budget pick

AOC CQ27G1

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  • 1440p 144Hz
  • AMD FreeSync
  • High contrast ratio
best value

LG 27GL83A

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  • 1440p 144Hz 1ms
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Vibrant colors
premium pick

ASUS PG27UQ

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  • 4K 144Hz
  • G-SYNC Ultimate
  • Amazing HDR picture
budget pick

AOC CQ27G1

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  • 1440p 144Hz
  • AMD FreeSync
  • High contrast ratio
best value

LG 27GL83A

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  • 1440p 144Hz 1ms
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Vibrant colors
premium pick

ASUS PG27UQ

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  • 4K 144Hz
  • G-SYNC Ultimate
  • Amazing HDR picture

There are many reasons why most people prefer 27″ sized monitors; They’re neither too big nor too small, and they are available with all kinds of different panels types, resolutions, and refresh rates.

Plus, you don’t have to worry about certain compatibility issues associated with ultra-wide monitors.

In this guide, you will find only the best 27″ monitors as well as everything you need to know about them.

9 Best 27-inch Monitors For 2020

TypeMonitorPanelResolutionRefresh RateHDRVRR 
Best 1080p MonitorsIPS1920×108075HzNoFreeSync
(G-SYNC Stable)
VA1920×108075HzYesN/A
IPS1920×1080144HzNoFreeSync
(G-SYNC Compatible)
IPS1920×1080240HzYesFreeSync
(G-SYNC Compatible)
Best 1440p MonitorsIPS2560×1440144HzYesFreeSync
(G-SYNC Compatible
VA2560×1440144HzNoFreeSync
(G-SYNC Stable)
Best 4K MonitorsIPS3840×216060HzNoN/A
IPS3840×2160144HzYesG-SYNC
IPS3840×2160144HzYesG-SYNC Ultimate

As 27″ monitors are available with different combinations of specifications, it’s crucial that you know exactly what panel type, screen resolution, and refresh rate is ideal for you and your PC configuration.

We will cover all of that in the monitor summaries below, but you can also visit our comprehensive monitor buyer’s guide if you want all the information in one place.

Most of the monitors included in this guide are intended for gaming, watching movies, office use, and other everyday activities.

If you want a professional 27″ monitor for color-critical work, you should visit our best photo/video editing monitors buyer’s guide. We also have a dedicated best gaming monitors guide.

Additionally, feel free to leave us a comment below if you need help picking a new monitor.

Best 27" 1080p Monitors

Now, we don’t usually recommend 27″ 1080p monitors due to their low pixel density (pixel per inch ratio). 24″ monitors are more suited for 1080p resolution as you get a higher pixel density and therefore sharper and clearer text and details for less money.

However, a lot of people don’t mind the low pixel density as they sit a bit further from the screen which makes the individual pixels less distinguishable. There are other ways to alleviate this as well, such as applying anti-aliasing in games and/or using AMD and NVIDIA’s Super Resolution features.

Acer CB272 - Best Budget 27" Monitor

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About the Monitor

If you want the cheapest 27″ monitor that’s actually good, you should definitely get the Acer CB272.

Image Quality

This monitor is based on an IPS panel which ensures consistent and accurate colors, wide 178° viewing angles, and quick pixel response time for minimal ghosting of fast-moving objects.

It supports 8-bit color depth and covers ~99% of the sRGB color gamut; with proper calibration, it’s even fit for some entry-level color-critical work and content creation!

So, you get an excellent image quality for the price with vibrant colors!

Other specifications include a 250-nit peak brightness and a 1,000:1 static contrast ratio which is standard for an IPS display at this price range.

The image will be more than bright enough under normal viewing conditions.

One thing to keep in mind when it comes to IPS monitors is IPS glow which is an expected drawback of this panel technology.

Basically, if you’re watching dark content in a dark room, you will be able to notice ‘glowing’ around the corners of the screen.

The amount of IPS glow varies between different units of the monitor, but it’s generally tolerable and only visible with really dark content.

