HP's $230 big screen 1440p IPS is a no-compromise Black Friday gaming monitor deal

HP gaming monitor Black Friday deal
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HP X32 | 31.5-inch | 1440p | IPS | 165Hz | $389.99 $229.99 at Best Buy (save $160)

HP X32 | 31.5-inch | 1440p | IPS | 165Hz | $389.99 $229.99 at Best Buy (save $160)
This is an absolute banger of a monitor deal. I struggle to believe you're going to find an IPS screen with the same size, such a high resolution, and such a high refresh rate for less than the $230 Best Buy is asking.

We're in a strange situation with Black Friday gaming monitor deals, because we've already seen some outstanding offers that are going to be tough to beat for anyone listing new discounts on the blackest Friday of all. This 32-inch IPS panel is one such beast because this HP X32 1440p gaming monitor is just $230 at Best Buy right now.

To be honest, at this price, I'd normally expect to see either a large screen, but 1080p resolution, or a 27-inch VA at best. And a resolutely 144Hz refresh rate if there was anything above the 60Hz standard.

But this HP X32 ticks every single box for a high-quality gaming monitor in 2022. IPS panel? ☑️ 1440p resolution? ☑️ High refresh rate? ☑️ Low response time? ☑️ Adaptive sync? ☑️ 

And then you get the added bonus of a 31.5-inch display. Honestly, what else do you want, people? The moon on a stick?! The damned thing's even height-adjustable.

It's got a pretty standard 400cd/m² brightness rating, which means you're never going to get any kind of HDR goodness out of it. But let's be practical, HDR on PC is a fustercluck at best. There are only two inputs, one HDMI 2.0 and one DisplayPort 1.4, which is maybe a little limited, but in PC land we just want our gaming rigs represented anyways.

For this little cash I would have expected some genuine compromises, but this HP gaming monitor deal just simply seems to be a great discount on a quality bit of PC gaming kit. 

Dave James
Managing Editor, Hardware

Dave has been gaming since the days of Zaxxon and Lady Bug on the Colecovision, and code books for the Commodore Vic 20 (Death Race 2000!). He built his first gaming PC at the tender age of 16, and finally finished bug-fixing the Cyrix-based system around a year later. When he dropped it out of the window. He first started writing for Official PlayStation Magazine and Xbox World many decades ago, then moved onto PC Format full-time, then PC Gamer, TechRadar, and T3 among others. Now he's back, writing about the nightmarish graphics card market, CPUs with more cores than sense, gaming laptops hotter than the sun, and SSDs more capacious than a Cybertruck.