The Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD is a great 1440p, 144Hz gaming monitor. It has a great design, with RGB bias lighting, good ergonomics, and an easy-to-remove stand. It delivers good overall picture quality, but like most IPS monitors, it doesn't look as good in a dark room due to its low contrast ratio. This monitor has outstanding motion handling with very fast response time, a black frame insertion feature, and low input lag. Finally, it has a unique set of additional features that could give some gamers that extra little edge, including a unique active noise cancellation feature.
The Aorus AD27QD is a good monitor for most uses. It has wide viewing angles, good ergonomics, and great peak brightness. Gamers will appreciate the fast response time, FreeSync support, low input lag, and an impressive array of additional features to enhance your gaming experience. Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio and terrible black uniformity, but it has excellent out-of-box color accuracy.
The Aorus AD27QD is a good office monitor. The 27 inch, 1440p screen offers plenty of space to open multiple windows at once, and the good ergonomics allow you to place the monitor how you like. It has great horizontal viewing angles for when you need to share your screen with others, but the vertical viewing angles are just decent, which is only a problem if someone's looking down at the monitor.
Great gaming monitor. The 144Hz Aorus AD27QD supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing, and it's compatible with newer NVIDIA graphics cards. The input lag is incredibly low and the quick response time produces clear motion. Unfortunately, it doesn't perform well in dark rooms due to its low contrast ratio, but it has great viewing angles.
Good monitor for multimedia. The image remains accurate when viewed at an angle, which is great for sharing the latest trends with a group of friends. The fast response time delivers clear motion, with very little blur. Unfortunately, the Aorus AD27QD isn't as well-suited for watching videos in a dark room though, as it has a mediocre contrast ratio and terrible black uniformity.
The Aorus AD27QD is good for media creation. It has an excellent SDR color gamut and great coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space. The 27 inch screen and 1440p resolution allow you to see more of your work at once, so you spend less time scrolling around or zooming. Unfortunately, it has some color bleed that could cause issues for photo editing, but it has excellent out-of-box color accuracy.
The Aorus AD27QD is a decent monitor for HDR gaming. It has decent peak brightness in HDR, but small highlights in some scenes aren't as bright as they should be. It can display a wide color gamut, which is great, but it's limiting and doesn't add much to HDR. Unfortunately, it has a mediocre contrast ratio, terrible black uniformity, and there's no local dimming feature to further darken any blacks.
The Aorus AD27QD has a black design geared towards gamers. The stand is fairly large and stands out the most, but it shouldn't be out of place in an office environment.
The stand is wide-set, but the legs are thin and still allow small objects to be placed in front of them, similar to the Acer Predator X27. The stand supports the monitor well, but it still wobbles a bit when nudged.
Good ergonomics on the Aorus AD27QD. The stand allows for all common adjustments, including switching it into portrait mode. Since the inputs are downward-facing, they're side-facing when in portrait mode, which is convenient.
The borders of the Aorus AD27QD are thin, and well-suited for a multi-monitor setup.
The monitor is thick when mounted on the stand, but the display itself is thin, which is good if VESA-mounted.
The Aorus AD27QD has a great overall build quality, with no obvious issues or construction flaws. The monitor feels solid and has a lot of metal.
The Aorus AD27QD has a mediocre contrast ratio, like most IPS monitors. This results in grayish blacks, which ideal for dark scenes. The Samsung CHG70, which has a VA panel, has a much higher native contrast ratio.
The Aorus AD27QD doesn't support local dimming. The above video is provided for reference only.
The Aorus AD27QD has great peak brightness, very similar to the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q. There's very little fluctuation in brightness with different content, which is great.
The Aorus AD27QD has great horizontal viewing angles. The image remains accurate when viewed from the side, which is typical from IPS panels.
Okay vertical viewing angles. The edges of the screen will appear darker if you sit close to it. If you VESA mount the monitor above eye level, you'll lose some image accuracy.
