If you’re a professional filmmaker or designer, then you definitely need the most accurate color representation and is exactly why dedicated — and usually expensive — solutions exist.
HP for professionals
The perfect color reproduction may not be a gamer’s most vital desire in a monitor, but it is for professionals who create games and edit movies and photography.
HP had this category of users in mind when it designed the Z31x DreamColor Studio and Z24x G2 DreamColor displays. HP’s DreamColor product page proudly states that the DreamColor line won a 2015 Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for its color reproduction.
HP Z24x G2 DreamColor Features
At first glance, the Z24x G2 DreamColor is a conventional 24-inch IPS panel with a 1920×1200 resolution that allows users to play 1080p video and enjoy more room for software icons. Gamers won’t be extremely excited about the device’s response time and its 60Hz refresh rate, but photo and video professionals will enjoy the display’s 10-bit output and color gamut spanning 99% of the Adobe RGB space with a brightness that can reach 350 cd/m2.
The Z24x G2 also features a DV-D port, an HDMI jack, one DisplayPort input, and a DisplayPort output for daisy-chaining. The stand has height, tilt, swivel and a 90-degree pivot for easier transitions to portrait mode. An integrated four-port USB 3.0 hub is going to make the process of getting photos in and out of the attached system easier and more convenient.
HP Z31x DreamColor Studio Features
This model is certainly the star of the show with a 31-inch monster display and a resolution of 4096×2160. The norm for monitors of this size is a maximum refresh rate capped at 60Hz, and the Z31x lists a 20ms on-to-off response time rather than the usual grey-to-grey response time. The Z31x features an HDMI 2.0 jack and a pair of in-and-out DisplayPorts along with a built-in four-port USB 3.0 hub and a pair of DreamColor USB 2.0 inch ports meant for plugging in calibration hardware and for running monitor firmware updates.
For most users, the most important feature of the Z31x is its integrated colorimeter which can be set up to run calibrations during off-hours. Another great built-in feature is a KVM switch that lets you use the monitor with two systems.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2017 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.Editor's Note: This article was originally published in April 2017 and was revamped and updated in December 2019 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.