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The 6 Best 27-Inch Monitors - Black Friday 2022 Reviews

Best 27 Inch Monitors

Even though monitors have been getting bigger and bigger throughout the years, 27-inch monitors remain one of the most popular sizes. You can find them with different resolutions and for a variety of uses. This size of monitor strikes a good balance between having a large screen and not taking up too much desk space. Most 27-inch monitors either have a 4k or 1440p resolution, which both result in good text clarity, but there are a few cheaper ones with a 1080p resolution.

We've bought and tested over 250 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best monitors you can buy with 27-inch screen sizes. Also, make sure to check out our recommendations for the best 27-inch gaming monitors, the best work monitors, and if you want something bigger, the best 32-inch monitors.

  1. Best 27-Inch Monitor

    The best 27-inch monitor we've tested is the Dell U2723QE. It's a high-end monitor with many features, and it's great for office use and even excellent if you're a photo or video editor. Its 4k resolution helps deliver crisp images and sharp text clarity, and it lets you open multiple windows at once compared to a lower-resolution 27-inch monitor. As it's a premium monitor in Dell's UltraSharp lineup, it has a massive USB hub that includes five USB-A ports and three USB-C ports, one of which supports 90 W of power delivery so you can charge a compatible device and display an image from it at the same time.

    It's easy to multitask with this monitor because it has Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture modes. It also has a KVM switch, meaning you can control two devices with the same keyboard and mouse. Its accuracy before calibration is excellent, and you won't have to get it calibrated to enjoy accurate colors to their fullest. Lastly, its wide viewing angle and incredible ergonomics make it a great choice for sharing your screen with someone else.

    See our review

  2. Best 27-Inch Gaming Monitor

    If you aren't going to use the productivity features on the Dell U2723QE and instead want something for gaming, check out the LG 27GP950-B. While it has the same 4k resolution as the Dell U2723QE, it's a different type of monitor because it has more gaming features. It's excellent whether you need it for console or PC gaming as it has a 4k resolution and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, allowing you to play 4k games up to 120 fps without issue from the Xbox Series X and PS5. It has low input lag for a responsive gaming feel, and motion looks smooth thanks to its quick response time. It also has variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing.

    You can overclock its 144Hz refresh rate to 160Hz with a DisplayPort connection. It also has a few gaming features, like the ability to add a virtual crosshair that your system won't detect, giving you an advantage in games. While it has a USB hub with two USB-A ports that allow you to charge your devices, it isn't nearly as big as the USB hub on the Dell, which is what you have to expect for a gamer-oriented monitor like this one.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range 27-Inch Monitor

    If you don't need the gaming features of the LG 27GP950-B and you aren't going to take full advantage of the massive USB hub of the Dell U2723QE, then the Dell S2722QC is also a great choice in the mid-range category. You don't get the same gaming features as the LG, as it's more focused on productivity with fewer features than the U2723QE, but it's still an excellent office monitor. It has one USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode with 65W of power delivery, which isn't enough to charge power-hungry laptops, but it's good enough to keep your battery going while you're using it. It doesn't have a dedicated sRGB mode like the U2723QE, which means some colors are over-saturated, but the color accuracy is still decent.

    It performs well in bright rooms because it easily gets bright enough to fight glare, and its reflection handling is very good, even better than the U2723QE. Its flicker-free backlight is ideal if you need to use it for long hours, as it helps reduce eye strain. It also has wide viewing angles that make the image remain consistent from the sides if you need to share the screen with someone else.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range 27-Inch Monitor

    If you prefer something cheaper, check out the Gigabyte M27Q, which is a good choice in the lower mid-range price category. It's different from the Dell S2722QC because it has a lower 1440p resolution, meaning the text clarity isn't as sharp. Because it uses a BGR subpixel layout instead of the standard RGB, there are some text clarity issues in certain programs that don't support that subpixel format, but this isn't an issue for everyday use. However, the main advantage the Gigabyte has over the Dell is that it has a higher refresh rate and better gaming performance, meaning it's a more versatile monitor if you need something for work and play.

