Like TVs, monitors have been getting bigger and bigger over the past few years. Higher-resolution screens have driven the demand for larger monitors, and 27" has emerged as one of the most popular sizes. This size of monitor strikes a good balance between screen real estate and desk space, and whether you're displaying older 1080p content or playing the latest 4k games, it'll look good.
We've reviewed over 85 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best 27 inch monitors to buy in 2020. See also our recommendations for the best 28-32 inch monitors, the best large monitors, and the best 4k monitors.
The best 27 inch monitor we've tested is the ASUS TUF VG27AQ. It's an excellent 1440p IPS gaming monitor that also delivers impressive performance in most other uses as well. It has a fast 165Hz refresh rate and an exceptionally fast response time that allow it to deliver crisp motion with almost no blur. The input lag is remarkably low and the monitor supports a wide FreeSync variable refresh rate range for nearly tear-free gaming in graphics-demanding games. It has a good picture quality with wide viewing angles that help maintain a uniform image at edges of the screen when you sit up close or when sharing your screen with a colleague or a friend.
Unfortunately, the monitor isn't perfect as blacks look gray in a dark room, typical of an IPS panel monitor, and although it supports HDR and can reach good brightness levels, it lacks a wide color gamut to deliver the full richness of colors of HDR content.
Overall, this impressive monitor is the best 27" monitor we've tested and won't let you down.
If you often play graphics-demanding games with your NVIDIA graphics card and prefer a true G-SYNC monitor, then get the Acer Predator XB271HU. You won't get the HDR support of the ASUS TUF VG27AQ and the response time is slightly slower. On the upside, the Acer is a very good overall monitor that delivers excellent gaming performance and supports G-SYNC to match your NVIDIA graphics card. It has a very low input lag and feels very responsive while motion looks crisp with almost no blur.
If you want the best 27 inch monitor, get the ASUS, but if G-SYNC support is important, the Acer is a good alternative.
If you want to take advantage of the latest technology and highest definition videos, the LG 27UK650-W is the best 27 inch 4k monitor we've reviewed so far. Although a 4k resolution on a 27 inch monitor can be difficult to appreciate, the higher resolution screen does come with some benefits, as the included LG software can split the screen into multiple virtual monitors, making it easier to multitask.
It's a versatile monitor that can easily adapt to multiple uses. It has wide viewing angles, which is great if you work closely with others and like to share your work. The stand is adjustable and can be rotated to portrait orientation.
This monitor does support HDR, but unfortunately, the performance is limited by its mediocre brightness in HDR mode and has a limited color gamut. The lower 60Hz refresh rate may be disappointing for some gamers, but overall it's a good 4k monitor that should please most people.
If you like the LG 27UK650-W but would prefer something with a better stand, check out the Dell U2718Q. It offers very similar performance overall but is slightly worse for gaming as it doesn't support any VRR technologies like FreeSync or G-SYNC. The biggest advantage of this monitor is the better stand. The stand has a smaller footprint and is quite thin, so you can still place small objects in front of your monitor. It also has better ergonomics with a great height range, and it can swivel, which is great for sharing your work with a nearby coworker.
Overall, the LG is the best 27 inch 4k monitor for most people, but the Dell might be a better choice if you want better ergonomics and don't need any VRR technologies.
If you like the LG 27UK650-W but are looking for the best HDR experience, then check out the Acer Predator X27. Although the price can be off-putting, this monitor can deliver a decent HDR gaming experience. It gets extremely bright in HDR, rivaling many high-end TVs, and has the widest color gamut we've ever measured. The only downside is that the contrast ratio and black uniformity of this monitor are somewhat sub-par, so it isn't ideal for dark room viewing. The slightly higher than average input lag can be bothersome for serious gamers.
Overall, even though we picked the LG as the best 27 inch 4k monitor, the ASUS is still a great monitor if you want the best HDR experience currently available and don't need the lowest input lag.
The best budget 27 inch monitor we've tested is the ASUS VG279Q. It's a good monitor for general office use, with good viewing angles and ergonomics. Its 144Hz refresh rate and low input lag make it a great gaming monitor. Despite its budget price, it even supports variable refresh rate for smooth, nearly tear-free gaming. Although the monitor does present some black uniformity issues and backlight glow, it shouldn't be distracting unless you're planning on using it in a dark room. Unfortunately, this monitor is limited to 1080p resolution and doesn't support HDR, which may disappoint some people.
Overall, it's a very good, versatile budget monitor that should please most people.
For something even cheaper than the ASUS VG279Q, consider the HP 27F. As this monitor has a 60Hz panel, we can't expect the same smoothness found on the ASUS, so motion doesn't look quite as good. The lack of ergonomic adjustments and VESA mount support can also impact your decision. However, it does get the basics right: it gets decently bright, has good viewing angles, and has excellent uniformity, which is great.
Overall, the ASUS is the best budget 27 inch monitor we've tested so far, but for something cheaper that offers great basic functions, the HP is an okay choice.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 27 inch monitors currently available. They are adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. 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 metrics that fare worse are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.
01/09/2020: Added the ASUS TUF VG27AQ and the Acer Predator XB271HU, and made small changes to text for clarity.
11/06/2019: Minor text and structure changes, no changes in our recommendations.