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, from gaming to office use. This size of monitor strikes a good balance between having a large screen while not taking up too much desk space. Whether you're displaying 1080p content or playing the latest 4k games, text will still look good.
We've tested over 240 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 28-32 inch monitors, the best large monitors, and the best 4k monitors.
The best 27 inch monitor we've tested is the Dell S2722QC. It's a 4k office monitor with a bunch of features to improve your productivity, and it's good for a variety of uses. The high 4k resolution results in remarkable text clarity, and there's enough space to open two windows side-by-side. The stand it comes with has excellent ergonomics, making it easy to place in an ideal position, and it has wide viewing angles if you want to share your screen with someone else.
It's easy to connect to the monitor because it has two HDMI ports and a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, allowing you to connect a compatible device and display an image from it at the same time. It also has Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture modes if you want to connect two devices at once.
The Dell S2721D is the best budget monitor we've tested. It's a decent overall display with a lower 1440p resolution than the Dell S2722QC, so while you don't get the highest pixel density, the text clarity is still good enough for general use. It looks good in well-lit rooms because it has good SDR peak brightness, enough to combat glare, and it has impressive reflection handling, so visibility isn't an issue.
As it's a budget monitor, it lacks some features you'd normally find on more expensive options like a USB hub and an ergonomic stand, but you can also remove the stand and mount the screen on a mounting arm if you prefer. It doesn't support HDR either, but that doesn't make a difference if you're using it for work or browsing the web.
If you want a monitor for photo or video editing, then the Dell U2723QE is an excellent choice. It's a more premium 4k monitor than the Dell S2722QC, so it has a bigger USB hub, making it easy to connect multiple devices. It has an sRGB mode that results in excellent out-of-the-box accuracy, and it displays a wide range of colors in SDR, including great coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in some editing programs.
The monitor has wide viewing angles that make the image look the same whether you're viewing directly in front or from the sides, like when you need to share your screen with a coworker or client. It also has remarkable ergonomics that make it easy to adjust the screen. It works well with MacBooks, but if you're a macOS user, then Apple Studio Display is also a great alternative because it has extremely accurate colors, and the 5k resolution delivers exceptionally clear text.
The best 27 inch gaming monitor is the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC27G75TQSNXZA. It has excellent gaming performance and features, and although we tested the 32 inch model, the results also apply to the 27 inch variant. It has a fast 240Hz refresh rate that results in a responsive gaming experience. It has an excellent response time across its entire refresh rate range, and it has a low input lag that makes gaming feel responsive. It's good for dark room gaming as it has high contrast, but it has narrow viewing angles. Sadly, there are reports of the backlight flickering with VRR enabled, which gets distracting.
It also has native FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. However, if you have an NVIDIA graphics card and want to take full advantage of it, the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM is another great choice. It also has a 1440p resolution with a 240Hz refresh rate, but it uses a different panel with wider viewing angles.
The LG 279GP950-B is the best 27 inch display for console gaming that we've tested. What makes this different than the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T is it has a 4k resolution that makes it a better choice for console gamers, like if you have the PS5 or Xbox Series X because those consoles are designed for 4k gaming. It has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth that allows you to play 4k games up to 120 fps from both consoles.
Motion looks smooth both at 120Hz and at 60Hz, it has low input lag for a responsive feel, and its VRR support works with both consoles. It's also a good choice for console gaming thanks to its wide viewing angles if you want to game with a friend next to you. However, its limited ergonomics make it hard to place in an ideal position, though you can easily solve this with a third-party monitor stand.
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.
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.
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.
Nov 09, 2021: Replaced the Dell S2721QS with the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q, as the S2721QS is sold out. Added the Gigabyte M28U to the Notable Mentions.
Sep 15, 2021: Replaced the LG 27GN950-B with the newer LG 27GP950-B.
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 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.