Alongside their new Pavilion gaming desktops and laptops, today HP is also announcing an addition to their monitor stable with the release of the new Pavilion Gaming 32 HDR Display. An update of sort to HP's current family of 32-inch monitors, including the existing Pavilion Gaming 32 and Omen 32, HP's latest monitor carves out an important niche for itself by adding basic HDR support.

At a high level, the Pavilion Gaming 32 HDR is built on a 32-inch VA panel featuring a 2560x1440 resolution, 300 nits typical brightness, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 5ms response times, and like many of HP's other 32-inch monitors, is FreeSync (1) enabled. The all-important backlighting system being used to enable HDR is an edge-lit LED system that, like similar systems, supports eight different zones of local dimming for increased contrast.

The chassis of the monitor comes in one color, Shadow Black. About the most identifiable feature is the stand that supports the panel. Instead of a circular base with a single post, HP is using a rectangle shaped base with two posts which should make for more stable footing. The back of the monitor has a large green HP symbol in the middle of its gentle arched rear panel. Still on the rear but at the bottom, we are able to see the power adapter, two USB 3.0 ports, as well as the two HDMI and single DisplayPort ports. On the far left is where the power, menu, and adjustment buttons which leave the front with a clean aesthetic. The only design features on the front is a smaller HP symbol in green in the center of the bottom bezel, as well as the power LED in the bottom right corner.

Officially this is a DisplayHDR 600-certified monitor. This means that it supports limited/mid-tier HDR features, including 600 nits peak luminescence for brief periods of time. HP rates the typical brightness at just 300 nits, though as a DisplayHDR 600-compliant display it should be able to sustain 350 nits indefinitely. Equally important, on the color gamut side, the DisplayHDR requirements mean that this monitor needs to support DCI-P3, with HP going above and beyond the standard with a 95% DCI-P3 color gamut.

Meanwhile, to earn its gaming credentials, the monitor supports AMD's first-generation FreeSync variable refresh technology. The 48Hz to 75Hz refresh rate isn't quite wide enough to support FreeSync low framerate compensation, but along with allowing at least some variability here, the higher-than-average 75Hz refresh rate does give the monitor an edge in smoothness over standard 60Hz monitors. This also puts the Pavilion Gaming 32 HDR in limited company as it offers both HDR and FreeSync support. Notably, however, this is not a FreeSync 2 display, so it doesn't get to take advantage of AMD's latest technology there.

The HP Pavilion Gaming 32” Display will cost $449 and will be available through and other retailers such as Amazon on May 11th

Specifications of the HP Pavilion Gaming 32 HDR
Panel 32" VA
Native Resolution 2560x1440 (WQHD)
Refresh Range 48 -75 Hz
Response Time 5 ms GtG
Brightness 300 cd/m² (typical)
600 cd/m² (peak)
Contrast 3000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Pixel Pitch 0.276 mm²
Pixel Density 91.8 ppi
Display Colors 16.7 million
Color Gamut Support DCI-P3 95%
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort
2 × HDMI 
HDCP 1.4/2.2
Tilt angle: 21° up; 5° down
Audio N/A
VESA 100 × 100
Additional Information N/A

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Source: HP

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  • SpartanJet - Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - link

    Edge lit and 8bit pannel? Hard pass.
  • hammerang - Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - link

    Isnt 5ms too long for a gaming monitor?
  • Lolimaster - Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - link

    I don't really get this monitors with matte coating, it looks horrible making the colors dull and contrast not so high.

    Peope should start facing themselves to the wall and not the monitor or simply control their lights better.

    Give a 2560x1440 28" 120Hz VA full glossy.

    Using a Trinitron CRT 1600x1200 19" 109ppi, 32 1440p 91ppi feels too low.
  • Lolimaster - Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - link

    CRT @100Hz :D
  • Valantar - Thursday, April 12, 2018 - link

    Not everyone has the space to move their desks around as they please, whether at home or work. I can agree that the contrast-improving coatings on glossy monitors are an advantage, for me, matte wins out in every other metric (as long as the coating is good - my home U2711 is quite bad, but the U2415 at work is amazing to look at).
  • xmRipper - Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - link

    Meh.. 1440p on 32" display.. Why would anyone buy this seriously. Make it 4K or 5K for professionals, or make it 144hz for gamers, or make it oled for movies.
  • Valantar - Thursday, April 12, 2018 - link

    I think you mean "or make it oled for burn-in and people who enjoy replacing expensive monitors biannualy".
  • TyrantRex - Thursday, April 12, 2018 - link

    48-75Hz is not a gaming monitor. Its a normal consumer monitor.
  • Xylord - Friday, April 13, 2018 - link

    I was wondering if someone knows whether a VA panel would be fine for gaming. I've heard they're not because of bad response times. This has 5ms, which would seem okay and for people that have AMD graphics there's freesync. Would the VA panel still be bad for gaming in this case?
  • milkod2001 - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - link

    It has freesync so i presume it will be OK for gaming but it is not 144Hz professional gaming monitor for sure.

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