The Aorus AD27QD has excellent gray uniformity, similar to the PG279QZ. There's minimal dirty screen effect, which is great for browsing the web, or any other content with large uniform areas.
The Aorus AD27QD has terrible black uniformity. There's noticeable backlight bleed and clouding throughout.
Excellent out-of-box color accuracy for the Aorus AD27QD. Most colors appear as intended, but because the color temperature is warmer than the target of 6500K, some colors are closer to red/yellow. The gamma is below the target curve, so scenes are brighter than they should.
After calibration, any remaining inaccuracies are too small to be noticeable, and the gamma follows the curve almost perfectly.
You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and shouldn't be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.
Excellent SDR color gamut. The Aorus AD27QD covers nearly all of the sRGB color space used in most content. Photo professionals should be happy with the impressive coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing.
Outstanding color volume. It can display a wide range of colors thanks to its excellent SDR color gamut, but it can't display dark, saturated colors due to its low contrast ratio.
Decent HDR color gamut. It displays a wide color gamut, although it's a bit limiting, and it doesn't add much to HDR content.
Decent HDR color volume. Due to the somewhat limiting color gamut, the Aorus AD27QD fails to display a very wide range of colors in HDR.
There are no signs of image retention on the Aorus AD27QD, even immediately after displaying our high contrast static test image for 10 minutes.
Outstanding gradient performance, with minimal signs of banding.
Unfortunately, there's noticeable vertical color bleed, which is worst than most other monitors. This shouldn't be noticeable with most content, but it isn't ideal for photo editing.
Decent reflection handling. There shouldn't be any issues in an average-lit room, but the reflections might be distracting in a room with direct sunlight.
The text clarity is okay. It can be improved using ClearType (top photo), which makes the diagonal lines on the letters R and N clearer.
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The Aorus AD27QD has a great response time. The best Overdrive setting is 'Balance', which performs very similarly to 'Picture Quality', but motion looks slightly better. There's significant overshoot on the 'Speed' setting with visible motion blur.
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Good response time. Like at its max refresh rate, the recommended Overdrive setting at 60Hz is 'Balance'. It's quicker than the 'Picture Quality' setting and there's significantly less overshoot than the 'Speed' setting.
The backlight is completely flicker-free, which helps reduce eye strain.
This monitor has a black frame insertion feature, which can be activated by enabling the Aim Stabilizer feature.
We noticed a few bugs with the BFI feature, but they're easy to work around. When first enabled, the BFI feature causes the brightness to drop significantly, which is normal, but this is a bit worse than average. Disabling and then enabling it causes the image to appear much brighter than intended and it has noticeable duplications, as seen here.
Update 06/25/2019: After updating the firmware on the AD27QD to F06, FreeSync now works properly when connected to an Xbox One, but only on HDMI Port 2.
Update 04/24/2019: NVIDIA released GeForce driver 430.39, which adds the AD27QD as an NVIDIA certified G-SYNC compatible monitor. With this update, FreeSync is automatically enabled when connected to a 10- or 20- series NVIDIA graphics card.
The Aorus AD27QD supports FreeSync over both HDMI and DisplayPort, with the same excellent VRR range with either connector. We tested it with NVIDIA's new FreeSync drivers on our GTX 1060 6 GB, and it works perfectly, but only when connected via DisplayPort. This is the same as all other G-SYNC compatible monitors.
Update 08/28/2020: We made a mistake in our original testing for VRR and VRR @ 60Hz input lag, and the values were too low. We measured and updated the results.
Update 07/12/2019: The HDR input lag measurement of 3.9ms was erroneously tested with 8-bit color at 144Hz. Since we expect most people will use HDR with 10-bit color, we have retested the HDR input lag at 120Hz, with 10-bit color. The number has been updated.
Excellent low input lag. Even with HDR or VRR enabled, the input lag remains extremely low, which is great for even the most demanding gamers.