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The 6 Best 27 Inch Gaming Monitors - Winter 2022 Reviews

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Best 27 Inch Gaming Monitors
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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, these gaming monitors are available to match any budget and need, whether you're a weekend warrior or professional esports player.

We've tested more than 85 monitors in the 27 inch size, and below are our recommendations for the best 27 inch gaming monitors that are available for purchase. See our picks for the best gaming monitors, the best 1080p monitors, and the best gaming monitors under $300.


  1. Best 27 Inch 1080p Gaming Monitor: ASUS VG279QM

    8.7
    Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 1920x1080
    Max Refresh Rate
    280 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The ASUS VG279QM is the best 27 inch 1080p gaming monitor we've tested. Although the lower resolution might not sound appealing to everyone, this allows the monitor to achieve a higher refresh rate and doesn't require too much power from your graphics card. It also has a native 240Hz refresh rate that you can overclock to 280Hz with a DisplayPort connection.

    It has variable refresh rate (VRR) support in native FreeSync and includes G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. It also has a low input lag when playing at its max refresh rate, but it sadly increases significantly at 60Hz, so it's best to avoid using this for console gaming. Motion handling is exceptional as it has a very quick response time, and there's a backlight strobing feature. Visibility shouldn't be an issue in well-lit rooms because it gets bright enough to combat glare.

    Unfortunately, even though it supports HDR10, it doesn't deliver the best HDR experience. It has a low contrast ratio and lacks a local dimming feature, so blacks look gray, and it doesn't display a wide color gamut for HDR content. On the plus side, its IPS panel has wide viewing angles, and its stand has fantastic ergonomics, making it a great choice for co-op gaming. Overall, it's one of the best gaming monitors we've tested.

    See our review

  2. Best 27 Inch 1440p FreeSync Gaming Monitor: Samsung LC27G75TQSNXZA

    8.8
    Gaming
    Size 32"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    240 Hz
    Pixel Type
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The Samsung LC27G75TQSNXZA is the best 27 inch 1440p gaming monitor with native FreeSync support. It's available in both 27 and 32 inches, and although we tested the 32 inch model, the 27 inch version should perform the same. It's an excellent gaming monitor with a lot of features, and it's also well-built with a stand that offers okay ergonomics.

    It has a curved screen, which may not be to everyone's liking, but it brings the edges of the screen more within your field of vision, which is great considering it has narrow viewing angles. It has a 240Hz panel with a quick response time, whether you're gaming at its max refresh rate or 60Hz, and there's also an optional backlight strobing feature to reduce motion blur. It supports FreeSync natively and has G-SYNC compatibility. Input lag is also really low for a responsive gaming experience.

    Unfortunately, there are some issues where the backlight flickers with certain types of content, but not everyone experiences this issue, so your experience may be different. Also, the VRR doesn't work properly if you set the refresh rate to 60Hz, so it's best for playing high frame rate games. While it has an edge-lit local dimming feature, it performs terribly and causes blooming around bright objects. Regardless, it's one of the best 27 inch gaming monitors we've tested.

    See our review

  3. Best 27 Inch 1440p G-SYNC Gaming Monitor: ViewSonic Elite XG270QG

    8.5
    Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    165 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    G-SYNC

    The ViewSonic Elite XG270QG is the best 27 inch 1440p monitor we've tested with native G-SYNC support. Unlike the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T, it has full G-SYNC support to take advantage of NVIDIA graphics cards, and we also confirmed it's compatible with AMD graphics cards for FreeSync support.

    It has a high 144Hz native refresh rate that you can overclock to 165Hz using a DisplayPort connection because over HDMI, it's limited to HDMI 1.4 bandwidth and can reach a max of 60Hz with a 1440p resolution. Input lag is really low for a responsive gaming experience, and the quick response time results in smooth motion whether you're gaming at its max refresh rate or 60Hz. You won't have an issue gaming in well-lit rooms with it because it has good peak brightness and great reflection handling. It also has good ergonomics and wide viewing angles if you want to use it for cop-op gaming.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR at all, which is disappointing. Its dark room performance is also sub-par because its IPS panel has a low contrast ratio, middling black uniformity, and it lacks a local dimming feature. It also has terrible out-of-the-box accuracy, but this may vary between units. All in all, if you want a G-SYNC gaming monitor with a 1440p resolution, you can't go wrong with this one.

    See our review

  4. Higher Refresh Rate Alternative: Dell Alienware AW2721D

    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    240 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    G-SYNC

    If you prefer something with a higher refresh rate, look into the Dell Alienware AW2721D. Although it has a bit more overshoot than the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG and has worse reflection handling, it's still an impressive gaming monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate and native G-SYNC support. It delivers a smooth and responsive gaming experience thanks to its low input lag and quick response time, but it doesn't have a backlight-strobing feature. It has the same IPS panel type as the ViewSonic, so it has wide viewing angles, which are great for co-op gaming. It also supports HDR, and it gets bright in that mode to make highlights pop, but blacks still look grey, and the local dimming feature performs terribly.

    If you want the best G-SYNC gaming monitor in a 27 inch size, you should be happy with the ViewSonic, but if you care more about the refresh rate, then check out the Dell.

