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HP Pavilion Gaming 32 Preview: QHD HDR FreeSync Gaming Monitor

By April 25, 2018 No Comments
HP Pavilion Gaming 32 Review 2018


HP has introduced a new gaming monitor to their Pavilion Gaming series.

The new HP Pavilion Gaming 32 HDR combines its large screen size with the high QHD resolution and makes it available for a very appealing price tag, much like the previous HP Pavilion 32 as well as the HP Omen 32 gaming monitors.

Additionally, the monitor offers the AMD FreeSync technology as well as VESA certified DisplayHDR 600 High Dynamic Range support which will along the high-contrast VA panel ensure stunning immersion and lifelike colors.

Image Quality

Offering an astonishing static contrast ratio of 6,000:1, the VA panel of the HP Pavilion Gaming 32 will ensure that the black colors are truly black while still providing you with bright whites.

While the typical brightness is limited to 300 nits, enabling HDR for the compatible content will allow the display to surpass that limit up to 600 nits offering you a radiating picture quality with maximum detail even in the darkest and the brightest parts of the image.

The HDR support also extends the color gamut to 95% of the DCI-P3 color space resulting in vibrant and rich colors.

Due to the nature of the panel, the picture shifts in contrast when it’s viewed from certain angles which isn’t particularly noticeable while gaming but if you plan on doing some color-critical work, you’d be better off with an IPS monitor which is more suited for designers as colors are more accurate and consistent.

The QHD screen resolution with 2560×1440 pixels provides you with a decent pixel density on a 31.5-inch screen. With roughly 93 pixels per inch, you get plenty of screen real estate as well as vivid and sharp details. Although the image not nearly as clear as 4K, at least you’ll be able to maintain a notably higher framerate.


Moving on, the HP Pavilion Gaming 32 monitor also features the AMD FreeSync technology with 48-75Hz dynamic refresh rate range. Only those with AMD FreeSync-compatible graphics card will benefit from this technology which allows for frame rate synchronization between the GPU and the monitor’s refresh rate for a stutter-free and tear-free gameplay.

Alas, FreeSync support is first-generation only which is a shame as FreeSync 2 would add better support for HDR gaming as well as a wider dynamic range. Instead, gaming with HDR enabled may introduce input lag while the narrow FreeSync range means no LFC (Low Framerate Compensation) support which would be helpful in case your FPS (Frames Per Second) rate drops below 48.

There is another downside when it comes to gaming on the HP Pavilion Gaming 32 FreeSync monitor.

While the VA panel monitors deliver arguably the most lifelike image quality due to the depth of blacks, pixels also take longer to shift back from such dark shades. Consequently, you get smeary motion blur, or trailing of the fast-moving objects, which is more noticeable the darker the image is.

Not all are sensitive to this and many would gladly pay the toll of ghosting in fast-paced games for the overall better and more engaging picture quality.

Design & Connectivity

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The design follows HP’s standard style with a rectangular stand instead of round one which provides more stability. While the HP Pavilion Gaming 32 is VESA mount compatible, other ergonomic abilities are limited to only -5/21 degree tilt.

At the back of the monitor, you will find an abundance of connectors including two HDMI, a DisplayPort, a dual USB 3.0 hub, and the headphones jack.

Price & Similar Monitors

The HP Pavilion Gaming 32 price is $449 MSRP while the release date is 11 May 2018. Considering its bulky screen size, high resolution, and certified HDR support, the monitor is definitely worth the price.

For more similar monitors, visit our best 1440p monitor guide or check the best gaming monitors currently available.

Since Xbox One X and Xbox One S will now support both 1440p resolution and FreeSync, the HP 32 is also a great monitor for console gamers.


Just like it’s the case with their previous 32-inch 1440p gaming displays, the HP Pavilion Gaming 32 offers excellent value for the money.

Many find that a 32-inch screen is the perfect monitor size and 1440p the perfect resolution for PC gaming. Add to that the HDR support, an eye-catching design, and an appealing price tag, and you’ve got the ideal monitor – if only the refresh rate was at least 100Hz and the adaptive-sync actually FreeSync 2.

HP Pavilion Gaming 32 Specifications
Screen Size31.5-inch
Resolution2560x1440 (WQHD)
Panel TypeVA
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate75Hz
Response Time5ms (GtG)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync (48Hz-75Hz)
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI
Other Ports2x USB 3.0, Headphone Jack

HDR Brightness
300 cd/m2

600 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio6000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (true 8-bit)
VESAYes (100x100mm)
HDRDisplayHDR 600

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