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The HP OMEN 27i is a new model of gaming monitor, which with its high frequency of 165 Hz refresh rate is especially oriented towards eSports, where every millisecond can be the key to winning the game.
The panel of the HP OMEN 27i is of the IPS type, with a size of 27 inches and 2K resolution (2,560 x 1,440 pixels), without jumping to 4K.
In 27 inches, 4K resolution is no longer uncommon, but the HP OMEN 27i stays at 2K with competitive gaming in mind. Taking advantage of 165 Hz in 2K is possible with a good graphics card, but doing it at higher resolutions would be difficult.
Thanks to the IPS panel vertical and horizontal viewing angles of 178º are achieved, and reproduce the 98% of the DCI-P3 standard color, maintaining a response time of 1 ms via Overdrive.
The HP OMEN 27i is designed to be used together with an Nvidia graphics card, as it integrates G-Sync, which synchronizes the screen refresh with the frames generated by the game. In this way, graphic defects are eliminated and the response time in the games is reduced.
At the design level, the HP OMEN 27i opts for slim bezels, and is adjustable both in height and inclination. In addition to the included stand, it is possible to hang it on a 100 x 100 mm VESA arm.
At the back there is a circle of RGB LEDs, which allows you to configure ambient lighting if you play at night. Control is via the OMEN Command Center software, so you can synchronize with other OMEN devices, such as mice, keyboards, or headsets.
HP OMEN 27i, specifications
Current gaming monitors are very sophisticated equipment, so their technical data sheet is important to view games with the highest quality. Here are the features of the HP OMEN 27i:
- Screen: 27 inches with 2K resolution (2,560 x 1,440 pixels), 16:9 ratio.
- Refresh: 165 Hz with Nvidia G-Sync (1ms GtG response time with Overdrive).
- Color: 98% DCI-P3 space.
- Brightness: 350 nits.
- Panel: Anti-glare Nano IPS with 178°/178° viewing angles.
- Ports: DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0 and 2 x USB 3.0.
- Extras: RGB LEDs on the back cover.
- Ergonomics: adjustable height (130 mm) and adjustable inclination (-5º to 20º), supports VESA 100 x 100.
At the connectivity level, the HP OMEN 27i has a DisplayPort 1.2 port and an HDMI 2.0. HDMI 2.1, the most recent version, is missing, but in the PC world this connector is much less used than in televisions and game consoles.
In addition, it includes a USB hub, with two USB 3.0 outputs to connect peripherals without having to take the cable to the PC tower.
On the other hand, speakers are not integrated, which can be useful at times, although in gaming it is normal to use a more advanced sound system than the one that can be mounted on a monitor.
HP OMEN 27i, price and availability
The HP OMEN 27i goes on sale today, May 4, 2020, for 499, $99 in the United States. We still do not know the launch date or the price in Spain, but it is to be imagined that it will not take long to arrive, at a price that could start at around 500 euros.
Also today the HP OMEN 25L and 30L gaming towers have been presented, so the manufacturer has renewed its desktop catalogue, a segment that has lost some prominence compared to laptops, but still has many followers.
If we are looking for a gaming monitor, the HP OMEN 27i is a good option within the premium segment for those who have an Nvidia graphics card, So those who use AMD on their PC will probably benefit more from a model with FreeSync.