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The 6 Best 27 Inch Gaming Monitors - Spring 2019
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Best 27 Inch Gaming Monitors
68 Monitors Tested
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27 inch monitors vary significantly in performance and features and are one of the most popular sizes on the market today. Ranging from the most basic 1080p monitors to 4k gaming powerhouses, there is a 27" gaming monitor to match any budget and need, whether you're a weekend warrior or professional eSports player.

We've reviewed 67 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best 27 inch gaming monitors that are available for purchase in 2019. See our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best 1080p gaming monitors, and the best gaming monitors under $300.

  1. Best 27 Inch Gaming Monitor: ASUS VG279Q

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 1920x1080
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    The ASUS VG279Q is the best 27 inch gaming monitor we've tested so far. It has an outstanding fast response time, low input lag, and it supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, even when connected to a recent 10- or 20- series NVIDIA graphics card.

    Despite the budget price, this monitor delivers decent overall picture quality. It has great peak brightness and decent reflection handling, so there shouldn't be any issues gaming, even in a bright room. This monitor also has wide viewing angles, but unfortunately, it doesn't look quite as good when gaming in a dark room.

    Unfortunately, this monitor has a fairly low resolution, 1080p screen, which may disappoint more serious gamers. Overall, though, it's an excellent gaming monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

  2. G-SYNC Alternative: ASUS PG279QZ

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    G-Sync

    If you like the ASUS VG279Q, but want to get the most out of your NVIDIA graphics card, check out the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ instead. This 27 inch, 1440p monitor delivers an impressive gaming experience with an extremely fast response time, delivering clear motion with very little blur trail. It isn't quite as bright as the VG279Q, and the stand is slightly less versatile, but it adds a USB hub, great for keeping your controllers charged. Overall, this is an impressive 27 inch G-SYNC gaming monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

  3. 1440p Alternative: Gigabyte AD27QD

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you want a great FreeSync gaming monitor, but want something with a higher native resolution than the ASUS VG279Q, check out the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD instead. This is a great gaming monitor that should please even the most demanding gamers. It has an extremely fast response time, outstanding low input lag, and wide viewing angles. It also has an impressive selection of additional features, including a unique active noise cancelling feature, ensuring your teammates only hear your voice and not the ambient noise around you.

    See our review

  4. Best 27 Inch 4k Gaming Monitor: LG 27UK650-W

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you want a higher level of detail in your favorite games, the LG 27UK650-W is the best 27 inch 4k gaming monitor we've tested so far. It has a fast response time, so there is only a bit of blur behind fast moving objects. Although there's a bit more blur than the ASUS VG279Q, it still looks great. This monitor also has excellent low input lag, and, like the ASUS and the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD, it supports FreeSync for a nearly tear-free gaming experience.

    This monitor has a good design. Although the stand doesn't offer the same flexibility as the ASUS, it still has a good height and tilt adjustment and can be rotated to portrait orientation, so you shouldn't have any issues placing it in the ideal viewing position.

    Unfortunately, like the majority of IPS monitors, it doesn't look quite as good with dark scenes in a dark room. It's also limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, which may disappoint more serious gamers. Overall, though, this is a great gaming monitor.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget 27 Inch Gaming Monitor: HP 27f

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 1920x1080
    Refresh Rate : 75 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you're on a tight budget, the HP 27F is the best budget 27 inch gaming monitor we've tested so far. This is a decent monitor for most uses. It's an entry-level gaming monitor, with a decent 75Hz refresh rate, low input lag, and great response time. It also supports FreeSync for a nearly tear-free gaming experience, although it doesn't work with NVIDIA's new adaptive sync drivers, as it lacks a DisplayPort connection.

    Even though it's a budget monitor, it delivers decent overall picture quality. It has decent peak brightness, wide viewing angles, and excellent gray uniformity. It also has surprisingly good reflection handling, so you shouldn't have any issues playing in a bright room.

    Unfortunately, like most IPS monitors, it doesn't look quite as good when viewing dark content in a dark room. It also has a fixed stand, and can't be VESA mounted, so it can be difficult to find the ideal viewing position. Overall, though, this is a decent monitor that should please most casual gamers.

    See our review

  6. Cheaper Alternative: Samsung C27F398

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 1920x1080
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you want something even cheaper than the HP 27F, check out the Samsung CF398 instead. Both monitors provide a good overall gaming experience, but the Samsung uses a VA panel, which looks better when viewed in a dark room. Unfortunately, this difference also means the image degrades when viewed at an angle. This may be an issue if sitting too close, as the edges appear non-uniform, or when sharing your screen with someone else. Overall, though, this is a good gaming monitor for most casual gamers.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • ASUS ROG PG279Q: Excellent gaming monitor, but nearly identical to the PG279QZ. See our review
  • Acer Predator XB271HU: Excellent 1440p gaming monitor, but overall slightly worse than the PG279QZ. See our review
  • Dell S2716DG: Outstanding response time and low input lag, but poor viewing angles. See our review
  • Samsung C27HG70: Outstanding low input lag, but more motion blur than the AD27QD and PG279QZ. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 27 inch gaming monitors 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.

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