It can be reduced by lowering the monitor’s brightness and/or by adding some lighting (lamp, LEDs, etc) around the monitor.

Since the monitor has a contrast ratio of 1,000:1, blacks won’t be particularly deep. They appear grayish in comparison to VA panel displays which have a contrast ratio of 3,000:1.

So, if you want a monitor for watching movies in a dark room, consider the next monitor instead.

Features

Amd Freesync

The Acer CB272 supports AMD FreeSync which allows the monitor to change its refresh rate according to GPU’s frame rates.

As a result, all screen tearing and stuttering is eliminated without noticeable input lag added.

The FreeSync range of this monitor is 48-75Hz though. So, if your FPS rate drops below 48FPS, FreeSync stops working until your frame rate recovers. You can try using CRU to extend the range to ~40-75Hz.

Just how much you will be able to extend the range depends on the particular unit of your monitor.

FreeSync works over both HDMI and DP for AMD cards, and over DisplayPort with compatible NVIDIA cards (GTX 10-series or newer) without any issues.

In addition, the monitor supports backlight strobing via the Visual Response Boost technology.

This feature, also referred to as Motion Blur Reduction (MBR), can further improve motion clarity at 75Hz, but it sacrifices maximum image brightness, and it cannot work at the same time as FreeSync.

Other useful features include Black Boost for better visibility of objects in shadows and various pre-calibrated picture preset.

Design & Connectivity

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Moving on, the Acer CB272 features a gorgeous slim design with ultra-thin bezels and even a fully ergonomic stand which usually isn’t available on similarly priced monitors.

You can elevate the screen up to 120mm, tilt it by -5°/20°, pivot by 90°, swivel by 360° or mount it via the 100×100 VESA pattern.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, VGA, a headphones jack, and an audio line-in for the integrated 2W speakers.

The Pros

  • Plenty of features including MBR and FreeSync up to 75Hz
  • Accurate and vibrant colors
  • Quick response time
  • Fully ergonomic stand

The Cons

  • Narrow FreeSync range
  • IPS glow and not as high contrast as that of VA panels
  • Low pixel density

BenQ EW277HDR - Best Budget HDR Monitor

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About the Monitor

The BenQ EW277HDR is a bit more expensive than the CB272, but it has its advantages including HDR (High Dynamic Range) support. 

Image Quality

First of all, you should note that this isn’t a ‘true’ HDR display as it lacks proper display capabilities such as local dimming and much higher resolution and brightness which are required for the ideal HDR viewing experience. These displays are naturally a lot more expensive as well.

However, the BenQ EW277HDR is not a ‘fake’ or ‘pseudo’ HDR monitor either. Some ‘HDR’ monitors can only accept and display the HDR10 signal without actually improving the picture quality.

The BenQ EW277HDR, on the other hand, actually supports a wider 93% DCI-P3 color gamut for more saturated and lifelike colors.

Further, it has a high static contrast ratio of 3,000:1 as well as an excellent peak brightness of 300-nits which gets a boost up to ~400-nits for HDR content. This makes for more vivid details in shadows and highlights of the picture; blacks are deeper while whites are brighter!

Now, while the colors on the EW277HDR are more saturated, they’re still not quite as punchy nor accurate as that of the IPS panel found in the Acer CB272.

Regardless, thanks to its higher contrast and brightness as well as quite a decent color quality, the BenQ EW277HDR is the best budget HDR monitor. It’s ideal for console gaming and watching movies/videos.

Features

Besides HDR support, the BenQ EW277HDR boasts the Brightness Intelligence Plus technology which consists of an integrated sensor that can automatically adjust the monitor’s brightness according to ambient lighting for the optimal viewing experience.

The monitor can also emulate HDR for non-compatible content via the ‘HDR Mode’ feature.

Unfortunately, AMD FreeSync is not supported.

Lastly, VA panels have a bit slower response time, so some minor smearing behind fast-moving objects will be visible, mainly in dark scenes though.

