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 95 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best 27 inch monitors to buy in 2020. 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 in most other uses as well. It has a fast 165Hz refresh rate and an exceptionally fast response time that allow it to deliver crisp motion with almost no blur. The input lag is remarkably low and the monitor supports a wide FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) range for nearly tear-free gaming in graphics-demanding games. It has a good picture quality with wide viewing angles that help maintain a uniform image at edges of the screen when you sit up close or when sharing your screen with a colleague or a friend.
Unfortunately, the monitor isn't perfect as blacks look gray in a dark room, typical of an IPS panel monitor, and although it supports HDR and can reach good brightness levels, it lacks a wide color gamut to deliver the full richness of colors of HDR content.
Overall, this impressive monitor is the best 27" monitor we've tested and won't let you down.
If you're looking for a monitor with G-SYNC support for your NVIDIA graphics card, consider the Acer Predator XB271HU. It doesn't support HDR like the ASUS TUF VG27AQ, but if you're looking for the best gaming experience possible, it has an exceptionally low input lag, and although the response time is only decent it has a black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur. The IPS panel has great viewing angles that keep the image accurate when viewed from the side, plus the ergonomic stand allows you to place the monitor how you like it. Unfortunately, the contrast ratio is mediocre, so blacks look gray in dark rooms, but it can get bright enough to combat glare in most rooms.
If you're looking for the best 27 inch monitor, look into the ASUS, but if you're looking for a monitor with G-SYNC support, the Acer is a good alternative.
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 can deliver. 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.
Casual gamers will enjoy this monitor due to its really low input lag and great response time, but the 60Hz refresh rate might be limiting for more serious gamers. It has great SDR peak brightness and decent reflection handling, so it performs well in most average-lit environments, but in really bright rooms or with direct sunlight on it the reflections might be distracting. However, it has excellent gray uniformity, so web pages with large spaces of uniform color will look great.
Overall, it performs well in any use, and is the best 27 inch 4k monitor we've tested so far.
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 4k monitor for most people, but the Dell might be a better choice if you want better ergonomics and don't need any VRR technologies.
If you're looking for a better HDR alternative, the Acer Predator X27 is a good choice. The contrast ratio and black uniformity are far worse on the Acer than the LG 27UK650-W, but the Acer supports a wide color gamut for HDR content. Photographers will love that it has the highest coverage of the Adobe RGB color space that we've tested so far, so it's able to display nearly all the colors necessary for photo editing. Unfortunately, the out-of-box accuracy is quite disappointing, so you'll likely need to get your monitor calibrated, but post-calibration, the color accuracy is exceptional. The viewing angles are also great for people who share their screen or sit close to it.
If you're looking for the best 27 inch 4k monitor, consider the LG, but if you want a better HDR alternative, look into the Acer.
The best budget 27 inch monitor we've tested is the ASUS VG279Q. It's a good monitor for general office use, with good viewing angles and ergonomics. Its 144Hz refresh rate and low input lag make it a great gaming monitor. Despite its budget price, it even supports variable refresh rate for smooth, nearly tear-free gaming. Although the monitor does present some black uniformity issues and backlight glow, it shouldn't be distracting unless you're planning on using it in a dark room. Unfortunately, this monitor is limited to 1080p resolution and doesn't support HDR, which may disappoint some people.
Overall, it's a very good, versatile budget monitor that should please most people.
For something even cheaper than the ASUS VG279Q, consider the HP 27F. As this monitor has a 60Hz panel, we can't expect the same smoothness found on the ASUS, so motion doesn't look quite as good. The lack of ergonomic adjustments and VESA mount support can also impact your decision. However, it does get the basics right: it gets decently bright, has good viewing angles, and has excellent uniformity, which is great.
Overall, the ASUS is the best budget 27 inch monitor we've tested so far, but for something cheaper that offers great basic functions, the HP is an okay choice.
03/09/2020: Minor changes to text for clarity, removed the LG 27GL83A-B from notable mentions.
01/09/2020: Added the ASUS TUF VG27AQ and the Acer Predator XB271HU, and made small changes to text for clarity.
11/06/2019: Minor text and structure changes, no changes in our recommendations.
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.