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Reviewed on Jul 23, 2019

HP OMEN X 25f MONITOR REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
7.2
Mixed Usage
7.0
Office
8.2
Gaming
7.0
Multimedia
7.0
Media Creation
5.6
HDR Gaming
Size : 25"
Resolution : 1920x1080
Refresh Rate : 240 Hz
LCD Type
:
TN
Variable Refresh Rate
:
FreeSync

The HP X 25f is a decent 1080p monitor with great gaming performance. The 240Hz refresh rate delivers outstanding clear motion, with an incredibly fast response time. It's very responsive for gaming thanks to the outstanding low input lag, the lowest we've measured so far. This monitor has a great design and it has some great additional features, including an RGB ambient lighting feature. Unfortunately, like other TN monitors we've tested, the image degrades significantly when viewed at an angle, and overall, it delivers mediocre picture quality.

Test Results
Design 8.0
Picture Quality 6.4
Motion 9.4
Inputs 8.7
Pros
  • Outstanding motion handling.
  • Extremely low input lag.
Cons
  • Image degrades when viewed at an angle.
  • Mediocre picture quality.

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8.0

Design

Curved : No
Curve radius : N/A
Weight (without stand)
:
9.7 lbs (4.4 kg)
Weight (with stand)
:
13.7 lbs (6.2 kg)

The HP OMEN X 25f has a very good design, nearly identical to the HP OMEN 27. It has thin bezels on three sides, and looks great in a multi-monitor setup or VESA mounted. The stand supports the monitor well and has a relatively small footprint, but has limited ergonomics as it can't swivel and can't be rotated to a portrait orientation. This monitor has excellent build quality; despite being almost entirely made of plastic, it has a premium finish and there are no obvious weak spots.

Stand
Width
:
7.8" (19.8 cm)
Depth
:
7.8" (19.8 cm)

The stand is very thin and requires very little space on your desk, and doesn't prevent objects from being placed in front of the monitor. Like the OMEN 27, there is a headphone hook on the top of the stand.

5.2 Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
:
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Switch portrait/landscape : No
Swivel Range : N/A
Tilt Range : -22.5° to 5°

This monitor has disappointing ergonomics. The stand has a good height adjustment and excellent tilt range, but it can't swivel or rotate to a portrait orientation.

Back
Wall Mount : VESA 100x100

The back of the monitor is made of plastic, but has a premium finish to it. There is a loop at the base of the monitor that can be used for cable management. The stand has no quick release, but can be VESA mounted. In order to VESA mount it, an adapter must be attached to the back (included).

Borders
Borders
:
0.3" (0.8 cm)

The border around the monitor is very thin on 3 sides, and blends in when using the monitor. There is an RGB ambient lighting feature along the bottom bezel.

Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
:
7.2" (18.3 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
:
3.7" (9.4 cm)

When attached to its stand, this monitor is a bit thicker than most, and it's just as thick as the OMEN 27, despite the smaller screen.

8.5 Build Quality

This monitor has excellent build quality. Although most of it is made of plastic, the metal stand and nice finish give it a premium feel. We didn't notice any issues with the build quality, or any potential issues with the monitor.

6.4

Picture Quality

Like most TN monitors we've tested, the HP OMEN X 25f delivers mediocre picture quality. It has a passable contrast ratio, but blacks look gray in a dark room. It has great peak brightness, though, and great reflection handling, so there shouldn't be any issues gaming in a bright room. This monitor also has excellent gradient handling, with very little banding visible in most content. Unfortunately, like all TN monitors we've tested, the image degrades significantly when viewed at an angle.

6.2 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
1126 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
:
N/A

The OMEN X 25f has a passable contrast ratio. It's better than the OMEN 27, and very similar to the BenQ Zowie XL2540. These results aren't great for dark room viewing, as blacks appear gray.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Edge

This monitor does not support local dimming. The video is provided for reference only.

8.1 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
:
369 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
407 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
407 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
407 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
406 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
406 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
406 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
406 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
406 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
406 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
406 cd/m²
SDR ABL
:
0.000

Great SDR peak brightness; this monitor can get more than bright enough for almost any room. There is no significant variation in brightness with different content.

0 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

This monitor does not support HDR.

