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 monitor strikes a good balance between screen real estate and desk real estate, and whether you are displaying older 1080p content or playing the latest 4k games, it will look good.
We've reviewed 18 monitors that are available in this size and below are our recommendations for the best 27 inch monitors to buy in 2018. See also our recommendations for the best 28-32 inch monitors and the best 4k monitors.
The ASUS ROG PG279Q is the best 27 inch monitor that we have reviewed. This 27" 1440p monitor is well suited for gaming but delivers very good performance for a variety of other uses as well. For gaming, it has an excellent fast refresh rate and nearly perfect response time that displays fast moving objects clearly with almost no perceptible motion blur. It also supports Nvidia's G-Sync technology for a tear-free gaming experience.
For everyday use, the wide viewing angles and excellent color gamut will please most users, but professional users will be disappointed by the mediocre Adobe RGB coverage. The PG279Q has great peak brightness as well.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR, and blacks appear gray in a dark room, so viewing conditions are an important factor to take into consideration before buying this monitor. Overall, it delivers an enjoyable viewing experience that should please most people.
If you like the gaming features of the ASUS ROG PG279Q but want something compatible with your AMD Radeon graphics card, check out the Samsung CHG70. It supports AMD's FreeSync technology, great for PC gaming with a Radeon card or for console gaming with an Xbox One S/X. It also adds HDR support, although it isn't quite able to take full advantage of this. The CHG70 doesn't have the same wide viewing angles as the ROG PG279Q, so office users that like to share their work might have a tougher time with it.
If you want to take advantage of the latest technology and highest definition videos, the LG 27UK650 is the best 27 inch 4k monitor we have reviewed so far. The high-resolution screen makes it even easier to get more done, and the included LG software can split the screen into multiple virtual monitors, making it even easier to multitask.
It is a versatile monitor that can easily adapt to multiple uses. It has wide viewing angles, great if you work closely with others and like to share your work. The stand is adjustable, and it can be rotated to a portrait orientation.
The LG 27UK650 supports HDR, but unfortunately, there isn't much advantage to using it as it can't get very bright in HDR and has a limited color gamut. It has a lower 60 Hz refresh rate that might disappoint some gamers, but overall it is a good 4k monitor that should please most people.
If you like the LG 27UK650, 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 the U2718Q 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, great for sharing your work with a nearby coworker.
If you want a decent monitor without breaking the bank, the ASUS PB277Q is the best budget 27 inch monitor that we have tested so far. The PB277Q features a 1440p resolution and 75 Hz refresh rate, good enough for most gamers. It produces crisp motion with very little blur thanks to the extremely fast response time, great for gaming or watching videos.
It is a decent fit in an office setting. The stand has great ergonomics, so you can easily adjust the monitor to the ideal viewing position or swivel it to share your work with a coworker, which is convenient as the viewing angles are poor. Professionals in the print and marketing industries might be disappointed by the Adobe RGB coverage, but most users will find it has an excellent color gamut.
Unfortunately, the ASUS PB277Q isn't a good choice for a dark room, as the TN panel can't produce deep blacks and the black uniformity is bad. Despite these flaws, it is a decent monitor overall that should please most people.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 27" 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 things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.