HP Pavilion 25xi 25-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor

HP Pavilion 25xi 25-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor

Multi-tasking just got better with the HP Pavilion 25xi 25-in IPS LED Backlit Monitor, which delivers stunning visuals, Full HD resolution and IPS widescreen technology in a bold new micro-thin bezel-less design. Share photos, videos and games with everyone in the room and experience the same great views from almost any angle. Impressive performance, vivid colors and smart HP My Display software sweeten the deal.

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After much umming and erring, I went ahead and got this as a cheapo alternative to the Apple Thunderbolt display. I'm not a huge HP fan, but thought to give it a shot. I went for the 25" display as I have the 27" Dell which although is great I find it overwhelming sometimes and really takes over the living room (although the screen size is amazing for working when having multiple documents open for work).
The monitor arrived today, I've unpacked it and plugged my Macbook pro and the screen is outstanding. Sure the display may not be as high-res as the Thunderbolt, but at almost one quarter of the price, this thing is amazing. I love Apple products but at some point it gets frustrating spending $$$ to buy peripherals.

The HP monitor comes with a CD-rom but my Macbook doesn't have this drive. Not to worry - it works right away as plug and play and when you go to display settings, it has already detected the HP monitor and adjusted the resolution accordingly. I like the touch controls on the brushed aluminium panel.

Overall, absolutely delighted. And I can use some of the $$ I saved to get some decent bluetooth speakers!

Update Dec 11th: I recently got the 27" thunderbolt at work (I use the 25" HP monitor at home) and although the thunderbolt is beautifully designed, a LOT more heavy and sturdy (and has the benefit of being able to charge the laptop directly), this HP screen is superb value for money. The lower resolution of the HP is hardly noticeable (albeit there). I would certainly buy this monitor again.

Most people will start the battle of "this is not a 2540x1440 display and only 1080 for a 27" is not good enough." First I will say I have now owned both and that's nonsense. Some people may like the added real estate of a higher resolution screen sure but also at the cost of everything being so small it's hard to read. No I'm not old but a young adult with good eyesight. I like the 25040x1440 displays for there clarity, but not the expense they carry. This is where the HP 27xi comes in.

This monitor is clearly an apple style copy. The monitor is stylish thin and I like that the port hookups on the back as they are not facing down as most monitors. So this makes hookup extremely easy. The monitor also tilts up and down, but can not be adjusted height wise.

the colors are vibrant and sharp and really pop, with plenty of contrast and brightness. It does have a gloss screen which is different from the smaller hp xi screens, which I like. The gloss seems to make the darks darker and more crisp. Text and graphics look excellent. Also this display has very low input lag so hooking up a game console it displayed great performance.

At 27" the resolution on this monitor is very good. There is no jagged or loss of DPI. There was no dead pixels on my display and all the needed cables were included. To get the best picture out of this display insure it is being hooked up to a digital DVI video card or by HDMI.

For the price, picture quality, and overall awsome-ness of this monitor it's really a no brainer! Get one before the price goes up!

I want another one, but I just don't think I have the room... 27" is Outstanding to use. Thanks Amazon and HP

I never seen this monitor in real life, and bought it after careful sorting through the available reviews. And I was able to get enough info to make decision. I got HP27xi just a week ago, and I already know that it's definitely a keeper.

Well, originally, I was going to give it 4 stars for very jagged edges of the fonts on the screens/menus and in browser(s). Then I realized that I forgot to check settings on the monitor itself. Sure, enuf - on the Monitor menu, under the Image Control I found a setting called SHARPNESS. :] By default it was set to "4", which apparently is too strong and causing fonts to appear "pixelized", which many reviewers immediately were tagging this monitor as defective. Some other reviewers saying that it has "large pixels"... oh, my! No, it doesn't. Not larger than other monitors (just plain funny to me ! :)because most of the LCD/LED panels are made by 3-4 "large manufacturers" like LG, Samsung and of course, Mr. Generic)

With this HP, like with any other monitor - you MUST adjust it to display stuff correctly. Things like pictures and video must be tuned up separately. So, here what I can advice if this monitor will be used with Windows 7 PC/desktop. And Control Panel for Windows 8 is not that different.

PS: before you do anything - please, make sure that you have connected monitor with provided DVI cable! (or HDMI cable, not provided) Just do not use VGA cable... ever ... again. With VGA cable you will see ~30% less than this monitor can do. Your graphics card is VGA only? Time to get new one, with DVI/HDMI out.

