HP Pavilion 27xi 27-inch Widescreen Monitor Review
17 April 2014
Summary: Overall, the HP Pavilion 27xi is a pretty great external monitor. Exceptional image quality, a large size, and the three most common video input interfaces make this a monitor that anyone can set up and use without much hassle. The biggest drawback is in the flawed software, which is really more of a luxury than a necessity for monitors anyway, and the others grievances are pretty minor.
Pros: Huge HD Screen:, IPS Technology With High Contrast Ratio:, Conservative Design:, Easy to Adjust:, Touch-Sensitive Monitor Controls:
Cons: Poorly Implemented Software and Presets:, No HDMI Cable:, Reflective Screen:
Conclusion: HP’s Pavilion 27xi is an affordable 27-inch, full HD display. It looks good sitting on your desk, and image quality on the panel itself will please all but the most demanding users. With no height adjustment on the stand and the lack of VESA mounting capability, the ergonomics are lacking a bit. But, at right around $300 (it has a list price of $340, but we’ve seen it marked down by HP to $300 for at least a month now), it’s also affordable.
Pros: Very good image quality, Accurate color rendition, Sharp looking chassis
Cons: Limited stand adjustment, No VESA mounts on back; can't be mounted on an ergonomic stand, No DisplayPort
Conclusion: Despite its relatively low pixel density, the HP Pavilion 27xi is a very good display that offers excellent viewing angles and neutral grays right out of the box. The VW2430 can be found for under $300, but its overly warm color temperature made whites and grays appear pink, overall mediocre image quality, and narrow viewing angle make it difficult to recommend, even on its own and not compared to the HP display. James is the director of Macworld Lab.
Pros: Wide viewing angle, Colors appear neutral, Mediocre text, Display has matte finish, Device stand
Cons: Low 1920-by-1080 native resolution for a 27-inch display, Very limited ergonomic adjustments, Overall mediocre image quality, Narrow viewing angle, Couldn't set display to show neutral colors