Design & Connectivity

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The stand of the BenQ EW277HDR monitor is tilt-only while the screen is not VESA mount compatible, so you may want to get a stand riser to ensure a comfortable viewing experience.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, VGA, a headphones jack, and dual 2W speakers.

Alternatives

While the BenQ EW277HDR offers an immersive viewing experience for consoles and videos, you can also get a 144Hz gaming monitor with FreeSync at this price range which will provide you with a lot more immersive PC gaming experience.

So, if you have a PC that can output more than ~75FPS, be sure check out the next monitor.

In case you’re limited to 60FPS at 1080p and want the best HDR image quality, the EW277HDR is an excellent choice.

Keep in mind that the ‘newer’ version of this monitor, the BenQ EW2780, does not have as wide color gamut nor as high brightness as the EW277HDR.

The Pros

  • Affordable HDR monitor
  • Wide color gamut
  • High contrast ratio and good peak brightness
  • Brightness Intelligence Plus technology

The Cons

  • No AMD FreeSync
  • No VESA mount compatibility
  • Tilt-only stand
  • Low pixel density
  • Minor ghosting in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes

AOC 27G2 - Best Value 27" 1080p 144Hz Gaming Monitor

Aoc 27g2

About the Monitor

Want to kick it up a notch with a 144Hz display? The AOC 27G2 offers the best value for the money when it comes to 27″ sized 1080p 144Hz gaming monitors, and here is why.

Image Quality

144Hz greatly improves the gaming experience as, in comparison to a regular 60Hz display, your screen can refresh the image more than twice as fast which results in more frequently updated frames.

This significantly improves motion clarity of fast-moving objects and makes gaming more responsive, fluid, and immersive.

It’s particularly noticeable and desirable in competitive FPS titles, but all games will feel smoother granted that your PC can push enough frames (unless the game itself is locked to 30/60FPS).

Additionally, the AOC 27G2 features an IPS panel with a wide ~126% sRGB color gamut and it’s factory-calibrated at Delta E < 2. So, the colors are precise, consistent, and vibrant!

The contrast ratio amounts to 1,000:1 – naturally, VA models offer higher contrast, but they don’t have as vibrant colors.

More importantly, IPS panels offer a faster pixel response time speed, so there is a lot less smearing visible, especially at higher frame rates.

While the response time speed of the AOC 27G2 isn’t perfect, it’s sufficient to remove most of ghosting and motion blur in fast-paced games. In case you’re a professional or really hardcore FPS gamer, there are faster 144Hz alternatives (as well as 240Hz models) which we’ll get into later.

For casual and semi-serious gaming, the 27G2 is more than fast enough.

Features

Just like the Acer CB272, the AOC 27G2 offers Motion Blur Reduction for CRT-like motion clarity via backlight strobing.

However, AOC’s G1 and G2 series monitors allow you to manually adjust the intensity of backlight strobing, so you can find the perfect trade-off between motion clarity and image brightness for you.

Further, the AOC 27G2 supports AMD FreeSync with a 48-144Hz VRR range.

This implies LFC (Low Framerate Compensation) support which allows FreeSync to function even below 48FPS by multiplying the frame rate (47FPS -> 141Hz) for smoother performance.

The monitor is certified by NVIDIA as G-SYNC compatible, so it’s guaranteed that there won’t be any issues when using FreeSync with compatible NVIDIA graphics cards.

Other gaming features include Shadow Control (improves visibility in darker games), Game Color (color saturation presets), gaming presets (FPS, RTS, Racing), and customizable crosshairs.

Design & Connectivity

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The AOC 27G2 features a sturdy design with a fully ergonomic stand including up to 130mm height adjustment, +/- 30° swivel, -4°/22° tilt, 90° pivot, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 1.4 ports, one DisplayPort 1.2 input, and a headphones jack.

In Europe and some other regions, the AOC 27G2 is available as the AOC 27G2U which is the same monitor, but with added integrated speakers and four USB ports.

