Today HP announced an update to their product lineup, and one of the announcements that caught my eye immediately was the new ENVY 27 display. HP has packed a lot of features into a great looking display, but best of all it’s going to be available for $499.

The 27-inch display is an IPS panel, and although HP doesn’t list the refresh rate, it is likely going to be 60 Hz. It also supports FreeSync, meaning it should help with image tearing when gaming at 4K, where the high resolution really taxes even the strongest cards. The benefits won’t be as pronounced as some higher refresh rate gaming displays, but regardless it is better to have this than not.

HP is also promoting that the “sRGB color accuracy exceeds 99 percent” which sounds like they don’t mean what they are saying. Accuracy is generally measured in Delta E, where lower is better, and gamut coverage is measured in percentage. With full sRGB gamut coverage, hopefully they have spent a bit of effort on panel calibration, and if so they will have a pretty nice display for the money.

It also features DisplayPort, HDMI, and USB-C for connectivity, and the latter can also charge your laptop or phone with up to 60 Watts of power. That means this can be a single cable connection to drive the display and power the laptop, which is exactly what USB-C is designed to achieve, and it’s great to see more products supporting this. For a desktop, it is less important, but if you want to dock your laptop, a single cable will give you display, and power.

The design is a thin bezel, with a chrome finished support mounting the display to the base. There is no mention of height adjustment, and the images are unclear.

As already mentioned, this 27-inch 4K IPS FreeSync display will be price at just $499, with availability starting December 4th.

Source: HP via Windows Blog

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  • Meteor2 - Thursday, October 13, 2016 - link

    ...for 4K, 1.3. It's a pity Thunderbolt 3 only supports 1.2. Reply
  • jwcalla - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    no vesa mount? Reply
  • dishayu - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    "HP is also promoting that the “sRGB color accuracy exceeds 99 percent” which sounds like they don’t mean what they are saying. Accuracy is generally measured in Delta E, where lower is better, and gamut coverage is measured in percentage."

    Damn. Brutal, but fair.
    Reply
  • zodiacfml - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    More likely a new marketing employee trying to improve or correct (maybe unintentionally) the grammar submitted to him/her by the product engineers. Reply
  • Valantar - Thursday, October 13, 2016 - link

    That's how journalism is supposed to work. Far too many (tech) journos just regurgitate press releases. They're paid to be expert commentators, and should act as such. Reply
  • Alistair - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    Looks like it is in between the LG UD68 and UD88 ($399 and $599). The UD88 has the adjustable stand and the usb c, but both monitors have a VESA mount that this one lacks, but this one looks more beautiful. Reply
  • Alistair - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    I meant to say those LG prices are sale prices, so this monitor is cheaper at MSRP and has all the features except the VESA mount. Color me interested. Reply
  • Death666Angel - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    LG UD58 27"/4K/FreeSync is available for 430€ in Germany. The difference to the UD68 seems to be just slimmer bezels? And that one (UD68) is available for 460€.
    HP currently lists this monitor as "MSRP 846,09 € - sale 638,99 €" on their German website. So that is a big joke. You pay at least 200€ extra just for USB-C connection. Which doesn't matter for a lot of users.
    I'm in the same boat as most people here. I have a 110Hz IPS 1440p monitor. Next one needs to be IPS with higher resolution (1440p 21:9 or 4k) with refresh rate over 90Hz, FreeSync (with a decent range and no added lag) and low lag (as this one has pretty much no lag due to the simple electronics involved and only one input).
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  • guachi - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    My first thought was to the LGUD68 and 88 as well. Largely because I *own* the UD88.

    $499 is a lot of monitor for the price.
    Reply
  • damianrobertjones - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - link

    "As already mentioned, this 27-inch 4K IPS FreeSync display will be price at JUST $499"

    JUST $499? Come on this could be far, far cheaper and we all know it.
    Reply

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