CES 2022 has genuinely been a show for screens of all shapes, sizes, and use cases. We've seen the world's first 4k 240Hz gaming monitor as well as some crazy tricks with curved screens from Samsung. LG brought both the biggest and smallest OLED gaming TVs to the market. Presently HP is here with its new Omen gaming monitor, and it seems 4k is finally on the menu.
The new HP Omen 27u is the latest in the company's range of 27" gaming monitors. The previous 27i model managed a QHD resolution at 165 Hz, somewhat like the HP Omen 25i gaming monitor we investigated. The new model supports 4k UHD (3840 x 2160) yet with a 144 Hz refresh rate at a 1ms response time. The brightness gets a slight step up to 450 nits which should look rich with the HDR capabilities. There's two USB A ports and even a USB C inherent which is an extremely welcome sign of the times.
For network the monitor comes packing a typical DisplayPort which should keep most PC enthusiasts happy, especially with the AMD FreeSync Premium Pro adaptive sync support. There's also two HDMI ports which in the specs are listed as one being HDMI 2.1 and the other just HDMI 2.0. Considering that HDMI 2.1 technically covers HDMI 2.0 nowadays it's great to still have the distinction. HP says the HDMI 2.1 port will support up to 120 Hz refresh rate, which makes it a great monitor to plug into current gen consoles as well as PCs. It even has implicit speakers, making it an easy decision for a fast game session.
And of course there's a lot of other fun features for gamers. It wouldn't be an Omen monitor in the event that it didn't pack in a lot of RGB, and so it does and it's all customisable for sure. There's also the Omen gaming center point which comes with extra collaboration options designed in light of gamers, such as being able to light up dark areas without overexposing the screen. There's even Game Remaster mode which lets you essentially downscale more seasoned games so they look all the more the way that you may recall
The borderless IPS HP Omen 27u is looking like it very well may be a really attractive and versatile gaming monitor for PCs and consoles alike. It's expected out this spring, and has a MSRP of $699.99. Ideally we'll get our hands on one to have the option to let you know more.