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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Source: HP

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  • Exodite - Friday, August 23, 2019 - link

    Does anyone know whether it has an internal or external (dongle) power supply?

    I'm generally quite happy with the 1440p/144Hz IPS panel I'm using but the coil whine from the internal PSU is literally murdering my hearing and I'm looking for a replacement with an external PSU.
  • Lakados - Friday, August 23, 2019 - link

    Why no VESA love...
  • DanNeely - Saturday, August 24, 2019 - link

    According to the HP page it does have vesa mounting points, so you should be able to swap a different stand on.
  • SkyBill40 - Sunday, August 25, 2019 - link

    I have the OMEN 27 and it can be mounted using the VESA setup. It uses a plate that snaps in to where the armature attaches. It's not ideal but it works.
  • jabber - Saturday, August 24, 2019 - link

    Be nice if all standard monitors started moving up to just 75Hz as a base standard. I'll take an extra 25% being thrown up on screen.
  • Alistair - Saturday, August 24, 2019 - link

    Better yet for compatibility with 30 and 60hz content, a monitor manufacturer out there should say "buy our brand, every monitor is 90hz or higher".
  • p1esk - Saturday, August 24, 2019 - link

    What is the game shown on the monitor?
  • blzd - Sunday, August 25, 2019 - link

    No height adjustment at this price range is a little disappointing.
  • SkyBill40 - Monday, August 26, 2019 - link

    It *has* height adjustment. It slides up and down in the vertical mounting arm. Can you not see that when looking at the side by side pic above?
  • godrilla - Sunday, August 25, 2019 - link

    Two 1sts from HP in one year. First the 65 inch gsync bfd HP Omen X Emperium 65 at 4k hdr 1000 certified at 144hz and now this 1440p 240hz freesync 2 hdr 400 display. While the price is steep its the only displays on the market of its kind.

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