REVIEW: HP LP2480zx
++ very good, + good, +/- satisfactory, - bad, -- very bad
For a long time, Hewlett-Packard was not usually associated with high-end LCDs for image or video editing. When one looks at the LP2480zx, this opinion has to be revised. The 24-inch H-IPS panel is illuminated by three colours of LED, which increase the colour space covered further as compared with CCFL-backlit monitors. The HP model supports the playback of signals with 10 bits per channel, with which the panel is also controlled, via DisplayPort and HDMI inputs.
The HP LP2480zx (Source: HP)
The large number of signal inputs is unusual in this sector. The computer is connected via DVI-I or DisplayPort. For analogue video sources, the model offers one each of YPbPr, S-Video and Composite inputs. On the one hand, this allows us to conclude that the HP 2480zx has a deinterlacer and on the other, it allows us to hope that various refresh rates are supported without difficulty.
The datasheet awakens high expectations: A hardware calibration can be realised via the 12-Bit LUT and optional calibration software incl. measuring device. Various image modes limit the large colour space of the model (including the working colour spaces sRGB and AdobeRGB). In addition, HP also promises flexible colour space emulation.
Because of the extensive set of features and the target group that the monitor aims at, a comparison with the recently tested Eizo CG243W is especially interesting.
All results published in the test were obtained via the digital output of an nVidia Geforce GTX 280 from Gainward. In order to test the video functions, we used a Lumagen RadianceXD and an iScan VP50. In addition, an OPPO DV-980H was used as a player device for DVDs and a Sony S350E was used for Blu-rays.
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