Combined with the HDR technology the display presents you the stunning and crystal images with the FHD 1920×1080 resolution. The 3000:1 contrast ratio presents the deep blacks and brilliant whites, allowing you to capture more image details even in the dark.
Higher-resolution screens have driven the demand for larger monitors, and 27" has emerged as one of the most popular sizes. This size of monitor strikes a good balance between screen real estate and desk space, and whether you're displaying older 1080p content or playing the latest 4k games, it'll look good.
It's a 1440p model that delivers good picture quality, with a 240Hz refresh that results in an incredibly smooth gaming experience. It has a VA panel that can produce deep blacks for gaming in the dark, and it overcomes glare easily in brightly-lit settings.
In addition to its 240Hz refresh rate, it has an exceptional response time that results in almost no motion blur. It has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature that can help improve motion clarity; however, like most monitors, it isn't usable while variable refresh rate is active.
It has a good color gamut, but it simply doesn't get bright enough to make highlights stand out the way they should in HDR content. It has two USB 3.0 ports and a Picture-in-Picture mode that lets you display images from two input sources at once.
Overall, this is an excellent gaming monitor that should please casual and hardcore gamers alike. Unlike the Samsung Odyssey G7, this model has an IPS panel that provides wider viewing angles, but at the cost of a lower contrast ratio, resulting in blacks that look grayish in the dark.
It has a faster response time, and its 240Hz native refresh rate can be overclocked up to 280Hz for a smoother gaming experience. It shouldn't be an issue for most gamers, but the resulting pixel density is a bit low if you're planning on using it for work.
However, if you want smoother gameplay and don't mind compromising on the resolution, the ASUS is an excellent alternative. This is a good choice for any type of use thanks to its great out-of-box color accuracy and the clear images it delivers.
It has an IPS panel, so the viewing angles are great for sharing work with people next to you, but that comes at the cost of a good contrast ratio and black uniformity, which are both mediocre. That said, its gray uniformity is excellent, with almost no dirty screen effect, and the 10-bit panel has exceptional gradient performance.
There's Re-sync support, though, and it's also compatible with recent NVIDIA graphics cards so that you can enjoy smooth gaming with minimal screen tear. It has great SDR peak brightness and decent reflection handling that's suitable for average-lit environments, but in really bright rooms or when there's direct sunlight, the reflections can be quite distracting.
Text look incredibly sharp, and images are delivered with detail and clarity. There's enough screen space for multitasking, and it even supports HDR, even though its performance is severely limited by the lack of wide color gamut support and mediocre peak brightness in HDR mode.
It has the same size and resolution as the LG 27UK650-W, but it provides wonderful ergonomic adjustments, including a wide swivel range. It doesn't get as bright and has worse reflection handling, so visibility isn't as good in well-lit rooms.
Also, its out-of-the-box color accuracy is only decent, and it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology. The Acer Predator X27 is the best 27-inch monitor for viewing HDR content we've tested.
Although this is an expensive model, it supports HDR10, and it's a great overall 4k monitor with outstanding picture quality in HDR, even as good as some TVs. Sadly, it has disappointing out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you should get it calibrated to enjoy it to the fullest.
It also has a low contrast ratio, so blacks appear closer to gray in the dark. On the upside, it has near-perfect coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing, and it's a good choice to use in bright rooms since it has decent reflection handling and comes with blinders.
The best 27-inch monitor in the budget category we've tested is the ASUS Pro Art Display PA278QV. It's a versatile 1440p model with an IPS panel, providing great viewing angles that allow you to share work or content easily.
It has a good build quality, and its superb ergonomics let you place the screen exactly the way you like for the best viewing experience. It gets bright enough to provide great visibility in well-lit environments, but unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look grayish, which isn't ideal for dark rooms.
It has near full coverage of the RGB color space, with excellent gradient handling to minimize banding. Its response time is fast, input lag is low, and its 75Hz refresh rate makes motion look more fluid than a simple 60Hz panel.
It has Adaptive Sync support to reduce screen tearing and is compatible with Re-sync and G-SYNC. There are four USB 3.0 ports that you can use for charging or data transfer and a 3.5 mm analog audio port that lets you play audio from an external device using its integrated speakers.
If you're shopping on a very tight budget and find the ASUS Pro Art Display PA278QV too expensive, then check out the MSI Optic MAG273R. It has a lower 1080p resolution, which isn't the best for work, but it should be good enough for gaming and media consumption.
It has a 144Hz refresh rate and quick response time, and it supports Re-sync to reduce screen tearing. It has an impressive build quality despite its low price, but its ergonomics are sub-par, as it lacks swivel adjustment and can't rotate to portrait mode.
It gets bright enough to overcome glare, but sadly, not enough to deliver a satisfying HDR experience. Overall, if you can afford it, the ASUS Pro Art Display PA278QV is a much better choice, as the increase in resolution at a 27-inch screen size is very noticeable.
See our review Samsung C27HG70: The Samsung CHG70 is a good monitor for dark room viewing, but it has mediocre viewing angles and slow response time when playing at 60Hz. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors.
Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the metrics that fare worse are often not noticeable unless you really look for them. Who this is for: Anyone who has bought a new computer within the past three or four years and does a lot of photo or video editing work.
Great 4K monitors make text sharper and show more detail in images, and they can give you more usable desktop space, so you can fit more stuff on your screen at once. In addition to the typical HDMI and DisplayPort connections and USB 3.0 hub, it has a USB-C port that can receive a display and data signal and provide up to 90 W of power to your laptop over a single cable, reducing the number of cables on your desk and providing enough power to charge a 15- or 16-inch MacBook Pro.
But the HP and LG monitors can’t provide as much power to a connected laptop, and the Asus VG289Q doesn’t have a USB-C port or USB hub at all. This 2560×1440-resolution 27-inch monitor has excellent color accuracy, thin bezels, and an adjustable stand, but also a mediocre contrast ratio.
Who this is for: Anyone who has limited desk space, prefers a smaller screen, or has less than $150 to spend, and who doesn’t mind giving up nice-to-have features such as a USB hub or an adjustable stand. It offers fairly accurate color that will be just fine when you’re looking at photos and watching movies, as well as a good contrast ratio with deeper blacks than you can find on other monitors in this price range.
It’s the best all-around package for most people, but we have other picks in our guide to budget monitors that provide some of these features in exchange for other trade-offs. It combines good color and grayscale measurements, a few display inputs (including USB-C), and a USB hub that more than one computer can use at the same time.
This monitor is big enough that you may be able to use it without needing to scale up text or UI elements to make them readable. Like the Dell U2718Q, the U3219Q comes with a three-year warranty and a Premium Panel Guarantee, which helps make it easier to spend $800 on a bigger monitor.
However, it still costs several hundred dollars more than the 27-inch monitors we recommend, and it requires a lot more physical space. Photo: Michael Murtaugh Flaws but not dealbreakers: At around $800 (as of the time of writing), the Dell UltraS harp U3219Q costs nearly twice as much as our 27-inch 4K monitor pick, the LG 27UD68P-B.
The 1440p display supports a few nice-to-have features such as a faster-than-normal 100 Hz refresh rate and AMD’s Re-sync (it also works with Nvidia cards in our testing), which makes it an excellent choice for gaming. Photo: Rosette Ago Flaws but not dealbreakers: Acer’s three-year warranty doesn’t include a dead-pixel guarantee, so be sure to check your monitor for dead or stuck pixels right after you take it out of the box, so you can exchange it where you bought it if necessary.