HP Shows the tech world its new 4K, curved and 5K PC displays at CES 2015

by on January 5, 2015

Stephan Jukic – January 5, 2015

The 5K screen is a definite first for the PC maker.

Now that ultra HD displays for PCs are becoming a truly major thing in the electronics world, HP is not one to let the opportunity to also grab some market share slip by. The company has introduced a nice selection of new PC monitors that give their customers some truly awesome 4K and even 5K options. This lineup includes two new 4K displays, an extra wide curve display qith Quad HD resolution (similar to what LG is also doing) and most interestingly of all, a 5K screen that really hits the upper limits of the UHD monitor market.

Best of all, most of these displays are going to be selling for less than $1000. Still steep for a PC monitor but we are talking about some truly awesome professional specs here.

Let’s start with the two 4K displays, the Z24 and Z27. As their model names imply, the two screens have different screen sizes, but in all other respects are identical. The Z24 comes with a 23.8 inch screen while the Z27 offers 27 inches (who’d have guessed?). Both come with a 16:9 aspect ratio, full 4K resolution and pixel densities of 185 ppi for the smaller screen and 163 ppi for the larger model. In comparison to smaller non-4K Retina screens from Mac, this isn’t actually even that impressive, given that the MacBook Pro gives users 220 ppi with its 15 inch screen.

Both of these 4K monitors also include 4 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 2.0, Mini DisplayPort, and a few other inputs. The larger model will be going on sale for $749 as of later in January and the Z24 will become available in April for just $549. These aren’t the most competitive prices on the current market but they’re not that bad either, about average for the field.

As for the massive 5K display that HP is unveiling, the device is supposed to be a pilot model for future models at the same resolution, meaning that its specs are the defining features of future 5K HP models. 5K is impressive but HP is far from alone in the industry on this technology. Dell has had a 27 inch 5K screen on sale since mid-2014 and Apple’s new iMac with a 5K Retina screen has been on sale internationally since October.

Either way, the Z27q offers a 27 inch screen, a 16:9 aspect ratio, a very nice pixel density of 218ppi and also comes with four USB 3.0 ports. Unfortunately, HP hasn’t yet offered details about the other inputs though. This bad boy will be available to consumers as of March for $1,299, which is pretty much par for the course as far as the few existing 5K monitors go.

HP's curved Quad HD PC monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio

HP’s curved Quad HD PC monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio

Finally, we move on to HP’s very interesting curved display. Despite the fact that it doesn’t come with 5K or even 4full 4K resolution, this screen probably offers some of the best value of the bunch in terms of specs and overall quality. For starters, its 3440 x 1440 Quad HD resolution is well above anything HD and not at all bad and more than good enough for nearly any normal professional or gaming use and its smaller amount of pixels means way less computer processing is needed.

Furthermore, the company’s curved screen features an extra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio that’s particularly useful for professional designers and also for gamers. Thanks to the built-in curvature, HP also claims that the reflectiveness of the screen is reduced and the company has also included built-in speakers on both sides of the monitor.

The as yet unnamed curved display will be selling for $999 in April as well and HP is also introducing a smaller 27 inch version for just $399.

These PC monitors are mainly being pushed at professionals who need the right kind of tools for getting some very serious visual work done but HP has definitely designed them so that gaming is a definite option, though other, more affordable 4K screens are probably better choices as far as 4K goes.

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