If you’re in the market for a decently sized gaming screen that won’t set you back an absolute fortune, the new HP Omen 27c could well be worth a look.
As the name suggests, the Omen 27c is a 27-inch monitor, and it packs a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, which is entirely sensible for the screen size for gaming. It’s a VA panel with a 1000R curvature, and fans of curved screens will tell you how immersive that much bend can be in the heat of the action – it's the same curve as your eyes' field of vision.
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The ace up its sleeve, however, is the 240Hz refresh rate which means your PC can output games at up to 240fps, assuming you have a GPU with enough grunt to keep up. While this is only on offer over DisplayPort, an HDMI cable will still offer a perfectly respectable 144Hz.
On top of this, HP says the panel supports HDR400, and boasts a contrast ratio of 3,000:1. It should get plenty bright as well, with the company promising a peak of 450 nits with HDR enabled or 400 with it off. Colour accuracy should also be enviable, with HP promising that the Omen 27c covers over 99% of the DCI-P3 colour space. To round off the package, a response time of 1ms is listed.
To be clear, at $530, it’s not exactly impulse purchase territory, but considering the high specs, it’s a pretty damn appealing price. At the time of writing, we couldn’t find a UK price, or even if it will ever reach this side of the Atlantic, but in a direct dollar-to-pound conversion, that comes in at just under £400 — albeit without VAT taken into account.
If that sounds like pocket change to you, you may want to consider taking advantage of the three-sided micro-edge design, which allows you to link panels together for the ultimate in ultra-wide screen gaming, as demonstrated in the image below.
Whether you want one or three, the Omen 27c is available from today.