HP will be offering some new monitors this year, including one that features a virtual reality interface; and another that rivals the 5K display on the Retina display iMac. Both of these monitors appear aimed that high end users, especially with the impressive price tag attached to the Z27q 5K monitor.
The HP Zvr monitor looks a little odd at first glance, particularly because of the protrusions on the top of the display. These house a series of sensors that track the user’s head to tell where he is looking at, as well as tracking the movement of the accompanying stylus. It also features a passive 3D display that still requires the use of glasses. Combined, these features are meant to create a virtual environment much like a VR headset would. HP expects it to be used in classrooms for virtual hands on science lessons and for designers who want to work in 3D.
Alongside the Zvr are a trio of UHD monitors, including the aforementioned Z27q display. The other two are a 27- and 23.8-inch monitor respectively, each with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 and have an aspect ratio of 16:9. They also have the usual HP stand that allows the monitor to rotate between portrait and landscape modes.
The Z27q is a 27-inch IPS display with a resolution of 5120 x 2880. It maintains the same aspect ratio and HP stand of its 4K brethren, although one can expect to pay a lot more for the massive improvement in visual quality.
Finally, HP is also introducing a quartet of curved desktop monitors: the HP Z34c, HP ENVY 34c, HP EliteDisplay S270c and HP Pavilion 27c. The HPZ34c and HP ENVY 34c 3000r both have an aspect ratio of 21:9 with a resolution of 3440 x 1440, while the HP EliteDisplay S270c and HP Pavilion 27c 4000r have aspect ratios of 16:9 and a resolution of 1920 x 1080. The displays also have the capability to mirror smartphone displays through an MHL cable connection.
Pricing for the HP Zvr is available upon request, which would indicate a number high enough to be a little daunting. It will, however, be made available at some time in the spring of 2015. The Z27s will be available in January for US$749, the Z24s will be arriving in April for US$549; and the Z27q is expected to appear in March for US$1299.
The HP Z34c and HP ENVY 34c are expected to be available worldwide beginning in April at an estimated price of US$999, while the HP EliteDisplay S270c and Pavilion 27c Curved Displays are being shipped now for US$399.