The Bottom Line
Jun 3 2013 - HP may have placed their Pavilion name branding on their latest 27-inch display but it frankly offers the same general performance of its more expensive ENVY monitor but at a lower price. The IPS display technology provides it with wide viewing angles and some good color but it still sits at that same 1920x1080p as smaller more affordable displays. Overall, it is a good option for those that are looking for large screen with a basic set of features that still has a relatively thin profile.
- Nice Wide Viewing Angles With Good Color
- Very Thin and Compact
- Color and Brightness Need Adjustment From Factory Settings
- HDMI Cable Not Included
- 27-inch IPS Panel With 1920x1080 Native Resolution
- White LED Backlight
- 1000:1 Contrast Ratio (Typical)
- 250 cd/m^2 (nits) Brightness
- 7ms Response Time (Gray-to-Gray)
- 178 Degree Horizontal and Vertical Viewing Angles
- HDMI, DVI, VGA Connectors
- 72% NTSC Color Gamut
- Stand Provides Tilt Adjustment
- Includes DVI and VGA Cables
Review - HP Pavilion 27xi
Jun 3 2013 - The HP Pavilion 27xi is the company's latest large screen consumer LCD display. In fact, in terms of its base features, it is very similar to the more expensive ENVY 27 display but lacks the audio speakers. In terms of construction, the display is extremely thin thanks to the LED backlight and the external power supply. This also keeps the weight of the monitor quite low. It does use a large amount of plastics and has a good deal of flex in the display when adjusting the tilt from anywhere on the top of the screen.
The design is bezel free which means that the panel is set back with a sheet of glossy plastic that completely covers the screen. The coating of the display is somewhat glossy but not a huge problem for reflections except when there is bright sunlight behind the user. It is a mix of silver and black in color with a narrow edge across the top and sides while a larger silver plastic edge juts out from the display that also holds the touch based controls on the lower right hand side. On the back of the screen are video connectors for HDMI, DVI-D and VGA.
While the 27-inch panel provides it with a larger size than 24-inch screens, it still provides the same 1920x1080 resolution that is found in the smaller size displays. This is one of the reasons that it is much more affordable than the higher resolution 27-inch screens. The IPS technology used to produce the screen gives it very wide viewing angles which makes it suitable for multiple people to view the screen. Brightness is a bit less than some others on the market but it does well enough unless it is used in bright sunlight which is unlikely.
In terms of color, this is a consumer grade screen that offers a more limited color gamut of just 72 percent of NTSC. This puts it well behind more professional grade monitors that cost twice as much but it is sufficient for the average user that doesn't require a high level of color accuracy. Brightness and contrast levels are both high in the default setting at 90 percent and 80 percent respectively. At this level, there was a fair amount of black washout especially along the edges. This was significantly reduced by just turning brightness down to 70 percent. Color calibrating the screen showed that the factory setting tended to trend towards a blue or cool tinting.
IPS displays in the past were known for their limited speed that resulted in image ghosting during fast motion. In testing it with both video and gaming, the display fared well enough to be suitable for both of these. Gamers are a bit more picky about this motion blur and may want to opt for a faster responding TN display panel if they are extremely sensitive to this issue.
As for the power consumption, the LED backlight allows it to run with very little power draw. HP estimates that the screen will use roughly 32 watts under typical usage. After calibration, readings from were around 24 watts which is less than stated and really quite good for those looking at a high energy efficiency,
With a list price of $340, the HP Pavilion is a bit more expensive than some of the new 27-inch IPS displays on the market but it is still much more affordable than the higher resolution versions that tend to run double the price. Street pricing puts it slightly less than $300 which is still on the higher end of the price spectrum.