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The 5 Best 27-Inch Gaming Monitors - Winter 2024 Reviews

Best 27-Inch Gaming Monitors

Monitors with a 27-inch screen size are one of the most popular sizes on the market, even if larger screens are becoming more common. These displays range from the most entry-level 1080p monitors to 4k gaming powerhouses, including those with high refresh rates. Choosing the right combination of resolution and refresh rate depends on your budget and what type of games you play. For example, someone who plays the latest games in HDR needs a different monitor than someone building their first gaming PC setup on a tight budget.

Regarding a monitor's gaming performance, it's important to consider its input lag, although most have low enough input lag for a responsive feel. Its response time is also beneficial for gaming, as a fast response time results in minimal motion blur behind fast-moving objects. While there's no perfect solution for everyone, thinking about your personal needs is a good place to start when shopping for a 27-inch gaming monitor.

We've bought and tested more than 300 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best 27-inch gaming monitors available to buy. See our picks for the best gaming monitors, the best 27-inch monitors, and the best 32-inch monitors if you want something bigger.

  1. Best 27-Inch Gaming Monitor

    The best 27-inch gaming monitor we've tested is the ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM. It's a 1440p OLED monitor with fantastic gaming performance and excellent picture quality. It has a 240Hz refresh rate with variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing, and it provides a near-instantaneous response time for incredible motion handling. Its OLED panel even offers excellent picture quality, especially if you game in dark rooms. This is because it has a near-infinite contrast ratio for deep blacks, and the monitor gets bright enough to make highlights pop.

    However, this technology has some drawbacks, as OLEDs risk permanent burn-in with constant exposure to the same static elements over time. If you play different games or watch varied content, this isn't a major concern, though, and you still get fantastic gaming performance. Another downside of this monitor is that there are bugs with its HDR performance and input lag on its original firmware, so you need to update it to the latest firmware for the best performance. If that concerns you, you can also consider the LG 27GR95QE-B, which uses the same panel and has fewer bugs out of the box but doesn't get as bright.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range 27-Inch Gaming Monitor

    If you're concerned about permanent burn-in risk or just want something slightly cheaper, consider the Sony INZONE M9. Without an OLED panel, it doesn't deliver the same deep blacks as the ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM. However, it still has an okay local dimming feature that helps improve the black levels, and it also gets bright enough for highlights to pop. If you care about picture quality and want something that gets even brighter with a better local dimming feature, the INNOCN 27M2V is also a good choice, but it's sometimes harder to find.

    One advantage of the Sony over the ASUS is that it has a higher 4k resolution, which results in more detailed and sharper images. It also has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth that lets you take full advantage of HDMI 2.1 graphics cards and current-gen gaming consoles. It even has a few features you can only use with the PS5 like Auto HDR Tone Mapping to optimize the HDR performance in games. In terms of its gaming performance, it has good motion handling and VRR support to reduce screen tearing, but it has a max refresh rate of 144Hz, much lower than the 240Hz on the ASUS.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range 27-Inch Gaming Monitor

    If you find the Sony INZONE M9 still too expensive, a mid-range option like the Gigabyte M27U is a good alternative. It's very similar because it has a 4k resolution for the same detailed images and a slightly higher 160Hz refresh rate, delivering excellent gaming performance. However, the main trade-off is that it has worse picture quality with an inferior local dimming feature. It also supports only 24 Gbps of HDMI 2.1 bandwidth compared to 40 Gbps on the Sony, which means your graphics card needs to use compression for high-bandwidth signals, which could negatively impact the picture quality. However, you'll still be happy with this monitor unless you need the best picture quality possible.

    Besides that, it has everything you'd expect to find in a gaming monitor, like support for all common VRR formats. It also has a fast response time and even has a backlight strobing feature that aims to improve the appearance of motion. This works at the same time as VRR, which is something many monitors can't do. You can consider other 4k gaming monitors with better motion handling, like the LG 27GR93U-B, but it also costs more, so the Gigabyte offers the best value.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range 27-Inch Gaming Monitor

    If you don't need a 4k monitor like the Gigabyte M27U, you can choose from plenty of cheaper options with a lower resolution. If that's what you're interested in, the LG 27GP850-B is an excellent gaming monitor, but with a lower 1440p resolution, images aren't as detailed. However, this is the main trade-off for getting something cheaper. You can also find it as the 27GP83B-B at various retailers; both models are excellent for gaming. It has fantastic motion handling with any refresh rate, and the 27GP850-B variant also has a backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur, so you know motion looks smooth with most games.

