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's a 27" gaming monitor to match any budget and need, whether you're a weekend warrior or professional eSports player.
We've reviewed more than 85 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best 27 inch gaming monitors that are available for purchase in 2020. See our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best 1080p monitors, and the best gaming monitors under $300. If you're looking for the best gaming experience possible, also check out our recommendations for the best gaming mice.
The best 27 inch gaming monitor that we've tested so far is the ASUS TUF VG27AQ. It's a 1440p monitor that delivers a great picture quality with outstanding motion handling, as it allows the optional black frame insertion feature (ELMB) to be used while FreeSync is enabled. This results in a clear picture with almost no blur trail behind fast-moving objects and a nearly tear-free gaming experience. Input lag is remarkably low and the monitor's native refresh rate of 144Hz can be easily factory overclocked to 165Hz.
Unfortunately, like most IPS panels, contrast ratio and black uniformity are mediocre, which is less ideal for dark room viewing. On the upside, it offers good viewing angles for those who like to share content or play co-op games. While this monitor supports HDR, the lack of wide color gamut support and a mediocre peak brightness prevent it from displaying bright highlights in HDR content. Lastly, it has a flicker-free backlight, which helps to reduce eye strain during those long gaming sessions.
All in all, this is a great gaming monitor that should please casual and hardcore gamers alike.
If you have an NVIDIA graphics card and you prefer to have native G-SYNC support, check out the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ. Its performance and design are very similar to the ASUS TUF VG27AQ, but there are some notable differences, as this monitor doesn't support HDR, has a noticeably worse black uniformity, and its 144Hz refresh rate can't be factory overclocked. It does, however, have a better color accuracy out of the box, a slightly faster response time, and a USB 3.0 hub to let you charge your devices.
Overall, the VG27AQ performs better and it's cheaper, but for native G-SYNC support, go with the PG279QZ.
If you want an even higher refresh rate than the 165Hz ASUS TUF VG29AQ, take a look at the Acer Nitro XV273X. This is the first IPS monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate. That said, this is a 1080p monitor. It may be disappointing for those who like to see every little detail in their games, but the lower resolution does help to achieve a higher frame rate. Response time and input lag are shockingly low, and color accuracy is exceptional right out of the box. It also comes with some neat features, such as a frame rate counter overlay, blue light filter to reduce eye strain, and a crosshair for shooter games.
If you prefer a higher resolution, go with the ASUS; otherwise, the Acer will give a significantly smoother gaming experience.
For those wanting to see every little detail in their game, the LG 27UK650-W is the best 27 inch gaming monitor with a 4k resolution we've tested. This monitor has a 60Hz refresh rate that delivers very good picture quality and viewing angles. LG has also included HDR support, but with the lack of wide color gamut and average peak brightness, it doesn't improve picture quality by much. Some may find the 60Hz refresh rate a bit disappointing, but at least LG has kept FreeSync support. Unfortunately, like the majority of IPS monitors, it doesn't look quite as good with dark scenes in a dark room.
The design of the monitor is clean and professional, suitable for any office. Ergonomics is a bit of a mixed bag; it allows for height, tilt, and rotation, but it can't swivel.
Overall, this is a great gaming monitor if you don't mind the 60Hz refresh rate.
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 75Hz refresh rate, low input lag, and great response time. It also supports FreeSync, although it doesn't work with NVIDIA's new adaptive sync drivers as it lacks a DisplayPort connection.
For a budget monitor, it delivers a decent overall picture quality. The IPS panel 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. As for the stand and ergonomics, this is where HP had to make a few compromises; it's a fixed stand that can only tilt and can't be VESA mounted.
Despite the budget price, this is a decent monitor that should please most casual gamers.
If you like the HP 27F but are looking for a better dark room performance, consider the Samsung CF398. It delivers a similar gaming experience to the HP, but the VA panel has a much higher contrast ratio, resulting in deeper blacks. Ergonomics are also quite poor on the Samsung and the screen has a slight curve. Like the HP, this monitor has FreeSync support.
Although the HP is the best budget 27" gaming monitor we've tested so far, if you like gaming in a dark room, the Samsung is the best dark room alternative.
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.
01/17/2020: Replaced ASUS VG279Q with ASUS TUF VG27AQ, replaced Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD with Acer Nitro XV273X. Minor text and structure changes.
11/18/2019: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.