    Although it's designed as a gaming monitor, it has a few productivity features like its KVM switch and Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture modes. It also has great peak brightness and decent reflection handling if you want to use it in a well-lit room, and its wide viewing angles mean the image looks the same from the sides. It also has an sRGB mode with excellent color accuracy, which is important if your work requires accurate colors.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget 27-Inch Monitor

    If you're looking for the best 27-inch monitor and are on a budget, consider the Dell S2721QS. Despite being a lower-end model from the Dell S2722QC and maintaining the high 4k resolution, it still costs less than the Gigabyte M27Q, making it a good budget choice if you need something for productivity. However, there are a few features you have to sacrifice for getting a cheaper model, as this one doesn't have any USB ports like on the Gigabyte or the S2722QC, meaning it's a rather basic monitor that provides a high resolution with fantastic text clarity.

    If you don't need all the extra features of the more expensive options, you'll still be happy with this monitor, particularly with work use. Its wide viewing angles ensure the image remains accurate from the sides, and with impressive ergonomics, it's easy to adjust to an ideal viewing position. It also gets bright enough to fight glare and has good reflection handling, making it a good choice for well-lit rooms.

    See our review

  6. Best Cheap 27-Inch Monitor

    While the Dell S2721QS offers great value for its cost, there are some cheaper options you can get for a low cost, like the LG 27GL650F-B, which is a good cheap 27-inch monitor. If you don't want to spend a ton of money on a monitor, you'll have to give up a few features and get something with a lower resolution, which is the case with the LG. Its 1080p resolution isn't ideal if you want the best text clarity possible, but it's still decent and good enough for office work. It also has great peak brightness and decent reflection handling for use in a well-lit room.

    Unlike the Dell, it's designed as a gaming monitor with great performance as it has a higher 144Hz refresh rate with a quick response time and low input lag. It also helps with work use as you won't notice motion blur while scrolling through long documents, and your desktop inputs will feel responsive. Lastly, it has a flicker-free backlight that helps reduce eye strain during long sessions of use.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Gigabyte M27Q X: The Gigabyte M27Q X is a newer version of the Gigabyte M27Q with a higher 240Hz refresh rate, making it the better option if you're a competitive gamer, but it's also hard to find, and if you find it, it costs more. See our review
  • LG 27GP850-B: The LG 27GP850-B is very similar to the Gigabyte M27Q as it has nearly the same specs and costs about the same. The Gigabyte is more versatile for other uses thanks to its USB hub, but if you're a gamer and care about motion handling, go for the LG. See our review
  • ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV: The ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV is a budget-friendly monitor with better color accuracy than the Dell S2721QS. However, considering it has a lower resolution, it's worth getting the Dell instead. See our review
  • Lenovo D27-30: The Lenovo D27-30 is a basic monitor that's even cheaper than the LG 27GL650F-B, but it also has worse peak brightness and viewing angles, so for a bit more, it's worth going for the LG. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Nov 04, 2022: Renamed the Gigabyte M27Q as the 'Best Lower Mid-Range 27-Inch Monitor' because its price has gone up and removed the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV; added the Dell S2721QS as the 'Best Budget 27-Inch Monitor' for consistency with other recommendations; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  2. Sep 07, 2022: Restructured article to reflect user needs and for consistency; moved the Dell U2723QE to the 'Best Monitor' and renamed the Dell S2722QC to 'Best Mid-Range'; replaced the Dell S2721D with the Gigabyte M27Q because it's easier to find; added the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV and removed the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T.

  3. May 26, 2022: Restructured article to reflect user needs; renamed the Samsung Odyssey G7 as the 'Best For PC Gaming', the LG 27GP950-B as the 'Best For Console Gaming', and the Dell S2722QC as the 'Best 27 Inch Monitor'; added the Dell U2723QE as the 'Best For Photo Editing' and replaced the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV with the Dell S2721D because it's cheaper.

  4. Mar 11, 2022: Replaced the ASUS VG279QM with the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM and renamed 'G-SYNC Alternative'; replaced the Dell S2721QS with the newer Dell S2722QC for consistency; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  5. Jan 10, 2022: Replaced the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q with the Dell S2721QS because it's cheaper; added the Gigabyte G27Q and the Samsung Odyssey G7 S28AG70 to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 27-inch displays 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 27-inch 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.