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 110 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best 27 inch monitors to buy. 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 for other uses. It delivers good picture quality and its wide viewing angles are great for sharing your work or content with friends and coworkers.
This monitor has a fast 144Hz refresh rate that's overclockable to 165Hz, and it has an exceptionally fast response time that allows it to deliver crisp motion with almost no blur. Its input lag is remarkably low, and it has native FreeSync support with G-SYNC compatibility for a nearly tear-free gaming experience. Like most ASUS monitors, it's well-built and it has excellent ergonomics, so you can place the monitor how you like. This monitor doesn't offer any extra features for gaming or productivity, but it has internal speakers if you don't have the room for dedicated ones.
Unfortunately, the monitor isn't perfect, as blacks tend to look grayish in dark rooms, which is typical of an IPS panel monitor. It supports HDR; however, it lacks wide color gamut support to deliver the full richness of colors of HDR content and its peak brightness isn't enough to bring out bright highlights. Additionally, while its reflection handling is okay for most rooms, it may struggle a bit if there's light shining directly on the screen. Overall, as long as you're not looking for a spectacular HDR experience, this monitor is the best 27 inch monitor we've tested so far.
If you want a 27 inch gaming monitor with a really high 280Hz refresh rate, then check out the ASUS VG279QM. It has a lower resolution than the ASUS TUF VG27AQ, but that puts less stress on your graphics card, ideal for esports gaming. The response time at its max refresh rate is outstanding on this monitor, resulting in minimal motion blur, and it stays excellent even at 60Hz. It has native FreeSync support and it's certified by NVIDIA to be G-SYNC compatible too. Sadly, this monitor isn't ideal for dark-room gaming as it has a low contrast ratio, but that's expected from an IPS panel. Instead, it has wide viewing angles, and it has great out-of-the-box color accuracy, great peak brightness, and it has decent reflection handling.
Overall, the VG27AQ is an excellent gaming monitor if you want a 1440p resolution and don't need a refresh rate higher than 165Hz, but if you're looking for a 280Hz refresh rate monitor and don't mind losing some resolution, then the VG279QM is an outstanding choice too.
The best 27 inch 4k monitor we've tested so far is the LG 27UK650-W. This is a good monitor for any type of use thanks to its great out-of-box color accuracy and the clear images it delivers. It has an IPS panel, so the viewing angles are great for sharing work with people next to you, but that comes at the cost of a good contrast ratio and black uniformity, which are both mediocre on this monitor. That said, its gray uniformity is excellent, with almost no dirty screen effect, and the 10-bit panel has exceptional gradient performance.
Casual gamers will surely appreciate this monitor's low input lag and great response time, but the 60Hz refresh rate might be limiting for more serious gamers. There's FreeSync support, though, and it's also compatible with recent NVIDIA graphics cards, so you can enjoy smooth gaming with minimal screen tear. It has great SDR peak brightness and decent reflection handling that's suitable for average-lit environments, but in really bright rooms or when there's direct sunlight, the reflections can be quite distracting.
With a 27 inch screen, the monitor's 4k resolution is breathtaking. Text look incredibly sharp and images are delivered with detail and clarity. There's enough screen space for multitasking and it even supports HDR, even though its performance is severely limited by the lack of wide color gamut support and mediocre peak brightness in HDR mode. On the whole, if you're looking for a high-resolution 27 inch monitor, this one is a very good choice.
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 monitor for most people looking for a 4k monitor, but the Dell might be a better choice if you want better ergonomics and don't need any VRR technologies.
The best 27 inch monitor to consume HDR content with is the Acer Predator X27. Although this is an expensive monitor, it supports HDR10 and it's a great overall 4k monitor with outstanding picture quality in HDR, even as good as some TVs.
It has one of the best HDR color gamuts we've seen on a monitor so far. It has excellent coverage of the commonly-used DCI-P3 color space and good coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space. It gets extremely bright in HDR, bringing out highlights the way they're supposed to. If you want to use it for HDR gaming, it has a 144Hz refresh rate and native G-SYNC support. The response time is excellent, resulting in smooth motion, and even though it doesn't have a black frame insertion feature to clear up motion blur, you shouldn't need one.
Sadly, it has disappointing out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you should get it calibrated to enjoy this monitor to the fullest. It also has a low contrast ratio, so blacks appear closer to gray in the dark. On the upside, it has near-perfect coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing, and it's a good choice to use in bright rooms since it has decent reflection handling and it comes with blinders. All in all, this is the best 27 inch monitor for HDR we've seen so far.
The best 27 inch monitor in the budget category we've tested so far is the ASUS VG279Q. This is a great monitor for general office use, and it also performs impressively well when it comes to gaming. It has a 1080p IPS panel, with wide viewing angles and great peak brightness, so you're unlikely to have any issues with visibility, even in very bright rooms.
Gaming on this monitor feels extremely responsive thanks to its 144Hz refresh rate and low input lag. It also supports FreeSync variable refresh rate for smooth, nearly tear-free gaming, and it's compatible with recent 10- or 20- series NVIDIA graphics cards. Even though its response time at 60Hz is slower, it's still good and there's minimal motion blur, and it also has a really low input lag. Its ergonomics are outstanding, allowing you to adjust it, and it has a simple cable management system to help keep your setup clean.
Unfortunately, this monitor doesn't support HDR, which may be disappointing for some people. Also, the IPS panel presents some black uniformity issues and backlight bleed, but it shouldn't be distracting unless you're planning on using it in a dark room. Otherwise these problems, it's a great monitor for nearly every type of content and it comes with some nifty extra features, such as the ability to add a crosshair for shooter games and a frame rate counter overlay.
If you want an even cheaper monitor, then check out the HP 27F. Its ergonomics are much worse than the ASUS VG279Q, but it's a simple 1080p monitor that should please most people. It has great out-of-the-box color accuracy, wide viewing angles, it gets fairly bright enough to combat glare, and it has great reflection handling. It's a decent choice for gaming as it has a 75Hz refresh rate and FreeSync support, but it has a slow response time, so motion looks blurry. It doesn't support HDR either and it's limited on extra features and connectivity options. Still, it's a fairly well-built monitor that won't cost you much.
Overall, the ASUS is the best 27 inch budget monitor we've seen, but if you want to save even more money and don't mind losing some performance, check out the HP.
07/28/2020: Replaced the Acer Predator XB271HU with the ASUS VG279QM; moved the Acer Predator X27 from an alternative to a main pick.
05/29/2020: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.
03/09/2020: Removed the LG 27GL83A-B from notable mentions.
01/09/2020: Added the ASUS TUF VG27AQ and the Acer Predator XB271HU.
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.