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 tested over 135 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best 27 inch monitors to buy. Also, make sure to check out our recommendations for the best 28-32 inch monitors, the best large monitors, and the best 4k monitors.
The best 27 inch monitor for gaming we've tested is the Samsung Odyssey G7. Although we tested the 32 inch variant, the 27 inch is identical and should perform the same. It's a 1440p model that delivers good picture quality, with a 240Hz refresh that results in an incredibly smooth gaming experience. It has a VA panel that can produce deep blacks for gaming in the dark, and it overcomes glare easily in brightly-lit settings. Despite having a curved screen, it has reasonably good ergonomics, allowing you to adjust the screen to your optimal viewing position.
In addition to its 240Hz refresh rate, it has an exceptional response time that results in almost no motion blur. It has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature that can help improve motion clarity; however, like most monitors, it isn't usable while variable refresh rate is active. It has native FreeSync support and is certified as G-SYNC compatible. Its input lag is remarkably low and remains low even when playing in 10-bit HDR.
Unfortunately, if you're looking to game in HDR, it can't deliver a satisfying experience. It has a good color gamut, but it simply doesn't get bright enough to make highlights stand out the way they should in HDR content. Also, its edge-lit local dimming performs poorly as there are few dimming zones. It has two USB 3.0 ports and a Picture-in-Picture mode that lets you display images from two input sources at once. Overall, this is an excellent gaming monitor that should please casual and hardcore gamers alike.
If you want a monitor with an even higher refresh rate, then check out the ASUS VG279QM. Unlike the Samsung Odyssey G7, this model has an IPS panel that provides wider viewing angles, but at the cost of a lower contrast ratio, resulting in blacks that look grayish in the dark. It has a faster response time, and its 240Hz native refresh rate can be overclocked up to 280Hz for a smoother gaming experience. Also, it has a Black Frame Insertion that can be used simultaneously with VRR. Unfortunately, there's a compromise, as this monitor has a lower 1080p resolution. It shouldn't be an issue for most gamers, but the resulting pixel density is a bit low if you're planning on using it for work. The ergonomics are outstanding, and it has a pair of speakers built-in.
Overall, the Samsung is a better choice due to its higher resolution. However, if you want smoother gameplay and don't mind compromising on the resolution, the ASUS is an excellent alternative.
The best 27 inch 4k monitor that we've tested is the LG 27UK650-W. This is a good choice 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. 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 its 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 that 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, its 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 need a monitor with better ergonomics, check out the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q. It has the same size and resolution as the LG 27UK650-W, but it provides significantly better ergonomic adjustments, including a wide swivel range. It doesn't get as bright and has worse reflection handling, so visibility isn't as good in well-lit rooms. Also, its out-of-the-box color accuracy is only decent, and it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology. On the upside, it has a higher HDR peak brightness and can display a wide color gamut, making it a better choice for viewing HDR content. Last but not least, it has three USB-A 3.0 ports and two USB-C ports that support DisplayPort Alt Mode, allowing you to display an image from a compatible device while charging it at the same time.
Overall, the LG is a better choice for most people, as it's more versatile and cheaper. However, if you need better ergonomics, then go with the Dell.
The Acer Predator X27 is the best 27 inch monitor for viewing HDR content we've tested. Although this is an expensive model, 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 tested. 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 it 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 comes with blinders. All in all, this is the best 27 inch monitor for HDR we've tested.
The best 27 inch monitor in the budget category we've tested is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV. It's a versatile 1440p model with an IPS panel, providing great viewing angles that allow you to share work or content easily. It has a good build quality, and its superb ergonomics let you place the screen exactly the way you like for the best viewing experience. It gets bright enough to provide great visibility in well-lit environments, but unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look grayish, which isn't ideal for dark rooms.
Out-of-the-box, it has good color accuracy. It has near full coverage of the sRGB color space, with excellent gradient handling to minimize banding. Its response time is fast, input lag is low, and its 75Hz refresh rate makes motion look more fluid than a simple 60Hz panel. It has Adaptive Sync support to reduce screen tearing and is compatible with FreeSync and G-SYNC.
There are four USB 3.0 ports that you can use for charging or data transfer and a 3.5 mm analog audio port that lets you play audio from an external device using its integrated speakers. There aren't any gaming-specific features, but you do get a QuickFit Virtual Scale feature, which allows you to preview documents in their actual sizes before printing. Overall, it's an impressive model that most people should be satisfied with.
If you're shopping on a very tight budget and find the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV too expensive, then check out the MSI Optix MAG273R. It has a lower 1080p resolution, which isn't the best for work, but it should be good enough for gaming and media consumption. It has a 144Hz refresh rate and quick response time, and it supports FreeSync to reduce screen tearing. It has an impressive build quality despite its low price, but its ergonomics are sub-par, as it lacks swivel adjustment and can't rotate to portrait mode. It gets bright enough to overcome glare, but sadly, not enough to deliver a satisfying HDR experience.
Overall, if you can afford it, the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV is a much better choice, as the increase in resolution at a 27 inch screen size is very noticeable. However, if cost is a concern, the MSI Optix MAG273R is also a very good choice.
11/27/2020: Minor text and structure changes. Added Samsung Odyssey G7 and MSI Optix MAG273R. Removed ASUS TUF VG27AQ and HP 27f.
09/28/2020: Replaced Dell U2718Q with Dell UltraSharp U2720Q, replaced ASUS VG279Q with ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV.
07/28/2020: Replaced the Acer Predator XB271HU with the ASUS VG279QM; moved the Acer Predator X27 from an alternative to a main pick.
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.