HP OMEN 27i Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Sep 16, 2020 at 08:45 am
HP OMEN 27i Picture
7.6
Mixed Usage
7.8
Office
8.3
Gaming
7.4
Multimedia
7.4
Media Creation
5.6
HDR Gaming
Size 27"
Resolution 2560x1440
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The HP OMEN 27i is a great gaming monitor. It has an outstanding response time, resulting in clear motion when gaming, as well as low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. Although it supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology natively, it's also certified for NVIDIA's G-SYNC compatible technology. It's well-built, with a solid metal stand that supports it well, easy-to-access inputs, and RGB bias-lighting. The 27" 1440p screen is great for multitasking and for gaming, and the IPS panel delivers wide viewing angles and an outstanding SDR color gamut. Unfortunately, the stand has disappointing ergonomics, and like all IPS monitors, it has a low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray in a dark room. It's also not very accurate out-of-the-box, so media creators might prefer to look elsewhere.

Our Verdict

7.6 Mixed Usage

The HP OMEN 27i is a good monitor for most uses, but it's best-suited for gaming. The high peak brightness and good reflection handling make it a good choice for the office. It has an outstanding response time, low input lag, and it supports FreeSync, great for gaming. On the other hand, the low contrast ratio and disappointing accuracy out-of-the-box make it only a decent choice for multimedia or content creators.

Pros
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Outstanding response time.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
7.8 Office

The HP OMEN 27i is a good monitor for office use. The 27" 1440p screen is great for multitasking. It has good peak brightness and good reflection handling, so glare shouldn't be an issue. The image remains accurate when viewed at an angle, so you can easily share your screen with someone else. Unfortunately, the stand has a limited range of motion, so it might be difficult to place in an ideal viewing position.

Pros
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Outstanding response time.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Disappointing accuracy out of the box.
8.3 Gaming

The HP OMEN 27i is a great gaming monitor. It has an outstanding response time, so there's very little blur behind fast-moving objects. It also has excellent low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, and it supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology. On the other hand, this monitor isn't a great choice for late-night gaming, as it has a low contrast ratio and poor black uniformity.

Pros
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Outstanding response time.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
7.4 Multimedia

The HP OMEN 27i is a decent monitor for multimedia. It has wide viewing angles, good peak brightness, and good reflection handling, so it's great for watching videos with a group of friends, even in a bright room. On the other hand, it has low contrast and poor black uniformity, so it's not a great choice for watching videos in a dark room, and it has disappointing accuracy out-of-the-box.

Pros
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Outstanding response time.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Disappointing accuracy out of the box.
  • Doesn't support HDR.
7.4 Media Creation

The HP OMEN 27i is a decent monitor for media creation. The large, high-resolution screen makes it easier to see more of your work at once, and the wide viewing angles are great for sharing the screen with clients. It has excellent gray uniformity and outstanding gradient handling, with almost no noticeable banding. Unfortunately, it has disappointing accuracy out of the box, which may be an issue for some content creators.

Pros
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Outstanding response time.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Disappointing accuracy out of the box.
5.6 HDR Gaming
  • 7.6 Mixed Usage
  • 7.8 Office
  • 8.3 Gaming
  • 7.4 Multimedia
  • 7.4 Media Creation
  • 5.6 HDR Gaming

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
11.5 lbs (5.2 kg)
Weight (with stand)
15.0 lbs (6.8 kg)

The HP OMEN 27i has a very similar design to the HP OMEN 27, but it's been updated a bit, with slimmer bezels and a sturdier stand. The back of the monitor has a unique design, with easy-to-access inputs and a nice RGB backlight feature. It has only basic cable management, but it's extremely well-built.

Design
Stand
Width
10.1" (25.6 cm)
Depth
10.1" (25.6 cm)

The stand is slim but solid, and it supports the monitor extremely well.

5.3
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape No
Swivel Range No swivel
Tilt Range -20° to 5°

Unfortunately, the HP OMEN 27i has disappointing ergonomics, as it can't swivel, and can't be rotated to portrait orientation. On the other hand, it has a great height adjustment range and a great tilt range. For a similar monitor with better ergonomics, check out the ASUS TUF VG27AQ.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back of the monitor has a very simple design, but it looks great. The inputs are angled to the sides, making them very easy to access, and there's an RGB bias lighting feature around the box that houses the monitor's inputs and electronics. Cables can be routed through a hole in the stand, providing very basic cable management.

