HP Announces a Screen that Can Display 1.07 Billion Colors

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It’s estimated that the human eye can see 10 million colors, but researchers have yet to pinpoint a specific number. Maybe HP can help with ongoing ocular research. You see, their new external computer monitor can display 1.07 billion colors — 64 times that of other displays including Apple’s LED Cinema Display. Why they chose to promote this milestone with the most drab desktop image ever is still a mystery.

While most monitors today display 16.7 million colors, the 30-inch ZR30w S-IPS LCD displays 30-bits per pixel (4.1 million pixels across a 2560 x 1600 panel) and 1.07 billion displayable colors. Plus it boasts 3000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, DisplayPort and DVI-D inputs, as well as four USB ports.

The ZR30w sells for $1,299, which isn’t bad for such a large display with such impressive specs. We just wonder if your eyes can tell the difference.