    See our review

  5. Best 27 Inch 4k Gaming Monitor: LG 27GP950-B

    8.4
    Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    160 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best 27 inch 4k gaming monitor that we've tested is the LG 27GP950-B. It has a few more extra features like HDMI 2.1 inputs, letting you play 4k games up to 120 fps, and we confirmed that each of the inputs supports the full 48 Gbps bandwidth for HDMI 2.1. It also has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, so it's a good choice for co-op gaming, but its ergonomics are limited as you can't swivel it.

    In terms of gaming features, the LG has a 144Hz native refresh rate that you can achieve over a DisplayPort connection with a graphics card that supports DSC 1.2a, and over HDMI, it has a max refresh rate of 120Hz. It has native FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility, and it has an incredibly fast response time no matter the refresh rate you're gaming at.

    Unfortunately, it's not a good choice for dark room gaming since its IPS panel has a low contrast ratio. The edge-lit local dimming feature is awful, causing intense blooming around bright objects. Although it gets bright enough to fight glare in a well-lit room, its reflection handling is disappointing, so it's best to avoid placing it opposite a bright window. If that doesn't bother you, it's one of the best 27 inch gaming monitors we've tested.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget 27 Inch Gaming Monitor: Gigabyte M27Q

    8.6
    Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    170 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best budget 27 inch gaming monitor we've tested is the Gigabyte M27Q. It's an excellent gaming option that provides great value for its low cost, and it competes with more expensive options. It's well-built and should look good in gaming and office-oriented setups as it's made of glossy and matte plastic.

    It has a high 170Hz refresh rate with native FreeSync support, and we confirmed G-SYNC works with NVIDIA graphics cards. However, you can only achieve its max refresh rate over a DisplayPort connection, as it's capped to 144Hz over HDMI. It has an incredibly quick response time at any refresh rate, so motion looks extremely smooth. It also has low input lag. Colors look fantastic because it displays an extremely wide color gamut with near-full coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing, and our unit has fantastic color accuracy.

    Unfortunately, the panel has a BGR subpixel layout, which may affect text clarity depending on the software or program you use, but text still looks clear thanks to the high pixel density. Some people have reported issues with displaying solid colors at 90Hz and below, but we didn't experience this with our unit. Besides these issues that won't change the gaming experience much, this is one of the best 27 inch gaming options you can buy.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • ASUS ROG Strix XG27AQ: The ASUS ROG Strix XG27AQ is a great gaming monitor and a cheaper alternative to the Samsung Odyssey G7, as long as you don't mind a lower refresh rate of 170Hz. See our review
  • LG 27GN750-B: The LG 27GN750-B is an impressive gaming monitor with a 1080p resolution, but its 240Hz refresh rate isn't as high as the ASUS VG279QM. See our review
  • Gigabyte G27Q: The Gigabyte G27Q is another low-cost model, similar to the Gigabyte M27Q, and it has an RGB subpixel layout, but it costs more and has fewer features, so it's worth getting the M27Q instead. See our review
  • Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx: The Acer Predator XB27U GXbmiipruzx has a higher refresh rate and better response time than the Samsung Odyssey G7, but it's harder to find due to low availability. See our review
  • LG 27GP850-B: The LG 27GP850-B is a great budget gaming monitor that costs just a bit more than the M27Q; both have similar gaming performance, but the M27Q has a few more features that makes it more versatile. See our review
  • Dell Alienware AW2720HF: The Dell Alienware AW2720HF is a great 1080p gaming monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate, and it costs a bit less than the ASUS TUF VG279QM, but it has a worse response time both at its max refresh rate and at 60Hz. See our review
  • LG 27GN950-B: The LG 27GN950-B is an older version of the LG 27GP950-B with HDMI 2.0 bandwidth, so its refresh rate is limited to 60Hz over HDMI, and it may be harder to find. See our review
  • MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD: The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is a wide viewing angle alternative to the Samsung Odyssey G7, but it has a lower 165Hz refresh rate. See our review
  • Samsung Odyssey G5 S27AG50: The Samsung Odyssey G5 S27AG50 is a cheaper version of the Samsung Odyssey G7 with a 165Hz refresh rate, so you can get it if you don't need the 240Hz panel, but its IPS screen has a worse contrast. See our review
  • Gigabyte M28U: The Gigabyte M28U is a great 4k gaming monitor with HDMI 2.1 inputs, and it's more versatile than the LG 27GP950-B, but because this monitor is 28 inches, we can't recommend it in this article. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 17, 2022: Moved the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG to its own Best G-SYNC category and added the Dell Alienware AW2721D as an alternative; added the LG 27GP850-B, MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD, and the Samsung Odyssey G7 S27AG50 to Notable Mentions.

  2. Nov 08, 2021: Replaced the LG 27GN950-B with the LG 27GP950-B because it has HDMI 2.1 inputs; added the 27GN950-B and the LG 27GP83B-B to Notable Mentions.

  3. Sep 09, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the Dell Alienware AW2721D and Gigabyte M28U to Notable Mentions.

  4. Jul 14, 2021: Replaced the Gigabyte G27Q with the Gigabyte M27Q because the latter is easier to find; updated Notable Mentions based on market availability.

  5. May 17, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. No change in recommendations.

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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