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HyperX Armada 27 review

The HyperX Armada 27 is one of the best QHD/165 Hz gaming monitors we have tested. It offers great imaging, flexible calibration, and balanced performance. The included mounting arm adds a lot of value to the price.

HyperX makes its first foray into gaming monitors with a unique offering: monitors that come with an arm rather than a traditional stand. It’s not a new concept; some business monitors have had a similar option for years; however, it’s new for gaming, and mounting monitors on arms is fairly common among PC gamers, so it makes sense on that level.

However, unless you really like the convenience of having everything in one box and possibly a tool-free setup, the new Armada line isn’t worth the extra money over buying them separately. It’s a good monitor with a sturdy arm, but as a package, it appears overpriced. We are here with our HyperX Armada 27 review.

Everything will be available in September. The Armada 27 is priced at $500, while the Armada 25 is priced at $450. The mounts can also be purchased separately, with the Armada Single Gaming Mount costing $110 and the Armada Addon Gaming Mount costing $80. Prices for the United Kingdom and Australia are not yet available.

HyperX Armada 27 review: Design

The stand is the most distinguishing and important feature of the HyperX Armada. HyperX provides an articulating monitor arm that attaches to the back of your desk instead of a traditional stand. This frees up space previously occupied by the monitor stand and allows for a greater range of articulation.

However, it is not all good news. The HyperX Armada 27 is more difficult to set up than most monitors. Set aside about 15 minutes to assemble the arm and move your desk so that you can mount the monitor to the back of it. However, unlike most monitor arms, the setup process does not necessitate the use of tools.

The arm can move side to side and adjust for height, tilt, and swivel. Because the arm can move the HyperX Armada 27 into a very wide range of positions, it has advantages over a traditional stand, especially if you want to use it with multiple monitors.

The arm is sturdy and keeps the monitor firmly in place even at odd angles, but your thoughts will be heavily influenced by previous experience. The Armada 27’s arm is far superior to budget options on Amazon, but it lacks the smoothness and fluidity of high-end arms from Ergotron or Jarvis. Because the HyperX Armada has a 100mm x 100mm VESA mount, you can use these better monitor arms if desired.

HyperX Armada 27 review: Features

The HyperX Armada 27’s menus are accessed via a joystick located on the lower right rear of the display panel. For good reason, this is the standard method of controlling modern monitors. It’s straightforward and simple to grasp.

The menu layout and design of HyperX aren’t bad, especially for a newcomer to the monitor market. The initial quick menu that appears when you tap the joystick is ugly, but the menus themselves are well-organized. The majority of functions are clearly labeled, and the menu system is responsive. Perhaps too responsive, as one or two options can easily be moved further than intended.

Connectivity is fundamental. The monitor only has two HDMI 2.0 ports and one DisplayPort 1.4 port. There is no USB-C, no USB hub, and no HDMI 2.1. This connectivity range should be adequate for most PC gamers, but it’s disappointing given the Armada 27’s price. Most competitors include an extra video input or two USB-A ports for peripherals.

Nothing else needs to be said about the monitor’s basic feature set or controls. It lacks speakers, RGB lighting, a remote control, and anything else that could make it stand out. At this price, none of these features are standard, but most monitors include at least one of them.

HyperX Armada 27 review: Display

If you like HP’s HyperX gaming peripherals, the Armada 25 and Armada 27 are two of the best gaming monitors available. I recently examined the Armada 25 and discovered it to be a very capable and responsive display, with everything a gamer requires for high performance, fast frame rates, and smooth video processing.

The Armada 27, HyperX’s other panel, is on my test bench for this review. Not only does it have a larger screen, but it also has a wider color gamut, HDR, and QHD resolution. The maximum refresh rate is 165 Hz, so it won’t be as smooth as its smaller stablemate. However, with a pixel density of 109ppi, this $499 display will produce a sharper image. It also includes the same cool mounting arm setup as the Armada 25.

Performance

The color of the Armada is surprisingly good. As long as you’re not in the default Standard mode, it covers about 92% of the P3 gamut, hitting its 95% spec with HDR enabled. The majority of the modes are close to 6,500K, have gamma close to 2.2, and contrast in the 1,000:1 range. Its brightness meets the DisplayHDR 400 target, and it has very good uniformity with no visible backlight artifacts.

The modes, on the other hand, are a little strange. For example, most consumer monitors are set to display the brightest image possible. The Armada’s Standard mode is set to sRGB rather than P3; we could understand if its color performance wasn’t good in P3, but it is. If you reduce the brightness from 90 to around 70, Vivid, which is usually one of the least accurate settings on monitors, is probably the best choice here.

Price

A 27-inch QHD monitor is the best value in terms of price versus performance. This is a popular and crowded category, with many displays costing less than $600. The Armada 27 is priced at $500, which is only $50 more than the Armada 25. For the extra money, you get higher pixel density, a larger screen, HDR, and a wider color gamut. The only thing you give up is speed, which is 165 Hz as opposed to 240 Hz in the 25-inch model. If that sounds appealing, keep reading because there’s a lot to like here.

Final Words

The Armada 27 monitor joins HyperX’s lineup of gaming peripherals. The company’s first foray into displays is an excellent and reasonably priced option for both newcomers to PC gaming and those looking to upgrade their current battle station. And because it comes with a mounting arm, you have a lot of placement options.

The Armada 27 has a resolution of up to 1440p, a refresh rate of 165Hz, and a response time of 1ms, making it an excellent choice for anyone who wants higher-resolution gaming but isn’t quite ready to invest in a 4K monitor. Because the IPS panel can produce 95 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut, you’ll get incredible color volume and range for more lifelike images.

Dian Erwin
Dian Erwin
Dian Erwin is a writer for Bollyinside, covering topics related to computing, such as laptops, tablets, Windows, and iOS. Tony spends much too much of his free time on Twitter, reading speculative fiction novels, playing video games, and reading comic books. He also enjoys reading video game manuals.
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The Armada 27 monitor joins HyperX's line of gaming peripherals. The company's first foray into the monitor business is an excellent and reasonably priced option for both PC gaming newbies and those looking to upgrade their current fighting station.HyperX Armada 27 review