Alternatives

Now, there are plenty of 27″ 1080p 144Hz models available, but as we said, the 27G2 offers the best value for the money by far. Here are some alternatives you may find worth checking out though:

  • ASUS VG279Q – It has a faster IPS panel for less ghosting, but it goes for ~$100 extra and it doesn’t have a wide color gamut
  • AOC C27G1 – It has a curved VA panel with a higher contrast ratio, but it has an even slower response time and not as vivid colors
While there are 27″ 1080p 144Hz models available with TN panels and rapid 1ms response time, the good models cost around $300, and at that price range, you can get a 240Hz model instead for better results in competitive games.

The Pros

  • Plenty of gaming features including FreeSync and MBR up to 144Hz
  • Accurate and vibrant colors
  • Fully ergonomic stand
  • Excellent value for the price

The Cons

  • IPS glow and not as high contrast as that of VA panels
  • Low pixel density

ViewSonic XG270 - Best 240Hz Gaming Monitor

Viewsonic Elite Xg270

About the Monitor

Not so long ago, if you wanted a 240Hz display, you had to settle for narrow viewing angles and inferior image quality of TN panels.

Nowadays, IPS panels can be virtually as fast as TNs allowing you to enjoy both fluid performance and vivid colors! The ViewSonic XG270 has even more tricks up its sleeve!

Image Quality

Based on an IPS panel with a 400-nit peak brightness, a 1,000:1 static contrast ratio, and ~99% sRGB color gamut, the ViewSonic XG270 delivers accurate and consistent colors as well as wide 178° viewing angles.

Further, its response time speed of 1ms GtG allows the pixels to change colors fast enough to keep up with the rapid 240Hz refresh rate thus eliminating any prominent ghosting or motion blur in fast-paced games.

Technically, 240Hz TN monitors still have faster black to white pixel transitions, so you may notice some minor smearing on the XG270 from time to time, that is, if you’re actually looking for it – but even then, it’s negligible as it rarely occurs and you get a gorgeous image quality as a trade-off.

Features

AMD FreeSync is supported with a 48-240Hz VRR range, and the monitor is certified by NVIDIA as G-SYNC compatible.

One of the best features of this monitor is actually its PureXP MBR technology which provides stunning motion clarity by backlight strobing.

It works best when you limit the refresh rate of the monitor to 120Hz and your FPS rate to 120FPS at which point gamers compare its motion clarity to that of the old, legendary CRT displays such as the Sony FW900.

Naturally, you cannot use FreeSync and MBR at the same time, and the picture brightness will be reduced while PureXP is enabled. However, thanks to the monitor’s peak brightness of 400-nits and strong color vibrancy, the image will still look excellent with the PureXP enabled.

But that’s not all.

The ViewSonic XG270 also offers a bunch of useful gaming features such as pre-calibrated picture presets, Black Stabilization, Color Saturation, crosshairs, Hertz Limiter, five overdrive options, and plenty of image adjustment tools including six gamma presets.

Design & Connectivity

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Moving on, the monitor comes with sight shields which can eliminate distractions and keep you focused on the game. You also get a moues bungee and a headphones hook.

The stand offers RGB lighting and full ergonomic support with up to 120mm height adjustment, 90° pivot, -5°/20° tilt, +/- 90° swivel and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options are abundant and include DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 2.0 inputs, a headphones jack, two built-in speakers, and a USB 3.0 hub (3 downstream + 1 upstream).

Alternatives

Now, there are cheaper 27″ 1080p 240Hz IPS monitors available such as the Dell AW2720HF which goes for $350 when on sale, but it doesn’t have MBR nor as many gaming features.

If you don’t care for image quality at all, and just want the fastest 27-inch gaming monitor, check out the LG 27GK750F.

The Pros

  • Vibrant colors and wide viewing angles
  • Impeccable MBR technology
  • Certified G-SYNC compatibility
  • Plenty of gaming features
  • Fully ergonomic design and rich connectivity options

The Cons

  • IPS glow and not as high contrast as that of VA panels
  • Low pixel density

Best 27" 1440p Monitors

As you can see, the biggest issue with 27″ 1080p monitors is the low pixel density.