Settings on Monitor itself:
- Go to Menu and set Brightness to ~90 - if you like it brighter - go for 100! :)
- Contrast ~90
- Image Control/Sharpness - set to 1 (or 2 max!)
I left everything else at default, for now.

Settings in Windows 7.
- Go to Control PanelAll Control Panel ItemsPerformance Information and Tools and go to ADJUST VISUAL EFFECTS link. Then on popup "Visual Effects" make sure that option "Smooth edges of screen fonts" is checked. Personally, I have all options checked, except of option "Show translucent selection rectangle" - don't like it! And I have unchecked all 3 options to "Animate" things too.
- Control PanelAll Control Panel ItemsDisplay - - you can play with option "Calibrate color".
- Control PanelAll Control Panel ItemsDisplay - - you can fine tune fonts using "Adjust Clear Type text" (make sure that if you running this feature, "Turn on Clear Type" check box is checked !!! - it improves fonts a lot)
- Most important adjustments you can make in your graphics card Properties.
I have AMD Radeon HD6700 series card and it has Catalyst control panel allowing me to adjust Desktop graphics and Video color settings. I finished tune up using this utility. If you have nVidia card - it also has similar tool. If you can't locate it on your computer, you may simply never installed it, or have basic (generic) video driver provided by Windows 7/Microsoft. If you download and install latest video package for your graphic card from nVidia/AMD site - you will get the latest driver and couple extra utilities. One of them will give you more control over graphics and colors. Use it to adjust them to make all close to your taste as possible. I can't help you with exact settings, it is too subjective and too specific for your computer configuration. You have to do it yourself.
Possible useful settings you need to touch are:
- Brightness
- Contrast
- Saturation
- Gamma
- Color Vibrance (careful with this one, adjust only if you have to or, only a bit)
- Flesh tone correction (careful with this one, adjust only if you have to or, only a bit)
- Whiter Whites (careful with this one, adjust only if you have to or, only a bit)
- Dynamic Range (careful with this one, adjust only if you have to or, only a bit)

You may need to do that couple times, to make it right and final. But in return, you will get VERY nice reward - very pretty picture and video on LED lit monitor. I also have 15" MacBook Pro laptop, which IMHO has the most perfectly calibrated "factory" graphics settings you can imagine, and need nothing what I mentioned above. And HP27xi monitor in my setup, and after tune up is almost perfectly matching it. Almost... MacBook Pro still is a tad better :] ha ha! But, I'm very happy with this monitor and I can highly recommend it.

Hope this helps to understand basics of how to do it right, and eliminate confusion.

By the way, that "hard work" of adjustments explained above and to some point mentioned in other reviews on Amazon, is necessary for ANY new monitor, if you want to get 100% from it! And also, having GOOD VIDEO CARD with the latest driver will make huge difference. If you have old and underperfoming video card - you will miss a lot, and this will be not a monitor problem! Also, if you are using so called "on board" video graphics (usually made by Intel) - this can be a bottleneck too. Better, to invest $100-150 in standalone graphic card. This will significantly improve colors and other stuff. Even may improve overall computer performance.

Good day!

UPDATE: one week later and after everyday use - I like it even more. Very pleasant on eyes. And now is 10 bucks less.
Just an observation: it looks like ASUS is using the same LCD panel and hardware to make his model ASUS MX279H, which even looks very similar to this HP, but costs a little more - 330.

I think, it easily [almost] matching Apple's 900 bucks monitor! VERY pleasant on my eyes. And anyone who spends a lots of time in front of the computer will understand how this is important .... the monitor, which is gentle on your eyes. :) Seriously! it is very good. And yes, at Costco, you can get it for 220. Forget those "black Fridays" get the best right now! :)
PS: use DVI-D cable for best results!

