The HP Omen X 35 pairs its large, curved design with the form of extravagant branding that we’ve come to count on from HP’s high-end gaming vary.
HP’s Omen units haven’t at all times delivered prior to now, although, with excessive costs and little attraction past the aesthetics – so we’re to see how this display screen handles an more and more crowded market.
The HP Omen X 35 does get off to an excellent begin, nonetheless. Its 1800R curve is commonplace, and it really works properly by offering an more and more immersive viewing angle. The three,440 x 1,440 decision is nice, too – it’s the present sweet-spot for offering loads of element with out working graphics playing cards too laborious.
Value and availability
There’s no avoiding the excessive worth, although. The Omen X will set you again round £882 or $799 – or greater than AU$1,500. That’s a number of instances dearer than standard 16:9 gaming screens.
Each of the HP’s keenest rivals provide aggressive costs, though they do fluctuate relying on which facet of the Atlantic you’re on. The AOC Agon AG352UCG6 is a 35in display screen with a 1440p decision, and it’ll set you again £735 within the UK however $870 within the US.
The BenQ EX3501R is one other 35in panel and is essentially the most reasonably priced out of the three we’ve talked about right here. Within the UK it’s simply £625, whereas in America it’ll price you $799.
Design and options
The HP Omen X 35 appears to be like extra outlandish than a lot of the different screens in the marketplace. As a substitute of utilizing the skinny, nondescript legs that rivals depend on, the Omen sits on an attention grabbing metallic sq..
The sq. base panel appears to be like totally different, and it’s arguably simpler to make use of than if it had broad, spindly legs – because it makes it simpler to place the huge HP on a mean desk.
The sq. base sits beneath a slim, rectangular stand that has a headphone hook and a cable-routing loop, and the display screen’s peak will be adjusted by sliding the panel up and down the stand. The display screen can tilt forwards and backwards, too.
The HP Omen X 35 actually appears to be like extra arresting than a few of its rivals. The extra reasonably priced BenQ EX3501R is simply as giant, however its metallic stand and base are plain. The AOC Agon AG352UCG6 is darker, with black metallic used all through, nevertheless it’s nonetheless not as eye-catching because the HP Omen. Nonetheless, remember that the AOC does have a swivelling stand, so it is a bit more versatile.
The HP Omen X 35’s eager sense of fashion continues to the display screen itself. Three of the bezels are slim – the fourth is wider as a result of the brand – and the panel has ambient lighting that replicates the color profile of on-screen content material. This characteristic is designed to make the display screen simpler to view in darkish rooms, and the lighting will also be tuned to a selected color, or disabled completely.
The HP Omen X 35 has glorious construct high quality all through, however this can be very heavy. It suggestions the scales at 26 kilos – the AOC is somewhat lighter, whereas the BenQ undercuts each at 23 kilos. The HP can also be practically 33 inches broad and 16 inches tall, so it’s hardly delicate both.
Get past the aesthetics and the HP Omen X 35 serves up a stable specification. On the rear you’ve bought HDMI 1.four and DisplayPort 1.2, which give ample bandwidth for the display screen’s three,440 x 1,440 decision. The Omen additionally has three USB three.zero connectors and a headphone jack.
The ports face outwards, however they’re awkward to entry as they’re positioned between the stand and the display screen. It’s particularly tough if you wish to ceaselessly use the USB ports – it will have been good to have one, at the very least, on the facet of the display screen. There’s no deal with, both, and no audio system.
These are admittedly minor flaws, however they’re all price contemplating if you wish to spend this a lot cash. It’s additionally price remembering that the cheaper BenQ has USB-C and HDR – neither of which comes included on the HP.
On the within you get 100Hz Nvidia G-Sync. That’s a stable determine, however the AOC panel has G-Sync that tops out at 120Hz, whereas the BenQ makes do with 100Hz AMD FreeSync.
The HP Omen X 35’s 100Hz peak does imply gaming is easy on this display screen, however the AOC is best on this regard. And, regardless of which panel you choose, concentrate on the graphical grunt required: to run video games at 100fps and past on a three,440 x 1,440 display screen, you’ll want a GTX 1080 Ti or equal.