In contrast, 1440p resolution on 27″ displays won’t only make the picture less pixely, it actually hits the pixel density sweet spot with ~108PPI which results in incredibly vivid details and plenty of screen real estate without any scaling necessary.

LG 27GL83A - Best Value 1440p 144Hz Gaming Monitor

Lg 27gl83a

About the Monitor

Just like the ViewSonic XG270, the LG 27GL83A features a rapid IPS panel with 1ms GtG response time. However, it also has a higher 1440p resolution for crispier image quality while the refresh rate of 144Hz is still fast enough to keep things smooth and fluid.

Image Quality

The LG 27GL83A is based on an IPS panel with a 350-nit peak brightness, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, ~99% sRGB color gamut, and 10-bit color depth support for 1.07 billion colors.

Its 1ms GtG response time speed eliminates all prominent ghosting and allows you to enjoy FPS games with vibrant colors and vivid details. Make sure to set the overdrive option to ‘Fast’ though, as ‘Faster’ introduces pixel overshoot.

You’ll find more info in our LG 27GL83A review.

All in all, you get gorgeous colors, sharp details, wide viewing angles, and a quick response time speed which along with 144Hz ensures buttery-smooth performance – what’s not to like?

The best thing is that this monitor isn’t even that expensive. You can get it under $400 yet it uses a newer and faster IPS panel than many $500 – $600+ models.

In fact, the LG 27GL83A makes all similarly priced (or more expensive) 1440p 144Hz TN models pretty much obsolete as its IPS panel is superior in every way and on par when it comes to response time.

Features

Furthermore, the LG 27GL83A supports AMD FreeSync with a 48-144Hz VRR range and it’s certified as G-SYNC compatible by NVIDIA.

Other features include Black Stabilizer, customizable crosshairs, pre-calibrated picture presets, advanced image adjustment tools, and software-emulated HDR support.

Design & Connectivity

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You can elevate the screen of the monitor up to 110mm, pivot it by 90°, tilt by -5°/15° or mount it via the 100x100mm VESA pattern, but you cannot swivel it to the left or right.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 inputs, and a headphones jack. The HDMI ports support 1440p 144Hz as well, but when FreeSync is enabled, it’s limited to 100Hz as it’s intended for the Xbox One X.

In case you have a laptop with an HDMI output and want to use FreeSync up to 144Hz, you’ll need to use CRU to manually extend the range.

Alternatives

In case you can afford something a bit pricier, check out the LG 27GL850 which uses the same panel as the GL83A plus a wide color gamut with 98% DCI-P3 color space coverage for even more vibrant colors.

If you don’t play fast-paced games, but would rather want a cinematic HDR viewing experience with deep blacks, check out the Samsung CHG70 with DisplayHDR 600.

Want something similar to the LG 27GL83A, but cheaper?

Check out the ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD 1440p 144Hz IPS gaming monitor. It has a bit slower response time, but if you’re not playing competitive FPS games, it will be more than fast enough.

The Pros

  • Vibrant colors and wide viewing angles
  • Quick response time speed
  • Certified G-SYNC compatibility
  • Plenty of gaming features
  • Ergonomic design
  • High pixel density

The Cons

  • IPS glow and not as high contrast as that of VA panels
  • Design lacks swivel adjustment

AOC CQ27G1 - Best Budget 1440p 144Hz Gaming Monitor

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About the Monitor

Got a more limited budget? No problem! The AOC CQ27G1 is one of the cheapest 1440p 144Hz gaming monitors you can get – and it’s actually good!

Image Quality

Based on a VA panel, the CQ27G1 offers a high contrast ratio for deep blacks and it also supports wide color gamut. Although the colors won’t be as punchy as that of the previous IPS models, they will look great nonetheless.

Unfortunately, the pixel response time speed is the weakest point of the monitor, just like with all VA panel displays.

Having said that, the amount of motion blur and ghosting is mainly noticeable in darker scenes and if you aren’t playing fast-paced games competitively, you most likely won’t even notice or be bothered by it.