The HP OMEN 27i can be VESA mounted, but it's very important to make sure that your mounting bracket can be rotated at least 45°, as the mounting holes are on an angle. HP has posted a video showing how to mount it.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.3" (0.8 cm)

The borders around the monitor are very thin on three sides, making this a great choice for a multi-monitor setup.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
7.7" (19.6 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.7" (6.8 cm)

When attached to the stand, the HP OMEN 27i is a bit thicker than most similar monitors we've tested. Unlike the HP OMEN 27, the mounting arm has to be removed to VESA-mount the display, so it's quite a bit thinner when mounted.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The HP OMEN 27i is extremely well-built. The stand is solid, made of metal, and it supports the monitor well. The display is made of good quality plastic, and we didn't notice any gaps or loose panels.

Picture Quality
5.5
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
755 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

Typical for IPS panels, the HP OMEN 27i has a low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray in a dark room. In a brighter viewing environment, this isn't as noticeable. HP advertises a typical contrast ratio of 1000:1 for this display, so these results are a bit on the low side, but this varies between units.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

There's no local dimming feature on this monitor. This video is provided for reference only.

7.8
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
324 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
333 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
334 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
334 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
334 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
334 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
333 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
334 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
334 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
334 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
334 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

Very good SDR peak brightness, this monitor can easily overcome glare in a brighter viewing environment. It's also extremely consistent, with no noticeable change in brightness with different content.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
N/A
HDR ABL
N/A

The HP OMEN 27i doesn't support HDR.

8.5
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
46 °
Color Washout From Right
46 °
Color Shift From Left
52 °
Color Shift From Right
53 °
Brightness Loss From Left
48 °
Brightness Loss From Right
49 °
Black Level Raise From Left
70 °
Black Level Raise From Right
70 °
Gamma Shift From Left
59 °
Gamma Shift From Right
60 °

Unlike the TN panel used on the HP OMEN 27, the HP 27i uses an IPS panel, and has excellent horizontal viewing angles. This is great if you often share your screen with someone else sitting nearby, as the image remains accurate even when viewed off-center.

7.0
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
35 °
Color Washout From Above
33 °
Color Shift From Below
43 °
Color Shift From Above
28 °
Brightness Loss From Below
40 °
Brightness Loss From Above
37 °
Black Level Raise From Below
70 °
Black Level Raise From Above
58 °
Gamma Shift From Below
35 °
Gamma Shift From Above
31 °

The HP 27i has decent vertical viewing angles. This is important if you often share your screen with someone standing next to you, as you can be confident that they'll see the same thing you do.

8.6
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.371 %
50% DSE
0.106 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.445 %
5% DSE
0.062 %

Excellent gray uniformity overall. The sides of the screen are a bit darker than the center, especially the left-hand side of our unit, but this can vary a bit between units. If you have this monitor, let us know in the discussions if you notice the same thing.

5.0
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.644 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Unfortunately, the HP OMEN 27i has poor black uniformity. There's noticeable backlight bleed on our unit, especially from the bottom left corner, and the entire screen is a bit cloudy. Black uniformity varies between units, so if you have this monitor let us know how it looks.

5.7
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Cool
Luminance
272 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
80
Contrast Setting
80
RGB Controls
255-255-255
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6195 K
White Balance dE
4.70
Color dE
4.23
Gamma
2.21

Sub-par accuracy out of the box. Although gamma follows the sRGB target curve well, there are noticeable errors in the white balance and most colors. There's also no sRGB mode, which is a bit disappointing. Note that the out-of-the-box accuracy can vary between units.

9.7
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Standard (calibrated)
Luminance
98 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
20
Contrast Setting
80
RGB Controls
240-250-253
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6507 K
White Balance dE
0.56
Color dE
0.41
Gamma
2.18

After calibration, the HP OMEN 27i is much more accurate. The remaining inaccuracies in the white balance aren't noticeable, and except for highly saturated blues, colors are reproduced accurately.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and shouldn't be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model, due to manufacturing tolerances.

