The HP monitor’s built-in 5 MP webcam keeps you in the frame

Charon Harding

A USB-C monitor is a good way to minimize the cables needed for your setup. And if this setup is for work, where webcams have become virtually mandatory, a monitor with a built-in camera lets you skip an extra cable. The HP Z24m G3 I tested this week seems like a decent option for workers who don’t need the highest resolution panel, either because they’re settling for fewer pixels or because they use a multi-monitor configuration.

At 2560×1440 resolution, the 23.8-inch monitor still has a good pixel density of 123 pixels per inch. USB-C with the current maximum output of 100W makes it a good choice for thin, light Windows-based computers and MacBooks that can charge through the port.

I haven’t had a chance to review the Z24m’s image quality, but HP says the IPS panel is aimed at professional creators. It should have enough color coverage to work with Windows and the web while also serving Mac users with 99% sRGB and 90% DCI-P3 color coverage. Any errors should be invisible to the naked eye, as the company claims the panel has a Delta E

The Z24m supports portrait mode, -5° to 20° tilt, and 45° rotation left and right.
Enlarge / The Z24m supports portrait mode, -5° to 20° tilt, and 45° rotation left and right.

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The screen also supports HDR, but only with a medium contrast ratio, 1,000:1, and the maximum brightness is 400 nits. We don’t expect HDR content to be significantly different from SDR content here. HP’s Z24m is also slightly faster than the typical productivity monitor, as it has a 90Hz refresh rate and a 5ms gray-to-gray response time with overdrive.

At the top of the Z24m’s panel is the non-detachable 5 MP webcam. It has an infrared sensor, so you can use it to log into your connected PC with Windows Hello facial recognition. There’s also a proximity sensor, so it can tell if you’re nearby and automatically lock or wake the connected PC if it’s using Windows 11.

The large black camera box is thick, but the camera can be tilted in its case and you can press the whole box into the monitor when not in use.

But when the camera is in action, all eyes are on you. When I saw the Z24m, its camera captured my image and followed me as I stood a few feet from the monitor and moved from side to side. The camera even managed to keep me in frame with someone else in the shot. An HP rep said the settings could be adjusted to make the camera track faster. I was in a moderately lit room and my skin and hair colors seemed pretty accurate.

The monitor software includes the ability to crop your image and adjust brightness and exposure levels via sliders.

The screen aims to complete the conferencing package with a pair of noise-canceling microphones and recessed speakers firing below the bottom bezel. You can’t see them when looking at the monitor from the front, but there are dual 5W speakers “with 82dB bass reduction and 200Hz,” HP said in shared docs.

Multi-monitor setups

Keeping the speakers out of sight allowed HP to use thin bezels on all four sides of the screen, making multi-screen setups smoother. At CES in January, HP announced two more Z-series monitors. These ultrawides — the Z40c (39.7-inch, 5120×2160 resolution) and Z34c (34-inch, 3440×1440) — also have built-in cameras of 5 MP. With the Z24m, HP is targeting creators who may not want a curved ultrawide and prefer to have content on separate displays or flat screens.

HP introduced the Z24m as part of a dual-screen setup along with the Z24q which it also announced today. The Z24q is essentially the same monitor as the Z24m but without the webcam.

HP Z24m (left) and HP Z24q (right) monitors.
Enlarge / HP Z24m (left) and HP Z24q (right) monitors.

Charon Harding

HP noted that the Z24m daisy-chains, with DisplayPort 1.4 supporting up to three QHD monitors. The monitor also has HDMI 2.0, plus four USB-A and RJ45 ports. Its software includes a feature to help partition screens.

With lower resolution, thin bezels, and a less extreme camera, the Z24m should be a more affordable alternative to 4K USB-C monitors with built-in webcams, like the upcoming Dell UltraSharp U3223QZ, a 32-inch 4K display with a 4K webcam integrated. in its thick upper bezel.

Dell U3223QZ USB-C Monitor.
Enlarge / Dell U3223QZ USB-C Monitor.

Charon Harding

HP hasn’t revealed pricing for the Z24m, but it’s expected to arrive in July. I would expect it to cost more than the Z24q G3, which will be released in May for $374, but it should be significantly cheaper than the $950 Z34c.

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