HP V320 Monitor Review

Updated Mar 28, 2018 at 09:49 am
HP V320 Picture
Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
6.7
Mixed Usage
6.9
Office
7.1
Gaming
6.6
Multimedia
6.5
Media Creation
5.2
HDR Gaming
Size 32"
Resolution 1920x1080
Refresh Rate 60 Hz
LCD Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
No

The HP V320 is a budget 1080p IPS monitor with average motion and slightly below average picture quality. It doesn't really exceed at anything, but also doesn't have any huge flaws. The input lag is quite low for a 60Hz monitor, so it feels responsive. Motion blur and gray uniformity are also great.

Our Verdict

6.7 Mixed Usage

Decent monitor for a range of usages. Picture quality is below average, but the monitor can get bright to overcome glare and the gray uniformity is great. The image also remains accurate at an angle which is great. Some temporary image retention is visible, however, this is unlikely to be an issue. The motion blur and input lag are great so it feels responsive.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
6.9 Office

The larger size is a bonus, however, the 1080p resolution means that it doesn't have any more usable area than smaller monitors. The picture quality is below average, but it does remain quite accurate when viewed at an angle which is good for sharing images with coworkers. Unfortunately, the stand has limited mobility so it can be hard to find a comfortable viewing position.

See our Office recommendations
7.1 Gaming

Decent monitor for gamers. The HP 320 feels responsive due to the low motion blur and input lag, however, not as responsive as some other monitors due to the 60Hz refresh rate. The response time can be adjusted as preferred, which is also great. Unfortunately, the picture quality is below average and it doesn't support more advanced gaming features such as FreeSync or the ability to flicker the backlight and clear up motion.

See our Gaming recommendations
6.6 Multimedia

Sub-par for watching movies and TV shows. Picture quality is below average due to low native contrast ratio and poor black uniformity. The monitor can get quite bright to combat glare, but reflection handling is below average so direct reflections can be distracting.

See our Multimedia recommendations
6.5 Media Creation

Below average for editing photos or videos. Picture quality is below average, and colors are quite inaccurate out of the box. The HP 320 is worse than most other monitors at handling reflections but it can get quite bright to overcome glare.

See our Media Creation recommendations
5.2 HDR Gaming

Doesn't support HDR or a wide color gamut, however HDR support is currently nonexistent among budget monitors. For a monitor which supports HDR see the Samsung CHG70.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
  • 6.7 Mixed Usage
  • 6.9 Office
  • 7.1 Gaming
  • 6.6 Multimedia
  • 6.5 Media Creation
  • 5.2 HDR Gaming
Pros
  • Image remains accurate when viewed at an angle
  • Good motion blur and input lag
Cons
  • Black uniformity is poor
  • Very low pixel density due to resolution and screen size

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve radius N/A
Weight (without stand)
13.2 lbs (6.0 kg)
Weight (with stand)
15.1 lbs (6.8 kg)

The design of the HP V320 is decent. The wide-set stand is quite unusual for a monitor, but it does provide a good, stable support. Unfortunately, it isn't possible to adjust the monitor's height or rotate it which can make it more difficult to share images with coworkers or even find a comfortable viewing position. There is no cable management, and the borders are quite thick which isn't ideal for a multi-monitor setup.

Design
Stand
Width
19.3" (49.0 cm)
Depth
6.6" (16.8 cm)

The HP V320 has a wide metal stand which is quite unconventional but does support the monitor well. Despite the width, it doesn't take up much desk space (the area underneath is still useful) which is good.

1.4
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
N/A
Switch portrait/landscape No
Swivel Range N/A
Tilt Range -10° to 2.5°

Unfortunately, the ergonomic adjustments on the V320 are very limited. Only the tilt can be adjusted, so it is necessary to prop the monitor up to adjust the height and results in more difficulty finding the most comfortable position.

Update 07/05/2018: There was an error in the Tilt Range (it is actually -10° to 2.5°). The review has been updated.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The rear of this HP monitor is quite simple but does look good. It looks more like a TV from the back, and certainly won't stand out in any room. There is an included metal bracket that replaces the stand with a VESA mount, see here.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.6" (1.5 cm)

The borders have an average thickness but do look quite good with the white plastic finish. Due to their thickness, there is a noticeable gap when used in multi-monitor setups.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
4.9" (12.4 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.3" (5.8 cm)

When viewed from the side, the monitor has an average thickness. It will stick out a bit if wall-mounted, but not too much. The basic stand means that the monitor can be placed close to a wall, which is great.

6.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of the V320 is decent. It feels quite basic and cheap, but the stand is sturdy.