9.2
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
99.5 %
Adobe RGB xy
84.6 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Standard
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Standard

The HP OMEN 27i has an impressive SDR color gamut. It can display the entire sRGB color space used by most web content, and it even has great coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space, making it a great choice for content creators.

9.3
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
97.2 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
89.2 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Standard
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Standard

Outstanding SDR color volume. The HP OMEN 27i is limited by the low contrast ratio, as it can't display dark, saturated colors. Like most LCD monitors, highly saturated blues aren't as bright as other colors, but this shouldn't be very noticeable.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
N/A
DCI P3 xy
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR After 0 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 2 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 4 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 6 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 8 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 10 Min Recovery
0.00 %

There are no signs of temporary image retention on our unit. This can vary between units though, so let us know if you have this monitor and have seen any signs of image retention.

9.9
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

Although this monitor doesn't support HDR, it can accept a 10 bit signal, but only if the refresh rate is below 120Hz. When sending a 10 bit signal, gradients are extremely clean, with almost no noticeable banding.

9.8
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.001 %
Pixel Column Error
0.029 %

While there is some very slight color bleed, it's not at all noticeable.

7.7
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
4.9 %
Indirect Reflections
2.9 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.0 %

Very good reflection handling. Combined with the high peak brightness, glare shouldn't be an issue even in a brighter room.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

The HP OMEN 27i has decent text clarity, but it's recommended to enable ClearType, as seen in the diagonal and curved lines in the top photo.

Motion
9.2
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Level 1
Rise / Fall Time
4.9 ms
Total Response Time
9.0 ms
Overshoot Error
0.0 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
5.4 ms
Dark Total Response Time
9.8 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
Level 1 Chart Table Photo
Level 2 Chart Table Photo
Level 3 Chart Table Photo
Level 4 Chart Table Photo

The HP 27i has outstanding response time at the maximum refresh rate, resulting in a very short blur trail behind fast-moving objects. Unfortunately, this isn't as good as the HP OMEN 27 or the HP OMEN X 27.

There are four pixel overdrive settings, but we recommend the lowest setting, level 1. Level 2 is faster, but there's more noticeable overshoot. Higher settings aren't recommended, as the amount of overshoot increases drastically.

9.0
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Level 1
Rise / Fall Time
4.8 ms
Total Response Time
11.6 ms
Overshoot Error
0 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
5.4 ms
Dark Total Response Time
11.5 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
Level 1 Chart Table Photo
Level 2 Chart Table Photo
Level 3 Chart Table Photo
Level 4 Chart Table Photo

Outstanding response time at 60Hz, with very little blur behind fast-moving objects, much better than the ASUS TUF VG27AQ. Like at the maximum refresh rate, the level of overdrive can be adjusted, but we still recommend the Level 1 setting. Higher settings are slightly faster, but unlike at the maximum refresh rate, even the Level 2 setting has significant overshoot.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The backlight is completely flicker-free, which is great.

0
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
No BFI
BFI Maximum Frequency
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
N/A

Unlike the HP OMEN 27, this monitor doesn't have an optional Black Frame Insertion feature.

9.2
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (NVIDIA Certified)
VRR Maximum
165 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

This monitor's high refresh rate is great for gaming or desktop use. The HP OMEN 27i supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, but it's also certified by NVIDIA to work with their G-SYNC Compatible technology. Although FreeSync works over both HDMI and DisplayPort, NVIDIA's G-SYNC Compatible mode only works over DisplayPort with this monitor.

Inputs
9.6
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
3.0 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
10.2 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
3.4 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
11.3 ms
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
N/A

Outstanding low input lag, resulting in a very responsive gaming experience. 60Hz input lag is a bit higher than most similar monitors, but this isn't a noticeable difference.

8.3
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution 2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 3.7 MP
Pixel Density
109 PPI
Screen Diagonal 27.0 inches
Screen Area 310 sq inches

The 27", 1440p screen is great for multitasking. It also allows you to see more fine details in your favorite games and maintain high frame rates, even if you don't have a top-of-the-line graphics card.

Inputs
Inputs