The HP’s panel makes use of VA expertise, which is identical sort of because the AOC and BenQ panels. That’s unsurprising, as VA screens usually ship nice distinction. All three of the screens we’ve talked about right here even have a 4ms response time.
The Omen is managed by a wise, snappy on-screen show. It’s managed by three shallow buttons on the right-hand facet of the monitor. The menus are intuitive and at all times quick, with choices displayed sensibly.
Display screen dimension: 35-inch
Native decision: three,440 x 1,440
Facet ratio: 21:9
Refresh charge: 100Hz
Pixel density: 82ppi
Response time: 4ms
Viewing angle: 178°/178°
Distinction ratio: 2,500:1
Ports: 1 x HDMI 1.four, DisplayPort 1.2, three x USB three.zero, 1 x audio
Constructed-in audio system: n/a
Dimensions: 32.7 x 12.9 x 16.2 inches (833 x 329 x 412mm; WxDxH)
Weight: 26.four kilos (12kg)
The HP Omen X 35 delivered persistently good picture high quality, nevertheless it simply falls wanting true greatness.
Take the manufacturing unit brightness degree of 279cd/m2. It’s good, and simply excessive sufficient to deal with gaming in regular conditions and beneath vivid lights. Nonetheless, it doesn’t match the HP’s quoted 300cd/m2 determine, and the display screen’s black degree of zero.16cd/m2 isn’t nearly as good as another screens we’ve seen.
These two numbers mix for a distinction ratio of 1,738:1. That, once more, is a wonderful determine – nevertheless it’s unable to match HP’s spec sheet.
However, that spectacular distinction nonetheless permits this display screen to serve up very good vibrancy at each level of the color spectrum, in addition to delicate adjustments in colors throughout the board. That’s vital in relation to making video games look punchy and correct, regardless of the colors they’re producing.
The HP Omen X 35 has an excellent common Delta E of 1.82 – beneath the vital determine of two the place the human eye can’t inform the distinction. The colour temperature of 6,418Okay is nice, too, with barely any deviation from the perfect determine of 6,500Okay. Each figures be sure that the HP delivers nice colour accuracy, and the panel’s sRGB gamut protection degree of 98.7% is great. Briefly: colours in video games and films will look correct, and there gained’t be any video games that the Omen gained’t be capable to deal with.
Uniformity was solely common, although. The panel’s backlight different by 13% on the left-hand edge and 15% on the right-hand facet. It is a widespread challenge with widescreen screens, and people figures gained’t trigger issues except you’re doing work that’s extraordinarily color- and contrast-sensitive.
Our remaining check, enter lag, is vital for gaming. On this check the HP Omen X 35 returned a mean response pace of 14.2ms. Something beneath 20ms is good for gaming, and even for aggressive play, so there are not any points right here.
As regular, don’t trouble with the genre-specific display screen modes included on the HP Omen X 35. The Omen has totally different choices for RTS, racing and FPS video games, however they improved distinction whereas ruining color accuracy. Distinction is already glorious, in order that’s not a trade-off we’d take into account.
The HP Omen X 35 has a number of tempting attributes. The design is great, and it has crammed in a high-quality panel with an enormous decision and 100Hz Nvidia G-Sync.
Its benchmark outcomes are spectacular, and even when it misses the mark it’s by no means by a lot: the poorer uniformity gained’t impression day-to-day use, and the game-specific modes are simply prevented.
The HP Omen X 35 simply has sufficient high quality to make video games and movies look unbelievable. It’ll look good in your desk whereas doing it, too.
Nonetheless, a few of these benchmark outcomes may have been somewhat higher, and rivals do provide superior specs: the AOC has improved G-Sync, whereas BenQ’s cheaper display screen has FreeSync, HDR and extra ports.
The worth is somewhat excessive, too. In most nations the HP can be somewhat dearer than the AOC and BenQ panels, and it doesn’t justify the additional expense apart from with its stable appears to be like and attention-grabbing branding.
Total, the HP Omen X 35 is an outstanding monitor, with good display screen high quality and a stable set of options. It’s actually price shopping for for those who’re trying to find a handsome gaming display screen that may again up its design with vivid, correct pictures. It’s costly, although, and your cash will go additional elsewhere for those who’re prepared to surrender the high-end appears to be like and Omen model.