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omen 34c curved gaming monitor review

OMEN 34c Curved Gaming Monitor: A Complete Review

Stephen Mash
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Are you looking to enhance the graphical display in your gaming environment or simply looking to see the benefits of a curved gaming monitor? This article will take an in-depth review of the fantastic HP OMEN 34c curved gaming monitor to explore all its features and dive into why curved monitors offer a better gaming experience than a traditional flat-screen display.
The HP OMEN 34c is a compact and cost-effective gaming monitor from the HP online store. Its 34-inch screen is small enough to fit into most typical gaming spaces while large enough to offer a great visual experience for your gaming. HP has curved gaming monitors across the 32-inch to 45-inch screen size range in various aspect ratios. Generally, there's a direct relationship between screen area and price.
So, let's take a deep dive into the features and benefits of the HP OMEN 34c.

Design & build

The key feature of this monitor is the curved screen that brings the visual action closer. On flat monitors, the images at the edges of the screen are noticeably further from your eyes than those in the centre of the screen. This can be disorientating and may mean you may miss a crucial detail.
A curved screen more closely mimics how you see in the real world using peripheral vision to scan the scene around you. The curved screen brings the edges closer, within the same field of focus for your eyes. The curved screen can also improve viewing comfort over extended periods of gameplay due to the lower demands on your eye muscles to adjust focus as you scan across the viewing area.
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Adjustment of the display settings, including brightness, contrast, resolution, and volume, is easy with the joypad on-screen button.
The elegant monitor design features the trademark OMEN look, blending sophistication and fun to help elevate your gaming environment. A built-in cable management facility helps keep your gaming space uncluttered so nothing can get in the way of your fast-moving gaming mouse. The monitor also includes an integral stand that allows you to adjust the tilt angle and height to help obtain the optimal viewing position. The tilt feature works across a -5 to +20 degree range, while the height adjustment covers a 100 mm range.
The three-sided borderless case allows the monitor to seamlessly integrate into your gaming environment and any lighting setup to create additional ambience. The smooth, clean lines create a simple elegance that fits your gaming setup.
In common with many HP products, the case for this monitor is made using 85% post-consumer recycled products to minimise the environmental impact of the manufacturing stage. Around 10% of the metal components also come from recycled materials. If you order from our online store, you'll also see that all of the product packaging is 100% recyclable, so not a single element should go into your household waste bin to end up in a landfill.
Overall, the monitor comes in at around 10.6 kg and will sit solidly on your gaming area, reasonably immune from regular gameplay movements to provide a rock-solid display. If vibrations or an unsteady base affect the images, the monitor also has a VESA mounting bracket for more firm fixing.

