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HP OMEN 27q Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Oct 23, 2023 at 08:11 am
Latest change: Writing modified Apr 05, 2024 at 09:25 am
HP OMEN 27q Picture
7.7
Mixed Usage
7.9
Office
8.0
Gaming
7.4
Media Consumption
8.0
Media Creation
6.5
HDR

The HP OMEN 27q is an entry-level, budget-friendly gaming monitor. With a 1440p resolution and 165Hz refresh rate, it's a newer monitor than the similar HP X27q, and it's a lower-end model than the HP OMEN 27qs, which has a 240Hz refresh rate. It includes FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) technology, but it's rather basic in terms of features as it lacks a USB hub, and only has two HDMI 2.0 ports and one DisplayPort 1.4 input. It also includes a 3.5mm audio jack, but other than that, it's barebones in extra perks.

Our Verdict

7.7 Mixed Usage

The HP OMEN 27q is good for most uses. It's designed as a gaming monitor with a 165Hz refresh rate, VRR support, low input lag for a responsive feel, and a fast response time at high refresh rates, but there's more blur at lower refresh rates. It has a 27-inch screen and 1440p resolution that help make it good for office use or content creation. It also has good text clarity and wide viewing angles, making it easy to share your screen. It's good if you want to use it in a bright room thanks to its good reflection handling and great peak brightness. However, it struggles in a dark room, like if you're watching a movie or show, as blacks look gray, and it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve it.

Pros
  • Good text clarity.
  • Performs well in a bright room.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Stand offers tilt, height, and rotation adjustments.
Cons
  • Doesn't offer swivel adjustment.
  • No extra office features like a USB hub.
  • Low contrast ratio.
7.9 Office

The HP OMEN 27q is very good for the office. It has a 27-inch screen that's big enough to open two windows side-by-side, and it has high enough pixel density to have good text clarity. It's also good if you want to use it in a bright room as it gets bright enough to fight glare from most light sources, and it has good reflection handling. Its wide viewing angles are helpful if you need to share your screen with someone else, but without any swivel adjustment, it's hard to turn the screen. One downside is that it doesn't have many extra features, and there aren't any USB ports to connect your devices.

Pros
  • Good text clarity.
  • Performs well in a bright room.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Stand offers tilt, height, and rotation adjustments.
Cons
  • Doesn't offer swivel adjustment.
  • No extra office features like a USB hub.
8.0 Gaming

The HP OMEN 27q is great for gaming. It has a 165Hz refresh rate with FreeSync VRR and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. It has a fast response time at high refresh rates and a backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur, but there's more motion blur at lower refresh rates. It has low input lag for a responsive feel at any refresh rate. Unfortunately, it doesn't have many extra gaming features as it's limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth, so it can't take full advantage of gaming consoles. It also has a low contrast ratio, so it's disappointing if you want to use it for gaming in dark rooms.

Pros
  • 165Hz refresh rate.
  • FreeSync VRR and G-SYNC compatibility.
  • Fast response time at high refresh rates.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth; can't take advantage of gaming consoles.
  • Low contrast ratio.
7.4 Media Consumption

The HP OMEN 27q is satisfactory for media consumption. It's good if you want to watch content in a bright room, thanks to its good reflection handling and high peak brightness. It also has wide viewing angles that keep the image consistent from the sides, ideal for sharing your screen with a friend, but it doesn't have any swivel adjustment to easily turn it. Unfortunately, it's disappointing for watching content in dark rooms as it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray, and it lacks a local dimming feature to improve the black levels.

Pros
  • Performs well in a bright room.
  • Wide viewing angles.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • No local dimming feature.
8.0 Media Creation

The HP OMEN 27q is very good for content creation. Its 1440p resolution delivers enough details while editing your photos, and the monitor has good image clarity as well. It also has excellent accuracy in any of the picture modes that use an sRGB clamp, but while it displays a wide range of colors, some are oversaturated. It also has wide viewing angles that are ideal if you need to share your screen with a coworker or client, as the image remains consistent from the sides, but it doesn't offer any swivel adjustment to turn the screen.

