The Good The HP Pavilion 27xi features a beautiful, streamlined design, great performance, and useful screen customization options.
The Bad The monitor feels plastic, the ergonomic features are limited, and the screen reflects the sunlight something cruel.
The Bottom Line Unless you have the requirements, the Pavilion 27xi will meet your basic needs with aplomb.
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The HP Pavilion 27xi is a sleek, affordable 27-inch monitor that easily meets the simple needs of your monitor. That is, movie viewing, games and web browsing, as well as productivity. It is not an oversized monitor that incorporates the holy trinity of connections and satisfies the settings of the image settings.
Although the Pavilion 27xi provides excellent performance for a $ 340 monitor, this monitor is not used unless you have the exact color needs. There are several more expensive 27-inches that are better suited for these tasks. However, for those who have simple needs, the 27xi will not disappoint.
The HP Pavilion 27xi is simple, sleek, and sexy
Design and features
With more than similarities to Apple’s 27-inch Thunderbolt display, the HP Pavilion 27xi is aesthetically impressive at first glance. The 27-inch monitor comes with a resolution of 1 920×180 pixels and an incredibly glossy IPS-based (switching plane) screen. The monitor’s chassis acts as its outer frame with the screen panel inside, and as cool and smooth as the 27xi looks, when touched it is no doubt made of mostly plastic. The frame has a size of 0.5 inches, while the width of the chassis is checked at 24.5 inches. 0.6 inches in thinest panel depth; incredibly subtle value given the screen size.
The monitor has a 20-degree tilt back, but there is no adjustment of the rotation or height of the screen. There is also no rotation, but the panel slides so easily that its absence does not cause any particular problems. The footrest is 7.8 inches wide and 7.6 inches deep, but the display shakes a lot when knocking on the sides. The connections are rear facing and include HDMI, DVI and VGA. The monitor also feels incredibly light in weight and weighs 11.5 pounds.
Anyone who is familiar with the on-screen (on-screen display) HP will not find many surprises here. Brightness, contrast and sharpness are present. Six presets are also included: Enhance +, Movie, Gaming, Text, Photo and Custom. There are three color temperature options available: warm, cool, and standard (somewhere between warm and cool). It also comes with RGB-colored controls to fine-tune the red, green and blue.
The screen array is located in the bottom right corner and has five horizontally aligned buttons. Each button is represented by a white LED that turns off when not in use. The leftmost menu activates the menu, and the right hand side adjusts automatically (only available in VGA), Quick view / Minus, Source / Plus, and Input buttons with the power button on the far right. Navigating the screen requires some habits. I wouldn’t call the interface awkward; it’s just not as intuitive as it could have been. The power button is located right to the right, and when you turn on the power the turquoise power light glows in the lower right frame.
Edge to edge or edge to edge?
At CES 2013, HP told me that edge-to-edge display is one of many features of the 27xi Pavilion, but apparently edge-to-edge doesn’t mean I think it does. At least not the way I define it. In my head, edge to edge simply means no visible bezels. Or at least the minimalist frames and the 27xi clearly have a frame. Certainly, it is a thin frame, but it cannot be denied that its screen does not extend very close to the edge of the case.
|Design and feature highlights|
|Connectivity:||HDMI, DVI, VGA|
|Ergonomic options:||25-degree back tilt|
|VESA wall-mount support:||No|
|Included video cables:||DVI, VGA|
|Number of presets:||5|
|Picture options:||Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness|
|Color controls:||RGB and 3 color temperature options|
I tested the HP Pavilion 27xi through its DVI input connected to a Windows Vista PC with a DVI cable included. A screen score of 98 for CNET lab performance tests was placed on the display.
DisplayMate: Pavilion 27xi displays light gray to 254. Level 255 is considered white and each level between 1 and 1 is a variation of gray. The 27xi performance here indicates that the display is probably not prone to light colors. As for dark gray, the 27xi displays up to level 2, keeping very deep black, indicating that the display is capable of very low black.
The monitor was distinguished by almost all our color scale tests, which evaluate how smoothly it displays different shades of different colors. In these tests, the 27xi found very few color deviations.
Text: The black text on the white looked clear, with no obvious color-tone issues. The fonts were clearly visible up to size 6.8.
Movies: I tested the HP 27xi using Avatar’s Blu-ray version. Setting up a movie looks too grainy, especially if it’s near the screen, and if you use the 27xi as a monitor, you’re more likely to watch movies. It looks better the farther away from the screen, and its colors are definitely more accurate and less saturated than other presets. Interestingly, though a little softer, but I found the pre-set text best for close-range movies, especially since it allows you to change color.
Games: When evaluating the appearance of games on your monitor, the two most important features to consider are brightness and color. If the monitor can display games with bright and bright clarity, this will go a long way. If the colors also appear with fullness and depth, the games will usually look great.
The Dragon Age II and the Crysis 2 on the HP 27xi in the game preset had high brightness with colors that matched properly. However, like the movie that was pre-installed, the dreaded painful greenish tinge grew its ugly head, but it can be made easier by the settings I recommend above.
To check the refresh rate, I used DisplayMate graphics motion tests and looked at a number of colored blocks as they moved across the screen at different speeds.
The optimum viewing angle for the monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen down from the top. At this angle, you view the colors as intended by the manufacturer. Most monitors are not designed to be viewed from any other angle. The image quality at sub-optimal angles depends on the type of monitor panel. Most monitors use TN panels that are too bright or too dark on parts of the screen, if you do not look at optimal angles.
The 27xi uses an IPS panel and sports viewing angles much wider than conventional TN panels, especially when viewed from below. It’s unclear what type of IPS panel it uses, but I’ll be sure to update the review when I find out.
There are many debates about the benefits of AG against these days. Some viewers prefer not to cover at all, while others prefer only a limited number. And others are absolutely indifferent. AG coverage does not adversely affect the quality of the monitor, and its benefits or absence is purely a matter of preference.
At the same time, the HP 27xi screen has a heavy AG coating that reduces potential reflections while keeping very little of the pop contrast used by glossy screens. A full glossy display can increase the perceived contrast of the monitor screen – which some people prefer – but it can also make it difficult to see what is on the screen in direct sunlight.
HP Pavilion 27xi achieves high power consumption, default power / on – 29.2 watts. In the same test, the Asus VG278H gained far more than 46.8 watts.
In our sleep / standby test, the 27xi received 0.39 watts and the VG278H 0.48 watts. Based on our formula, the 27xi will have almost half the cost of the VG278H, and it costs $ 8.98 a year, compared to the VG278H of $ 14.47 a year.
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
91 Samsung SyncMaster T27B750
93 HP 27xi
98Brightness (cd / m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
217 Samsung SyncMaster T27B750
254 Asus PA248Q
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
591:1 Samsung SyncMaster T27B750
880:1 Asus PA248Q
|HP 27xi||Average watts per hour|
|On (default luminance)||29.2|
|On (max luminance)||30.7|
|On (min luminance)||10.2|
|Calibrated (200 cd/m2)||25.8|
|Annual power consumption cost||$8.98|
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Priced at $ 340, the Pavilion 27xi is a big deal if your needs are simple. More advanced options are available for tasks that require accurate color accuracy.