The Aorus AD27QD is a great 1440p, 144Hz gaming monitor. It has a great design, with RGB bias lighting, very good ergonomics, and an easy to remove stand. It delivers decent overall picture quality, but like most IPS monitors, it doesn't look as good in a dark room. The AD27QD has outstanding motion handling with an extremely fast response time, an optional 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 has a great design, very similar to the Acer Predator X27. The stand doesn't take up too much space and has good ergonomics, allowing you to easily place the monitor in a comfortable position or share your screen with someone else. The monitor is well-built with a solid construction, and there are no obvious issues in build quality. There is a convenient carrying handle and RGB bias lighting, but no headphone stand, unlike the AOC AGON AG271QX.
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 Predator X27. They support the monitor well, but it still wobbles a bit when nudged.
The Aorus AD27QD has very good ergonomics. It can be rotated to a portrait orientation, which is great, and it can swivel from side to side, making it easier to share your screen with someone nearby.
The monitor is thick when mounted on the stand, but the display itself is thin, making it good if VESA mounted.
The Aorus AD27QD delivers decent overall picture quality. It gets bright enough for most rooms but has only decent reflection handling. In a dark room, it doesn't look as good, as blacks look gray due to the mediocre native contrast ratio. It also has bad black uniformity. It can display a wide color gamut for HDR content, which is great, and it has decent peak brightness in HDR, surpassing the minimum requirements for VESA DisplayHDR 400, although small highlights in some scenes aren't as bright as they should be.
The AD27QD has a mediocre contrast ratio, like most IPS monitors. This results in grayish blacks, and isn't ideal for dark scenes. This isn't as good as the CHG70, which has a VA panel, and a much higher native contrast ratio. Unfortunately, there is no local dimming feature that could improve the contrast ratio.
The Aorus AD27QD does not support local dimming. The above video is provided for reference only.
Great peak brightness, very similar to the ASUS PG279Q. There is very little fluctuation in brightness with different content, which is great. Brightness was measured with the 'Standard' Picture Mode.
Decent peak brightness in HDR, better than the Samsung CHG70. The peak brightness remains the same regardless of content, which is great, but as there is no local dimming feature, small highlights in some scenes don't stand out as much.
For HDR to work over DisplayPort, '1.2+HDR' must be enabled from the monitor's OSD.
The AD27QD has good horizontal viewing angles. When viewing at an angle, the contrast remains about the same, but the brightness and color accuracy gradually decrease as you move off angle. These results are about average for IPS monitors, and much better than their VA counterparts, like the Samsung CHG70.
When looking at the AD27QD from above or below, the image degrades more rapidly than the horizontal axis, but this is still about average for an IPS monitor. Again, the contrast stays about the same at any angle, but the brightness decreases and colors lose accuracy.
Unfortunately, the AD27QD has bad black uniformity. There is noticeable backlight bleed and clouding throughout the screen.
Out of the box, the Aorus AD27QD has outstanding accuracy, slightly worse than the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q. Gamma follows the target curve, but is slightly low, causing most scenes to appear slightly too bright. Colors have excellent accuracy, below the threshold that most people are able to see, and the white point is very close to the target.
Strangely, the most accurate gamma is with the gamma setting set to Off.
After calibration, any remaining inaccuracies are too small to be noticeable, and gamma follows the curve almost perfectly. Strangely, the most accurate Gamma setting is Off.
You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and should not be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.
s.RGB Picture Mode: Standard (calibrated) Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Standard
The AD27QD covers the s.RGB color space almost entirely, which is great. In the wider Adobe RGB color space, it can't display the full range of greens, which isn't ideal for professional photo editing.
s.RGB Picture Mode: Standard Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Standard
Excellent SDR color volume, limited mainly by the mediocre native contrast ratio, although it can't produce very bright blues.
DCI P3 Picture Mode: Standard Rec. 2020 Picture Mode: Standard
Decent wide HDR color gamut, but it can't display the full range of any color, so HDR content doesn't look much different from SDR content.
DCI P3 Picture Mode: Standard Rec. 2020 Picture Mode: Standard
Decent HDR color volume. The AD27QD can't display the full range of HDR colors, and it can't produce deep, dark colors very well, due to the limited contrast ratio. Like with SDR content, it can't produce very bright blues, either.
There are no signs of image retention on the AD27QD, even immediately after displaying our high contrast static test image for 10 minutes.
The AD27QD has excellent gradient handling, with almost no signs of banding. It supports a 10-bit color input, but only when the refresh rate is set to 120Hz. When the monitor is set to 144Hz, it only supports 8-bit color, and there is a bit more banding visible.
Unfortunately, there is noticeable vertical color bleed, by far the worst of any monitor we've tested so far. This shouldn't be noticeable with most content, but it isn't ideal for photo editing.
The Aorus AD27QD has excellent motion handling. It has an extremely fast response time, so there is almost no blur trail behind fast-moving objects. The backlight is flicker-free, which is great, and there is an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to reduce persistence blur, although this does cause duplications and has a few minor glitches. The excellent refresh rate should please even the most demanding gamers. It supports FreeSync, and has a wide variable refresh rate range, ensuring a tear-free gaming experience.
The AD27QD has an outstanding fast response time, with only minor overshoot and very little motion blur. Some inverse ghosting can be seen due to the overdrive; if this bothers you, the 'Overdrive Balance' or 'Overdrive Picture Quality' modes have no overshoot, but the response time is slower.