Technical specifications

The curved display is 34 inches across the diagonal of the visible screen area. The Wide Quad High-Definition (WQHD) screen has a 21:9 aspect ratio and an impressive 3,440 x 1,440 resolution, meaning each image comprises 4.9 million pixels. Display image control uses AMD FreeSync™ Premium technology to meet the needs of the latest visually intensive games.
The display has a fast 165 Hz refresh rate that cuts motion blur and ensures the delivery of fantastic imagery during fast-paced gameplay. The built-in Overdrive function means the display can deliver a grey-to-grey (GTG) response time of just 1 ms, measuring how quickly each pixel can change colour.
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The combination of high refresh rate, low framerate compensation, and low latency means the display is perfect for fast-changing imagery associated with immersive action and role-playing adventure gaming. These impressive response specifications mean the monitor will ensure lagging or screen-tearing issues will not impair your gameplay.
The screen technology offers some of the widest ranges of colours and hues in a gaming monitor. This model supports 99% sRGB and 90% DCI-P3 colour gamut and up to 400 nits of brightness.
Standard RGB (red, green, blue), or sRGB, is a colour space definition that HP and Microsoft created to help define colour accuracy. The 99% figure assures that the colours displayed on the screen match the colours the game maker intended you to see. This rating is equivalent to displaying up to 16.7 million different colours.
DCI-P3 is an RGB colour space defined as part of the Digital Cinema Initiative for use in digital cinematography, and the P3 is a variant that applies to wide-gamut displays. This basis of the standard is the ability of the human eye to interpret colours. The 90% rating means the monitor meets the requirements of professional gamers.
Nits represent the display's brightness, with 400 nits equivalent to the light from 400 candles within a 1-metre square area.
The overall impact of the sRGB, DCI-P3 and nits ratings is a bright, clear display with accurate colour representation that allows you to see fine details and intricate shading effects, even in parts of the image rendered in shadows.
The display complies with VESA® Certified AdaptiveSync, the open standard for visual performance of variable refresh rate displays managed by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA). This certification means the display meets around 50 rigorous performance test criteria and display requirements, including refresh rate, GTG including overshoot and undershoot measurements, video frame drops, flickering and jittering.
The display also meets the VESA Certified ClearMR 5000 standard, which expresses the clear-to-blurred pixels ratio when the screen displays movement. The 5000 rating means that, on average, there are between 45 and 55 times more clear pixels than blurred ones when working at the display's maximum refresh rate.
The monitor also includes the HP Eye Ease feature to meet the Eyesafe® Certification, reducing blue light levels without compromising colour accuracy. These lower blue light levels allow you to view the screen for longer without the fear of discomfort or eye strain.

Key features

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort™ 1.4, and one 3.5 mm headphone jack that allow the monitor to work with desktops, laptops, game consoles and other smart devices. HDMI, or High-Definition Multimedia Interface, is the connection standard for digital video and audio signals, while DisplayPort is a common interface standard found in computers, monitors and consoles. The monitor comes with a DisplayPort cable in the box to get you started.
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The monitor includes two integral 3W speakers that provide a basic audio function to get you started in gaming. These speakers deliver crisp and clear stereo sound to support your gameplay if you don't have access to surround sound speakers or a specialist gaming headset.
The monitor comes with a standard one-year warranty, while the backlight is good for over 30,000 hours of operation, equivalent to more than three years of continuous use.

User experience

The HP OMEN 34c provides games with an economical option for a fast, ultrawide display that is designed specifically for gaming. The monitor includes a number of different preset modes to help you set up the screen. These modes include standard, gaming, native, cinema, warm, cool, and night. These modes set brightness, contrast and colour levels, allowing you to select the mode that best suits your preferences and fit the lighting levels in your gaming environment.
The monitor comes with access to the HP OMEN Gaming Hub and includes features that allow you to adjust settings and check system performance in common with all other compatible devices and accessories.
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A great little feature is that setting up this monitor out of the box requires absolutely no tools and is a quick and easy process.

Comparison

Compared to flat screen monitors, the curved screen configuration on an ultrawide monitor is a step change improvement in the playing experience. You can see more of the game, so you have better situational awareness, more warning of approaching danger and the ability to rely on peripheral vision to react faster to events.
The resolution offered by the HP OMEN 34c and its superfast response times mean everything looks clearer, crisper, and more vibrant than a traditional monitor or laptop screen. The excellent colour accuracy, brightness, contrast levels, and responsiveness mean this display can handle the latest high-intensity immersive games and offer a superior gaming experience.

Summary

The HP OMEN 34c curved gaming monitor is an exceptional addition to any gaming setup. As part of the innovative HP OMEN gaming product range, the curved delivers an unmatched viewing experience with its WQHD resolution.
The stretched extra-wide display not only presents more visual content but also places you at the heart of the action, enhancing the immersive experience with a more comfortable and realistic field of view.
Advanced features eliminate issues that spoil gameplay, such as lagging, screen tearing, ghosting and other unwanted artefacts.
If you're looking for the best gaming monitor for your needs, check out the full range of options available from the HP online store and don't forget to take a closer look at the impressive HP OMEN 34c.

About the Author

Stephen Mash is a contributing writer for HP Tech Takes. Stephen is a UK-based freelance technology writer with a background in cybersecurity and risk management.

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