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HP's new DreamColor displays show a billion colors, one is actually affordable

Dana Wollman, @danawollman
April 7, 2014
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Fun fact: as of this writing, HP is still selling a display that came out back in 2008. That would be the DreamColor LP2480xz, a billion-color monitor that got lots of attention by dint of the fact that DreamWorks (yep, that DreamWorks) helped design it. Also, it cost an obscene $3,499, so that raised some eyebrows too. After six years, though -- and many a price cut -- the ol' DreamColor is about to go the way of the dodo. HP just announced two models, both of which have billion-color displays, and one of which costs just $599. (How the times have changed, eh?) Starting with the cheaper model, the Z24x, it has a 24-inch screen, as the name suggests, with 1,920 x 1,080 1,200 resolution and a color gamut that includes 99 percent of the AdobeRGB range. The Z27x ($1,499), meanwhile, steps up to a 2,560 x 1,440 panel, and covers 100 percent of sRGB, 100 percent of AdobeRGB and 99 percent of DCI-P3. Both are available today, but it's unclear how sweet a deal you'll get if you wait until 2020 to buy.

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