The HP 27es is an older 27″ 1080p IPS monitor intended for everyday use. Back in the day, it was popular due to its ultra-slim design and glossy screen surface; today, we compare it to modern displays to see whether it’s still worth it.
In spite of the fact that is based on an IPS panel that’s a few generations older than the currently relevant technology, the HP 27es monitor offers vibrant and accurate colors as well as wide 178-degree viewing angles.
It supports 8-bit color depth via dithering (6-bit + 2-bit FRC) for 16.7 million colors covering 96% of the standard sRGB gamut. While the colors are rich and consistent, they are not ideal for color-critical work.
Luckily, nowadays you can get a monitor for professional photo-editing, such as the ViewSonic VP2468, for roughly the same price as the HP 27es goes for.
The HP 27es has a screen resolution of 1920×1080 (Full HD) pixels which on its 27″ screen results in a rather low pixel-per-inch ratio of 81 PPI.
This means that there isn’t much screen real estate available and that the details are smudgy and pixelated in comparison to 1080p on 24″ (92 PPI) or 1440p on 27″ (108 PPI).
Further, the monitor has a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1 which is standard and a peak luminance of 250-nits.
Under normal viewing conditions, the display is more than bright enough, but if you have a lot of lighting/daylight in your room, you will need to dim it due to the screen’s reflective screen surface.
Performance of the HP 27es 1080p monitor is excellent. There is minimal IPS glow and no dead/stuck pixels while input lag amounts to ~15ms which makes for no noticeable delays.
When it comes to gaming, the 60Hz refresh rate certainly won’t appeal to gamers since there are cheaper models that offer AMD FreeSync up to 75Hz. You can even get a budget 144Hz gaming monitor at this price range.
The HP 27es has a response time speed of 7ms which is a bit slower than that of modern IPS displays, but there’s no particularly noticeable trailing of fast-moving objects in video games.
There are four hotkeys for OSD (On-Screen Display) navigation plus a power button on the bottom bezel of the screen. You can also use the My Display software for adjusting brightness/contrast, color, saving picture presets, etc.
Design & Connectivity
Connectivity options include two HDMI 1.4 ports and a VGA port. There’s no headphones jack nor built-in speakers. The design is tilt-only (-2°, 25°) and the screen is not VESA mount compatible.
Moving on, the HP 27es has a very slim profile and narrow bezels which made the monitor very popular back in the day, but nowadays such design is quite common.
The screen surface of the monitor is glossy with a low-haze anti-glare treatment. This makes the display rather reflective, but it also allows the colors to be more vivid which is great for dim-lit rooms, but no so much for rooms with many windows/direct lighting.
Price & Similar Monitors
The HP 27es price ranges from around $160 to $250. Even at $160, it’s too expensive considering its specs and the alternatives that are available.
We highly recommend getting the LG 24MP59G instead. It has a higher pixel density, AMD FreeSync up to 75Hz, a DisplayPort input, a wider color gamut, and more features for the same price.
Note that there’s also the HP 27er model which is essentially identical to the HP 27es except for the rear part of the monitor which is white on the HP 27er and black on the HP 27es.
HP 27es Specifications
|Resolution||1920×1080 (Full HD)|
|Aspect Ratio||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|Response Time||7ms (GtG)|
|Ports||2x HDMI 1.4, VGA|
|Contrast Ratio||1000:1 (static)|
|Colors||16.7 million (6-bit + FRC)|
What We Loved
- Good color quality
- Glossy screen surface makes the picture pop out, but only under certain viewing conditions
- Slim design
What We Didn’t Like
- Expensive, there are better alternatives for less money
- Low pixel density
- No DisplayPort
- No AMD FreeSync
- Tilt-only stand, not VESA mount compatible
Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time on writing for DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.