Refresh rate defaults to 14ms but can be adjusted down to 5ms G-t-G. It is not a gamers display as it does not support FreeSync or G-Sync.
Brightness is 300 nits (we found 324 nits across the entire screen), and colour uniformity is accurate across the screen.
Colour accuracy – spot on
HP individually colour calibrate the HP38c monitor to 98% sRGB and 99% Rec.709 modes and include a report. You can select these or play worth custom modes. But the Delta E (accuracy) is very good in both modes so why bother?
For viewing modes, you get toggles for Night, Low Blue Light, Reading, HP Enhance+, and Photo.
sRGB reproduces all of the colours you could hope to see in real life on an LCD. Our tests show 100% – slightly more than claimed.
Rec. 709 colour standard was created by ITU (International Telecommunication Union) for TV, movie and A/V industries to ensure all HD equipment including displays, DVDs, and Blu-rays uses the same colour gamut, resolution, frame rate and video specifications. Again, our tests were just above claimed.
While still and video editors might want 100% DCI-P3 that only comes in reference monitors several times the price. We estimate that it is about 78% Adobe RGB.
All that is complemented by a low glare screen that rejects office light and reflections admirably.
Stand and size
It has a -5° to +20° tilt, +/-45° swivel and a 120mm height adjustment.
It also comes with a VESA wall mount bracket.
Overall it is 89.55 x 24.80 x 55.87 cm x 13.8kg
- DisplayPort 1.2
- HDMI 2.0
- USB Type-C 3.1 65W PD 2.0
- Three USB Type-A
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Security Slot
The USB-C 3.1, Gen1, 5Gbps, port is both data and power supporting three USB-A ports and USB-C Alt mode – DisplayPort 1.2 (video support) as well as power output of 5V/5.25A, /9/10/12/15V/3A and 20V/3.25 A (65 W) – you could charge a MacBook or most Windows 10 laptops from that.
It comes with a USB-C cable, Display Port cable, HDMI cable and documentation.
GadgetGuy’s take: HP has done it again
No, it is subtle, has a three-year warranty and does its job extremely well. It is very colour accurate, has heaps of adjustments and made well – as we expect from HP.