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

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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 G2590FX and the Acer KG251QF, the HP Omen 25 is based on a 24.5″ TN panel by AU Optronics with a peak brightness of 400-nits, a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1, a 144Hz refresh rate, 1080p resolution, 170°/160° viewing angles, and dithered 8-bit color support (6-bit + FRC).

So, you get pretty much the same viewing experience on all three monitors. The only difference between them is due to different calibration out of the box and panel variance.

In comparison to IPS and VA panels, the colors are somewhat washed out. However, when comparing the monitor to older 24″ TN models, there’s a noticeable improvement in color quality.

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 either Level 3 or Level 4 for the best results.

The HP Omen 25 input lag performance is excellent as well 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 100x100mm pattern.

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

Price & Similar Monitors

The HP Omen 25 price is around $240.

For less money (prices may vary depending on the region), we recommend you get the AOC G2590FX.

Not only is it cheaper, but it also offers more useful features including custom crosshairs, a wider FreeSync range, certified G-SYNC compatibility, and more.

Alternatively, you should have a look at the Acer KG251QF which also has a wider FreeSync range (30-144Hz).

Now, if you want a 144Hz gaming monitor with a better image quality, make sure to check out the AOC 24G2 and/or the Acer VG240YP which use an IPS panel.

Their response time speed may not be as fast, but it’s more than good enough for casual gaming. Plus, you get much better colors and wider viewing angles.

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)

The Pros

  • Low input lag and quick response time
  • AMD FreeSync
  • USB ports
  • Decent image quality for a TN panel display

The Cons

  • Tilt-only stand
  • Inferior image quality to IPS and VA panels
  • Narrow viewing angles
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  • 8.5/10
    Design - 8.5/10
  • 7.9/10
    Display - 7.9/10
  • 9.6/10
    Performance - 9.6/10
  • 8/10
    Price/Value - 8/10
8.5/10

Summary

The HP Omen 25 is a solid 24.5″ 1080p 144Hz 1ms gaming monitor. However, there are better alternatives with more features available at this price range.

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