Among the monitor announcements to come out this week, HP has introduced a new display aimed at hardcore gamers and esports professionals. With a 240 Hz max refresh rate, FreeSync 2 support, and HDR, the Omen X 27 is designed to be a jack of all trades for gaming monitors.

HP's new gaming monitor is based around a high-performance QHD TN panel, sporting a 240 Hz refresh rate, 300/400 nits brightness (SDR/HDR), and a 90% coverage of the DCI-P3 gamut. Seeing a TN panel show up in a (marginally) HDR-capable monitor like the Omen is a relatively recent advancement; for years, TN displays have lagged IPS monitors when it comes to the color space that could be represented. However, recently developed TN panels and new types of backlighting have significantly improved the ability of such LCDs to cover wide color gamuts, a core requirement for HDR support.

The Omen X 27 is also an AMD FreeSync 2-certified monitor, which means that it not only supports a variable refresh rate technology, but also features Low Framerate Compensation (LFC), HDR, and allows select games to tone map directly to the monitor's native dynamic range. In accordance with its HDR support, the monitor also features zoned backlighting, with 16 edge-lit zones across the monitor.

Being aimed at hardcore PC gamers and esports professionals, the HP Omen X 27 has only two display inputs: a DisplayPort 1.4 input and an HDMI 2.0 port. The monitor also features a headphone output, which is common for gaming monitors these days, but it does not have built-in speakers. In addition, the Omen X 27 has a dual-port USB 3.0 hub and an adjustable stand with a headset rest, and a red ambient light.

The combination of a variable refresh rate of up to 240 Hz, HDR, and wide color gamut support will naturally be the key selling point of the monitor. Unfortunately, since HP has not disclosed all the specs of the display, we do not know whether it actually supports the HDR10 transport format, which is important for many. That said, while the monitor is full of interesting features, the whole picture is something that remains to be seen.

The HP Omen X 27
  General Specifications
Panel 27-inch 8-bit TN
Native Resolution 2560 × 1440
Maximum Refresh Rate 240 Hz
Response Time 1 ms GtG with Overdrive
3 ms GtG
Brightness SDR: 300 cd/m²
HDR: 400 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1
Backlighting 16-zone bottom edge lit
Viewing Angles 170°/160° horizontal/vertical
Curvature none
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Color Gamut 90% DCI-P3
DisplayHDR Tier N/A
Dynamic Refresh Rate Tech AMD FreeSync 2
Pixel Pitch 0.2335 mm²
Pixel Density 109 PPI
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort 1.4
1 × HDMI 2.0
Audio Headphone output
USB Hub 2 × USB 3.0 Type-A connectors
1 × USB 3.0 input
Adjustments Height: 0-130 mm
Tilt: -5 to +23 degrees
MSRP $649

HP’s Omen X 27 will be available starting from September in the US at $649 and starting from November in the UK for $£579.99.

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  • skavi - Friday, August 23, 2019 - link

    is TN, like, good now?
  • skavi - Friday, August 23, 2019 - link

    like I've heard good things about that TN Gsync Dell monitor.
  • The Chill Blueberry - Friday, August 23, 2019 - link

    Still running my ROG Swift from 2011, 1440p 144hz. Sure it's TN and isn't perfect but damn it was a good investment considering that the monitor industry came to such a stall afterwards. I could say the same for my 4770k ':)
  • The Chill Blueberry - Friday, August 23, 2019 - link

    PG278Q from 2014**
  • darkchazz - Friday, August 23, 2019 - link

    Had one of those. It had the notorious color banding issue, not to mention it had an abysmal contrast-ratio of 520:1 measured with my Colormunki Display colorimeter.
  • kn00tcn - Friday, August 23, 2019 - link

    are you sure that was running rgb-full? arent most calibrated monitors resulting in low contrast?
  • jabber - Saturday, August 24, 2019 - link

    I have to say I've seen many 'calibrated' monitors and all I can say is those calibration sensors have a warped sense of what reality looks like.

    "Is white really that orange?"
  • Oxford Guy - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - link

    I don't have a "munki" but I noticeably improved the accuracy of monitors with a Spyder and whatever the 3rd-party free calibration software is called. One of the nicest things is calibrating to paper instead of the blue-white that most monitors come with at stock.
  • darkchazz - Sunday, August 25, 2019 - link

    Yes it was on RGB Full.
  • DanNeely - Friday, August 23, 2019 - link

    It can be better than the awful displays from a decade ago.

    8-bit color, calibration, and better back light quality can help a lot. But the crazy vertical color/gamma shifting is intrinsic to TN; and is worse at larger screen sizes because the difference in the angle between your eye and the top/bottom of the screen is larger.

    A second issue is that 1st gen 240hz displays had flatout awful color quality and contrast compared to even other bad TN displays. Multiple people on HardOCP who had them said they couldn't recommend anyone buy one without seeing it in person first. I haven't seen anything about if gen 2 240hz panels are any better or not.

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