HP Omen 27
In the world of gaming monitors, you will find roughly two flavours: specimens that shout from the roofs that they are not intended for a boring office life, and models that are somewhat more subdued in their design. The HP Omen 27 clearly falls into the second category. The only frivolity noticeable at first sight, is the foot, which has the shape of a diamond, or at least a square where the panel rests on one of the corners. This means that the foot comes relatively far forward, which is undesirable for some gamers. We have to reassure them: the bottom plate is not very thick (although the Omen 27 sits on it like a house) so you can potentially put a keyboard on it.
A logo, in modest silver grey, is engraved on the foot. Furthermore, the brand name O M E N is on the bottom edge of the panel. The HP logo is nowhere to be seen, only a Nvidia G-sync sticker on the right shows that we are dealing with a gaming product. When you turn it on, an LED shines down on the bottom plate, the colour of which can be changed. This add a little extra flair to the only frivolous aspect of this otherwise very strictly designed screen.
The foot of the Omen 27 is height-adjustable, the screen can also be tilted. Swivel and rotation are not possible. When we look at the back, we see a set of upright parts on top of the leg, between which you can hang a headset. A minimalist cable tie on the underside should prevent a tangle of cables. To operate the on-screen menu, there is a row of buttons behind the bottom right corner. Above it is the Omen logo again, in shiny red. Tastes may vary, but the Omen 27 looks very strict. It is also interesting that the screen is very lightweight, but very solid - that's important when you visit a lan-party once in a while.
The connections all point straight down, which we like better than towards the back. HP has also correctly marked the connections. Because the screen has a G-sync scaler, the inputs are limited to DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4. HP has expanded connectivity with a USB 3.0 hub with two downstream ports and a headphone jack. And this is it, in accordance to what we are used to from G-sync monitors.
Using the G-sync scaler also allows you to control the panel with Nvidia graphics cards at 165 Hz. HP has changed the on-screen menu a lot. But if there is anything that appears to be a product of a corporate giant, then it is in that menu. The white-to-grey design could not be more boring, each option is a variant of “control” and the LED light that can shine downwards from the bottom edge (it can also be turned off) is called a “task light”. The G-sync options need to be searched for, but they are there, including ULMB (flashing backlight) and the ability to adjust the flashing duration of that setting. Please note that ULMB only works in combination with a Nvidia video card and cannot work simultaneously with G-sync. The only gaming feature is “black boost”, which doesn't improve the black values (unfortunately, see results below) but rather brightens them by adjusting the range - a feature that we see on many monitors and which can help in dark games, but does not make the image more beautiful.
To put it mildly, the controls with the buttons at the back are not very intuitive or enjoyable - in short, the menu is miles away from what a Samsung or an LG anno 2018 offers in this respect.