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HP LP3065 30in LCD Monitor - HP LP3065
The LP3065 doesn’t look too dissimilar from any other 30in monitor (Apple aside). The screen is surrounded by a dark grey (almost black, but not quite) bezel, which helps make the image in the panel look that bit more punchy. There’s a single HP logo located at the top centre of the bezel, while the model number is squeezed in at the bottom left. Like on the Samsung 305T and Dell 3007WFP-HC, you’ll find the power button and brightness controls at the bottom right of the bezel. Unlike the other screens, there’s another button here labelled “Input” – obviously this will cycle through the three dual-link DVI ports.
The screen comes separate from the stand, but it’s very easy to snap the two pieces together. The stand is made up of a large rectangular base and a centrally mounted pedestal. The screen can be raised and lowered vertically but the movement isn’t quite as smooth as the Dell and the Samsung. The panning movement on the other hand is very smooth and requires very little effort from the user. You can also tilt the screen forwards and backwards, so it should be relatively easy to find a comfortable viewing angle.
The LP3065 uses the same S-IPS panel as the Dell 3007WFP-HC, but it offered a significantly better image out of the box. Unlike the Dell, the colours on the HP do not appear oversaturated and inaccurate. Whereas the Dell produced browns that looked red and reds that bordered on bright pink, the colours on the LP3065 were far more natural, without being dull or washed out.
Editing images under Photoshop produced colours that were far more accurate than the Dell, although strangely, still not quite as good as the Samsung 305T, which was equipped with an S-PVA panel. Viewing some well used test shots, the LP3065 did a good job of reproducing the images with natural tones and colours, with skin tones in particular looking neither pallid nor overly red.
The LP3065 handled itself pretty well under the DisplayMate test suite, although it did find some of the test screens slightly challenging. The 64 Step Greyscale test showed a definite pink tinge in the mid to high intensity range. In fact all the greyscale tests exhibited a slight colour tinge that couldn’t be satisfactorily trimmed out using the display driver. On the plus side, the Colour Scales test showed a perfectly uniform drop off and there wasn’t the slightest hint of compression at the high intensity end. As with other 30in screens, the Scaled Fonts test was passed with flying colours, with even the 6.8 point characters beautifully rendered and easy to read.