HP Pavilion 27xw Review: Affordable 27-inch IPS Monitor

hp pavilion 27xw review

The HP Pavilion 27xw 27-in IPS LED Backlit Monitor is the largest screen option in HP’s Pavillion series. Beautifully designed using a minimalistic modern approach and with a stunning image quality, I had fun testing out the various features to see what exactly this monitor has to offer. The is my unbiased review for the 27-inch HP Pavilion 27xw IPS monitor.

Specifications

Screen Size: 27 inch
Panel Type: IPS with LED Backlight
Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Brightness: 250 cd/m2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (static), 10,000,000:1 (dynamic)
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
Response Time: 7 milliseconds
Vertical Viewing Angle: 178°
Horizontal Viewing Angle: 178°
Dimensions: 24.51 x 6.5 x 17.9 inches (with stand), 24.5 x 2 x 14.7 inches (without stand)
Weight: 16.9lbs
Screen Coating: Anti-Glare, Low Haze
Built-In Speakers: None
Connectivity: 1 x VGA + 2 x HDMI (w/ HDCP support)
Color: Silver/White

First Impressions

HP monitors are always very well packaged and this was one of the first things I noticed when I opened the box. Inside, you’ll find the monitor, AC power cord and cable, HDMI cable, CD with some documentation and a card with service providers listed. The warranty information is also available in two formats; on the CD and in a hard copy booklet.

Upon taking out the monitor, I was immediately struck by the large size. Having previously used a 24-inch monitor, the large 27-inch screen was noticeably larger. The monitor was heavier than expected at 16.9lbs but this didn’t bother me much. Assembling the monitor was a piece of cake, and even tech newbies shouldn’t have an issue (there’s an instruction manual supplied on the off chance that you do need some help). You simply slide the stand into a set of locking slots on the bottom of the monitor and you’re set. It holds together well, without wobbling and the monitor and monitor stand seem very sturdy.

When I had the monitor assembled, I took a moment to sit back and appreciate the design. It’s very minimalistic and aesthetically pleasing with a clutter free screen. It’s ultra thin and although it says it is “bezel-less”, in reality, there is a bezel, albeit a very small one. There is nothing taking up room on the screen except the logo and name. There are power buttons situated on the underside of the right corner of the screen, very easy to access but subtle and don’t draw attention to themselves.

I finally stopped admiring the lovely design and connected it up to my desktop computer via one of the HDMI ports at the back of the monitor. The connection was instant and I quickly inserted the CD into the driver and went along with the installation. The whole thing took very little time and the menu was very easy to navigate.

Once everything was set up, I got to work testing out the specs.

Display Quality

When I first started browsing, I was initially a little disappointed with the quality. I found the text a little dim and the quality was clearly 1080p, not the 1920p advertised. However, I ran the monitor’s calibration utility and made a few tweaks in the Control Panel and then everything was as it should be and I was awed by the crisp, beautiful display.

The 27-inch screen really is stunning in Full HD, with a 10M:1 contrast ratio that and  makes the whites and blacks pop. If you’ve never experienced an IPS panel, you’ll never want to go back. The picture quality is fantastic with amazing color accuracy and viewing angles of 178 degrees both horizontally and vertically. A new feature by HP called HP Enhance+ reduces noise for an even better picture quality. There is an anti-glare, low haze coating to minimize reflection, which I found especially great when watching movies and playing games on this monitor.

Overall, the display quality of the HP Pavillion 27xw is impressive. I loved the crisp colors and viewing angles and found playing HD videos on a 27-inch screen to be pure pleasure.

Features

hp 27xw review

The HP Pavillion 27xw comes with a few useful features that add to the experience. It features a handy tilting function that lets you tilt the screen 2 degrees forward and 25 degrees back. The screen still feels very steady when you do this, and it’s a nice feature for customizing to your preferences.

This monitor has a 7ms response time, which, while not the fastest response out there, is something you won’t have an issue with. It doesn’t have built-in speakers, but that’s fairly common with monitors this thin.

It comes with an Energy Star certification that means it is optimized to save power over long periods of time. When not in use, the monitor will go into standby mode and will reawaken instantly when you need it to. I found myself leaving it in standby almost 24/7, as I loved how instantly the monitor comes back to life.

Connectivity

The HP 27xw comes with a VGA port and dual HDMI ports. Strangely, while this monitor does come with an HDMI cable, it doesn’t supply a VGA cable with this size screen, even though it is supplied with the smaller screens in the range. For the purposes of testing, I used the supplied HDMI cable and a VGA cable of my own.

The ports are easily accessible through the opening in the stand and everything connected quickly. The cables stayed firmly in their ports without coming loose or breaking connection. In total, I connected the monitor to my desktop computer, an ASUS laptop and my PS4 and had no issues with connectivity.

Conclusion

I think the HP Pavillion 27xw is an excellent Full HD monitor with a wonderfully large screen and beautiful picture quality. I would highly recommend this monitor for those who love gaming or watching HD movies or those who work with picture or video editing. You won’t be let down by this great monitor.

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