The Lenovo ThinkVision LT3053p is more monitor than the average user will likely ever need, but for users who require an extra large screen, accurate colors, and a high degree of adjustability and connectivity, this behemoth is as good as it gets. It features a 30-inch AH-IPS (Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching) panel that delivers very good color and grayscale performance, and it has every video input under the sun, including a few legacy ports. Multiple USB ports and a keyboard switch are icing on the cake. Its $1,600 price tag will keep the budget crowd at bay, but graphics professionals looking for a full-featured 30-inch monitor should put the LT3053p on their short list.
Design and Features
The LT3053p is one big monitor. As with most 30-inch WQXGA monitors it has a native resolution of 2,560 by 1,600 and a 16:10 aspect ratio. The 30-bit matte coated panel can display over 1 billion colors and 99-percent of the Adobe RGB color gamut. It is housed in a ThinkVision Black cabinet that measures 18.6 by 27.2 by 2.4 inches (HWD) and weighs 25.4 pounds. A ThinkVision logo is embossed on the upper bezel and a Lenovo logo is positioned on the lower bezel. To the right of the Lenovo logo are a power switch and four slender buttons that are used to navigate the OSD (on-screen display) menus. They also serve as hot keys for selecting an input source, adjusting brightness, and switching between USB inputs.
The stand consists of a semi-circle base and a round telescoping arm that provides 35-degrees of tilt, 90-degrees of swivel, and 4.3 inches of height adjustability. It also allows you to pivot the massive screen 90-degrees for portrait mode viewing but you’ll have to change the image orientation manually in your graphics control panel as this monitor does not support auto-rotation. A red clip on the mounting arm helps keep cables neat and organized. The cabinet can be detached from the stand and hung on a wall using the VESA-compliant mounting holes and an optional mounting kit.
The LT3053p is loaded with I/O ports. Around back are VGA, dual-link DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI, and MHL (Mobile High Definition Link) inputs. There’s also a DisplayPort output that allows you to daisy-chain multiple DisplayPort-equipped monitors. The MHL port looks just like an HDMI port but it is used to connect the monitor to devices such as a smartphone or a tablet via a special MHL cable (not included). Also back here are one USB 3.0 upstream port, one USB 2.0 upstream port, and two USB 2.0 ports that are designated as keyboard and mouse connections for the built-in KVM switch which allows you to use one keyboard and one mouse with two PC hosts. On the left side of the cabinet are three USB 3.0 downstream ports and a headphone jack. These ports are conveniently located for easy access and one the USB ports (the gold one) can be used to charge USB peripherals even when the monitor is not turned on.
Picture settings include brightness, contrast, dynamic contrast ratio, and five color presets (neutral, sRGB, Adobe RGB, bluish, reddish). You can create a custom color profile with specific red, green, and blue saturation levels and choose between a variety of PIP (picture in picture) settings with various resolution settings and window sizes.
The LT3053p comes with a shading hood that helps eliminate glare from ambient light. It also comes with DVI, DisplayPort, VGA, and upstream USB cables and a resource CD with drivers and a user guide. Lenovo covers the monitor with a three year parts, labor, and backlight warranty.
The LT3053p is an all around stellar performer. It aced the DisplayMate 64-Step Grayscale test, displaying every shade of gray cleanly without any clipping or compression. Highlight and shadow detail on my test photos was spectacular and there was no trace of tinting anywhere in the grayscale.
Color accuracy was spot-on. Using a colorimeter, SpectraCal’s CalMan 5 software, and color screens from the DisplayMate LCD diagnostic suite, the LT3053p’s measured color coordinates (represented by each color dot on the chart below) line up nicely with the ideal CIE (International Committee on Luminance) coordinates for reds, greens, and blues (represented by the boxes in each color zone).
The AH-IPS panel delivered excellent off axis viewing performance with no color shift or dimming from any angle. Small text from DisplayMate Scaled Fonts test appeared crisp and was easy to read. High definition video looked awesome on the big screen and the panel’s 6-millisecond (gray to gray) pixel response handled my Burnout Paradise gaming test with only a touch of motion blur.
The LT3053p used 71 watts of power during testing, which is decent for a 30-inch LED backlit panel but not as efficient as the Dell UltraSharp U3014 (60 watts). On the other end of the spectrum, the HP ZR30w used a whopping 169 watts while the older Dell Ultrasharp U3011 used 97 watts.
The Lenovo ThinkVision LT3053p lives up to its billing as a state-of-the-art professional monitor. Its massive 30-inch AH-IPS screen puts out very accurate colors and handles grayscale reproduction with aplomb. It is pricey but not overpriced when compared to other 30-inch monitors such as the Dell UltraSharp U3014 and the HP ZR30w, and it offers more features than any 30-inch monitor we’ve seen to date. Excellent performance and an outstanding feature set make the LT3053p an easy selection as our newest Editors’ Choice for big-screen professional-grade monitors.
|Native Resolution||2560 x 1600|
|Supported Video Formats||1080p|
|PC Interfaces||Analog VGA, Dual-mode (DVI-I), HDMI|
|Video Inputs||DVI, HDMI|
|Diagonal Screen Size||30 inches|
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