The modern office is once again changing, as new curved displays slowly make their way into a cubicle near you. These new displays typically offer high-quality panels with an excellent range of features that make them compelling options for multitaskers and professional image editors. HP’s simply named 34F is one of many new monitors attempting to compete in this evolving market that offers a simple-yet-solid feature set and a highly competitive price point.
Design and Features
HP’s 34F display utilizes a curved 34-inch IPS panel with a native resolution of 3,440×1,440. Although the panel is curved, the monitor looks entirely flat from the side and has a relatively small footprint. The monitor’s rather simple base measures 10.4×7.4-inches and lacks support for height and swivel adjustments. The stand does support tilt adjustments, however, and the monitor can be leaned forward a mere 5 degrees or backward up to 25 degrees.
On the back of the 34F are three USB 3.0 Type-A ports for easily connecting USB devices. There’s also a mini DisplayPort 1.2 port and two HDMI 2.0 ports for connecting video, but this monitor lacks support for older DVI interface as well as VGA. It also lacks a USB Type-C port, which removes that as a video connection option. You will also want to pick up a set of speakers to go along with this display, as it lacks built-in drivers. It also doesn’t have a 3.5mm audio jack.
One of the key features this monitor does have, however, is a support for 99 percent of the sRGB color spectrum. Our sister site PCMag tested one of these displays and found the display competently able to replicate 99.5 percent of the sRGB color space, which slightly exceeds HP’s official rating. This makes the display well suited for professional image editing.
Although this display is targeted as a business and home office solution, it comes with support for AMD’s FreeSync technology, which is helpful for those that like to game a little in their spare time. The monitor has a common 60Hz refresh rate and is by no means a gaming display though, so if you are primarily looking for one then you should consider some other options.
HP set its 34F display with an MSRP of $649.00. It has fewer bells and whistles than competing monitors like Asus’s ProArt PA34VC and Dell’s UltraSharp U3419W, but those displays are both significantly more expensive at $999.00 and $849.99 respectively. Compared with the competition and in consideration of its features, HP’s 24F monitor feels well worth its price for a quality curved office display. Unfortunately, it’s not available in North America at this time and an official release date hasn’t been set yet.
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