HP ZR30W vs. NEC PA301W

Started Feb 28, 2012 | Discussions thread
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HP ZR30W vs. NEC PA301W

Hello,

I have been thinking about purchasing a wide gamut 10-bit display when I came across HP ZR30W priced at about $1100 (in Canada) compared to about $2400 for the NEC PA301W. To explain the price difference, I can believe there must be some difference in quality control during the production process between these two monitors. However, from the list of specifications one can immediately notice the ZR30W lacks OSD and essentially any internal image processing board (correct me if I am wrong).

So that any calibration has to be done through the GPU software and will only be saved in the system to which it is attached.

My question is that if the calibration is done through a proper GPU such as Nvidia quadro or ATI firepro cards using a good calibration device, how the result will be compared to that of NEC PA301W? Will we miss some feature (wide gamut, 10-bit colour pass, etc.) during this process?

Also is there a way to calibrate this display for sRGB so that one can switch from an aRGB to sRGB profile back and forth depending on whether the application being used is colour space aware or not? I am asking if there is a way to avoid over-saturation colours in applications that don't know aRGB?

Please note I am just in the process of learning colour management for computer displays and hence as a new-learner do not quite understand everything. And I am not sure if this is the right forum to pose this question but I have learned in OS X (I am currently a Mac user) one can not have 10-bit colour support s of now so Windows 7 is the only option and I am thinking my next workstation will be windows anyway.

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