October 1, 2022

Unlike a lot of other monitors in this price range, HyperX's new Armada 25 comes with an included ergonomic arm and skips the traditional monitor stand.

HyperX Armada 25 hands-on: No problem, no problem

Earlier this summer, Sony launched its first line of gaming monitors under Inzon brand, and now HyperX is joining the fray with two shows of its own. However, with the new Armada line, HyperX is putting its own spin on the category, because instead of being bundled with a traditional stand, the company has created an all-in-one package that features an adjustable monitor arm.

next HP acquired HyperX last yearThe brand has been slowly branching out into new categories including Wireless headphones And now monitors. At launch, the Armada line will consist of two gaming monitors with a slightly different target audience: there’s the Armada 25, designed for more competitive gamers, which features a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution and 240Hz refresh rate. Meanwhile, for those who prefer richer, more detailed graphics, the larger Armada 27 features a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 165Hz refresh rate, and VESA HDR 400 certification.

The Armada comes with everything you need to set it up, including simple instructions on how to assemble the arm and attach the monitor.

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Both monitors have three inputs (one DisplayPort 1.4 and two HDMI 2.0), but what really sets them apart from similarly priced competitors is that instead of shipping with a typical monitor stand, Armada was built from the start to work with a convenient HyperX arm and desk mount. For HyperX, the goal is to encourage gamers and provide them with a simple solution that provides desk space for things like extra-large mouse pads, wireless charging pads, or any other peripherals you want to keep close at hand.

The monitor hub has been gaining traction among PC gamers, and HyperX believes so much in the benefits of ergonomic arms that they don’t even sell a standard monitor stand separately. (However, you’ll be able to purchase additional sticks or monitor attachments individually.) Having checked out the Armada 25 myself, although I personally haven’t had an arm-mounted monitor (although I’ve always wanted one), I can sort of see why. But despite all the positives, there are some obvious flaws as well.

The Armada Arm Clamp is also very simple and compatible with desks up to two inches thick.

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The Armada 25 box comes with everything you need to get started, not to mention a handy, easy-to-use setup guide. The first step is to find the base and mount it to a suitable surface using the built-in clamp. From there, you assemble the arm rest before mounting the custom HyperX stand to the back of the monitor and dropping everything into place. The whole process is easy, and in all, it took me less than 10 minutes to go from start to finish. After that, it is just a matter of using the attached Allen wrench to adjust the tightness of the lever and its range of motion.

Assuming your cables are carefully tucked in, switching to a comfortable arm has a surprisingly big impact. Everything seems a little more orderly. Not only do you instantly have more freedom to arrange peripherals like stand microphones, webcams, and more, you also get the added flexibility to position your monitor at the right height and angle for your position.

The rear of the Armada 25 features three ports (two HDMI 2.0 and one DisplayPort 1.4) and a joystick for adjusting display settings.
If you look closely, you’ll also see a small joystick on the back for adjusting the display settings.

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As someone who spends a lot of time in front of a desk, in recent years I’ve found myself looking for ways to avoid the aches and pains of lifting your neck to look at screens. This usually meant using books or stacks of paper to hold up displays so I could look straight ahead instead of looking down, which can be especially bad when using a laptop. But with an arm, this is never a problem. And I might add, it all feels very stable, unlike some of the cheaper alternatives I’ve considered in the past.

However, the downside is that only an arm width can limit where your monitor is set up. as I am I wrote about it earlierDue to the pandemic, I’ve had to create a temporary remote workstation centered around an office that sacrifices some practicality to get a good look. Unfortunately for me, my desk is so thick that the two-inch clamp on the HyperX arm just doesn’t fit. This means I had to test the Armada 25 on my dining table, rather than next to my desktop where I really want it.

The Armada line comes with two video cables, including a red DisplayPort cable for people who like HyperX's traditional color scheme.
The Armada line comes with two video cables, including a red DisplayPort cable, which is a nice touch for anyone who loves HyperX’s default color scheme.

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On the bright side, the screen itself looks great considering its price tag. You get an IPS panel with 1ms (gray-to-gray) response times, a matte non-reflective finish and wide viewing angles. It’s not the hottest screen, with colors covering 99% of the standard sRGB range, but getting a 240Hz refresh rate on a monitor with an arm for $450 is a pretty good deal. And while HyperX markets Armadas as G-Sync compatible, it also supports AMD’s FreeSync. Unfortunately, since there’s only HDMI 2.0 instead of 2.1, you won’t get full 120Hz support on consoles like the Xbox Series X.

Also, perhaps the most promising thing about the Armada line is that HyperX makes it really easy to add more offerings to your setup. In addition to HyperX’s proprietary bracket, the ergo boom also supports standard VESA panels. You also get additional mounts (available separately) that allow you to connect more monitors to the same arm. Each arm supports up to 20 pounds, which means that each arm can hold up to four Armada 25 or two Armada 27. Although I haven’t been able to test it myself, you can also mount the arms to the wall or mount them on slotted desks Pre-drilled cable (up to 2.4″ if you use the included grommets).

Armada's included ergo arm makes it very easy to position your monitor to fit all kinds of settings.

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So despite the difficulties I’ve had with my furniture, the Armada line is fairly resilient. However, I still wish there was some kind of back-up option for people like me who live in a place where a monitor arm doesn’t quite fit. But if you’re thinking of upgrading your work or gaming station with a simpler design, the new HyperX monitor line makes it really easy to ditch the traditional stand for something more elegant.

The Armada line will be available later this fall sometime in September. The Armada 25 and Armada 27 will cost $450 and $500, respectively, while the Single Gaming Mount and Gaming Mount Addon will also be available separately for $110 and $80.

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