Gateway XHD3000 30″ LCD Monitor Review

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Gateway XHD3000

There have been a few contenders in the 30-inch LCD range for the past couple of months: Dell, HP, and Apple. Gateway recently joined the ranks with the XHD3000 30-inch LCD and we’ve put it through our paces.

The XHD3000 is a 2560 x 1600 resolution display, with a plethora of inputs including HDMI, VGA, DVI, Composite, S-Video, and Component Video. The display has a response time of 6ms and a 1000:1 contrast ratio. You can view the XHD3000 from nearly any angle, thanks to the 176 degree viewing angle. The XHD3000 is also pretty heavy at a little over 27 lbs. and floats above the aluminum stand with swivel and tilt adjustment. We would have liked the ability to adjust the height of the display.

Gateway XHD3000

Like all the 30-inch displays on the market, the XHD3000 requires a dual-link DVI port to get the maximum resolution. If you use a single-link DVI connector, you’ll be limited to a resolution of 1920 x 1280. The XHD3000 also as a built in Silicon Optix’s Realta® HQV video processor, which increases video quality and clarity. Not to mention, the XHD3000 upscales all video to 1600p. Gateway includes a speaker bar with the 30-inch display as well and a universal remote control.

We tested the Gateway XHD3000 using a variety of sources, including a Canon HV20 HDV camcorder and the HP xw8600 professional workstation (which we’ll be reviewing in a couple of weeks.) Everything looked stunning and we were speechless at to how gorgeous this display really looks in real life. Colors were very accurate, whether it be from still digital photography to HD movies. This is a godsend for multitaskers who use programs like Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Excel on a daily basis.

The sound quality from the speaker bar was also very impressive, delivering great bass and full-sounding mids and highs – compared to some other smaller-scale speakers which sound tinny and low in bass.

For those who can justify the price of $1699, the Gateway XHD3000 is a great investment for those who need the most screen real estate whether at work or play.

Pros

  • Built-in video processor.
  • 1000:1 contrast ratio and 6ms response time.
  • Plethora of inputs.
  • Included speaker bar with great sound.
  • Stunning image quality for both work and play.

Cons

  • No height adjustment.
  • Expensive.

Final Verdict
4.5 out of 5 stars.

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