The HP Omen X Emperium is one of the show stealers at this CES 2019 by giving a peek of its raw visual and audio power. This model is one of the Nvidia BFGDs or Big Format Gaming Displays that were announced last year as fully geared alternatives to your run-off the mill TV. The HP Omen X Emperium will launch with a five-grand price tag which gives us mixed feelings about its success in the market, but we’re also dying to get our hands on it.
HP Omen Emperium Specifications
- Screen Size: 55, Inches
- Resolution: 3840 x 2160 4K
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: Vertical Alignment (VA)
- Refresh Rate: 144Hz
- Response Time:4ms
- Contrast Ratio:4000:1
- Brightness: 1000cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: Yes (Soundbar with Tweeters x 2, Woofers x 4, Subwoofers x 4, 3 Amps @ 120 Watts)
- VESA Compatibility: Yes (400 x 400)
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0 x 3, HDMI ARC x 1, 3.5mm Jack x 1, Optical Out x 1
- Dimensions With Stand(WxHxD):57″ x 8″ x 13.4″
- Weight: 6 lbs
Design and Features
The HP Omen X Emperium looks like your regular TV until you notice the Omen branding and of course, the blazing hot features. The massive display is unimpeded with bezels, save for minimal panel borders which are part and parcel of VA screens. The devices come in matte black all throughout, save for red Omen accents and the gunmetal stands that support its massiveness.
We can’t describe the HP Omen X Emperium as reasonably sized since it is a 65-inch monster that should hang on a living room wall. The device weighs in at almost 80lbs which is a little less than twice that of the LG C8 OLED TV we reviewed earlier. If wall mounting isn’t an option, make sure you have a surface that’s ready to accommodate almost five feet of width and more than a foot of depth.
But the HP Omen X Emperium is perfect that way since its more of an all-in-one solution for your gaming systems rather than your desktop PC. These kinds of products were conceptualized for couch gamers who own powerful computers while having 4K HDR consoles like the Xbox One X on the side. This product is also a statement by the manufacturers that your LCD or OLED TV will never be as good as a gaming monitor.
One of the most intriguing parts of the HP Omen X Emperium is the soundbar that protrudes under the bottom bezel. We’re always skeptical about these add-ons because brands usually don’t take the extra effort to create something excellent for built-ins. It turns out, the package includes two tweeters, four woofers, and four subs which are powered by three stereo amps with 120 Watts of power.
CES 2019 attendees can attest to the raw output of the HP Omen X Emperium’s soundbar which was loud and detailed enough to impress despite the background noise. A built home theater sound system will always be better, but the five-grand gadget may eliminate the need to spend on one.
The HP Omen X Emperium is equipped to handle all of your home theater devices with its diverse I/O layout. The panel includes DisplayPort 1.4 for your PC and triple HDMI 2.0 slots for your 4K HDR consoles and a Bluray player. There is also an HDMI ARC connector along with an Optical Out and 3.5mm Jack for audio. You will also find a 400 x 400 bolt pattern for VESA mounts at the center of the rear bulge if in case wall mounting is your primary choice.
It’s interesting to note that the I/O board has a motion-activated LED strip which lights up when your hand reaches for the ports. The majority of the rear chassis has an RGB strip for lighting effects which can also double as a bias light for comfort.
HP says that the HP Omen X Emperium will ship with an Nvidia Shield remote, but in limited quantities. Once stock runs out, HP Omen X Emperium buyers will have to add it separately, and it isn’t cheap.
Display and Performance
The HP Omen X Emperium boasts a 65-inch VA panel with a 3840 x 2160 resolution, and a 120Hz refresh rate which you can overclock to 144Hz. The panel has a standard 4ms response time spec, but its contrast is rated to reach 4000:1 for excellent depth. The display also has a 1000cd/m2 backlight which enables DisplayHDR 1000 performance for improved visuals and range.
The panel uses an 8-bit interface, but its Quantum Dot treatment coupled with the properties of VA screens will allow it to produce up to 95% DCI-P3 coverage. We’ll wait until we get a colorimeter to believe this claim, but we know the extra vibrancy will still be there. We can expect superb HDR images from this model since it ticks all the necessary characteristics required by the standard.
One thing that suffers on the HP Omen X Emperium is its pixel density which is reduced to 67.8 PPI. This does not bode well for users who want to sit up close since the screen will look grainy. However, that’s ok since it isn’t recommended to sit less than five or six feet away from a display of this size for safety reasons.
The HP Omen X Emperium is G-Sync monitor which ensures Nvidia GPU users get to enjoy buttery smooth frames on graphics-intensive titles. Nvidia’s top RTX cards in SLI are recommended to run this full monster at its full potential, so its a great combination nonetheless. It’s not specified if the device uses the second generation G-Sync HDR module, but the DisplayPort 1.4 with HDMI 2.0 slots layout is a dead giveaway.
You also get a number of built-in streaming services with the HP Omen X Emperium for the ultimate viewing experience. You can watch movies in 4K HDR via Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now and through Chromecast apps, but then there’s the built-in Nvidia Shield system. This gadget will allow users to game via Nvidia’s GeForce NOW cloud gaming stream service or wirelessly from your PC via your home WiFi network.
Thoughts on the HP Omen X Emperium
The HP Omen X Emperium is an excellent development in the PC gaming monitor segment because of its TV-eliminating capabilities. The massive, 4K screen is a sight to behold, plus the sound package is something we wish was considered more in the high-end monitor market. Excellence in HDR performance isn’t guaranteed, but the screen’s specs including its 4K 144Hz speed guarantee eye-popping visuals.
The HP Omen X is already available for pre-order via the links above and below, so we might see this device in living rooms sooner than expected. The problem is it will cost you five grand which is simply too much for most of us mortals, but reasonable against flagship OLED TVs which ask as much. For the latest updates, you can check this page or visit HP’s official page for the Omen X Emperium.