HP LAUNCHES SEVEN X SERIES GAMING MONITORS

HP has decided to liberally sprinkle gaming monitors onto the market this week, with seven new models added to its HP X stables. The new set of X Series gaming monitors raising technical and graphical capability while keeping price options as low as possible. HP has outed three new curved VA monitors, and four new flat IPS panel monitors for gamers. All the models are either 27-, 32- or 34-inches in diagonal, it has not included 4K as one of its specs but updated refresh rates and added features such as NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards, and all are certified as AMD FreeSync Premium gaming monitors. Another common trait is the three sided borderless design, and adjustable stands provided. Some of the HP X-series monitors are already available to purchase while the rest are slated to be available soon.

 

The only other monitor available for purchase right now is the HP X27q Gaming Monitor. The rest of the lineup includes HP X32, and HP X34, in the flat screen range. The curved screen range includes the HP X27c, HP X27qc, and HPX32c that are yet to be made available for purchase. The international availability of the HP X-series gaming monitors is yet to be announced..

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The HP X27 and X27 are the most affordable gaming monitors with the least amount of technical upgrades. Both feature 27-inch monitors with an HDMI and DisplayPort, along with 165Hz with 1ms response time. The difference between the two comes with HD capabilities, and the X27 features a regular 1980 x 1080 full HD while the X27q utilizes 2560 x 1440 quad HD. Both come with 400 nits of peak brightness. These also come with pivot rotation, low blue light mode, anti-glare, and height adjustment, and are also gaming console compatible. Input ports on both include one HDMI 2.0 with HDCP support, one DisplayPort 1.4, and a headphone jack.

Comparing these monitors to others with similar specs reveals how much more affordable these two monitors are. For example, the Alienware AW2521HFL has a 24.5-inch screen with specs and native resolution but is listed at a higher price. While Alienware has much more capable technology for gamers looking to stream, HP offers a better option for just playing games with higher graphical fidelity.

Fortunately for gamers with a higher budget, more is coming from HP's new line of monitors. Coming soon will be the HP X32 followed by the HP X34, each with a higher pixel rate than the previous. This month of August marks the rollout of the X32, a monitor that features a 31.5-inch screen that rivals monitors of similar size in almost every way. However, similar to the X27q's specs, the X32 keeps the 2560 x 1440 pixels in quad HD, meaning that the only difference between this series is literally the screen size.

In terms of affordability options, it is excessively cheaper than other top competitors in the PC gaming landscape. HP has made an excellent move in terms of productivity. Essentially, it has taken the X27q and made it bigger while reasonably adjusting the price point. Following the X32 will be the HP X34 which will be available in September 2021. This model is different from the X32 by adding an even bigger screen and other higher specs. The X34 will feature a 34-inch monitor that has 3440 x 1440 with ultra-wide quad HD. The HP X27q, HP X32, and HP X34 support HDR 400 content.

HP will be releasing its 1500R curved screen monitors in October. These will be similar to the flat screen variants in terms of design, port selection, and features. The curved screen range features 350 nits of peak brightness and come with VA panels. The HP X27c has a full-HD (1,920x1,080 pixels) curved display, the HP X27qc has a QHD (2,560x1,440 pixels) curved display, and the HP X32c has a 31.5-inch 1,080 full-HD (1,920x1,080 pixels) curved display.

All the seven monitors also come with VESA mounts that help with lowering or raising the monitor, but don't support pivot or swivel functionality.

 

HP is finally stepping up its technological game with improvements to graphical fidelity, adaptive sync, and other features for a modern gaming audience. However, HP is technically outdated by other leading tech companies in the PC gaming industry, and not from a lack of technology or funds. Companies like Alienware need to keep prices higher because it is operating its business as one of the leading companies in PC gaming technology. Instead of competing technologically with Alienware, HP can compete with its high-quality products at affordable prices strategy because of its other ventures. This way, HP can appeal to a much wider audience which likely means higher sales numbers. In fact, HP's new VR headset in collaboration with Microsoft and Valve makes them an even more dangerous competitor than ever.

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