5.3 Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
:
25 °
Color Shift from Right
:
34 °
Brightness from Left
:
45 °
Brightness from Right
:
52 °
Black Level from Left
:
22 °
Black Level from Right
:
29 °
Curve Radius : N/A

Disappointing horizontal viewing angle, but this is to be expected with TN panels, and these results are nearly identical to the BenQ Zowie XL2540. When sitting directly in front of the screen, there shouldn't be any issues, but moving even slightly off-center results in a washed out image and a rapid loss of color accuracy.

5.6 Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
:
10 °
Color Shift from Above
:
65 °
Brightness from Below
:
14 °
Brightness from Above
:
68 °
Black Level from Below
:
16 °
Black Level from Above
:
21 °

When looking at the monitor from above, the image gradually loses color accuracy and appears washed out. From below, however, it's much worse, and at wide angles there's a noticeable grayscale inversion, and a negative image appears. When sitting directly in front of the screen, this isn't a significant issue for most people, but if you're too close the top and bottom of the screen can appear non-uniform.

7.8 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
5.686 %
50% DSE
:
0.126 %
5% Std. Dev.
:
1.572 %
5% DSE
:
0.066 %

Good gray uniformity, with very little dirty screen effect (DSE). The top of the screen appears noticeably darker than the rest; this is due to the vertical viewing angle. In near-dark scenes, the uniformity is a lot better, but some clouding is still noticeable.

6.4 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
1.721 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
:
N/A

The HP OMEN X 25f has passable black uniformity, very similar to the Acer XF251Q. There is some clouding across the entire screen, but there is no backlight bleed. This is much better than the larger HP OMEN X 27, but this does vary between units.

6.7 Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Native
Luminance
:
321 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
80
Contrast Setting
:
80
RGB controls
:
255-255-255
Color Temperature
:
6235 K
White Balance dE
:
3.80
Color dE
:
3.57
Gamma
:
2.10

Out of the box, the HP OMEN X 25f has decent accuracy. Gamma is almost flat and is close to 2.1, and white balance is noticeably inaccurate, especially in brighter shades of gray. There are noticeable inaccuracies in some colors, and the color temperature is a bit warm.

9.5 Post Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Native
Luminance
:
102 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
14
Contrast Setting
:
79
RGB Controls
:
242-255-250
Color Temperature
:
6548 K
White Balance dE
:
0.36
Color dE
:
1.07
Gamma
:
2.18

After calibrating, this monitor has excellent accuracy. There are no noticeable grayscale errors, and most color errors are corrected. Gamma follows the sRGB target curve almost perfectly, and the white balance is very close to the target of 6500K.

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

8.4 SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
:
93.3 %
Adobe RGB xy
:
74.3 %

sRGB Picture Mode: Native (calibrated)
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Native

Great SDR color gamut, similar to the BenQ Zowie XL2540. It can't quite display the entire sRGB color space, but most people won't notice it. It has only decent coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space, which isn't great for professional photo editing.

8.6 SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
:
94.4 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
:
78.2 %

sRGB Picture Mode: Native
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Native

Excellent SDR color volume. Some colors aren't as bright as pure white, especially blues, and it can't produce dark, saturated colors very well.

0 HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
N/A
DCI P3 xy
:
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
:
N/A

This monitor does not support HDR.

0 HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
:
N/A
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
:
N/A

This monitor does not support HDR.

10 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, even immediately after displaying our high contrast, static test image for 10 minutes.

8.8 Gradient
Color Depth
:
8 Bit

The OMEN X 25f has excellent gradient handling. There is some very minor banding in most shades. There is noticeable 8-bit banding, especially in darker shades.

9.0 Color Bleed
Pixel row error
:
0.001 %
Pixel column error
:
0.196 %

Some color bleed is visible in the vertical color bleed test, but this shouldn't be noticeable with most content.

8.0 Reflections

Great reflection handling; there shouldn't be any issues using this monitor in a bright room.

9.4

Motion

The HP OMEN X 25f has outstanding motion handling. It has an extremely fast 240Hz refresh rate and it delivers one of the fastest response times we've ever measured. It supports FreeSync, but is also officially supported by NVIDIA's new G-SYNC Compatible feature, so FreeSync is automatically enabled when connected to a recent NVIDIA graphics card. The backlight is completely flicker-free, which is great, but there is no optional black frame insertion feature.

