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It’s clear that performance gaming monitors come in two distinct flavors. One delivers all the bells and whistles with high resolution, high tech like HDR and extended color, and reasonably fast framerates, along with FreeSync or G-Sync. Indeed, 4K monitors like the Acer Predator X27 are amazing to look at but command a high price.
The other flavor places speed at the top of the priority list while sacrificing resolution and other image enhancements to make framerates as high as possible. The HP Omen X 25f fits squarely into that second category. Though it only boasts FHD resolution with no hint at HDR or DCI-P3 color, it runs without complaint at 240 Hz and works with both FreeSync and G-Sync. Plus, its price is far lower than the premium models.
Ultimately, a gaming monitor must draw the player into the environment as realistically as possible. You can do that with a large screen like a curved ultra-wide, or you can go for the best possible video processing to make fast action smooth, responsive and blur-free. The Omen X 25f delivers that experience, sporting high framerates with a wide variety of graphics cards.
Though it is a bit costlier than other monitors of its size, it’s still far cheaper than something like the Predator X27. It achieves that suspension of disbelief every bit as well as the more-expensive displays, just in a different way. We spent many hours playing different first-person shooters, and at no time did we wish for things like 4K resolution or HDR. Despite the HP’s lower-than-average contrast, it has very accurate color and plenty of brightness to offset its old-school TN technology.
If you are a competitive player, the Omen X 25f is an excellent tool for your arsenal. It matches well with low-priced systems and when paired with a high-end graphics card, it easily hits the 240 fps mark. Coupled with excellent build quality and slick styling, the Omen X 25f is well-worth consideration from those seeking ultimate gaming performance.
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Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors.