• Paul Fingleton

HP brings Curved, 4K, 5K and 'VR' displays to CES

HP, a company once thought to be on the brink after a number of disastrous acquisitions looks to get back into the big leagues this year by bringing the 'Wow'-factor to CES in Las Vegas.

Samsung, we already knew were bringing their latest rage of Tizen-powered Smart TVs among other things to CES, and so it comes as little surprise that HP should be quick out of the gate on day one of the trade show to try and capture many of the headlines.

Curved screens appear to be the 'next big thing' in display technology along with the varieties of Ultra HD panels, after previous dalliances with the likes of 3D tech which is now mostly abandoned as a headline feature.

HP announced a 27 and 24 inch models of the Envy 34c and Pavillion 27c monitors. The Envy sporting a 3440 x 1440 (21:9) resolution and dual HDMI support weighing in at $999, with the Pavillion model sporting a 1080p resolution but starting at the more affordable $399.

HP also announced new 4K monitors, with a resolution of 3840 x 2160, the Z27 (27 inch model) is expected to be available later in January for approximately $749, while the 24 inch model, the Z24, will arrive in April for $549.

If you want to plump for the 5K model, that is expected to arrive sometime in March, for a cool $1,299. The HP Z27q boasts an IPS display with an eye-watering resolution of 5120 x 2880.

The last of HP's announcements was an almost 24-inch 3D display that uses a pair of compatible glasses for Virtual Reality. Taking advantage of four cameras mounted on the screen to track head movement and direction to help you manipulate and navigate 3D images.

Jun Kim, vice president and general manager, PC displays and accessories, believes that the new HP Display Technology "maximize the visual experience and change the way people work and create … we believe [they] will transform how consumers connect and interact using technology"

The 3D / VR display HP Zvr is expected to be available later in the Spring, for a price that is available on request. Although that may indicate the old adage to be true: If you have to ask, you probably can't afford it.

Still, it might be worth the punt to bring yourself "A Step Closer to True Holographic Viewing", apparently.

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