I ordered this monitor Wed 20 March with free shipping and received it Fri 22 March. That was the first surprise. The shipped box was plain, with no marking, which was good for peering eyes, as the box itself is very attractive and descriptive. The packing was well done and I was surprised as to how light this monitor was. I have, by past purchases, all HP monitors, including a 22", 24" and 25". I just love their brightscreen technology, as it really adds depht to the screen with more vivid colors. I expected no less from this one, plus better picture quality from the previous three that I also am still using. Well, HP did it again! Removing the monitor from its enclosure, I saw a truly work of art. Beautifully designed, expensive look to it, the almost borderless screen is a big difference from the past designs. The brushed aluminum bottom panel really stands out and puts it in a class of its own. The capacitive touch OSD controls are invisible untill you swipe your finger across, then from within. 5 lighted controls show up. So sensitive and addding to its futuristic look. The power light remains on but you might be able to turn it off with the OSD,
Setting up was easy as pie, place the two base components in their slot, tighten one screw, insert monitor till you hear the click, and voila! I appreciate the external power supply, as it is far easier to replace, if needed, rather than returning the entire monitor. OK, so it gets a +10 out of +10 for aesthetics (though still no height adjustment), now for what it is inted to do, the picture. Holding my breath, I gently touched the power button and the new world of IPS was before me. Yes, it is everything HP claims. The colors are more vivid and deeper AND more precise. Viewing angle, which is of no concern to me, is without variation from extreme left, right and up. Concerned about possible input lag, I went through a barrage of fast action FPS games. BF3, COD Black Ops 2, X-Plane 10 64 bit, Skyrim, and other of lesses action but beautiful graphics such as Tomb Raider, Far Cry 3, Sniper Ghost Warrior 2. If there was lag, I did not notice. I observed no ghosting, no backlight leak,and NO DEAD PIXELS! The text really stands out now in a deep pure black, the calibration screen showed no anomalities and the light to dark gray and color scales were all there, smoothly blending into each other as you would see in a rainbows prismatic effect. I had to make no adjustments at all with the exception of placing the Gamma to the "off" position to lessen the brightness and amplifying the black to white contrast. The Enhance+ option was too sharp, but I did not try it on Movies. My only caveat at this time is trying to get the "HP My Display" to run. I keep getting Windows error that it was terminated and unable to execute for whatever reason. No biggie, will call HP.
So, a real bargain which exceeded all my expectations. Yes, this would suffice for photowork. I cannot stop looking at it. Glad I did not buy a low priced 2550x1440 korean monitor with no warranty. However, the Nexius 27" (probably mispelled the name) that Amazon also sells really looks promising. Might go for that also. You will not be disappointed with the 27XI. There is no apparent visual clarity loss due to the fact that the same amont of pixels are in the 24" models, since they are both 1920x1024 I was afraid I would see the spacing, but I sit app 2 feet from monitor and see only crisp, clear picture.The stand tilts and also is attractive. No wobble. I highly recommend this for all gamers and even photoshop users. Cannot do better for this price range.
If you prefer matte screen, than Amazon also has the 27" AOC model which is almost a copy of this one. It wil not disappoint!

This is a very good ips monitor. I am a gamer and have noticed no motion blur/ghosting or any problems with color uniformity. Its ips, so there are no viewing angle issues. There is no light bleed as with most TN panels. The only negative I can give this monitor is the glossy screen. Sure it looks great when the monitor is off, but you do get some reflections when viewing darker images (hold your cell phone up where you keep your monitor to get an idea). Hp tried to address this by using a lower reflective materiel, but this simply took away some of the contrast. The contrast is not a problem though. Instead of keeping contrast around 50% and adjusting brightness to comfortable level, you leave brightness around 50% and adjust contrast to comfort level (leave Gamma correction off or at low). For me, this resulted in a second to none image quality. The colors pop (vibrancy is unbelievable), blacks are black, and whites are white without being overbearing. I don't know how to explain it, but, there is a depth to the color that a TN display simply lacks.

As far as resolution goes.....please...Your HD TV is either 720p or 1080p. This is a 1080p monitor (1920x1080 resolution). You just don't need anymore in a sub 30" monitor. Yes, higher resolutions do give you more on screen real-estate, but it is at the expense of size of the on screen images. Also, the higher the resolution, the stronger the graphics card has to be to support it. This is simple physics, higher resolutions mean more dots per inch on the screen. More dots per inch on the screen means the graphics card has to push more dots per inch per frame displayed. Unless you regularly view text at 6pts or smaller, you will not notice any distortion whatsoever.

The monitor has all the standard connections; vga, hdmi, and dvi,. It does not have speakers (not a con as monitor speakers are notoriously bad anyway). It is also not VESA mount compatible. This is due to the orientation of the jacks on the back. They face out instead of down making it easier to connect your video cable. This is an odd engineering decision since you will connect the cable once and probably never touch it again!! Would have made much more sense to aim them down and include a VESA mount option.

This monitor is also one of the most power efficient monitors in its class. Listed power draw ranges from 29.2w (default on) to 35w max brightness.

The stand does allow some wobble, but not overly much.

