AHEAD OF THE CURVE
HP 27 Curved Display
The HP monitor is a jack of all trades
The first thing that strikes you when unpacking the monitor is the slimmed down bezels to make the large display manageable. The 3 sided micro design also have the added benefit of looking cool combined with the stand. Unfortunately, tilt angles are limited and height cannot be adjusted requiring a monitor stand or something makeshift like a thick hardcover book.
The 27” display uses a Vertical Alignment (VA) panel that benefit from deeper blacks and better contrast. It natively supports FHD (1920×1080) resolution but we would have preferred 2560×1440 since it would have been ideal at this size owing to its pixel density. It is capable of displaying upto 99% sRGB colour gamut and has a 3000:1 contrast ratio. Connectivity ports include a 1x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, Audio out/Headphone jack and a Kensington lock.
There is a learning curve (pun intended) when viewing on a curved panel but it soon becomes natural as it tracks around the shape of your eyes more comfortably. However, the viewing angle is limited making it less than ideal for those with an audience or if you move from the desk occasionally. The Low BlueLight mode helps filter blue light emissions by shifting to a warmer spectrum which worked better than a software solution.
It also supports FreeSync so those with an AMD Radeon graphic card will be able to play games without screen tearing or judders. Everyday usage like working on productivity applications and web surfing went well while watching videos was a mixed experience. You might have to switch modes or stick to custom settings because most of them were too bright washing out the picture. Overtime we noticed the colour reproduction had a tendency to favour the warmer spectrum.
The major problem is the location of the curved control panel located at rear edge. Often while navigating the On-Screen Display we accidentally selected or toggled the wrong setting leading to frustration. The power button should have been spaced further away as we mistakenly turned it off quite a few times.
We ended up relying on muscle memory to feel the position in the end. The backlight bleed around the edges was evident when blacks dominated the screen. This will vary from panel to panel so check your monitor before buying it.
WE’RE IMPRESSED Commendable contrast, versatile
WE’D IMPROVE Curved controls position, FHD resolution, slightly expensive
THE LAST WORD The HP monitor will serve you well provided you have the patience to fine tune it
Note: This review is published in the March 2018 issue of T3 India.