HyperX Armada 25 Review: Solid Build Performance From New Line of Displays

The HyperX Armada 25 is a 25-inch FHD/IPS gaming monitor with 240 Hz, Adaptive-Sync and includes a mounting arm.

HyperX Armada 25
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Uncalibrated – Maximum Backlight Level

HyperX rates the Armada 25 for 400 nits, but my sample maxed out at just over 350. I had to switch to the Custom RGB mode to achieve this. Standard mode was a tad lower at 328 nits. Both modes are more than bright enough for any indoor environment. If you’re a fan of dark room gaming, you can go down as low as 33 nits by turning the brightness to zero.

The Armada 25 has a great-for-IPS black level of 0.3054, giving it 1,147.7:1 contrast, just a tick below the class-leading AG254FG. Though it may not seem like a significant difference on paper, that extra 150:1 makes a visual improvement in depth and color saturation.

After Calibration to 200 nits

Calibration elevates the AOC and Monoprice screens, while the Armada 25 remains about the same. But this is not a negative result in any way. Putting these three monitors side by side would reveal nearly identical picture quality. The AOC is on another level contrast-wise, but you must decide if you want a 32-inch FHD monitor with its relatively low pixel density.

The Armada 25 excels in the ANSI test as one of the few monitors to score higher than its static value. Only a tiny handful of IPS panels have ever topped 1,200:1 in my experience. This is an exceptional display with a deep picture, solid blacks and excellent color saturation.

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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.