Tons of monitors are going to seem like the best fit, especially when you aren’t well-versed in the world of PC gaming (and such). If this is your first time looking at a brand new monitor, don’t worry – my HP 25er review should give you a good idea as to what you’re buying. This 25-inch display is produced by the technology giant HP, which is known for making high-quality computer products of all sorts. This monitor interested me because it offered 1920 x 1080 resolution at a refresh rate of 60 Hz, which is fantastic. It’s great for not only gaming but any other PC-related task that requires a monitor (which is all of them, pretty much!). The specs for this model aren’t awful by any means, and I knew that I was going to be getting a reasonable monitor.
- Native Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
- Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 static & 10million:1 dynamic
- Brightness: 250 cd/m²
- Pixel Pitch: 0.288mm
- Response Time: 7ms (GTG)
- Weight: 7.43 lbs (w/ stand) & 6.52 lbs (w/o stand)
It’s your typical model, essentially – but it never hurts to test one or two out (especially if you’re picky like I am). I’ve never had an HP monitor for longer and steady periods of use in the past, so I wasn’t sure what to expect; I really wanted to test out the viewing angles and get the most out of this monitors image quality. That’s exactly what we’re going to talk about next!
Image QualityThis wouldn’t be a proper HP 25er review without looking at the image quality, which isn’t bad by any means on this product. This monitor uses a LED backlit IPS panel, which means it’s going to have amazing colors. When you pair that alongside the response rate and native resolution, it’s going to have your images being projected in Full HD. I was able to share photos, videos and play video games at almost any angle I pleased, and the image quality never wavered. Not even once! The image quality that a monitor has to offer is the most important thing because you want your video games to look their best (as well as photos and such, especially if you’re a designer/illustrator).
The clarity is there from essentially anywhere in the room – I could be in the kitchen and still see what was on the screen with ease. The aspect ratio used here is 16:9, which means everything is rich in color and properly optimized to fit your monitor screen. I hate it when you get a monitor and it stretches out the picture, but most of the time that’s the settings themselves. Versatile viewing and enhanced visuals (alongside a frameless display) give you optimal image quality, in my opinion.
This is a simple monitor to hook up, as the “Plug and Play” process is used here. There are 2 HDMI ports available, both of which offer up HDCP support; there’s also 1 VGA port. Whether you want to connect with HDMI or VGA is completely up to you, making this a versatile monitor for all walks of life. If you’re a tech-guru that knows what he wants, you can still make use of this monitor! I wouldn’t say that’s me, but I’m not a newcomer either.
They managed to pack a lot of features in this monitor, all of which makes the viewing experience that much more pleasurable. I was thankful for the anti-glare treatment they gave the screen of this monitor, so you don’t have to worry about light landing on your work/gaming space. Versatile viewing allows the viewing experience to go through an abundance of positions – whether I was lying down or sitting in my computer chair, I could always see the monitor at a decent angle. The frameless display means that there isn’t a border to the monitor, which takes away from the size of the viewable screen.
This monitor also reduces overexposure, which can ruin your viewing experience in its entirety. This is a noise filter that makes your images, videos, and all games appear crisper – who doesn’t like a crisper image? The display can be tilted as well, which also helps offer the optimal viewing experience. With overdrive activated, the gray-to-gray response time is cut down to 7ms, making the response time of the monitor, in general, quicker than ever.
Simple button control allows you to control the monitor with ease, and the entire product was manufactured with eco-friendly materials. There’s no arsenic implemented within the display glass, the packaging is recyclable and there’s a low-light halogen design implemented within. How about a quick rundown of those features one more time?
- Enhanced Visuals
- Simple-Button Control
- Versatile Viewing Angles
- Anti-Glare Technology
- Frameless Display
- HP Warranty Included
I liked what this monitor had to offer, and in my personal opinion, I would recommend it to just about everybody reading this. HP hasn’t let me down in the past, and it doesn’t seem like they’re going to start doing so now – if you want a reliable monitor that’s going to stick around for a long time, check the HP 25er out. 25 inches is more than enough for the average computer user, and I would consider myself a little more experienced than that; with that said, I still enjoyed the size.