The OSD can be a little clunky to navigate, but after a few go rounds you will have it pretty much mastered. While I prefer the custom setting, the text setting also looked good once you adjust the green down just a little.

Minor niggles aside, this is an awesome ips monitor, especially when you factor in the price. I will suggest this monitor to everyone I know.....it is that good!

I purchase purchased and had to return 4 monitors before I got this one. I purchased an ACER which had strong LED bleed though on all sides, then I purchased a Samsung and there was bleed though on 2 sides, after that I went for two LGs and the first one did not have support for it in the US and I could not even register it on LGs website because it was not listed, I then purchased another LG and this one was good in most ways but it was cloudy.
I saw the New HP Pavilion 27xi and thought I would give it a try, because I have owned HP in the past and was happy with them. After setting it up it took me less than 20 minutes to calibrate it, while it took over 2 hours to calibrate the LGs because of the cloudiness. After calibration it displayed a great picture with great clarity and color. It is also great with dark colors and black backgrounds which was the problem with the other monitors. Great monitor and great price!

Purchased this monitor to use as a desktop monitor for my 13" Macbook Pro. Connection and setup was instantaneous and there were no real issues. Big clear HD picture and works great in the laptop desktop combo and matches the design of the Macbook Pro aluminum body.

Pros: Great picture, easy set up, large viewing area, and style. PRICE PRICE PRICE. 27" LET Monitor for a third of the price of the Apple monitor.

Cons: Lack of customization of resolution. Flimsy plastic stand makes the monitor rock back and forth on the desk, this could have been made out of aluminum and stabilized the monitor better. Lack of speakers or peripherals to add them. I would like to have speakers built into my monitor. Yep a more expensive monitor would have had this so I guess you get what you pay for. Could use some mounting points on the back so you could mount it to a swing arm or stand.

Overall impression is this is a very good monitor for the price. Beats shelling out $1000 for the apple version. Although it is not nearly the quality of the Apple monitor it is a very nice fit for most people. I do a lot of video and photo editing with this monitor and the color profiles have not been an issue for me. I'd say it isn't perfect but pretty close. A very good buy at this price.

If you like the look of a Mac monitor, then you will love this.

1) Glossy Screen!
- The color and picture looks so awesome. I know some people hate them, so if you don't like them, you won't like this. I don't really notice it, and I sit next to a window. A good example is to go check out the iMac screens. If it will be about the same glare. (Except those are usually right under bright lights, so its usually better at your house)

2)IPS Panel.
- Color is astounding! No backlight bleeding whatsoever.

3) Viewing Angles!
- "I see everything" ....there are no non-viewable angles.

4) great frame!
- Its a silver frame, and its almost seamless. It does not rise up and down, which is a bummer, but it does tilt. Lightweight.

5) Soft-White Touch Menu/Power Buttons.
- For those picky people, you can actually turn off the power button led. Me, I prefer blazing light raves going on in my office, so I prefer it on. ;)

1) No Height Adjustment.
2) No built-in speakers.
3) I don't think it came with a cable. (I can't remember)

Ok, it's "only" a Pavillion, but the extra real estate is wonderful, and friends are jealous. Prior HP w2408h 24" was excellent, but I had an issue with an XFX graphics driver in my Dell desktop (i7-920, AMD/XFX 4820) not liking the updated ATI Radeon drivers. Had to stop updating for the 3-year-old 2408 to work correctly. It was excellent, even doing photos in Photoshop. But the Dell desktop got long in the tooth, was showing some age issues, and when I found a good price for a new ENVY Phoenix 800-030qe (i7-4770), decided to spring for it. And, like many of us do, if ya gets a new processor/graphics card (4 Gb NVidia GT GeForce), a newer monitor is very tempting. Once again, Amazon to the rescue: a good price on this monitor, with a good reputation on Amazon and elsewhere. Not a super-duper, but above average unit, and 3" more diagonal. I found less than 5% "bad" reviews, pretty good for a large monitor. Bought it. Install was easy, and the IPS LED screen can do bright or moderate (easier on the eyes) very well. Colors are excellent, controls are easy. HDMI connection to the NVidia. Plenty of real estate for screen divided into two windows, and occasionally into the 4 it is capable of. Games play well, but I'm not a major gamer. I was a little worried about the observably small footprint of the stand, and miss the 2408's rotate (landscape to portrait), but this monitor is big enough to do just fine with photos and though it wobbles slightly side-to-side on my old floor, it has shown no tendency to fall over. I am still a little concerned with the understandable preference for widescreen (for movies and text), but again, this is big enough to handle what I've thrown at it. The narrow bezel is nice, much less wasted space, and fits almost perfectly into the opening of my hutch, but shows fingerprints like nearly all shiny black surfaces. I see no motion blur. The lower power consumption should be a small, but appreciated benefit. Windows 8 plays well with it, and after 1 month, I have seen no negatives other than the glossy screen's love of reflections. Took care of most of that with turning the screen slightly (2 degrees) away from the window sunlight. So until I find out its long-term value, I find it worth the money, and a lovely screen for all but the most demanding color users.

