HP Omen X 35 Review
 
by Lim, April 16, 2017 8:50 pm
 

HP Omen X 35 Review - 100Hz curved Ultra-Wide Gaming Monitor. In general an awesome image quality but still with a bigger problem and some downsides


Introduction

Dude, I really was happy when the HP Omen X35 arrived. The design is something really innovative and new within gaming monitors and displays in general and I really like it combined with the 35" Inch. Oh, and yes, you can see a difference between 34" and 35" Inch. There is only few information about the Omen, so I was also really curious how good the Omen X35 will pass my test. I've got my Omen directly at the German HP store, with some student discount :P. But even with a discount, the Omen costs me 1090€, which is still really a crazy price for a monitor. So, HP attacks the Asus PG348Q and Acer X34A with the Omen. With a VA panel, you will have very good blacks but since only a VA panel does not promise you to have stable blacks within viewing angles in dark image content, you should take a closer look at this topic. The good, no clouding and backlight bleed, the bad, viewing angles are very poor at the Omen, even compared to other VA panels. The Omen uses an AU-Optronics panel. So, a 100 Hz native refresh rate, G-Sync, ultra wide, ultra-design, 3440 x 1440... The review is a bit long, but I still hope that it helps you within your buying decision :). 
 
Updates and new information around the HP Omen X35 can be found at the bottom of the article or in the table of contents (if available). Also available within the forum (click here).
 
 

Specifications

Panel Type VA (AU Optronics)
Backlight EDGE LED / W-LED
Display size and Aaspect ratio 35 Inch/ 21:9
Max. resolution 3440x1440 (UWQHD)
Pixel density 116.55 ppi (pixel per inch)
Refresh rate 60 Hz nativ / Overclock 100 Hz
Native color depth and color space real 8-bit / sRGB
Response time (GtG) 4 Ms
Brightness 300cd/m2
Integrated speakers No
Video inputs 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x HDMI 1.4, 3x USB 3.0
Audio 3.5mm Kopfhörer Ausgang
USB Hub Yes
Power consumption 65W (ohne Nutzung der USB Eingänge)
35" Panel dimensions WxHxD with foot stand 83,3 x 32,9 x 41,2 cm
35" Panel dimensions WxHxD without foot stand 83,3 x 11,1 x 38 cm
Frame width 7mm
Weight 12.04 Kg without foot stand / 9,47 Kg with foot stand
Warranty 2 Years
Ergonomics Height, Swivel, Tilt
Adaptive Sync G-Sync
G-Sync Range 30-100Hz
Contrast (Native) 2500:1
Vesa Yes 100mm
Curved Yes
 

 

Alternatives

Alternative ultrawide 100Hz UWQHD (3440x1440) IPS and VA monitors to the HP Omen X35:
(All other alternatives are listed in the Gaming-Monitor-List. Future releases can be found here)

 

Find the HP Omen X 35 here: Buy on Amazon

 

With G-Sync:

- VA Panel

AOC Agon AG352UCG Buy on Amazon

Acer Z35P Buy on Amazon

 

- IPS Panel

Asus PG348Q Review / Buy on Amazon
Acer Predator X34A Buy on Amazon
Dell Alienware AW3418DW not released yet.

 

With Freesync:

- VA Panel

HKC NB34C Buy on Amazon

Samsung C34H890 Buy on Amazon

Samsung CF791 Buy on Amazon

Asus MX34VQ Buy on Amazon

Asus ROG Strix XG35VQ not released yet

 

IPS Panel

No IPS Freesync Ultrawide QHD monitors released yet

 

YouTube Video Review

 
 

 

 

Measurement data

Within the response time of 4 Ms and the overdrive function from the Omen, in general, I was positively surprised. However, the disadvantage is that while using overdrive you will become problems with lags/stutters. This means, that every 4 - 5 seconds the image has extreme motion blur for some several milliseconds. It's curious that these intervals, where this issue occurs, sometimes need around 15 seconds before it occurs. Well, the positive thing, within games this issue isn't really that noticeable and while playing I couldn't notice it at all. So let's hope that HP will be able to release a fix with some firmware updates.

Ufo-Test

Ufo Tests

Some more "issues" with the Omen X 35

 

VA Smearing

If you buy a VA panel, you probably will know that you will have more smearing compared to an IPS or a TN panel in darker image content. It's just something which all VA panels have and what we can not evaluate as a negative point for the monitor.


Contrast, Brightness, and Black Point:

 

Presets and Measurements:


 

Measurements with optimal settings (without calibration):


 

Measurements after calibration:

 
 

 

Review Updates

1. Refresh Rate

The HP Omen X35 uses a native 100 Hz refresh rate panel (and not a native 60 Hz panel with overclocking abilities) Model number: AUO (AU Optronics) with the serial number M350QVR01.1.

 

2. Frame Skipping

As the question came @ youtube if the omen uses a native 100 Hz panel. One user told us, that HP has made a mistake on their page. The support in Germany really couldn't help me. At this test, we have frame skipping of "only" 1 frame each every 1.11 seconds. The video is taken with 60 fps and a shutter speed of 1/100, so you won't see each frame but you easily can see the "afterglow". Frame skipping results in stuttering. I couldn't notice any stuttering with the Omen X35 in games, only some in CS GO.

 

Here you also can watch a short video where I made the frame skipping the test.
Here is a short explanation of frame skipping.


 

Comparison charts

Maximum brightness in cd/m2
Asus Rog Swift PG348Q
367
HP Omen X35
353

Maximum contrast x:1
HP Omen X35
2218
Asus Rog Swift PG348Q
1172

Black point with optimal settings (120 cd/m2 , 6500K)
HP Omen X35
0,06
Asus Rog Swift PG348Q
0,11

 

Pros & Cons

 

Pro:

- Intense and vibrant colors (consider viewing angles and more washed out colors on the left and right / above the 16:9 aspect ratio)
- G-Sync with a range from 30-100 Hz
- Max. brightness of 350 cd/m2 (300 cd/m2 stated)
- USB Hub with 3 x USB 3.0 ports
- Very good sharpness - "sweetspot"
- 100 Hz
- Very clean design and a solid processing
- Very nice blacks
- No clouding and backlight bleed
- Very good protected monitor in the box

 

Neutral:

- No contrast settings
- Actually buggy overdrive settings with lag (not really a problem in games)
- "slowest" panel technology with smearing in darker colors/objects
- Frame skipping (1 frame)

 

Contra:

- No gamma settings in the OSD
- Viewing angles, especially in darker image content (silver shine effect)
+ Issues with viewing angles on the HP Omen X35 are very obvious(!)

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