HP has just revealed several new products, and among them, you can find what seems to be a real gem when it comes to monitors: the HP Z32k G3. The monitor is only the second display to use IPS Black technology, and it’s the first such display to support Thunderbolt 4.
In addition to the monitor, the company has also unveiled a new all-in-one desktop computer, a webcam that offers 4K streaming, a laptop-tablet hybrid device, and enhancements to HP Proactive Insights that could have a positive effect on productivity. .
With today’s launch, HP appears to be targeting professionals largely, with a strong goal of improving multitasking, productivity, and the ease of working remotely. While each of the products has something to recommend it, the star of the lineup is probably the HP Z32k G3, a 4K display with an IPS Black panel.
HP is really breaking new ground with this monitor. The only IPS Black monitor we’ve seen so far was the Dell UltraSharp 32 4K, and it turned out to be quite impressive. While we haven’t been able to test the new HP the way we have with Dell, the company has released some information that gives us an idea of what to expect.
The main advantage of IPS Black is more or less what it says on the tin: deeper contrasts and darker blacks, with a contrast ratio of 2,000:1 compared to the more common 1,000:1, and black levels up to 41%. deeper compared to conventional IPS panels. That’s not to say the new HP monitor is dark, because it isn’t: at 400 nits, it’s pretty bright and should offer the other benefits of an IPS panel, meaning accurate color reproduction and vivid images.
The screen itself measures 31.5 inches and comes with a 4K resolution. HP promises ultra-wide viewing angles and support for up to two 4K monitors through the use of Thunderbolt 4, with data bandwidth of up to 40 Gbps. In addition to the combination of IPS Black and Thunderbolt 4, which makes this HP display a world first, it also comes with USB-C, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4, and four USB-A 3.2 ports.
The focus on multitasking makes an appearance here, because HP has equipped this monitor with a KVM switch that will help you switch between two different computers on the same monitor. You can also use both computers on the HP Z32k G3 simultaneously. The screen has paper-thin bezels and comes with pivot, tilt, height adjustment, and swivel. HP plans to release it in November, and pricing will only be revealed closer to that date.
Moving on to the new HP All-in-One 34-inch Desktop, we’re looking at a thin and light machine encased inside a sleek-looking monitor. It comes with support for dual video streams and can be adorned with up to two 16MP detachable cameras. Since each of the cameras has a magnetic detachment, they can be positioned anywhere around the bezel and angled any way you like. The PC itself also supports a range of technologies that should make video calls easier, such as dynamic voice leveling, AI-powered noise reduction, and light adjustments. There’s also an auto frame feature, which keeps the subject in the center of the video frame, even if it moves.
Equipped with a 34-inch 5K display, the all-in-one has a 21:9 aspect ratio. It can be configured with an Intel Core i9-12900 CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, as well as up to 128GB of DDR5 RAM. -4800. The new PC, made with professionals in mind, will start at $2,119 and is expected to be available in September.
The emphasis on remote work continues with the HP 965 4K Streaming Webcam, powered by HP Presence AI to deliver an HDR video call experience. HP promises that the webcam should provide better image quality, audio noise reduction, auto-framing, and color correction. The camera seems to offer a lot of flexibility when it comes to being mounted, and is equipped with 360-degree pan and 90-degree tilt. You can already grab the webcam for $199, available from the official HP website.
HP has also introduced the HP Dragonfly Folio G3, a tablet and laptop combo; in short, a convertible PC. You can use it in clamshell, tablet, and media modes, and it comes equipped with an Intel Alder Lake CPU paired with integrated Iris Xe graphics. The HP Dragonfly is on sale now, starting at $2,379.
Lastly, HP detailed a number of enhancements it is bringing to Proactive Insights. For regular users, this won’t be too exciting, but IT teams will be able to use these new features to help hybrid and remote workers who need technical support. Some of the features include giving IT a look at each device, including metrics like CPU usage, battery health, and thermal levels. The same applies to software and various applications.
HP’s new lineup should appeal to remote workers, but the monitor could catch the eyes of many creative professionals. It will certainly be interesting to see the world’s second IPS Black display in action when it hits the market. Given that Dell’s own IPS Black monitor was priced between $1,000 and $1,200, we’d expect a similar price tag for HP’s effort.