Only a couple of years ago, Apple’s 30in Cinema Display was your only option if you wanted a 2,560 x 1,600 monitor, but a lot has changed since then. Obviously Dell appeared on the scene, making 30in displays far more affordable and adding better screen adjustment into the bargain. I reviewed Dell’s latest 30in display last week – the UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC – which was a decent screen apart from the lack of colour calibration at the factory. While the superb Samsung 305T offered outstanding image quality and colour accuracy out of the box. The HP LP3065 provides another option for anyone looking for a 30in display, but how does it fare against the competition?
First up, the HP LP3065 differentiates itself from the competition by offering three (yep, you heard me correctly) dual-link DVI ports. Every other 30in screen on the market right now offers a single dual-link connection, allowing only a single PC to be hooked up. I accept that not everyone has more than one computer that needs connecting to a screen, but if you happen to have a desktop PC and say, an Apple MacBook Pro with a dual-link DVI output, you could have both devices hooked up to the LP3065 simultaneously and flick between them at will.
In fact, a screen like the LP3065 would be an absolute godsend to have in the TrustedReviews lab, since it would allow us to hook up three different test rigs simultaneously. With more and more graphics cards and gaming PCs being able to drive 2,560 x 1,600 monitors, having multiple inputs would make benchmarking a far more simple and streamlined procedure.
It’s also worth noting that all three of the dual-link DVI ports are HDCP compliant, so should you want to watch high definition protected content on this screen, you could. However, I maintain that scaling even 1080p content up to 2,560 x 1,600 is not going to give you the best results. Personally I like to watch my high definition video mapped 1:1 whenever possible, for maximum sharpness and detail.
The LP3065 also has a built-in USB hub with four ports located on the left side of the screen. This makes the ports easily accessible, just like on the Dell, which also featured a card reader in the same location. In the box you’ll find a USB cable to connect the hub to your PC, along with two dual-link DVI cables.