HP Omen X Emperium 65 Review: Massive 144Hz 4K G-SYNC Gaming
HP Omen X Emperium 65: Final Verdict
There is no question that the HP Omen X Emperium 65 is a spectacular achievement as a gaming display. With the help of NVIDIA, the company has managed to cram in a fast 144Hz-capable panel, 4K resolution, HDR support, G-SYNC and an NVIDIA SHIELD TV all into one 65-inch, monster display that's ideal for gaming. If you have enough room to accommodate the display in your living room or gaming room, it is truly a sight to behold -- not only for you, but for friends or family that might come over and marvel at its capabilities.
With that being said, we did encounter some issues with the display. The SHIELD TV Remote included in the box may be fine for controlling NVIDIA's streaming interface, but it is ill-equipped to serve double duty as a primary controller for a display that will likely serve as a television (even though HP isn't marketing it as one).
There's also the issue of the included soundbar. It's not a bad unit at all, but we'd expect a lot more from something that's included with a $5,000 display. We would have preferred if HP had used the resources it put into designing the soundbar into giving customers a better-designed remote that's more fitting of this beastly monitor.
Then we have to consider the price. The fact remains that this is a $5,000 display with a MVA panel. As a result, response times and viewing angles aren't what we'd typically expect from a display that costs as much as a nice down payment on a new car. At that price, you could purchase a large-screen 4K OLED or QLED Smart TV (though you might not get the same level of on-board sound system) and still have money leftover for a decent-sized 4K FreeSync or G-SYNC enabled gaming monitor.
In the end, the HP Omen X Emperium 65 seems like an enlarged gaming monitor with NVIDIA SHIELD TV features shoehorned in. While display's specs are ideal for gamers, its exorbitant price tag will relegate its appeal to just the tiniest sliver of the most affluent members of the enthusiast community.