Assuming that the deviants here into digital art and/or Photography may be interested in finding color accurate monitors, I'll post my totally subjective review of Hewlett Packard's ZR30W LCD monitor.
The ZR30W is massive, fortunately HP has thought to incorporate a handle at the back into the case. Thus, together with the quick connector at the back it can be assembled on your own despite its size and weight. The connectors are all unfortunately very close to the case and hidden behind a plastic bar, so you have problems finding the correct jack, despite all jacks are marked with symbols. The fact that two of the four USB ports are also on the back limits their usefulness, since practically you can only connect devices that will stay attached. A fully wired dual-link DVI cable has the consistency of a garden hose and is correspondingly stubborn so DisplayPort is the mechanically easier way to go.
Look and feel:
The case is simple but well designed. Besides the aforementioned handle, a continuous strip of brushed aluminum makes the frame look slimmer than it actually is. The front has four buttons and an LED, no questions remain open how to use them. There is cast aluminum under the plastic, even in the stand.
Well, the driver installation did not work properly. The color profile is not installed correctly, although there is no error message. This seems to be known, because in a Readme on the CD, manual installation is explained. Windows 7 otherwise immediately detected the monitor and set the correct resolution. While the manual says that the monitor only displays native and full HD resolution, even the POST screen will be displayed full frame, so the monitor apparently scales other resolutions, too. Fortunately the dynamic contrast adjustment is off by default.
First, the panel was illuminated visibly uneven, but that disappears after the warm up of 15-30 minutes that the monitor needs for its CCFL backlight to find its form. And lack of DreamColor or not: According to HP the thing handles 99% Adobe1998 and various tests measured even >100% coverage. The 99% is therefore the guaranteed minimum. The 30-bit panel can show >1 x 10 ^ 7 colors and the first impression is: Wow, this is colorful. On closer inspection it turns out that the way better resolution of reds and greens compared to 'normal' monitors causes this impression. Unfortunately, the white point is not really D65, the monitor is a bit on the blue/green side. So Colorimeter tacked on and calibrated to D65 and gamma 2.2. And then gray is really gray and skin tones stop looking sickly. The difference is far less drastic than with a run-of-the-mill monitor however. The factory settings are very good, but with calibration it really starts to shine. The matte IPS panel has a stable viewing angle from all directions and the brightness can be adjusted higher than any interior room probably will ever need.
For the price a gem that really starts to shine when calibrated. And then you do not want to look back.