Pros
  • Good text clarity.
  • Performs well in a bright room.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Excellent accuracy before calibration.
Cons
  • Doesn't offer swivel adjustment.
  • No extra office features like a USB hub.
6.5 HDR

The HP OMEN 27q is mediocre for HDR. It has a very basic implementation of HDR, as there aren't any picture modes or settings available, and it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights stand out. While it displays a wide range of colors, it has limited color volume, so most colors aren't vivid. Lastly, blacks look gray in the dark due to the low contrast, and it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve the contrast either.

Pros
  • Displays wide range of colors.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • No local dimming feature.
  • Low HDR peak brightness.
  • Minimal settings available in HDR.
  • 7.7 Mixed Usage
  • 7.9 Office
  • 8.0 Gaming
  • 7.4 Media Consumption
  • 8.0 Media Creation
  • 6.5 HDR
  1. Updated Apr 05, 2024: Added that the MSI G274QPF-QD has USB connectivity.
  2. Updated Mar 28, 2024: Added that the Samsung Odyssey G5/G55C S27CG55 has better Contrast.
  3. Updated Oct 23, 2023: Review published.
  4. Updated Oct 18, 2023: Early access published.
  5. Updated Oct 11, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  6. Updated Sep 05, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  7. Updated Aug 09, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 27-inch HP OMEN 27q, and units of it are made with panels from two different manufacturers, LG and BOE, and our unit features an LG panel. It's also available as the 32-inch HP OMEN 32q, but the results are only valid for this monitor. It's part of the OMEN gaming lineup, which includes similar models that have a few different features, and you can see the differences between them below.

Model Size Panel Type Resolution Max Refresh Rate
27q 27" IPS 1440p 165Hz
32q 32" IPS 1440p 165Hz
27qs 27" IPS 1440p 240Hz

Our unit was manufactured in April 2023, and the Rev. number is L0IT1121; you can see the label here. We tested this monitor with firmware 1.20.1.0.

Compared To Other Monitors

The HP OMEN 27q is a great gaming monitor that offers the essentials for gaming, like a 165Hz refresh rate, VRR support, low input lag, and a fast response time at high refresh rates. The 1440p resolution is also a nice touch if you like seeing details in your games. While it's great for what it offers, especially at a low cost, you can get better value with other budget-friendly monitors like the Dell G2724D, which has better motion handling, and the Gigabyte M27Q P, which has extra features that make it more versatile.

See our recommendations for the best gaming monitors under $300, the best budget and cheap gaming monitors, and the best 1440p gaming monitors.

Dell G2724D

The Dell G2724D and the HP OMEN 27q are both entry-level gaming monitors with similar specs, but the Dell is better for gaming. This is because it has a faster response time at any refresh rate, leading to less motion blur. The Dell is also better for console gaming as it downscales 4k signals, which the HP can't do. Lastly, the Dell even has an advantage in office work thanks to its superior ergonomics and slightly higher peak brightness.

Gigabyte M27Q (rev. 1.0)

The Gigabyte M27Q (rev. 1.0) and the HP OMEN 27q are both budget-friendly 1440p monitors, but they have a few differences. The Gigabyte has a few extra features, like a USB hub and a KVM switch, making it better for multitasking. It's also better for gaming, as it's more compatible with consoles. That said, the HP uses a different subpixel layout with better text clarity.

HP X27q

The HP OMEN 27q is a newer monitor than the HP X27q, and they have many similarities, including their 1440p resolution and 165Hz refresh rate. There are some differences, as the 27q has an sRGB picture mode, which the X27q doesn't have, allowing better accuracy before calibration. The 27q also displays a wider range of HDR colors, but both monitors have limited HDR performance anyway. In terms of gaming, the 27q has better motion handling at high refresh rates, but there aren't many differences besides that.

