You pay an insane premium for those extra 300 vertical lines of resolution and an extra 3" in a 30" 2560x1600 vs. a 27" 2560x1440 monitor (insane premium to the tune of the cost of a high end video card). I've used both at work, and the 27" 2560x1440 is the sweet spot for the money. Then again, if you have unlimited funds, then the 30" is the way to go. IMO spending over $1,200-$1,500 on a WQXGA monitor is moot when 4K monitors (UHD) are likely within a year or two of being the same price.
@soldier44 The price will likely be around $2200 for a PA302W without a SpectraView calibrator and around $2500 with one. At least that is what I paid for my PA301W monitors a few years ago.
@ioconnor Not sure why you are having driver issues. I run two PA301Ws @ 2560x1600 off of 2 Mini DisplayPort outputs from a MacBook Pro all day.
@back_by_demand The predecessor to this monitor, the PA301W, was also 16:10 aspect ratio (2560x1600).
@10tacle There is a whole lot more to a PA monitor from NEC than just 300 vertical lines. And folks who are buying monitors like this aren't going to stop their business for 1 to 2 years to wait for 4k monitors. For a business expenses like this are tax deductible.
@mcgee101 Once again, there is a lot more to a PA monitor than just resolution. Go read a few reviews of the PA301W and you may start to understand. Regardless, the features that make these monitors so unique and valuable to a graphics professional are largely irrelevant to the average home or business user. For those that need the features, the price is justifiable. For those that don't need the features, buying a PA301W or PA302W would be a waste of money.
Additionally, it looks like they changed the port layout from the PA301W. A 301 had 2xDVI-I Dual Link (capable of both DVI-D digital and DVI-A analog input) and 2xDisplayPort 1.1. The reason for the 2x on each was so that you could hook up each of two computers to either pairing. And because of course HDMI can be converted to DVI, you could also input HDMI (and HDCP is also supported). The new monitor forgoes the 2x strategy and instead gives each of 4 different input types: DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, and DVI-D Dual Link. I can't say that I am entirely a fan of the new layout, especially the inclusion of Mini DisplayPort when the box already includes a Mini DP to DP cable. I understand why including an HDMI port was a good idea--it makes it easier to hook up for monitoring an HDMI feed--though personally I could care less.
In other news, the power consumption dropped precipitously (155W for PA301W, 87W for PA302W). Running two PA301Ws is like having a small space heater going.
The Adobe RGB coverage remains largely the same (98.2% for the PA301W, 99.3% for the PA302W). My personal PA301Ws have consistently been able to achieve 99.5% of Adobe RGB so potentially no gain there for me.