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HP Omen 25 Review: 1080p 144Hz 1ms FreeSync Gaming Monitor

By April 18, 2019 No Comments
Hp Omen 25 Review 2019

Introduction

The HP Omen 25 is yet another 24.5″ 1080p 144Hz 1ms FreeSync gaming monitor. Here is how it compares to its 24.5″ and 24″ alternatives.

Image Quality

Just like the AOC G2590PX and the Acer KG251QF, the HP Omen 25 is based on a 24.5″ TN panel by AU Optronics.

It has a peak brightness of 400-nits, a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1, 1080p, 144Hz, 170°/160° viewing angles, and dithered 8-bit color support (6-bit + FRC).

So, you get pretty much the same viewing experience as far as the picture quality is concerned. In fact, there’s hardly any difference between these 24.5″ TN models and the previous-generation 24″ displays.

The colors are decent but they are still a far cry from the color quality of IPS and VA panels while the narrow viewing angles cause the image to shift in color and contrast when you’re looking at the screen from an angle.

Performance

Of course, if you’re a competitive FPS gamer, you probably won’t mind the narrow viewing angles nor the mediocre colors of TN panels since you get a quick 1ms response time speed; so, it’s a fair deal.

In fast-paced games, the HP Omen 25 monitor shows no prominent ghosting nor motion blur of fast-moving objects which allows you to focus on your targets.

In order to get the 1ms response time speed, you will need to adjust the Response Time setting in the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu.

There are five response time settings ranging from Level 1 (Default – 7ms) to Level 5. Since the Level 5 option introduces overshoot, we recommend using the Level 4 setting for the best results.

The HP Omen 25 input lag performance is excellent with only ~5ms of measured delay.

Features

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While the HP Omen 25 144Hz display doesn’t have any particularly interesting gaming features such as customizable crosshairs, it does support AMD FreeSync.

The FreeSync technology allows you to synchronize the monitor’s refresh rate with the frame rate of a compatible AMD graphics card.

As a result, you get a variable refresh rate which removes all screen tearing and stuttering without introducing a hefty input lag penalty as VSync does.

The HP Omen 25 FreeSync range is 42-144Hz/FPS (Frames Per Second) over both HDMI and DisplayPort. LFC is supported as well.

Update: FreeSync also works without any issues when using a compatible NVIDIA G-SYNC graphics card.

Design & Connectivity

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The design is robust and sleek, but it lacks adjustability as you can only tilt the screen by -5°/23° or VESA mount it using the 100 x 100mm pattern.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 1.4a ports, a headphones jack, and a dual-USB 3.0 hub.

Price & Similar Monitors

The HP Omen 25 price is around $280.

For roughly the same price, you can get the AOC G2590PX or the Acer KG251QF both of which have the same panel plus built-in speakers and a wider FreeSync range of 30-144Hz.

Moreover, the AOC G2590PX even offers two extra USB 3.0 ports, customizable crosshair overlays, and a fully adjustable stand which is why we recommend it over the HP Omen 25.

For CRT-like motion clarity, you should check out the LG 24GL600F and the BenQ ZOWIE XL2411P, both with backlight strobing capabilities.

Conclusion

While the HP Omen 25 does offer a smooth performance for a responsive and enjoyable fast-paced gaming experience, there are better alternatives for the money out there.

If, however, you happen to catch it on sale and you don’t need the extra features the alternatives offer (integrated speakers, wider FreeSync range, etc), it’s a good gaming monitor overall.

HP Omen 25 Specifications

Screen Size24.5-inch
Resolution1920×1080 (Full HD)
Panel TypeTN
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response Time1ms (GtG)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync (42Hz-144Hz)
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 1.4
Other Ports2x USB 3.0, Headphone Jack
Brightness400 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (6-bit + FRC)
VESAYes (100x100mm)

What We Loved

  • Low input lag and quick response time
  • Bright and sharp picture quality
  • Rich connectivity options
  • AMD FreeSync

What We Didn’t Like

  • Tilt-only design
  • No built-in speakers
  • Not as wide FreeSync range as on the alternatives

Writer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time on writing for DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.

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