Gamers searching for the maximum edge can look towards the HP Omen X 25f 240Hz Gaming Monitor. As its name suggests, the Omen X 25f features a high refresh rate, at 240Hz, for smooth, smooth, gaming. The 24.5-inch monitor has a Full-HD resolution, and a configurable on-screen crosshair for no-scope shots.
- 1ms response time (with Overdrive)
- 2x HDMI ports, 1x DisplayPort, 2x USB 3.0, headphone jack
- AMD Free-Sync, Nvidia G-Sync
- 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution
If the Acer Predator XB253Q offered gamers a great upgrade from 60Hz with its 144Hz display, then the Omen X 25f provides even more performance (from 60Hz). That is, if your PC can keep up to give you a smooth 240 fps. I managed to get this on Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive by turning all my settings to the lowest. The games felt a lot smoother and easier to see, with a lot less tearing compared to when the game is locked to 60fps on my older non-gaming monitor.
The jump from 144Hz to 240Hz is harder to tell, but the slight increase will help those with sharper eyes and faster reactions (but not me). I couldn’t feel a difference from my 144Hz Dell gaming monitor. The 24.5-inch Full-HD is ideal for gaming, with just enough screen real estate to let you catch everything at a glance. While the display is not an IPS panel for the best colors, the TN panel was fine for me. I’ve been using a TN panel all along, so I’m used to it. Your mileage may vary.
As with higher-end monitors, the Omen X25f lets you adjust your height and tilt. Unfortunately, it doesn’t swivel, so you can’t use it in portrait mode for say, work purposes. Other things I like include a stand at the back for stowing away your headphones.
While it usually retails at S$599, the HP Omen X 25f 240Hz Gaming Monitor is currently having a 50% Easter sale and is retailing at just S$299 on Shopee and Lazada. That’s a pretty good deal, and definitely worth grabbing at that price. At its usual price, it’s a bit more expensive compared to say, Acer’s model, but it seems to mostly go on sale at lower, so keep an eye out for those deals.
Note: Review unit provided by HP.