Thanks to the 144Hz refresh rate, you will still get an enjoyable single-player and casual multi-player FPS gaming experience while the high contrast and rich colors ensure an immersive picture quality for more graphically-oriented games, movies, and other use.

Features

The AOC CQ27G1 is equipped with plenty of gaming features including AMD FreeSync with a 48-144Hz VRR range and smooth G-SYNC performance.

You also get Motion Blur Reduction with manually adjustable backlight strobing frequency, customizable crosshairs, pre-calibrated picture presets, Shadow Control, and Game Color – same as with the AOC 27G2 model.

Design & Connectivity

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The monitor has a subtle screen curvature of 1800R which adds a bit of depth to the picture while the stand offers height adjustment up to 130mm, swivel by +/- 35°, and tilt by -4°/22°. You can also mount the screen via the 100x100mm VESA pattern.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and a headphones jack. FreeSync works up to 144Hz at 1440p over both DP and HDMI. The 1440p 120Hz mode is also supported for the Xbox One X.

Alternatives

If the AOC CQ27G1 is not available, check out the Viotek GN27DB and the Samsung C27JG50/56 as budget alternatives.

In case you want a similar monitor but with a flat screen, check out the MSI MAG272QR.

1440p 144Hz TN Models

We didn’t include any 27″ 1440p 144Hz monitors with TN panels as the LG 27GL83A is just as fast with 1ms GtG response time, plus it offers better colors and viewing angles than any TN monitor.

If you can’t afford the LG 27GL83A, and the AOC CQ27G1 is too slow for you, you may want to check out the Dell S2719DGF with a TN panel. However, we highly recommend saving up for the 27GL83A in this case or going for one of the 240Hz models if speed is of the utmost importance to you.

The Pros

  • High contrast and wide color gamut
  • Plenty of gaming features including FreeSync and MBR
  • Ergonomic design
  • High pixel density

The Cons

  • Minor ghosting in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes

Best 27" 4K Monitors

4K resolution looks even sharper on 27″ monitors than 1440p. However, in order to make small items such as text readable at such high pixel density, you will need to apply scaling.

Further, 4K is very taxing on your GPU when it comes to gaming. You will need a high-end graphics card in order to maintain smooth performance, so make sure your PC rig will be able to handle it.

Philips 276E8VJSB - Best Budget 4K Monitor

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About the Monitor

The Philips 276E8VJSB is one of the cheapest 4K monitors you can get yet it features an IPS panel with wide viewing angles and stunning colors!

Image Quality

If you want a 4K monitor for UHD video streaming, editing, work, and gaming, you’re going to love the Philips 276E8VJSB. Its colors go even beyond the 100% sRGB color space to 109% which results in more saturated and lifelike 1.07 billion colors (10-bit depth via dithering).

You also get the emulated sRGB color gamut if you need more accurate color reproduction for work.

Other specs are pretty standard with a peak brightness of 350-nits and a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1.

4K resolution results in a pixel density of 163 PPI which makes details sharp and clear. You will need to apply some scaling in order to make text readable which will, in turn, reduce the amount of available screen space, but make the details even more vivid.

Features

4k monitor scaling

Unfortunately, the monitor does not support FreeSync, so you will not be able to synchronize its refresh rate with your graphics card or the Xbox One X.

This is not a big issues since most 4K 60Hz FreeSync monitors have a VRR range of 40-60Hz only. So, there’s no LFC support and FreeSync doesn’t work well with NVIDIA cards on most of these monitors.

Furthermore, many console games are limited to 30FPS in which case FreeSync won’t work at all.

If you want a 27″ 4K monitor that supports FreeSync up to 60Hz, check out the LG 27UL500.

Design & Connectivity

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The Philips 276E8VJSB features a slim design with ultra-thin bezels, but its stand is unfortunately tilt-only and not VESA mount compatible.

So, if you think the monitor would sit too low for your line of sight, consider getting a monitor riser along with the display.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort 1.2 input, and a headphones jack.