Gigabyte G27Q

The HP OMEN 27q and the Gigabyte G27Q are both great budget-friendly 1440p gaming monitors. The HP has a slightly higher 165Hz refresh rate and better motion handling, leading to less blur. The Gigabyte is better for console gaming because it can downscale 4k signals from the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, which the HP monitor can't do. On top of that, the Gigabyte has a few extra features, like a USB hub.

HP OMEN 27qs

The HP OMEN 27qs is a higher-end monitor than the HP OMEN 27q, so it has a few extra features. The main difference is that the 27qs has a higher 240Hz refresh rate and better motion handling across its entire refresh rate range. The 27qs also has some extra perks, like a USB hub, and it has a local dimming feature, but it performs terribly anyway.

LG 27GR75Q-B

The LG 27GR75Q-B and the HP OMEN 27q are both 27-inch budget gaming monitors. The HP is the better monitor for PC gamers, as it has better gaming performance. The HP gets brighter in SDR and HDR, so it's better at overcoming glare. The HP also has significantly better HDR color gamut and volume, making colors more realistic and vivid. However, the LG is the better choice for console gaming, as it can display 4k @ 60Hz signals with the PS5 and HDR with the Xbox Series X|S, which the HP can't do.

Gigabyte M27Q P

The Gigabyte M27Q P and the HP OMEN 27q are both great budget-friendly 1440p gaming monitors, but they have a few differences. While the HP has a faster response time at higher refresh rates, the Gigabyte has better motion handling at lower refresh rates, leading to less blur. The Gigabyte is also better for console gaming as it can downscale a 4k signal, which the HP can't do. Lastly, the Gigabyte has a few extra features, like a USB hub and KVM switch, making it the better choice for multitasking.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved
No
Curve Radius
Not Curved

The HP OMEN 27q has a rather simple look with an all-black plastic body and some branding on the back. There's nothing that stands out about it, and you can use it in any type of environment.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is good. The plastic materials feel good, and there aren't any obvious issues. The one downside is that the base of the stand doesn't keep the monitor in place, meaning it easily moves on the table. So, if you try adjusting the screen, everything moves, but this isn't an issue unless you're constantly playing around with the placement of the screen.

7.5
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
3.9" (10.0 cm)
Tilt Range
-20° to 5°
Rotate Portrait/Landscape
Yes, Both Ways
Swivel Range
No swivel
Wall Mount
VESA 100x100

The ergonomics are good. It's easy to adjust the screen when you're sitting directly in front of it, but without swivel adjustment, it's hard to turn the screen to show it to someone next to you. At the height adjustment's lowest setting, the top of the screen is 16.7" (42.4 cm) from the desk. The back of the monitor features matte plastic and the stand has a clip for cable management.

Design
Stand
Base Width
8.3" (21.0 cm)
Base Depth
8.4" (21.4 cm)
Thickness (With Display)
6.7" (17.0 cm)
Weight (With Display)
15.7 lbs (7.1 kg)
Design
Display
Size
27"
Housing Width
24.1" (61.3 cm)
Housing Height
14.4" (36.5 cm)
Thickness (Without Stand)
2.0" (5.0 cm)
Weight (Without Stand)
10.4 lbs (4.7 kg)
Borders Size (Bezels)
0.3" (0.8 cm)
Design
Controls

A directional pad on the back right of the monitor controls the on-screen display, and there's a power button to turn it on/off.

Design
In The Box
Power Supply
Internal

  • DisplayPort cable
  • Power cable
  • User documentation

Picture Quality
5.7
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
864 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The HP OMEN 27q has a low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray next to bright highlights, and it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further improve it. If you care about better contrast, check out the Samsung Odyssey G5/G55C S27CG55.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

This monitor doesn't have a local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the monitor so you can compare the backlight performance with a monitor that has local dimming.

8.1
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene
374 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
361 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
361 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
361 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
361 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
361 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
360 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
361 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
361 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
361 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
361 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000
Minimum Brightness
41 cd/m²

The SDR brightness is great. It gets bright enough to fight glare and maintains this high peak brightness no matter the content, which is great. These results are from after calibration in the 'Gaming' Color Mode with the Brightness at its max.

