There’s not much about the new HP Omen 27i that I’ve never seen on a gaming monitor, but it is full of specs that HP has not yet offered. The 27-inch QHD nano IPS display (2560 x 1440) offers far better color accuracy and contrast than the TN panels used in many previous HP gaming monitors.
HP got this 16: 9 aspect ratio from LG (it’s probably very similar to this LG model). It offers 98 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut, a refresh rate of 165 Hz and a response time of 1 ms. It’s also compatible with Nvidia G-Sync, so you’ll get smoother fidelity when using a PC with an Nvidia GTX 1
It’s all great. My favorite addition to the Omen 27i is not the screen itself, but the lighting on the back of the monitor. Near the point where the monitor meets the articulated stand (it is VESA compatible if you want to mount it instead), HP has built an area where there is a light that illuminates the connectors. The line of ports (including DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, two USB 3.0 ports for connecting accessories and another USB 3.0 port for transferring data and power to your PC) are mounted diagonally, making them easy to reach and view are. Adding a light makes plugging in cables even easier. Admittedly, you rarely have to deal with the connectors once you’ve set up the display. With most monitors, however, you usually have to regret the day you need to turn something off.
A USB-C port for video (or at least for device charging) would have been welcome, but otherwise it seems like a major upgrade, especially if you only had a 1080p TN panel before.
The Omen 27i is available today at HP.com and Best Buy for $ 499.99.