HP isn’t perhaps the first company that springs to mind when it comes to PC gaming but its Omen brand has been steadily making a name for itself thanks to some stylish PCs and laptops. Now it has branched out into desktop monitors too, and the Omen by HP 27 makes a striking impression.
With its narrow bezels, slim metal stand and moody all-black colour scheme, it’s arguably the best looking display of its type. You get a high-end, if fairly typical spec sheet too, with a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, a 144Hz (overclockable to 165Hz) TN-type LCD panel and G-Sync, so this is a serious gaming tool.
The big downside is price. Costing £699, this is the most expensive display of its kind. A chunk of that is down to the inclusion of G-Sync but this is still around £100 more than most direct rivals and double the price of more basic 144Hz gaming displays. Let’s find out if HP has done enough to justify that high price.
- Screen size: 27-inch, 16:9 aspect
- Native resolution: 2,560 x 1,440
- Refresh rate: 144Hz (overclockable to 165Hz)
- Panel type: TN
- Contrast ratio: 1,000:1 native
- Brightness: 400cd/m2
- Response time: 1ms grey-to-grey
- Display inputs: DisplayPort, HDMI
- USB hub: USB 3.0, two ports
- Tilt: Yes
- Raise: Yes
- Swivel: No
- Pivot: No
- VESA: Yes
- Warranty: 3 years
Retail Price: £699 (inc. VAT)