HP Omen 25i Review: Uniquely Equipped

A speedy 25-incher with some tricks up its sleeve

HP Omen 25i
Editor's Choice
(Image: © HP)

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In a price category as crowded as the sub-$400 monitor realm, it can be difficult to decide between screens that only differ in subtle ways. It’s easy to find a 25 or 27-inch screen that offers fast refresh, FreeSync or G-Sync, DCI-P3 color and HDR. But if you want something unique, the HP Omen 25i offers features we haven’t seen before.

(Image credit: HP)

Game Remaster mode is certainly unique. We’ve never seen a monitor that catered to low-res games before, but there are plenty of enthusiasts who play legacy console and arcade titles on their modern PCs. It’s easy to accept some softness when the game maxes out at 1024 x 768, which never looks good on a high-res screen. But HP has managed to solve this problem neatly. With extra color saturation and an adaptive sharpness filter, Game Remaster is a great way to breathe new life into old games.

The Dynamic Crosshair is also very useful. Though reticle designers are not unique to HP, the adaptive portion of the aiming point is a new element. Ensuring that the crosshair is always visible as content shifts in contrast makes the player more accurate. It certainly helped up our game.

The Omen 25i certainly doesn’t skimp on color accuracy. It does not need adjustment, and in most of our tests, it measured better than most monitors do after calibration. And its picture modes provide the ideal image for SDR and HDR content. If you want perfectly accurate SDR color, choose Standard. If you want a bump in saturation, choose Native. For legacy games, reach for Game Remaster.

We also noted the Omen 25i’s superlative HDR quality. With a zone-dimming edge backlight, it delivers nearly 10,000:1 contrast for HDR games, and with almost 90% coverage of the DCI-P3 gamut, it delivers the extra color too.

With 165 Hz, it does give away a little speed and smoothness to 240 Hz monitors in this price tier. But it goes beyond those screens with better color and better HDR. With a $350 MSRP, it seems hard to beat. HP has created a truly unique product that stands out in the budget gaming monitor genre.

Christian Eberle
Contributing Editor

Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors. Christian began his obsession with tech when he built his first PC in 1991, a 286 running DOS 3.0 at a blazing 12MHz. In 2006, he undertook training from the Imaging Science Foundation in video calibration and testing and thus started a passion for precise imaging that persists to this day. He is also a professional musician with a degree from the New England Conservatory as a classical bassoonist which he used to good effect as a performer with the West Point Army Band from 1987 to 2013. He enjoys watching movies and listening to high-end audio in his custom-built home theater and can be seen riding trails near his home on a race-ready ICE VTX recumbent trike. Christian enjoys the endless summer in Florida where he lives with his wife and Chihuahua and plays with orchestras around the state.

  • Sleepy_Hollowed
    This is a really interesting panel, probably my top choice for 1080p gaming (which is honestly all the rage these days for retro gaming and due to lack of GPUs).

    The HDR is what really sets it apart and I will be getting this if no one else releases something like this in the 1080p sphere.

    I just wish it was available in 2560x1080p to play MMORPGs and shooters with more real estate, but it is what it is.
  • efrenjjcarr
    There is a 27" QHD option OMEN 27i | HP® Official Site
  • Aequanimitas
    The calibration settings table seems to be badly formatted. Is it possible for it to be corrected so it is more understandable?

    On another note, this is for me the best 1080p IPS monitor, just wish it had a better stand, the one it comes with it´s kind of a joke.