HP debuts first monitor with ‘IPS Black’ contrast and Thunderbolt 4


HP's new display, coming soon, offers IPS Black contrast and speedy Thunderbolt 4 connections.
HP's new display, coming soon, offers IPS Black contrast and speedy Thunderbolt 4 connections.
Photo: HP

HP rolled out a new 4K monitor at its Amplify Executive Forum Thursday, calling it “the world’s first IPS Black display with Thunderbolt 4 technology.”

The HP Z32k G3 4K USB-C Display, “coming soon” at an unspecified price, should appeal to creators and product developers, the company said.

That’s because it will offer strong color accuracy and high contrast in addition to the speed and versatility of Thunderbolt 4 connectivity.

HP Z32k G3 4K ​USB-C Display​

Note that the press materials’ claim is the HP Z32k G3 is the “first IPS Black display with Thunderbolt 4 technology.” The first displays with LG’s IPS Black panel technology came from Dell in February.

HP said the IPS Black panel technology “means deeper blacks, more vibrant colors, and a 98% P3 wide color range.” The screen’s black coloration should appear deeper than with typical 4K displays. They tend to have poor contrast in favor of other benefits, like brightness.

IPS Black, debuted at CES 2022, roughly double the typical contrast ratio of IPS displays, from about 1000:1 to around 2000:1.

The new displays additional features, like single power-on, KVM switch and a Thunderbolt 4 port offering the ability to daisy chain a second 4K monitor with a single cable. That all helps the the Z32k G3 “deliver multi-device creative workflow versatility,” HP said.

Doubling as a USB-C hub, the display offers an array of connectivity options. The Thunderbolt 4 connection gives you up to 100W of charging for a connected laptop and fast 40Gbps data passthrough. Plus you get four USB-A 3.2 ports, two DisplayPort 1.4 connections and HDMI 2.0.

HP Z32k G3 MK USB-C Display specs:

  • Screen size: 31.5-inch (diagonal)
  • Resolution: 4K (Ultra HD) 3840 x 2160
  • Color: HDR 400. 100% sRGB and 98% P3, factory color-calibrated
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • Ports: 4 x USB-A 3.2, DisplayPort 1.4, DisplayPort 1.4-out, HDMI 2.0, Thunderbolt 4 up to 100W Power Delivery, USB-C up to 15W Power Delivery, USB-B, RJ-45

HP hasn’t said what it will charge for the new display or when it will go on sale. As a comparison point, Dell launched its 32-inch IPS Black monitor at $1,150 (without Thunderbolt 4).

Price: TBD

Where to buy: Z by HP Monitors (“coming soon”)


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