The backlight is completely flicker-free, but has an optional black frame insertion feature, which is rare for FreeSync monitors. BFI can be activated by enabling the Aim Stabilizer feature, and is only supported at 120 Hz or 144 Hz.
We noticed a few bugs with the BFI feature, but they are easy to work around. When first enabled, the BFI feature causes the brightness to drop from 100 cd/m² to 32 cd/m². A brightness drop is normal with BFI, but this is a bit worse than average. Disabling and then enabling it causes the brightness to increase back up to 135 cd/m², and the image appears much brighter but has noticeable duplications, as seen here.
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.
Update 11/03/2019: We tried the AD27QD with an Xbox One S, and were unable to enable FreeSync.
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.
Unlike many 144 Hz monitors, there is no factory overclock.
The Aorus AD27QD has excellent low input lag, and is a great choice for both console and PC gamers. The 1440p resolution and 27" screen deliver a more detailed, immersive image than standard 1080p monitors, and it has a good selection of inputs.
Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying an alternative resolution at its native refresh rate. The non-native resolution tested depends on the native resolution of the monitor, following this pattern unless otherwise specified in the Input Lag text:
|Native Resolution||Non-Native Resolution Tested|
Excellent low input lag, great for gaming. Even with HDR or VRR enabled, the input lag remains extremely low, which is great for even the most demanding gamers.
The AD27QD has a great selection of inputs, with two HDMI 2.0 ports and 1 DisplayPort connection. It also has a microphone-in port, which is necessary to use the ANC feature.
The AD27QD has an impressive array of additional features. The available Dashboard software allows you to control almost any aspect of the monitor, without having to access the monitor's OSD. You can also configure hotkeys, allowing you to quickly change modes with a few keystrokes. There are numerous optional overlays, including custom crosshairs and the ability to display your computer's vital stats directly on the monitor. It supports both picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture modes, which is great. In the box, you'll find both HDMI and DisplayPort cables, as well as power cables so you can take your monitor with you almost anywhere in the world.
The Aorus AD27QD has an impressive array of additional features, too many to list here. Some of the most useful features include:
This is just a summary of the additional features. For more information, see our additional review notes.
The controls are easy to access and easy to use. The monitor uses a joystick control, similar to LG monitors like the 27UK650.
We tested the Aorus AD27QD, which is the only size available, and the only monitor made by Gigabyte's Aorus gaming division.
If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their AD27QD doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests, such as the gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.
The AD27QD we reviewed was manufactured in Dec. 2018.
The Aorus AD27QD is an impressive gaming monitor at an aggressive price, and has some great additional features. See our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best 1440p 144Hz monitors, and the best monitors for photo editing.
The Aorus AD27QD and ASUS ROG PG279Q are very similar overall. The PG279Q has slightly better black uniformity, and supports NVIDIA's G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology. The AD27QD supports HDR, has much better gradients, and supports AMD's FreeSync technology with both AMD cards and NVIDIA's new FreeSync compatible drivers, making it a slightly more versatile choice if you have a 10- or 20- series NVIDIA GPU.
The Gigabyte AD27QD is better than the Acer Predator XB271HU. The Gigabyte AD27QD supports HDR content and has a wide color gamut that can display rich and saturated colors. The Gigabyte AD27QD can handle reflections better and supports the FreeSync variable refresh rate technology for tear-free gaming. The Acer, on the other hand, has more uniform blacks and slightly better ergonomics. The Predator supports the G-SYNC variable refresh rate, which is great if you have a compatible NVIDIA graphics card.
Unless you want to get the most out of your NVIDIA graphics card, the Aorus AD27QD is slightly better than the ASUS PG279QZ. The Aorus supports HDR, and has a few extra gaming features designed to give you a slight edge in competitive games, and it supports FreeSync. Although the Aorus also works with NVIDIA's new FreeSync drivers, if you want a true G-SYNC experience, the ASUS is very similar overall.
The Samsung CHG70 and the Aorus AD27QD use different panels, and each is better for certain uses. The CHG70 uses a VA panel, which is better suited for dark room viewing, but the image degrades when viewed at an angle. The AD27QD, on the other hand, uses an IPS panel, and the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle. That said, it produces grayish blacks and generally doesn't look as good in a dark room.
The Gigabyte AD27QD is marginally better than the LG 27UK650. The Gigabyte AD27QD has a lower input lag and a much higher refresh rate, which will please most gamers. The Gigabyte AD27QD also supports a Black Frame Insertion feature that can make the image crisper. The LG 27UK650 has a full 4k resolution and allows you to see more details on your screen.
The Aorus AD27QD is slightly better than the ASUS VG279Q. The AD27QD supports HDR, although there isn't much benefit to this. The AD27QD also has a higher native resolution, delivering a more immersive, detailed gaming experience. The VG279Q, on the other hand, has much better ergonomics and slightly better black uniformity.
The Aorus AD27QD is much better than the AOC AGON AG271QX. The Aorus supports HDR, which is great, and has much wider viewing angles. The AD27QD also has an optional black frame insertion feature, which can help reduce persistence blur. The AGON has better black uniformity and a slightly faster response time, but this likely isn't noticeable. The AGON also has more inputs and supports older analog inputs from DVI and VGA cables.