I have a triple monitor setup....with this 25xi and a 23xi on either side of it.

This is the glossiest screen I have ever seen. The glossy 25xi does have more clarity and images and colors "pop" more. However, the screen is VERY gossy. Its like a mirror. When I have my other screens on, especially when I have a bright white page displayed or explorer window open, reflections with the 25xi is noticeable. If i have a light on behind the screen, especially with dark scenes....its like a mirror. I used to use a HP 2511x, which also is glossy, but not nearly as glossy as the 25xi.

The 23xi has a heavy matte finish...a bit too thick. It does a very good job in preventing reflections, but does seem to make blacks more gray and has a slight "fuzz" effect overall. The 23xi seems brighter to me that the 25xi, even though they are rated the same (250). I can turn down the brightness of the 23xi to 70 and that matches the level of the 25xi on 100. However, my 2511x and my w2371d screens are noticeably brighter than these 2 models(and they are rated the same 250cd). (maybe a difference in TN vs IPS)

The touch interface of the 25xi, isn't the worst i have used....I despise touch controls..much prefer the physical buttons on the 23xi. The actual menus are the same for both models.

I love the sharpness on both models, sharpest screens I have used. It goes up to 6. Other HP models I have only go to 5. Setting max sharpness looks amazing for media playback, but you will probably want to use 4 or 5 for regular computer use, as text gets jagged at higher levels.

Color tone, for both models is very much red by default. I use my screens in a dark or dim lit room. I prefer a cool temp, but not blue. The default color presets are terribly harsh to me. (forget the HP enhance+ and other QuickView settings....are horrible). I use text preset, which allows you to set custom RGB color settings. I use 144,175,255 (25xi) and 155,179,248 (23xi).

I do find the 23xi to be a bit more accurate with color tone and saturation. For both models, adjust the "Gamma" setting to Off for the best contrast ratio(default is medium and makes black gray).

View angles: The heavy matte finish of the 23xi hurts the viewing angles. The 25xi has notably better angles and much less darkening effect. Although, both screens do darken considerably when u look at them from a raised angle, where as they don't when looking from a lower angle. Infact, looking from a slight downward angle up to the screen helps with the backlight bleed being noticed in dark scenes as opposed from the normal straight on view. Also, view angles aren't much better than from my 2511x (TN) screen. But the 23/25xi is a budget IPS panel, so I didn't expect to much.

Some backlight bleed is normal. All my screens have bleed from the bottom, especially from the corners. I had to send for replacement for the 25xi due to excessive bleed in the bottom mid section of the screen. I also had to send for replacment for one of my 23xi due to 3 groups of stuck pixels(with a black background, you could see these red finger print like spots on the bottom). Replacements screens have no issues. I have read some reviews of these models dying or developing lines shortly after the 1yr warranty expires. Hopefully, I won't have issues.

I don't understand why wall mount support can't be standard. I did find a custom mount plate adapter for my 2511x screen on ebay and that works great. No luck for the 23/25xi models.

The stands on both isnt the best. Screen wobbles when u press the buttons.

Overall, I like the 25xi for watching tv and other media,(as long as your environment is free of reflection causing sources.) but I prefer the matte 23xi for other computer use. And, it does kinda bug me that the 23xi still looks brighter to me. But for the price, they both are very good deals for an IPS screen and well worth the upgrade. I got these on sale and made my money back by selling my other TN screens(which I actually paid more for last year).

Think about it....matte vs glossy? Go buy a matte screen protector and stick it to you eyeglasses....then u will see the effect that matte screens have to the original image and light. (Kinda makes me think of the "Clear Eyes" commercial.) But that being said....there are anti-reflective coatings that can be applied (and are on most mid to high end lenses) that are clear and not matte but still reduces glare and reflections. However, this 25xi has none of that...it is very much like a mirror.

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