HP’s E344c: A 34-Inch Curved Ultra-Wide Productivity Monitorby Anton Shilov on September 20, 2019 11:00 AM EST
Having launched a variety of curved ultrawide displays for gamers in the recent years, HP is rolling out similar monitors for business and professional users from many industries who want to boost their productivity. This week along with its flagship S430c curved LCD, HP introduced its more mainstream E344c Curved Monitor, which brings numerous contemporary features to the table and is aimed at a much broader commercial audience.
Offering a 21:9 ultrawide aspect ratio, the HP E344c Curved Monitor relies on a 34-inch SVA panel with a 3440×1440 resolution, 400 nits brightness, a 3000:1 contrast ratio, a 16 ms GtG response time, a 60 Hz refresh rate, and 178°/178° viewing angles. HP has designed this price-friendly monitor as a day-to-day work horse, so there is no factory calibration to speak of or support for wide color gamuts; in fact the company doesn't even officially disclose the monitor's sRGB gamut coverage. In which case, it's not unreasonable to guess that it may not cover 99% of it like some other models.
When it comes to connectivity, the E344c Curved Monitor resembles contemporary displays designed for professionals, offering one DisplayPort 1.2 input, one HDMI 2.0 port, and one USB Type-C input (DP alt mode). The LCD also has a dual-port USB 3.0 hub that is fed by a USB Type-B upstream port.
Since we are dealing with a display designed purely for work, HP did not equip it with speakers or even a headphone output. For those who do not want to use an external speaker system, HP proposes to get its S101 Sound Bar that attaches to the bottom of the monitor and uses a USB Type-A connector.
As far as ergonomics is concerned, like many other displays for office/home office environments, the HP E344c features a stand that can adjust height and tilt.
|HP's 34-Inch Curved Display|
|E344c Curved Monitor|
|Native Resolution||3440 × 1440|
|Maximum Refresh Rate||60 Hz|
|Response Time||16 ms GtG|
|Viewing Angles||178°/178° horizontal/vertical|
|Pixel Pitch||0.233 mm|
|Pixel Density||109 ppi|
|Inputs||1 × DisplayPort 1.2
1 × HDMI 2.0
1 ×USB Type-C (with up to 22.5W PD)
|USB Hub||2-port USB 3.0 hub|
|Stand||Height: +/- 150 mm
Tilt: -5 to +20°
HP will start sales of its E344c Curved Monitor on October 7. As expected from a 'working horse' type of displays, the LCD will not be too expensive and will carry a $599 price tag.
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5080 - Friday, September 20, 2019 - linkToo bad they are all still running at 60Hz. 120Hz is just much better, even for productivity monitors. Once you used a 120Hz or higher monitor you can't go back to a 60Hz screen.
crimsonson - Friday, September 20, 2019 - linkDisagree. 120hz is too distracting. Though 75 and maybe 90 is good for me.
skavi - Friday, September 20, 2019 - linktoo distracting? what does that mean in the context of a monitor?
5080 - Friday, September 20, 2019 - linkMy monitor is buttery smooth at 120Hz when dragging or zooming in and out of pictures.
Findecanor - Saturday, September 21, 2019 - linkI don't want to buy HP, because of how much I dislike their printers.
There aren't actually that many panel manufacturers. "SVA" is a term made-up by Samsung, so it is likely the panel was probably made by them, and that very similar monitors to this one are sold by other brands at about the same price.
arashi - Monday, September 23, 2019 - linkWhat's with this pittance of PD power, 22.5W...!? Most phone charging bricks have higher wattage than that...
carlosispogi - Friday, October 18, 2019 - linkThe E334c uses the new Samsung VA Panel LSM340YP05 which is rated to run up to 144Hz. No idea why they would underclock it to 60Hz tho. Maybe because it's being sold as a business monitor? There's a slew of new monitors using this panel such as the Xiaomi Mi Surface Display, Titan Army N32SQ PLUS, Skyworth 34G1Q (the latter two being HDR400 certified since the panel is being sold with its own backlight unlike previous VA panels). Totally kicking myself in the butt since I just got a no-brand 34" monitor too but is only capped at 100Hz since it uses the previous generation Samsung VA panel LTM340YP04.