Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Updated Apr 22, 2020 at 09:57 am
Gigabyte  Aorus AD27QD Picture
7.9
Mixed Usage
7.9
Office
8.2
Gaming
7.7
Multimedia
7.8
Media Creation
6.9
HDR Gaming
Size 27"
Resolution 2560x1440
Max Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

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.

Our Verdict

7.9 Mixed Usage

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.

Pros
  • Great gaming features.
  • Image remains accurate when viewed at an angle.
  • Impressive additional features to enhance experience.
Cons
  • Mediocre dark room performance.
7.9 Office

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.

8.2 Gaming

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.

7.7 Multimedia

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.

7.8 Media Creation

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.

6.9 HDR Gaming

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.

  • 7.9 Mixed Usage
  • 7.9 Office
  • 8.2 Gaming
  • 7.7 Multimedia
  • 7.8 Media Creation
  • 6.9 HDR Gaming
  1. Update 8/28/2020: Retested VRR input lag.
  2. Update 8/5/2020: We rechecked our pre-calibration results, but no changes were necessary.
  3. Update 2/17/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  4. Update 7/12/2019: The HDR input lag was erroneously tested at 144Hz, with 8-bit color. We have retested it at 120Hz with 10-bit color, and updated the review.
  5. Update 6/25/2019: With the monitor's latest firmware, FreeSync is now supported on the AD27QD when connected to an Xbox One.
  6. Update 4/24/2019: With GeForce driver version 430.39, the Aorus is now certified by NVIDIA as G-SYNC Compatible.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
11.5 lbs (5.2 kg)
Weight (with stand)
17.6 lbs (8.0 kg)

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.

Design
Stand
Width
17.8" (45.2 cm)
Depth
9.3" (23.6 cm)

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.

7.7
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape Yes, Clockwise
Swivel Range -20° to 20°
Tilt Range -20° to 5°

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.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back of the monitor has an aggressive design. There's customizable RGB bias lighting on the back of the monitor and stand. There's only basic cable management through a hole in the stand, and the stand can be easily removed thanks to a quick-release button.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.3" (0.8 cm)

The borders of the Aorus AD27QD are thin, and well-suited for a multi-monitor setup.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
8.4" (21.3 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.3" (5.8 cm)

The monitor is thick when mounted on the stand, but the display itself is thin, which is good if VESA-mounted.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

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.

Picture Quality
6.1
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1063 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

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.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The Aorus AD27QD doesn't support local dimming. The above video is provided for reference only.

8.1
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
369 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
397 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
397 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
397 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
397 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
397 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
396 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
397 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
397 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
397 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
397 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

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.

6.9
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
432 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
419 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
420 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
420 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
420 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
420 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
418 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
419 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
419 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
419 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
419 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.000

Decent peak brightness in HDR. The brightness remains the same regardless of content, which is good. It gets brighter than the Samsung CHG70.

For HDR to work over DisplayPort, '1.2+HDR' must be enabled from the monitor's OSD.

8.3
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
48 °
Color Washout From Right
49 °
Color Shift From Left
60 °
Color Shift From Right
60 °
Brightness Loss From Left
47 °
Brightness Loss From Right
49 °
Black Level Raise From Left
70 °
Black Level Raise From Right
70 °
Gamma Shift From Left
47 °
Gamma Shift From Right
46 °

The Aorus AD27QD has great horizontal viewing angles. The image remains accurate when viewed from the side, which is typical from IPS panels.

6.8
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
30 °
Color Washout From Above
29 °
Color Shift From Below
38 °
Color Shift From Above
41 °
Brightness Loss From Below
33 °
Brightness Loss From Above
34 °
Black Level Raise From Below
70 °
Black Level Raise From Above
70 °
Gamma Shift From Below
29 °
Gamma Shift From Above
29 °

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.

8.5
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.619 %
50% DSE
0.110 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.534 %
5% DSE
0.060 %

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.

2.7
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
4.231 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The Aorus AD27QD has terrible black uniformity. There's noticeable backlight bleed and clouding throughout.

8.6
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Standard
Luminance
373 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
80
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
100-100-100
Gamma Setting
Off
Color Temperature
6199 K
White Balance dE
2.20
Color dE
1.61
Gamma
2.11

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.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Standard
Luminance
100 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
12
Contrast Setting
49
RGB Controls
92-93-100
Gamma Setting
Off
Color Temperature
6497 K
White Balance dE
0.71
Color dE
0.57
Gamma
2.19

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.

9.2
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
98.8 %
Adobe RGB xy
84.2 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Standard
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Standard

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.

9.4
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
97.5 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
89.6 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Standard
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Standard

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.

6.8
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
70.4 %
Rec. 2020 xy
66.4 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
Standard
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Standard

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.

6.6
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
71.6 %
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
61.2 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
Standard
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Standard

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.

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR After 0 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 2 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 4 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 6 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 8 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 10 Min Recovery
0.00 %

There are no signs of image retention on the Aorus AD27QD, even immediately after displaying our high contrast static test image for 10 minutes.

9.7
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

Outstanding gradient performance, with minimal signs of banding.

7.5
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.000 %
Pixel Column Error
0.502 %

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.

7.3
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.5 %
Indirect Reflections
2.8 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.7 %

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.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

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.

Motion
8.3
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Balance
Rise / Fall Time
6.6 ms
Total Response Time
13.0 ms
Overshoot Error
0.0 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
8.6 ms
Dark Total Response Time
16.1 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
Picture Quality Chart Table Photo
Balance Chart Table Photo
Speed Chart Table Photo

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.

7.9
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Balance
Rise / Fall Time
6.2 ms
Total Response Time
16.3 ms
Overshoot Error
3.3 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
7.3 ms
Dark Total Response Time
16.1 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
3.1 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
Picture Quality Chart Table Photo
Balance Chart Table Photo
Speed Chart Table Photo

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.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The backlight is completely flicker-free, which helps reduce eye strain.

6.0
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
144 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
120 Hz

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.

9.0
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (NVIDIA Certified)
VRR Maximum
144 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

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.

Inputs
9.5
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
4.1 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
8.7 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
4.9 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
9.5 ms
10 Bit HDR
5.6 ms
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
4.8 ms

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.

8.3
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution 2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 3.7 MP
Pixel Density