10 Motion Blur
80% Response Time
:
2.1 ms
100% Response Time
:
5.3 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
:
Level 3

Response Time Level 1
Response Time Level 2
Response Time Level 3
Response Time Level 4

The OMEN X 25f has an outstanding response time, slightly faster than the OMEN 27, and even faster than the BenQ Zowie XL2540. The response time can be customized, and there are four different levels. We recommend level 3, as it delivers the best response time with the least amount of overshoot. Level 4 has significantly higher overshoot, and there is almost no improvement to the response time, so we don't recommend it.

7.5 Image Flicker
Flicker-free : Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
:
No
BFI Maximum Frequency
:
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
:
N/A

The backlight is completely flicker-free, which is great. There is no black frame insertion feature, but this isn't really needed with 240Hz content, as motion is already incredibly clear.

9.6 Refresh Rate
Native
:
240 Hz
Factory Overclock
:
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
:
FreeSync
G-SYNC Compatible
:
Yes (NVIDIA Certified)
VRR Maximum
:
240 Hz
VRR Minimum
:
< 20 Hz
VRR Maximum With OC
:
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors : DisplayPort, HDMI

The HP OMEN X 25f has a native 240Hz panel, and it supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology. It also supports FreeSync when connected via DisplayPort to a recent NVIDIA graphics card, and it's certified compatible by NVIDIA, so it works automatically.

8.7

Inputs

The HP OMEN X 25f has outstanding low input lag, delivering an extremely responsive gaming experience. The 24.5", 1080p screen might bother some people, though, as it isn't as sharp as the latest 1440p or 4k gaming monitors.

9.7 Input Lag
Native Resolution
:
2.6 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
:
N/A
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
:
14.7 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
:
2.6 ms
10 bit HDR
:
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
:
N/A

This monitor has outstanding low input lag, the lowest we've measured so far. The 60Hz input lag is higher than most monitors, which is a bit disappointing for console gamers.

7.2 Resolution and Size
Native Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio : 16:9
Megapixels : 2.1 MP
Pixel Density : 91 PPI
Screen Diagonal : 24.6 inches
Screen Area : 256 sq inches

The 24.5", 1080p screen has a relatively low pixel density, and isn't great for some uses, especially for multitasking.

Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort : 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort : No
HDMI : 2 (HDMI 2.0)
DVI : No
VGA : No
DisplayPort Out : No
USB : 2 (USB 3.0)
USB C : No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 1
Microphone In 3.5mm : No
Digital Optical Audio Out : No
Analog Audio Out RCA : No
Power Supply : External Brick

Features

The HP OMEN X 25f has a few additional features, including an RGB ambient lighting system, but it doesn't support HDR10 and has no built-in speakers. There are a few virtual overlays that can be added to any game, including a frame rate counter and virtual crosshairs.

Additional Features
Speakers
:
No
HDR10 : No
Multiple input display
:
No

The OMEN X 25f doesn't support HDR10, and has no built-in speakers, but there are a few additional features. There is an RGB Ambient Lighting feature, which can help improve the appearance of dark scenes in a dark room. There are also a few virtual overlays, including:

  • Frame Rate Counter: Displays the frame rate received from the connected source.
  • Message Timers: Choose from a few pre-programmed messages, and display them after a certain amount of time.
  • Crosshair: Add a virtual crosshair to any game. The crosshair can't be detected by the game.
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Controls

The physical controls consist of a single joystick, much better than the OMEN 27.

In The Box

  • User Guide
  • Power Adapter
  • DisplayPort Cable
  • VESA Mounting Bracket + Screws
  • USB-B Cable
  • Height Stopper

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 24.5" OMEN X 25f, which is one of many monitors in the OMEN X lineup. There is also a true G-SYNC version, known as the OMEN X25, which hasn't been released yet. We expect it to have different ports, but otherwise perform similarly to the version we've tested.

This monitor is not to be confused with the HP OMEN 25 (non-'X'), which has a 144Hz refresh rate, and isn't certified as NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their OMEN X 25f doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as gray uniformity may vary between individual units.

Model Product Number Size Resolution Refresh Rate Notes
OMEN X 25f 4WH47AA 24.5" 1080p 240Hz FreeSync, G-SYNC Compatible
OMEN 25 Z7Y57AA 24.5" 1080p 144Hz FreeSync
OMEN X 25 4NK94AA 24.5" 1080p 240Hz G-SYNC
OMEN 27 Z4D33AA 27" 1440p 144Hz G-SYNC
OMEN X 35 X3W57AA 35" 3440x1440 100Hz G-SYNC
OMEN X EMPERIUM 4WY70AA 65" 4k 144Hz G-SYNC

The HP OMEN X 25f we reviewed was manufactured in April 2019.

