding).

Viewing angles:
If your eyes are leveled with this monitor, the image quality will remain if you shift left and right horizontally. However, if you stand up and look down from the top-right or top-left, it loses gamma and saturation. So imagine a situation when someone is standing by your side looking down at the monitor, they would either have to bring their eyes down to the height of the monitor or step back one or two steps to see more clearly. Same problem looking up diagonally from below. This e-IPS panel has better viewing angle than TN panels, but possibly not as good as the more expensive H-IPS panels.

Display speed:
-Input lag: I have the Samsung 226BW which is known have very low input lag. I connect it and the ZR24w to the video card for clone view, ran a stop-watch timer software and set my camera to 1/125th second exposure time, then took photos of the two monitors. In the photos, the times displayed on the ZR24w screen are slower than the times in the 226BW for only 10 to 30 milliseconds, only rarely does it reach 40milliseconds. This is actually acceptable, my previous HP LP2475w's input lag averages higher, so HP improved with the ZR24w.

Note: Some says the "Overdrive" feature used by some manufacturers to reduce ghosting could potentially increase input lag. I tested with Overdrive on and off, in my test there doesn't seem to be a difference for the input lag time.

-Response Time: The vertical pixel response time is very good, but not as good horizontally. When watching Formula 1, onboard videos look good because it deals more with vertical motions. However, it can get blurry sometimes when cars speed very quickly horizontally across the screen. Turning on the "Overdrive" feature helps, ghosting almost completely disappeared.

-For FPS gaming, ghosting will be more noticeable especially if you have a fast video card displaying high frame rates. With Overdrive off, the ghosting made me felt like I had a few drinks. When it's turned on, ghosting is reduced and games are much more playable. To me, the difference is big so Overdrive is a must for FPS. Due to this screen having great contrast and clarity, the details stood out and I was able to pick out enemies from the distance easier, this allowed me to get better scores despite not the best response time.

Overall:
This may sounds somewhat like negative review, but I'm a very sensitive user, some of the problems might not persist or as bad for other buyers. If you're interested in upgrading from TN to IPS panel monitor and don't want to deal with wide color gamut and colors profiling, then this HP ZR24w is a good upgrade. For media related tasks like gaming, photos and videos this monitor will display colors and details beautifully. It's easy on the eyes for reading texts. I bet for most people beside very hardcore gamers the display speed will be just fine.

UPDATE: I upgraded to a better colorimeter (Huey Pro). It came with a software that can apply calibrated colors across the entire desktop. Surprisingly, it eliminated the green tint to the right of the screen. Also, I think the 'standard factory calibrated colors' are not bad and isn't far from the results produced with my colorimeter, so even if you don't intend to spend extra for a colorimeter I think the default colors will still look very nice.

Pro
-Clear and detailed, accurate colors
-Great contrast
-Smooth and sharp texts, easy to read
-Is standard color gamut (not wide) so entire desktop is not over-saturated
-10cm vertical adjustable stand that's stable, 90 degrees rotation, screen is removable from stand for mounting
-Acceptable input lag and response time ('Overdrive' feature helps reduce ghosting)

Con
-Viewing angle is good horizontally, but not very good diagonally
-Black level isn't great and some backlight leakage
-Slight green tint on right side of screen (for the monitor I received), can be reduced by calibrating using a colorimeter
-Small amount of 'color banding', though not easily noticeable unless you do tests to look for it

PS. Mine came with no dead or hot pixels.
50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
You'll be much happier with a 16:10 aspect ratio for your PC! June 30 2010
By Catchpen - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
It seems the monitor industry has adopted 16:9 as standard widescreen which is great for watching movies but not for PC use! With a 16:10 aspect ratio (which I've found is hard to find!) you won't have to scroll as much since you have another inch+ or so height on your monitor. The height on the ZR24W, 1200 pixels, is the same as a 20" 4:3 aspect ratio standard monitor. If you pop in a movie you should have thin black bars on the top and bottom but no stretched screen like the another review mentioned. ??

I use the Dell U2410 at work which is 12 bit and about $150 more than this monitor and I really can't tell any improvement. I'm not a power user but I do some entry level graphics design but this monitor is an 8 bit that shows 16.7M displayable colors, the U2410 is a 12 bit and can display 1 billion+ colors but the human eye can only distinguish about a million. Plus most video cards only process around 16.7 million colors. So someone please explain what's the big deal about 12bit? Also we have 8 of the U2410s at work and 2 have to be returned due to dimming in the bottom corners, not good odds Dell! About the only thing I like better on the Dell is the touch sensitive controls but usually you only adjust these when you first set it up.