Alternatives

In case you can afford something more expensive, check out the LG 27UL500 we mentioned.

It is VESA mount compatible and supports AMD FreeSync. However, FreeSync doesn’t work well with NVIDIA cards on it. It also supports HDR, but since it has no local dimming, wide color gamut, nor high brightness, it’s just software-emulated. So, we don’t recommend buying it solely for its “HDR” support.

Visit our best 4K monitors buyer’s guide for more information and the best deals available.

The Pros

  • Rich pixel density
  • Vibrant and accurate colors
  • Wide viewing angles
  • Inexpensive

The Cons

  • IPS glow and not as high contrast as that of VA panels
  • Tilt-only stand
  • No VESA mount compatibility
  • No AMD FreeSync

Acer XB273K - Best 4K 144Hz Gaming Monitor

acer xb273k monitor

About the Monitor

If you have a powerful high-end PC setup and want to push it to its limits, a 4K 144Hz gaming monitor will give it a good run for its money.

Image Quality

The Acer Predator XB273K offers a native refresh rate of 120Hz allowing you to enjoy buttery-smooth performance in video games as well as the stunning detail clarity 4K resolution provides.

Now, most gamers will still opt for a 1440p 144Hz display instead because the improvement in image quality between 4K and 1440p on 27″ monitors isn’t that big while the difference in the required GPU horsepower for seamless performance is massive.

But, if you have a serious gaming graphics card such as the RTX 2080/Ti and want 4K resolution for other purposes than just gaming, the XB273K is the best gaming monitor you can get under $1,000.

Besides offering 4K resolution, the monitor features a quantum dot enhanced film (QDEF) layer which is responsible for its wide 90% DCI-P3 color gamut.

What’s more, the display factory-calibrated at Delta E < 1 which makes for professional-grade color accuracy. If you’re as serious designer as you are gamer, this is the display for you.

Additionally, the Acer XB273K supports HDR and although it only has VESA’s entry-level DisplayHDR 400 certification, it does deliver a notable improvement in HDR picture quality thanks to its wide color gamut, high resolution, decent peak brightness (400-nits), and few (3 or 4) local dimming zones.

Features

nvidia g sync module

Moving on, the monitor features NVIDIA’s G-SYNC module which provides a variable refresh rate for compatible NVIDIA cards. You cannot use G-SYNC with AMD cards on this (and most) monitor though!

This module has additional advantages.

You get a wide 30-144Hz range and variable overdrive which allows the display’s pixel response time overdrive to change according to your frame rate thus preventing pixel overshoot when your FPS rate drops while still effectively eliminating ghosting at high frame rates.

The monitor has a native refresh rate of 120Hz at 8-bit color depth which you can overclock to 144Hz if you enable chroma subsampling. This will make text appear fringy, so avoid it in games where you need to read a lot of text.

In order to use the monitor with 10-bit color depth, the refresh rate needs to be lowered to 98Hz due to the bandwidth limitations of DisplayPort 1.4.

Given the fact that many games don’t support 10-bit color, and that those that do are usually very demanding, 98Hz is still plenty as you almost certainly won’t be able to get over 98FPS in those games.

Note that you can still use HDR with 8-bit color and that the difference between 8-bit and 10-bit color in games is barely (if at all) noticeable.

Other features of the monitor are pretty standard and include custom crosshairs, picture presets, Dark Boost (for better visibility in darker games), and an sRGB profile.

Design & Connectivity

Acer Predator Xb273k Review 2020

The design of the Acer XB273K monitor offers decent ergonomic support with up to 100mm height adjustment, +/- 20° swivel, -5°/25° tilt, and VESA mount compatibility, but no pivot/rotate option.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0, a headphones jack, and a quad-USB 3.0 hub. The HDMI input supports up to 60Hz at 4K HDR.

In addition, the monitor features RGB lighting beneath the bottom bezel of the screen and has detachable sight shields which you get with the monitor.