7.2
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
VESA DisplayHDR Certification
No Certification
Real Scene
489 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
481 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
480 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
478 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
478 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
478 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
479 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
478 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
478 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
477 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
477 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

The HDR peak brightness is decent. While it gets fairly bright, small highlights don't pop against the rest of the image as it lacks a local dimming feature. The EOTF also has a slow roll-off at the peak brightness, so it doesn't let highlights get the brightest they could before reaching their peak brightness. Unfortunately, no picture settings are available when you enable HDR, so it's a very basic implementation of HDR.

8.4
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
45°
Color Washout From Right
45°
Color Shift From Left
52°
Color Shift From Right
57°
Brightness Loss From Left
47°
Brightness Loss From Right
49°
Black Level Raise From Left
70°
Black Level Raise From Right
70°
Gamma Shift From Left
57°
Gamma Shift From Right
57°

The HP OMEN 27q has an impressive horizontal viewing angle. You won't notice any issues when viewing from the sides or if you need to share your screen with someone next to you.

6.6
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
32°
Color Washout From Above
32°
Color Shift From Below
33°
Color Shift From Above
33°
Brightness Loss From Below
38°
Brightness Loss From Above
35°
Black Level Raise From Below
29°
Black Level Raise From Above
70°
Gamma Shift From Below
31°
Gamma Shift From Above
32°

The vertical viewing angle is okay. Although it's worse than its horizontal viewing angle, you won't have many issues, and the image only starts to appear washed out when you're standing up and looking down directly at the monitor.

7.9
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.011%
50% DSE
0.147%

The gray uniformity is very good. Although the edges are darker than the rest of the screen, there's minimal dirty screen effect in the center, which is great.

6.3
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.798%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The black uniformity is mediocre. There's clouding throughout, and some backlight bleed in the corners, and it lacks a local dimming feature to further improve it.

8.6
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Pre-Calibration)
Picture Mode
HP Enhance+ (Low)
sRGB Gamut Area xy
100.1%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
3.35
Color Temperature (Avg.)
7,322 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.14
Color dE (Avg.)
2.19
Contrast Setting
100
RGB Settings
255-255-255
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Brightness Setting
72
Measured Brightness
243 cd/m²
Brightness Locked
No

The HP OMEN 27q has excellent accuracy before calibration. While it doesn't have a dedicated sRGB mode, many of the Color Modes include an sRGB clamp, which are the 'HP Enhance +', 'Standard', 'Warm', 'Cool', 'Cinema', and 'Night' modes. These modes lock colors well to the sRGB color space, so most colors are accurate. The white balance is decent, but brighter grays are off, and gamma doesn't follow the target sRGB well, as most scenes are too bright. Unfortunately, the color temperature is on the cold side, giving the image a blue tint.

When using one of the modes that include the sRGB clamp, you still have access to other picture settings. Only the 'Gaming' and 'Native' modes don't use the sRGB clamp, and the main advantage to using those is that they get brighter. The 'Gaming' mode is the more accurate of the two, but colors are oversaturated, as you can see here.

8.5
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Post-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Gaming
sRGB Gamut Area xy
110.3%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.96
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,392 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.17
Color dE (Avg.)
1.21
Contrast Setting
100
RGB Settings
255-248-237
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Brightness Setting
17
Measured Brightness
101 cd/m²
ICC Profile
Download

The accuracy after calibration is excellent. While it isn't significantly different than using the 'HP Enhance +' mode before calibration, one of the advantages of calibrating it is that you get a brighter image while maintaining accuracy.

9.5
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB Coverage xy
100.0%
sRGB Picture Mode
Gaming
Adobe RGB Coverage xy
86.0%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Gaming

The HP OMEN 27q has a fantastic SDR color gamut, but it's oversaturated in the commonly used sRGB color space. Reds and magentas are also oversaturated in the Adobe RGB color space, but blues and greens are undersaturated there.

9.5
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
97.0%
sRGB Picture Mode
Gaming
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
89.0%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Gaming

This monitor has an incredible HDR color volume. It displays most bright colors well but struggles with dark colors due to its low contrast.