Picture Quality
6.7
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1563 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The contrast ratio of the HP V320 is slightly below average, but fairly good for an IPS monitor. When viewed in a dark room the blacks may appear slightly gray.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The HP V320 does not have a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only.

7.5
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
295 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
312 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
313 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
313 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
312 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
312 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
312 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
313 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
313 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
312 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
312 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

The HP V320 has a good peak brightness, which helps to overcome glare and ambient light. The brightness stays constant over time and doesn't change depending on the screen content which is good.

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

HDR is not supported.

6.4
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
24 °
Color Shift from Right
24 °
Brightness from Left
34 °
Brightness from Right
33 °
Black Level from Left
75 °
Black Level from Right
75 °
Curve Radius N/A

Mediocre horizontal viewing angle. Blacks remain almost perfect, but brightness and colors degrade noticeably near the edges of the screen.

7.3
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
23 °
Color Shift from Above
20 °
Brightness from Below
28 °
Brightness from Above
25 °
Black Level from Below
75 °
Black Level from Above
75 °

Decent vertical viewing angle. The black level remains fairly consistent, but brightness and color degrade a bit near the top and bottom of the screen.

8.5
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.549 %
50% DSE
0.110 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.461 %
5% DSE
0.076 %

The screen is very uniform, which is great when viewing large areas with uniform colors such as browsing the web, watching content on YouTube or playing games. Only the corners of the screen have significant variations in brightness, so very little dirty screen effect is visible when watching sports.

5.6
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.282 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

When viewed in a dark room, the black uniformity is quite poor. Some flash lighting is visible in the corners, and clouding is present closer to the center of the screen. This may be an issue with dark content in a dark room, but otherwise won't be noticeable.

5.9
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom RGB
Luminance
300 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
90
Contrast Setting
80
RGB controls
255-255-255
Color Temperature
5892 K
White Balance dE
4.45
Color dE
4.06
Gamma
2.06

Out of the box, the HP V320 monitor has a sub-par accuracy. The white balance dE and color dE are both between 4 and 5, which at this level is noticeable by most enthusiasts. The gamma is at 2.06, which is lower than our 2.4 target and the gamma curve is not tracking very closely the target curve.

The HP V320 does not have 'Picture Mode' per say, but you can choose the color temperature mode, and the 'Custom RGB' color mode was the most accurate of them all. So if you don't plan to calibrate your monitor, use this mode to have the best result.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom RGB
Luminance
100 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
16
Contrast Setting
80
RGB Controls
227-255-255
Color Temperature
6496 K
White Balance dE
0.58
Color dE
0.81
Gamma
2.19

After calibration, the accuracy of the V320 is excellent. The white balance dE was brought down to a negligible 0.58 and the color dE to 0.81. In both case here, this level of inaccuracy is almost unperceivable. The gamma was corrected to track our 2.4 target, and the curve now is almost perfectly tracking again the target curve.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here.

8.2
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
92.5 %
Adobe RGB xy
71.6 %

The HP V320 covers standard gamuts well. The great majority of the s.RGB color space is well represented, with a slightly restricted green primary. Its Adobe RGB capabilities are a bit more limited, however, reducing the monitor's usefulness for more professionally oriented tasks.

8.5
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
93.3 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
77.4 %

Excellent SDR color volume. The HP V320 has no issues covering the standard s.RGB volume properly. Its lesser coverage of the Adobe RGB color volume due to saturation limitations, unfortunately, make it less suited for photographers that use this larger volume.

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

HDR gamuts are not supported.

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

HDR color volumes are not supported.

5.0
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.23 %
IR after 2 min recovery
0.09 %
IR after 4 min recovery
0.02 %
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00 %

Some minor image retention is visible after our strenuous 10-minute burn-in scene. This is unlikely to be much of an issue in normal use.

8.7
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

The gradient performance of the HP V320 is great, despite the visible 8-bit banding. Overall, not many issues can be seen in the shades.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel row error
0.000 %
Pixel column error
0.000 %

The uniformity of the screen isn't affected by large areas of uniform color which is great.

6.0
Picture Quality
Reflections

The HP V320 is worse at handling reflections than most monitors. It has a more glossy finish, which results in clear and defined reflections. This may be an issue even in an average room.

Motion
8.3
Motion
Motion Blur
80% Response Time
5.5 ms
100% Response Time
15.7 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
Level 3

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

Great response time, good enough for playing fast paced action games or watching sports with quick movement. The response time can be modified by changing the 'Response Time' (Overdrive) setting. We recommend using the 'Level 3' setting for fast response with minimal overshoot. The 'Level 4' setting adds noticeable overshoot (visible as a inverted blur following moving objects) and is only a little faster, so we do not recommend using it.