    It has FreeSync VRR support and is also G-SYNC compatible, which is great if you have an NVIDIA graphics card. It has a native 165Hz refresh rate, and the 27GP850-B model has an optional overclock feature to boost it up to 180Hz. However, if you want an even higher refresh rate, consider other 1440p options with a 240Hz native refresh rate, like the Dell Alienware AW2723DF or the LG 27GR83Q-B. However, those cost more, so they're only worth getting if you take advantage of the high refresh rates.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget 27-Inch Gaming Monitor

    Current Deal: The Dell G2724D has dropped in price by $93 at Get Deal

    If you want a basic and cheap 27-inch gaming monitor, check out the Dell G2724D. It's similar in specs to the LG 27GP850-B/27GP83B-B as it also has a 1440p resolution with a native 165Hz refresh rate, but it has a few less features because it doesn't have a backlight strobing feature or an overclock. It doesn't even have an audio output like the LG, so you have to connect your headphones directly to your computer, but this is the trade-off of getting something cheaper. It's still excellent for gaming as it has an incredibly fast response time at any refresh rate, leading to minimal motion blur with fast-moving objects.

    It supports all common formats of VRR, including HDMI Forum VRR, which isn't something many low-cost monitors support. This makes it a great choice if you also want to connect a PS5, as this is the console's VRR format. The monitor has some downsides, as it has limited picture quality, especially in dark rooms. If you want a budget monitor with better picture quality, check out the AOC Q27G3XMN, which uses Mini LED backlighting and displays deep blacks. However, it has slightly worse motion handling than the Dell, so the Dell offers the best gaming value.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Corsair XENEON 27QHD240: The Corsair XENEON 27QHD240 is usually cheaper than the ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM. It uses the same OLED panel and is also fantastic for gaming, but it doesn't get as bright, so its overall picture quality isn't as good. See our review
  • Cooler Master Tempest GP27U: The Cooler Master Tempest GP27U is an excellent gaming monitor that delivers better picture quality than the Sony INZONE M9 as it gets brighter and has a better local dimming feature. However, it has more bugs and can sometimes be harder to find. See our review
  • Dell Alienware AW2724DM: The Dell Alienware Aw724DM is a competitor to the LG 27GP850-B/27GP83B-B as it has many of the same features and performance, and you'll be happy with either monitor. The Dell has worse text clarity, so the LG is a bit more well-rounded. See our review
  • Gigabyte GS27QC: The Gigabyte GS27QC is a much cheaper alternative to the Dell G2724D. It's a basic gaming monitor that's fine if you have a limited budget, but the Dell has better motion handling. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 10, 2024: Replaced the Gigabyte M27Q P with the Dell G2724D for consistency with other articles and because the Gigabyte is hard to find; added the Gigabyte GS27QC to Notable Mentions.

  2. Nov 01, 2023: Removed the Gigabyte G27Q because it went up in price; replaced the Gigabyte M27Q (rev. 1.0) with the Gigabyte M27Q P for consistency with other articles; added the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQR and the Dell Alienware AW2724DM to Notable Mentions.

  3. Sep 06, 2023: Added the LG 27GP850-B/27GP83B-B as 'Best Lower Mid-Range Monitor' for consistency with other articles; added the Gigabyte M27Q P and the Corsair XENEON 27QHD240 to Notable Mentions.

  4. Jul 14, 2023: Replaced the LG 27GR95QE-B with the ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM because it's better and for consistency with other articles; replaced the INNOCN 27M2V with the Sony INZONE M9 because it's easier to find; added the LG 27GP950-B to Notable Mentions.

  5. Jul 06, 2023: Replaced the LG 27GP950-B with the INNOCN 27M2V because it's better overall; replaced the Dell Alienware AW2723DF with the Gigabyte M27U because it's a bit cheaper and slightly better for gaming; removed the LG 27GP850-B/27GP83B-B as it's currently hard to find and added the Gigabyte G27Q; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 27-inch monitors for gaming currently available. They are adapted to be valid for most people. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors.

If you would prefer to make your own decision, here is the list of all of our monitor reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.