The picture on this monitor is stunning, I replaced an old SyncMaster 204B LCD with this one - me and my wife must have sat through our complete photo folder (she was beside me and she could still see the photos no problem at an angle thanks to IPS), it was like we've never seen some of our digital photos before! That together with IPS quality at $400 this is a great deal.
68 of 74 people found the following review helpful
IPS for $400? Sold! June 7 2010
By Big Fudge - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
It is getting increasingly difficult to find 16x10 monitors. I don't watch TV on my displays, I program computers. All I care about is real estate and text. I want maximum pixels. And the text must be sharp. PIXELS & TEXT. That's it.
So I bought a $700+ Samsung 245T a few years ago. IPS or SPVA are the best options for a non-professional display, according to the internets. The cheaper TN-panel monitors look like crap. I know because a couple years ago I mistakenly bought a "cheap" (450 bucks) Acer 24" monitor to pair with the Samsung and it gave me a headache trying to discern the blurry text. Why I kept that turd around for 2 years is a mystery, but I did.
Anyway, I was trying to dig up a comparable display to the Samsung (since it's no longer in production) and considered the very-well-reviewed Dell 24" IPS. It comes in at 500 + tax. Not bad. Then I discovered the HP. 405 shipped, no tax. Duh.
It's not very pretty, it seems a smidgen cheap in build quality, but dang that text is sharp. I am going to buy another.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Work, not Play June 26 2010
By Gilbert L. Matthews - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I live in two different cities and have an office in another. Bought over several years, I have three different 24-inch +/- monitors. The first is an Apple Cinema (about $1,400 at the time of purchase), the second, in the office, is a high-end NEC (about $1,200 at the time of purchase), and now the HP ZR24W in the second home. All three monitors have an IPS panel (good results from the Apple prompting the other two purchases). For my purposes, I'm a graphic designer working mostly in print these days, each of these monitors is identical to the other two. 1920 x 1200 resolution is necessary for my work, and that capability and the price were why I chose the HP. So far, a couple of months, the HP has done what it's supposed to do, sit there and work just like the other two monitors do. Again, no appreciable difference from one to the other. So, as far as I'm concerned, that would make the HP a real bargain at twice the cost.

A note on another review I've seen here on this same monitor. The issue the reviewer complains about is likely caused by the video card, not the monitor itself. So take that one with a grain of salt. This is a well-built monitor, accurate enough for professional work.

Buy it directly from Amazon if you can. The Marketplace seller's free shipping is very slow.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great Value on an IPS LCD Monitor Jan. 6 2012
By S. Law - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
Why would you spend the extra money for this monitor? You can get a nice 24" monitor for a lot less than $400 . . . I know because that's what I did about 18 months ago when I bought my 24" Samsung Syncmaster 2433. I was very happy with that monitor, and now my wife is very happy with it on her computer. Before buying the Samsung I didn't do my homework and so I was just looking for a larger size for my video and photo editing. I didn't dig deep enough to learn about things like TFT and ISP. Among many other differences I didn't know that TFT monitors are really 6 bit with an algorithm to make it look like you are getting a lot more colors than you really are and that ISP monitors are true 8 bit. After about 9 months with the Samsung I really began to notice that when I was editing images I kept moving my head and/or tilting the screen to see it at the best angle. I also found I was standing up and stepping back a few feet to get a better look. That's when I started researching and finding out why some monitors cost a lot more than others. Yes, you can pay $1000 or more for a monitor, which I don't need because I don't make a living with my graphics, it's just a very serious hobby. Fortunately for me, like a lot of technology, the price on good ISP monitors has dropped a lot in the last year.

After spending several hours in research I decided that the HP ZR24w was probably the best value for my budget. I read numerous reviews both here on Amazon.com and others.

Like others, one of the first things I noticed when I opened the box and started to unpack it was the shear weight and solid feeling of both the monitor and the stand. I also noticed that every kind of cord was included so whether you want to connect by VGA (I wouldn't recommend), DVI or Display Port, It's in there. They also included a USB cable to connect to use the monitor as a USB Hub - very handy.

The next thing I noticed was that it didn't look like the photo on the Amazon site. In the photo it looks like the top and bottom of the frame around the screen is bright chrome. I was worried about a bright reflection being distracting. I was happy to see that the monitor is surrounded by flat black on all four sides. The control buttons are on the lower right front, which have not been a distraction for me.

As hinted above, the stand is very solid and substantial. It also provides a good solid base that does not easily slide on the desktop. The connection of the monitor to the stand is very well engineered and built with the added bonus of a passage opening through the base to guide cords. Again, well done. There appears to be plenty of adjustment in height, tilt angle and rotation angle and as a bonus it seems quite smooth in all directions.

Knowing that I was not going up in size the only reason to get this new monitor was for a better image for my photo editing and hoping that it would be a little easier on the eyes because of it. Again, not being a business use, I do not have the equipment required for calibrating the color like it should be but I had read enough reviews to know that It would come on very bright and so I really didn't waste any time viewing it at factory default I went in and immediately reduced the brightness to 7. I know a lot of reviewers said they went to 0, but I read some tests in one in-depth and very technical review and their tests were very good at 7. I then changed some of the RGB color settings based on the same review, and I was not happy with what I was seeing, so I went back and re-studied the review and saw my error. I finally settled on brightness of 7, contrast of 100 and color setting of 6500K - sRGB. I have one of my favorite photos as my desktop and when I went to it it was like going from watching a DVD to watching Blu-Ray. Though I was happy with the image on the old monitor this one gave me greater detail, depth and vibrance especially along the edges and corners. I went to my blog and flickr and looked at the photos there and the difference was again very visible. Since my wife is using the Samsung monitor that I switched out I can easily compare the images on the Internet. The improvement is very obvious with the ZR24w.

In my home office I have a large window behind me at about a 150 degree angle and I've had no issue with reflection/glare.

The bottom line, as they say, is simply this: It appears that I made an excellent choice, and even though I do not have $$ to throw around I feel this was a good investment in my photography. I would highly recommend this monitor to anyone who needs or wants the quality of an ISP monitor for video/photo editing and graphic work.