HP Debuts Three 10-Bit 4K Professional Monitors Packing USB-C

Posted by at 12:52 pm on February 7, 2018

HP launched a trio of new professional monitors with USB-C input. The Z27, Z32, and Z43 bring convenient connectivity and accurate sRGB color to multiple screen sizes.

These are targeted for professional applications and all feature 4K IPS LCD panels with a native 10-bit color depth. This means 178° viewing angles–typical of IPS panels–and smoother color gradients in applications that can output 10-bit color. None of these are wide-gamut panels, however, and only have 100% coverage of the sRGB color gamut, so they’re not exactly up for photographic work.

All the monitors feature similar-looking but not functionally identical exterior designs. For ergonomic adjustments, you lose more with size. Only the Z27 has the full suite of adjustments (tilt, swivel, height, and rotation). The Z32 loses rotation, and the Z43 loses height adjustment as well. In case you’re not satisfied with that, all three have VESA mounts, so you can change the base. It’s a similar story when it comes to the screen bezels. Both the Z27 and Z32 feature narrow bezels, but the Z27 only has them on three sides, while the Z32 has them on all four.

As for video inputs, all three have the same combination of DisplayPort 1.2 (mini and full-size) and HDMI 2.0, along with the aforementioned USB-C input, which uses DisplayPort 1.2 as the video protocol. HP lists HDCP-compliance in its specs, but DisplayPort 1.2 doesn’t have native HDCP 2.2 support. We’ve contacted HP to clarify this. All three monitors can supply 65W of charging power to an attached notebook, or other device, through the USB-C port. For other connectors, the Z27 has an audio output and three USB 3.0 ports, the Z32 has three USB 3.0 ports, and the Z43 has four USB 3.0 ports.

These monitors come with HP’s rather generous three year warranty and a zero bright sub-pixel guarantee. The HP Z27, Z32, and Z43 will be available imminently on HP’s website at $559, $899, and $799, respectively.

Product Z27 Z32 Z43
Panel Type & Backlight IPS with LED backlight IPS with LED backlight IPS with LED backlight
Screen Size & Aspect Ratio 24” 16:9 32” 16:9 43” 16:9
Curve Radius N/A N/A N/A
Max Resolution & Refresh UHD (3840×2160) @ 60Hz UHD (3840×2160) @ 60Hz UHD (3840×2160) @ 60Hz
FreeSync Range N/A N/A N/A
Native Color Depth & Gamut 10-bit sRGB 10-bit sRGB 10-bit sRGB
Response Time (GTG) 8ms 8ms 8ms
Brightness 350 nit 350 nit 350 nit
Speakers None None None
Video Inputs (1) DisplayPort 1.2, (1) mini DisplayPort 1.2, (1) HDMI 2.0, (1) USB-C (DisplayPort 1.2) (1) DisplayPort 1.2, (1) mini DisplayPort 1.2, (1) HDMI 2.0, (1) USB-C (DisplayPort 1.2) (1) DisplayPort 1.2, (1) mini DisplayPort 1.2, (1) HDMI 2.0, (1) USB-C (DisplayPort 1.2)
Audio
  1. Audio out
None None
USB (3) USB 3.0 (3) USB 3.0 (4) USB 3.0
Power Consumption 185W (maximum), 70W (typical), 0.5W (standby) 185W (maximum), 70W (typical), 0.5W (standby 205W (maximum), 95W (typical), 0.5W (standby)
Panel Dimensions (WxHxD) w/base 24.18 x 20.07 x 9.05″ 28.12 x 22.22 x 9.76″ 38.27 x 24.37 x  9.44″
Panel Thickness Unknown Unknown Unknown
Bezel Width Unknown Unknown Unknown
Weight 9.38kg 12.16kg 16.95kg
Warranty 3 year 3 year 3 year

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