Object of Desire: HP Z27q

April 20, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

Did you recently buy a 4K monitor? How quaint! HP’s Z27q has stepped up the game to 5K, joining the likes of Apple and Dell in packing 5120×2880 pixels into a 27-inch frame. Pixel peepers won’t simply enjoy the eye-quenching resolution, but also the price, as HP has brought its monitor in at close to $1,100 less than Dell (which has, as of this writing, the only other 5K monitor on the market). This monitor has an aspect ratio of 16:9 with 10-bit color delivering over 1 billion colors and covering 99 percent of the Adobe RGB color space. It is calibrated out-of-the-box for sRGB, Adobe RGB and BT.709 color spaces. You can tilt the monitor back by 5 degrees or forwards by 22 degrees and swivel it 180 degrees. Alternatively, you can pop off the base and mount it to a wall and admire your work. Your connectivity options include five USB 3.0 ports—including one upstream port and four downstream connections—and two DisplayPort 1.2 connections. IPS technology gives the Z27q a viewing angle of up to 178 degrees. 

Price: $1,300