Compared to other Monitors

Left: HP OMEN 27. Middle: HP OMEN X 25f. Right: AGON AG271QX.
Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The HP OMEN X 25f is a great gaming monitor, but isn't quite as good as similar models. See our recommendations for the best monitors, the best 27 inch gaming monitors, and the best budget monitors.

Acer Nitro XF252Q
SEE PRICE
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The Acer Nitro XF252Q is a bit better than the HP OMEN X 25f. The XF252Q has better ergonomics, and an optional black frame insertion feature to help improve the clarity of motion. The XF252Q supports HDR, but this doesn't add much. The OMEN X 25f we tested has significantly better black uniformity, so it's a better choice for dark room viewing.

BenQ Zowie XL2540
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The BenQ Zowie XL2540 is a bit better than the HP OMEN X 25f. The XL2540 has better ergonomics and an optional black frame insertion feature to further improve the appearance of motion. The X 25f has a faster response time, but this isn't a very noticeable difference.

ASUS VG248QE
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The HP OMEN X 25f is slightly better than the ASUS VG248QE. The HP has a faster refresh rate, although there is very little difference between the response times. The X 25f also supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, whereas the ASUS VG248QE doesn't support any VRR technology.

HP OMEN 27
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The HP OMEN 27 is slightly better than the HP OMEN X 25f. The 25f has a faster refresh rate, but the difference in response time is minor, and the 25f has a lower native resolution and smaller screen size than the OMEN 27. The X 25f has better black uniformity and it supports FreeSync, whereas the OMEN 27 supports G-SYNC.

ViewSonic XG2402
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The ViewSonic XG2402 and the HP OMEN X 25f are very similar overall, and the best one depends on your needs. The ViewSonic is better if you need a more adjustable stand, as it has better ergonomics and can be rotated to a portrait orientation. The OMEN X has slightly better motion handling, though, so it might be better for some people.

AOC AGON AG271QX
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The AOC AGON AG271QX is a bit better than the HP OMEN X 25f. The AOC has a slower refresh rate, but this has very little impact on the overall appearance of motion. The AOC has better ergonomics, as it can swivel, and can be rotated to portrait orientation. The AOC also has a higher resolution screen and more screen area, so it's a bit better for multitasking and allows you to see more fine details in your favorite games.

LG 24GL600F
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The HP OMEN X 25f is much better than the LG 24GL600F. The HP has a higher refresh rate, better ergonomics, and better black uniformity. The OMEN X also has lower input lag and a faster response time.

HP OMEN X 27
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The HP OMEN X 27 is better than the HP OMEN X 25f. The 27 inch model has a higher native resolution and larger screen, and it supports HDR, although this doesn't add much.

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7.2 Mixed Usage

Decent monitor for most uses. It's limited by the disappointing viewing angles and limited ergonomics on the stand. It also doesn't look as good in a dark room. This monitor delivers a great gaming experience, though, with outstanding low input lag, a fast response time, and support for AMD FreeSync, even from an NVIDIA graphics card, as long as it's recent.

7.0 Office

This is a decent monitor for office use. The 1080p, 24.5" screen isn't great for multitasking, and it has limited viewing angles, so it isn't great for sharing with a colleague or clients. It has great reflection handling, though, and very good peak brightness, so there shouldn't be any issues using it in a bright room.

8.2 Gaming

The HP OMEN X25f is a great gaming monitor. It has outstanding low input lag, an amazing response time, and it supports FreeSync, even from a recent NVIDIA graphics card. The 1080p resolution and relatively small size might disappoint some gamers, though, and it has limited ergonomics.

7.0 Multimedia

The OMEN X25f is decent for watching multimedia. Some people might be disappointed by the 1080p resolution. It has great reflection handling, though, and decent gray uniformity, so it looks good in a well-lit room. Unfortunately, because of the mediocre viewing angles, it's best enjoyed from directly in front.

7.0 Media Creation

This is a decent monitor for media creation. Some people might be disappointed by the relatively low resolution and small size, but it's a responsive monitor thanks to the outstanding low input lag, and it has an impressive response time. It has great reflection handling and very good peak brightness, so there shouldn't be any issues using it in a bright room.

5.6 HDR Gaming

The OMEN X 25f doesn't support HDR.

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