7.5
Motion
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

Like most monitors, the HP V320 doesn't flicker and shows each image for a full frame. Without flicker, motion appears slightly smoother which is good, but persistence blur is more visible due to the static frame time of 60Hz content. Unfortunately, this monitor doesn't have a BFI setting to reduce persistence blur by adding flicker, which is otherwise useful to reduce blur when playing fast paced games.

6.7
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
60 Hz
Factory Overclock
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
No
G-SYNC Compatible
No
VRR Maximum
N/A
VRR Minimum
N/A
VRR Maximum With OC
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors N/A

The HP V320 only has a fairly common 60 Hz refresh rate and has no Variable Refresh Rate features like G-sync and FreeSync, which means motion in video games won't look as good as on 144 Hz monitors. This is less of an issue when watching TV shows and movies though.

Inputs
8.9
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
9.2 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
9.3 ms
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
9.2 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
10 bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
N/A

Excellent low input lag, especially for a 60 Hz monitor. Non-native resolutions also have the same low input lag, which is great.

7.4
Inputs
Resolution and Size
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 2.1 MP
Pixel Density 70 PPI
Screen Diagonal 31.6 inches
Screen Area 427 sq inches

The large screen size, coupled with a 1080p resolution, results in a fairly low pixel density. This means that despite the large size, it is not possible to multitask as efficiently as on a higher resolution monitor.

Inputs
Inputs

The HP V320 has all the inputs located in one area.

Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort No
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI No
DVI 1 (DVI-D, dual link)
VGA 1
DisplayPort Out No
USB No
USB C No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm No
Microphone In 3.5mm No
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply Internal

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

A few additional features are accessible through the monitor's menu:

  • Low blue light setting
  • Dynamic contrast setting to raise blacks
  • Sharpness of the image
  • Sleep timer

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

The controls are located behind the right-hand side of the monitor, which makes them a bit difficult to access. It is also difficult to differentiate between the buttons so usability is reduced.

Features
In The Box

  • Manual
  • VGA cable
  • VESA mount

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 32" model (V320), which is the only size available.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their HP V320 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.

Model Size Refresh rate Resolution
V320 32" 60Hz 1080p

Compared to other monitors

Comparison picture

Left: MSI Optix G27C. Middle: HP V320. Right: LG 29UM69G-B.
Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The HP V320 is a budget monitor which offers great value for size but the picture quality is sub-par. 

Dell D3218HN
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The HP V320 and the Dell D3218HN both have very similar performance. Their scores on our tests were almost identical and there isn't any single score that differentiates one from the other. One difference is in the input ports where the HP has DVI + VGA, and the Dell has VGA + HDMI. Other than that, they have the same performance but are different brands.

LG 29UM69G-B
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The LG 29UM69G-B is somewhat better than the HP V320. The LG 29UM69G-B has marginally better reflection handling, so it is better if you place it in a room with many light sources. The LG also has a better refresh rate and better image flicker, and thus motion looks crisper. Finally, the LG 29UM69G-B has a higher resolution and will display more detail on the screen.

Dell S3219D
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Dell S3219D and the HP V320 are of different types, and they are better suited for different conditions. The HP V320 has an IPS panel and wider viewing angles that favor collaboration. On the other hand, the Dell S3219D has a VA panel with higher resolution that can display deep blacks in a dark room, supports FreeSync for tear-free gaming, and can handle reflections better.

Dell U2415
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Dell U2415 is significantly better than the HP V320 in all usages. The Dell U2415 has much better ergonomics so you can easily place it as you prefer and this is a big plus for most usages. The Dell U2415 can handle reflection better so you can place it in a room with a few light sources without worrying about having to rearrange the lighting. The HP V320 is a much larger monitor, though.

Dell P2217H
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Dell P2217H is significantly better than the HP V320. The Dell P2217H has much better ergonomics that allow you to place it in a comfortable position and also has slightly better reflections so that you do not worry about room lighting. The HP V320, on the other hand, is larger but has the same FHD resolution as the Dell, which means that apart from larger size pixels, you do not get more screen space for work.

Sceptre C325W
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The HP V320 is much better than the Sceptre C325W. The HP V320 has a lower input lag and a faster pixel response time that only leaves a small blur trail in fast action scenes which is great if you play games. It also has wider viewing angles because of its IPS panel, so you can show your work to your colleagues easier. On the other hand, the Sceptre C325W has better reflection handling and is suitable for a room with many light sources.

Dell U2715H
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The Dell U2715H is much better than the HP V320 for every usage. The Dell U2715H has much better ergonomics so you can position it easily as you like. It has higher resolution and can display more details regardless of the smaller screen size. Finally, the Dell U2715H has better reflection handling so you can place it in a brighter room without any issues.

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