8.5
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI-P3 Coverage xy
92.8%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
HDR On
Rec. 2020 Coverage xy
68.6%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR On

The HDR color gamut is excellent. It has excellent coverage of the DCI-P3 color space used in most HDR content, with remarkable tone mapping. However, it has worse coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space, and tone mapping is a bit worse with it, too, particularly with white, cyan, and green.

8.2
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
84.1%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
HDR On
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
64.5%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR On

The HDR color volume is great, but it's mainly limited by its incomplete color gamut and low contrast.

7.8
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
4.7%
Indirect Reflections
2.5%
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.1%

The reflection handling is good. Combined with its high peak brightness, you won't have issues using it in a well-lit room, but glare from strong light sources is distracting, like if you place it opposite a sunny window.

7.5
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Pixel Type
IPS
Subpixel Layout
RGB

The HP OMEN 27q has good text clarity. Enabling Windows ClearType (top photo) improves the clarity of most letters. These photos are in Windows 10, and you can see them in Windows 11 with ClearType on and with ClearType off.

9.5
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The gradient handling is incredible. There's some very minor banding in darker shades, but it's hard to see with most content. Although HP advertises this as an 8-bit monitor, it still accepts a 10-bit signal, so it likely uses 8-bit + FRC.

Motion
8.5
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP @ 10-bit
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI @ 10-Bit
75 Hz

Due to bandwidth limitations over HDMI, you can only reach this monitor's max refresh rate over DisplayPort.

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

Both FreeSync and G-SYNC compatibility work over the monitor's entire refresh rate range via DisplayPort, but only FreeSync works via HDMI. The monitor also supports Low Framerate Compensation (LFC) for the VRR to continue working at lower refresh rates, and it kicks in around 60Hz.

8.7
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Level 3
Rise / Fall Time
3.2 ms
Total Response Time
8.4 ms
Overshoot Error
5.8%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
3.6 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
11.4 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
15.3%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
Level 1ChartTablePhoto
Level 2ChartTablePhoto
Level 3ChartTablePhoto
Level 4ChartTablePhoto
Level 5ChartTablePhoto

The response time at the max refresh rate of 165Hz is excellent. Most transitions are fast, leading to minimal motion handling, and there isn't any noticeable overshoot either. While the recommended Response Time of 'Level 3' has a slower total response time than 'Level 2', it has a faster rise/fall time, and there's less blur trail behind fast-moving objects. The 'Level 4' and 'Level 5' settings have too much overshoot.

8.6
Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Level 2 (Fast)
Rise / Fall Time
4.1 ms
Total Response Time
8.8 ms
Overshoot Error
2.0%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
5.0 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
12.9 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
6.6%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
Level 1ChartTablePhoto
Level 2ChartTablePhoto
Level 3ChartTablePhoto
Level 4ChartTablePhoto
Level 5ChartTablePhoto

The HP OMEN 27q QHD 165Hz Gaming Monitor has an excellent response time at 120Hz. Unlike at its max refresh rate, the recommended overdrive setting is 'Level 2' because 'Level 3' has more noticeable overshoot, leading to inverse ghosting. The 'Level 2' setting results in minimal motion blur.

7.4
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Level 1
Rise / Fall Time
6.0 ms
Total Response Time
14.2 ms
Overshoot Error
0.0%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
8.8 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
18.1 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
0.0%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
Level 1ChartTablePhoto
Level 2ChartTablePhoto
Level 3ChartTablePhoto
Level 4ChartTablePhoto
Level 5ChartTablePhoto

The response time at 60Hz is decent. There's some motion blur with fast-moving objects, but the recommended overdrive setting of 'Level 1' has no overshoot, unlike the higher settings, which all have it. This means you may need to change the Response Time setting depending on the refresh rate you're gaming at, but 'Level 2' is a good enough set-and-forget mode with any refresh rate. That said, this monitor's LFC feature kicks in at 60Hz, doubling the refresh rate to 120Hz when you have VRR enabled, so you only get a true 60Hz refresh rate with VRR disabled.

