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The HP Pavilion 27xi is a simple, good-looking monitor with an affordable price.

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The 27xi's foot stand may look like aluminium (maybe), but it's definitely plastic.

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The 27xi's fairly thin profile contrasts nicely with a mint green background. Most black monitors do.

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The OSD array appears only after touching this area. Took me an embarrassingly long time to figure this out.

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The 27xi features a 1,920x1,080 resolution, enough pixels to ensure games look impressive.

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From left to right: HDMI, DVI, and VGA.

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Not a true edge-to-edge screen, the 27xi comes closer than most.

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While up close, the Text preset proved best when watching movies. The movie preset, however, delivered superior color when at least a few feet away.

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