At IDF2011 in San Francisco this morning, HP unveiled seven new displays mostly targeted at the performance display segment of the market. Showcased were a new thin TN display for businesses, four new IPS performance displays (under $200!) and two new digital signage displays that deliver 42 inches of multitouch performance.
HP Compaq LE2202x Essential Display
The Compaq LE2202x is HP’s “essential” release, which means it’s the most affordable of the new displays. Unlike the rest of the monitors, it doesn’t use a high color gamut IPS panel; it uses a more affordable TN-based panel with poorer viewing angles. It offers a 21.5-inch display that still manages a full HD (1920×1080) resolution. It also handles both DVI-D and VGA inputs; it will be available next week, starting at $179.
HP ZR2040w Performance Display
The HP ZR2040w is the first of the new IPS-based performance displays, and as the headline suggests, it’s the world’s first sub-$200 IPS display. Generally there are a few sacrifices that have to be made to make a display like this available for such a low price. In this case, there really aren’t any – the HP ZR2040w is available as a 20-inch panel offering a 1600×900 resolution. It comes with VGA, DVI-D and DisplayPort inputs and is available now for $189.
ZR2240w Performance Display
The 22-inch HP ZR2240w Performance Display is a lot like the HP ZR2040w, but bigger. It goes up to a 1920 x 1080 resolution, offering a full HD experience, as well as bumping up the connectivity, as it offers VGA, DVI-D, DisplayPort and an HDMI port. It’s available now for $289.
HP ZR2440w Performance Display
The HP ZR2440w is extremely similar to the ZR2240w, save for one important detail – it comes in the older computer display standard of 1920×1200 pixels. That will be happy news to a number of industrial PC users and enthusiasts alike. It offers 120 extra pixels of resolution over newer 1080p HD displays, which can be helpful for designers who can use it for toolbars and the like. Since it has 1:1 pixel mapping, it showcases 16:9 content properly letterboxed. Like the lower two IPS display, it’s capable of displaying up to 16.7 million colors. It’s available now for $425.
HP ZR2740w Performance Display
The HP ZR2740w is looking to take the new crown in the computer display market, and with specs like these, it deserves it. HP has put in a very good IPS panel that offers a whopping 2560×1440 resolution inside of its 27 inches. It uses the sRGB color space and manages to edge out the competition from Dell and Apple in a number of ways. It uses LED backlighting like Apple, but delivers a full one BILLION colors across its surface – that can completely eliminate display-related banding that you might see in videos or other rendered content. That’s important to designers and editors, since it means that if any banding is present, it’s entirely a part of their content – not the display itself. This guy beats out Dell and Apple on price, too; it’s now available for just $729.
HP Digital Signage Solutions
HP also showed off two new digital signage solutions – these guys are large format monitors with big, IPS screens. They’re available in 42- and 47-inch sizes. More importantly, they’re available with a two-finger multitouch overlay – this makes them perfect for installation in lobbies or shops. Companies can install their own software on a PC (or HP’s new SignagePlayer mp8200) and run it on the new displays; typically these are Flash-powered apps that support simple touch interfaces. You might touch a room you wish to go to, and an an arrow gets drawn on the display to show you your path. These are also available now, but you’ll need a bigger pocketbook, as the 42-inch alone has risen in price to over two thousand dollars.