4K gaming monitors are the best for a high-quality gaming rig. One of the monitors in this category is the HP Spectre 32 Studio Display. First, it is a 32-inch display, meaning it provides more than average viewing. It also comes with the best panel technology and numerous connectivity options. It might not be affordable to normal gamers, but hardcore gamers who seek immersive gaming experience can bet on this choice.
Read this review to find out if you should buy this 32-inch monitor or opt for the 27 inch refurbished HP Envy available on discount stores at half the price. However, there will be little mention or none at all of the small-sized sibling going forward. Its review is up and coming, and there is no need to spoil the fun now. So here we go;
Design and ergonomics
The HP 4K studio display comes in a blizzard white colored casing. It has a thin bezel on the upper edges, but the bezel gets thicker on the sides making the monitor not so appropriate for multiple viewing.
It has a stylish stand with limited ergonomic adjustments. It only allows 23 percent back tilt and a meager 5 percent in the forward direction. Fortunately, the 4K monitor is VESA compatible. That is, you can remove the stand and mount the monitor on the wall for better flexibility.
The HP Spectre comes with a VESA adapter that is simple to mount. A screwdriver has proven to be a handy tool for this DIY task.
Connectivity and peripherals
HP Spectre 32 Studio Display gaming monitor does not disappoint with its connectivity options. It comes with three USB 3.0 ports amongst which one is for upstream data transfer. Another output connection port is the headphone jack.
Multiple input options are the other notable feature of the HP Spectre. They include Display Port, an HDMI 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 ports and a multi-source Picture-In-Picture technology.
HP proves its understanding of the requirements for an immersive gaming experience by adding two 6-watt speakers. The dual ADTs Audio speakers give the impression of a bigger and more powerful stereo system.
HP Spectre adds an edge to its high-end features with a remote control capability. It offers convenient audio controls, which include a one-touch mute button, and volume controls. The feature comes in handy when using the screen to watch a movie or music.
As expected, the HP Specter Studio Display 4K has a resolution that is four times higher than that of the 1080p full HD monitors. It also comes with an advanced hyper-viewing angle in-plane switching, AHVA-IPS, panel. It offers up to 178 degrees for both vertical and horizontal viewing.
The 8-bit IPS panel offers a static contrast ratio of 1000:1 and a 10,000,000:1 dynamic contrast. It also supports over 16.7 million colors through its FRC technology.
The gaming monitor comes with additional display features that include the Low Haze screen enhancement that makes the screen glossy while eliminating glare.
A quick look at the specs of this monitor quickly reveals that gamers might not expect much from the premium-priced monitor besides the color image quality. Talking of which, the HP Specter’s widescreen, high resolution, awesome contrast ratio, and IPS panel contribute to an amazing media quality.
However, gamers will make do with the 7ms response time. It is the average mark for gaming monitors in this category. However, it will not perform as good as the cheaper 4K monitors with faster response times.
Again, it does not have any adaptive sync technology such as the AMD FreeSync or NVidia’s G-Sync. While this indication of impartiality is a good thing for the manufacturer, it does not satisfy gamers who need “customized” GPU support features.