Alternatives

There’s also the FreeSync version of this monitor called the Acer Nitro XV273K which is certified as G-SYNC compatible by NVIDIA. If you have a high-end AMD GPU, the XV273K is obviously a better choice.

However, if you have an NVIDIA GPU, there are a few reasons why the XB273K is the better option.

First of all, you get a wider VRR range as well as adaptive overdrive.

Next, the XV273K cannot run VRR and HDR at the same time, unlike the XB273K.

Finally, the XV273K has two DisplayPort 1.4 inputs which allow it to reach 144Hz at 4K without using chroma subsampling.

Alas, when using both DP 1.4 inputs, you cannot use VRR nor HDR, so it’s not really worth it.

Visit our Acer XB273K review for more info and a more detailed comparison with the XV273K.

The Pros

  • Rich pixel density
  • Vibrant and accurate colors
  • Wide viewing angles
  • Plenty of gaming features including G-SYNC up to 144Hz
  • Ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options

The Cons

  • IPS glow and not as high contrast as that of VA panels
  • Design lacks pivot option
  • DP 1.4 bandwidth limitations

ASUS PG27UQ - Best 4K HDR 144Hz Gaming Monitor

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About the Monitor

Want the best 27″ monitor there is? Meet the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ.

Image Quality

Just like the XB273K, the PG27UQ is a 4K 144Hz gaming monitor with the same DP 1.4 limitations. So, you get 98Hz with 10-bit color, 120Hz with 8-bit color, and 144Hz with chroma subsampling.

The main difference between these two monitors is in their local dimming solution. While the XB273K has only 3 or 4 dimming zones, the PG27UQ has a 384-zone full-array local dimming implementation.

These zones will dim parts of the screen that need to be dark without affecting parts of the display that should remain bright. This effectively increases the monitor’s contrast ratio up to 50,000:1!

In addition to the monitor’s wide 97% DCI-P3 color gamut and peak luminance of 1,000-nits, you get an otherwordly HDR viewing experience with deep blacks, rich colors, and vivid details in highlights and shadows of the picture.

Furthermore, the ASUS PG27UQ is factory-calibrated at Delta E ≤ 3 and covers 99% of the Adobe RGB color space, so you can use it for professional purposes as well!

Features

Other features include a dedicated G-SYNC module with a 30-144Hz VRR range for tear-free gameplay, pre-calibrated picture modes, custom crosshairs, and AuraSync RGB lighting.

For more information, visit our detailed ASUS PG27UQ review.

Design & Connectivity

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Due to its FALD implementation, the monitor is a bit bulkier which along with the gamer-inspired aesthetics may not appeal to everyone.

However, the stand is made of premium quality, it’s sturdy, and offers full ergonomic support (120mm height adjustment, +/- 35° swivel, 90° pivot, -5°/20° tilt, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility).

Connectivity options include HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4, a headphones jack, and a dual-USB 3.0 hub.

Alternatives

Acer offers their version of the monitor based on the same panel called the Acer Predator X27.

Its stand lacks pivot adjustment and it doesn’t have as customizable RGB lighting, but it has two extra USB ports and integrated speakers. So, you can pick whichever is available/cheaper or according to your design preference.

The Pros

  • Rich pixel density
  • Stunning HDR viewing experience
  • Wide viewing angles
  • Plenty of gaming features including G-SYNC up to 144Hz
  • Fully ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options

The Cons

  • DP 1.4 bandwidth limitations
  • FALD can cause blooming in certain scenarios, but it’s tolerable

Conclusion

Did you find the perfect 27″ monitor for you?

Feel free to leave us a question below if you need further assistance.

Overall, the AOC CQ27G1 offers incredible value for the money, but if you want something faster or your PC rig can’t handle 1440p, the AOC 27G2 is a great cheaper alternative.

For competitive gaming, the ViewSonic XG270 is the best display you can get while the LG 27GL83A offers the perfect balance between smooth performance and awesome picture quality.

Finally, if you want the absolute best 27″ monitor, you won’t be disappointed by the ASUS PG27UQ or the Acer XB273K if ASUS’ model is too expensive for you.

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