HP’ IPS Black’ Monitor stands out with Thunderbolt 4

HP isn’t the first company to debut a monitor with an IPS Black panel, a technology that doubles the contrast ratio of IPS to provide richer contrast and darker blacks. Dell has that distinction.

However, HP’s 31.5-inch Z32K G3 4K 60Hz monitor stands out with its Thunderbolt 4 support, allowing 100W charging and speedy 40Gbps data passthrough, as well as the unique ability to be daisy-chained with another 4K display — all through just a single cable connected to your PC.

If the cost is valid, it could be the display of choice for creators later this year. It can also act as a bonafide hub, supporting accessories like webcams and mice with its four USB-A 3.2 ports, and you can plug an Ethernet cable into it.

It’s flush with video inputs, including the Thunderbolt, mentioned above, 4 Type-C ports, one HDMI 2.0 port, and two DisplayPort 1.4 ports (one going in, one going out for daisy-chaining purposes).

The Z32K G3 is positioned for creators who need a color-accurate display on top of the impressive contrast offered by IPS Black. It claims to support 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut and 98 percent of DCI-P3. In addition, its four-way adjustable stand allows the monitor to pivot (it can be turned 90 degrees for the tall look), tilt upward or downward, swivel 45 degrees to the left or right, and be moved up and down. It also supports VESA mounts in case you’d prefer to use a monitor arm.

But back to the IPS Black — rich contrast and deep blacks are typically associated with OLED. However, IPS Black’s 2000:1 contrast ratio is nowhere near OLED’s virtually infinite contrast ratio. While some OLEDs can’t get much brighter than the Z32K G3’s 400-nit brightness, OLED has unmatched control over pixels for more realistic lighting and dimming.

But OLED aside, and within the realm of tech that’s more commonly used in PC monitors, IPS Black seems to push well ahead of both VA and TN regarding color accuracy and contrast ratio.

The big question here is cost. Dell’s 32-inch IPS Black monitor costs $859.99, but HP hasn’t yet shared a price for this monitor. Given that it sports Thunderbolt 4, it’d be a pleasant surprise if HP’s monitor sells for less than $1,000, but don’t hold your breath. The company aims to release it in November 2022, so we’ll likely hear more soon.

The Hewlett-Packard Company, typically shortened to Hewlett-Packard or HP, was an American global information technology company headquartered in Palo Alto, California. HP developed and delivered hardware components and software. It corresponds services to consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMBs), and big enterprises, customers in the government, health, and education sectors.

The company was established in a one-car garage in Palo Alto by Bill Hewlett and David Packard in 1939 and initially created a line of electronic test and measurement tools. The HP Garage at 367 Addison Avenue has established an official California Historic Landmark marked with a plaque called the “Birthplace of ‘Silicon Valley.”

The company succeeded in its first big contract in 1938 to provide test and measurement mechanisms for Walt Disney’s display of the animated film Fantasia, which let Hewlett and Packard designate the Hewlett-Packard Company on July 2, 1939, formally.

The company evolved into a multinational corporation widely appreciated for its products. HP was the world’s foremost PC manufacturer from 2007 until the second quarter of 2013, when Lenovo moved ahead of HP. HP specializes in developing and fabricating computing, data storage, and networking hardware, creating software, and delivering services.

Major product lines contained personal computing devices, enterprise, and industry-standard servers, corresponding storage devices, networking products, software, printers, and other imaging products.

The company presently markets its products to households, small- to medium-sized businesses, and enterprises, as well as via online distribution, consumer electronics, and office-supply retailers, software partners, and significant technology vendors. It also delivered services and a consulting enterprise for its products and partner products.

In 1999, HP turned off its electronic and bio-analytical test and measurement tools business into Agilent Technologies; HP maintained a focus on its later products, including computers and printers. It combined with Compaq in 2002 and acquired Electronic Data Systems in 2008, which led to mixed revenues of $118.4 billion that year and a Fortune 500 ranking of 9 in 2009.

In November 2009, HP revealed its acquisition of 3Com and closed the deal on April 12, 2010. On April 28, 2010, HP reported its buyout of Palm, Inc. for $1.2 billion. On September 2, 2010, HP won its bidding war for 3PAR with a $33 a share proposal ($2.07 billion), which Dell refused to match. On November 1, 2015, the company whirled off its enterprise products and services business Hewlett Packard Enterprise. However, HP kept the personal computer and printer businesses and was renamed HP Inc.