Motion
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Yes
Maximum Frequency
165 Hz
Minimum Frequency
120 Hz
Longest Pulse Width Brightness
188 cd/m²
Shortest Pulse Width Brightness
96 cd/m²
Pulse Width Control
Yes
Pulse Phase Control
No
Pulse Amplitude Control
No
VRR At The Same Time
No

Overdrive Setting165Hz120Hz
127q BFI 165Hz Level 127q BFI 120Hz Level 1
227q BFI 165Hz Level 227q BFI 120Hz Level 2
327q BFI 165Hz Level 327q BFI 120Hz Level 3
427q BFI 165Hz Level 427q BFI 120Hz Level 4
527q BFI 165Hz Level 527q BFI 120Hz Level 5

The HP OMEN 27q QHD has an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion. You need to turn off Adaptive Sync to use the MPRT setting, which has five different options, with '5' being the most aggressive, but it also results in the lowest brightness. The feature does a decent job at reducing persistence blur at its max refresh rate, but it also has image duplication, and the differences between the five options are minimal, as you can see here.

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

The backlight doesn't use pulse width modulation and remains flicker-free, which helps reduce eye strain if you're sensitive to flicker.

Inputs
8.9
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution @ Max Hz
3.3 ms
Native Resolution @ 120Hz
4.4 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
8.6 ms
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
8.0 ms

The HP OMEN 27q has low input lag for a responsive feel, which doesn't significantly increase at high refresh rates.

8.0
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution
2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Megapixels
3.7 MP
Pixel Density
109 PPI
Measured Screen Diagonal
26.9"
Screen Area
309 in²
5.0
Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
No

The HP OMEN 27q can't take full advantage of the PS5 as it's limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth, doesn't support VRR, and can't downscale 4k signals. That said, there aren't any compatibility issues with the signals it supports.

5.8
Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
No
VRR
Yes

This monitor has limited compatibility with the Xbox Series X|S. It doesn't support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth to fully utilize the console. HDR doesn't work either, as the console only supports HDR with 4k signals, which the monitor doesn't accept.

Inputs
Inputs Photos
Inputs
Video And Audio Ports
DisplayPort
1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort
No
HDMI
2 (HDMI 2.0)
HDMI 2.1 Rated Speed
No HDMI 2.1
DVI
No
VGA
No
Daisy Chaining
No
3.5mm Audio Out
1
HDR10
Yes
3.5mm Audio In
No
3.5mm Microphone In
No
Inputs
USB
USB-A Ports
0
USB-A Rated Speed
No USB-A Ports
USB-B Upstream Port
No
USB-C Ports
0
USB-C Upstream
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Rated Speed
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Power Delivery
No USB-C Ports
USB-C DisplayPort Alt Mode
No USB-C Ports
Thunderbolt
No

This monitor doesn't have any USB ports. If you're looking for a gaming monitor that has USB ports, check out the MSI G274QPF-QD.

Inputs
macOS Compatibility

The HP OMEN 27q QHD works well with macOS using a DisplayPort to USB-C cable. VRR and HDR work at the same time, and while HDR looks washed out, this is a limitation of the monitor anyway. If you're using a MacBook, windows return to the original position when waking up the laptop from sleep, but not when you close the lid.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
No
RGB Illumination
No
Multiple Input Display
No
KVM Switch
No

The HP OMEN 27q QHD 165Hz Gaming Monitor has a few extra features, including:

  • Crosshair: You can choose different virtual crosshairs available, giving you a competitive advantage as your game's anti-cheat tool won't detect it.
  • Diagnostic Patterns: Displays full-screen images of different colors so you can see any uniformity issues or dead pixels more easily.
  • Frame Rate: Displays the current frame rate from your source.
  • Multi-Monitor Align: Makes it easier to align the monitor next to another by displaying an overlay.
  • OMEN Gaming Hub: This monitor works with HP's proprietary app to change certain settings, even if it doesn't have a USB hub to connect your PC to.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)