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HP releases the Omen 27i Nano IPS 165Hz 2K monitor

by Mark Tyson on 5 May 2020, 11:11


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HP has just fired a salvo of new Omen branded gaming PCs and accessories. There is the headlining monitor - the HP Omen 27i, a couple of appealingly designed microATX gaming desktops (25 and 30 litre options), as well as an update to the Omen Command Centre software controls for all.

The new Omen 27i Gaming Monitor uses a Nano IPS panel with a DCI-P3 98 per cent colour gamut. This, says HP, delivers "deeper hues and more accurate colours with a 25 per cent wider colour gamut than sRGB and largely nullifies colour degradation from shallower angles".

HP appears to have built this new product around an LG panel (Nano IPS technology) and it shares nearly all the same qualities of the 27GL850 announced by LG at IFA last September. So, what are those key panel specs? I've bullet pointed them below:

  • Display type: Nano IPS with anti-glare coating and three-sided micro edge
  • Resolution: 2560 × 1440 pixels
  • Response time: 1ms GtG with overdrive
  • Refresh rate: 165Hz via DP or HDMI
  • Typical contrast ratio: 1000:1
  • Brightness: 350 nits
  • Ports: DP 1.2, HDMI 2.0, 3X USB 3.0 (2 up one down), audio out
  • Stand: adjustable for height (130mm), tilt (-5 to +20 degrees). The stand can be detached and a VESA compatible mount used instead

Other key features of the HP Omen 27i include the fact that it is Nvidia G-Sync Compatible - meaning it is a FreeSync monitor that can play nicely with Nvidia's entry level G-Sync capabilities. Thus it delivers the main feature of VRR without the frills, minimising the possibility of display stutter and/or screen tearing.

Some HP Omen gaming chops added to the monitor include the "patented aim assist feature which creates a custom shaped and coloured reticule." Last but not least the monitor has LED lighting around the back. It traces the Open rhombus-shaped stand mount and lets you see the ports easily in dim conditions. You can control the lighting and make other monitor feature adjustments in the new Omen Command Centre software.

The HP Omen 27i Monitor is available now at BestBuy.com, and from scheduled to be available from 22nd May via HP.com, for a starting price of $499.99. I don't have UK/Europe availability or pricing details at this time, and the monitor wasn't listed on the HP UK site at the time of writing.

The above new HP Omen 25L and 30L desktops come packing up to an AMD Ryzen 9 3900 processor and up to AMD Radeon 5700XT graphics card. They will begin to become available from today via HP.com, starting at $899.99.

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All of those specs sound exactly the same as my LG 27GL850, except 165Hz instead of 144Hz. Same panel but overclocked, maybe?

If so, of course it's not really HDR, given the 350 nits luminance, and the 1ms claim is meaningless because of overshoot: you'll never use it on the Fastest setting for that reason. But if it is the same tech as my model, it's superb — extremely sharp on Fast, with no ghosting I can see.
120Hz+ 4k 32inch oled/IPS with good HDR for a fair price. why do manufacturers insist on pushing old or custom formats just get it done
meh, I want 4K and colour accuracy etc more than I want refresh rate these days…. give me that and 75-120hz refresh rate and I'd be happy.
why do manufacturers insist on pushing old or custom formats just get it done

I'll give this one a guess, they still make money?
Due to space I have to use a TV as my monitor and anyway there is no way I'd spend a large amount of money on a monitor even if I had the choice. I very rarely game and do not use a monitor for professional use so refresh rates and colour accuracy is not that important to me. One thing that bugs me looking at this as does my present Samsung TV / come monitor , having inputs / outputs on the back , bloody annoying. My previous LG TV had all those connections on the side so I could easily plug in USB sticks and headphones as when required.