The Gigabyte G27Q is a great budget gaming monitor. It's similar to the Gigabyte G27QC, except it has an IPS panel. This means it has wide viewing angles, but it comes at the cost of its low contrast ratio that makes blacks appear gray when viewed in the dark. It has features most gamers would want in a 144Hz, 1440p monitor, like variable refresh rate support in the form of native FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility. It has an amazing response time at its max refresh rate that results in minimal motion blur, and its input lag is exceptionally low. Unfortunately, it has poor ergonomics, so it may be difficult to place in an ideal viewing position. If you want to use it in a well-lit room, it gets bright enough to combat glare and has good reflection handling. Lastly, it displays a wide color gamut and has decent peak brightness to make some highlights stand out in HDR.
The Gigabyte G27Q is very good overall. It's great for gaming because it has VRR support, an excellent response time, and exceptionally low input lag. It's also decent for HDR gaming as it displays a wide color gamut, but it has a low contrast ratio and doesn't have a local dimming feature. It's good for office use and content creators thanks to its wide viewing angles, high peak brightness, and good reflection handling. However, it has poor ergonomics, making it difficult to place the screen in an ideal position.
The Gigabyte G27Q is good for office use. It has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, which is great if you need to share your screen with others. The 1440p resolution delivers clear text, and the 27 inch screen offers enough space to multitask. It gets bright enough to combat glare in well-lit rooms and has good reflection handling. Sadly, it has poor ergonomics as you can't swivel it.
The Gigabyte G27Q is great for gaming. It has a high 144Hz refresh rate with both FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility. The response time at its max refresh rate is amazing, and it has an exceptionally low input lag. It has wide viewing angles if you want to use it for co-op gaming. Unfortunately, it's not the best for dark room gaming because it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks appear gray.
The Gigabyte G27Q is good for multimedia use. It has a high 1440p resolution that makes images look crisp. It performs well in bright rooms thanks to its high peak brightness and good reflection handling. Sadly, it doesn't perform as well in dark rooms because it has a low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray. Luckily, it has wide viewing angles, which is great if you want to watch content with a friend.
The Gigabyte G27Q is very good for content creators. The large 27 inch screen offers enough room to open multiple windows side-by-side. It has wide viewing angles, so someone viewing from the side still sees an accurate image. However, it has poor ergonomics, and you won't be able to easily place your screen in an ideal viewing position. Lastly, it has an outstanding SDR color gamut with excellent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space.
The Gigabyte G27Q is decent for HDR gaming. It offers great gaming features like a 144Hz refresh rate, FreeSync support, and G-SYNC compatibility. It also has an excellent response time and exceptionally low input lag. HDR content looks decent on it as it displays a wide color gamut and gets fairly bright in HDR. However, it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray, and it lacks a local dimming feature.
The Gigabyte G27Q looks almost exactly like the Gigabyte G27QC, except it has a flat screen. It has a simple design, and it isn't too gamer-oriented, so it doesn't stick out in an office environment. It's mainly made out of matte plastic with a glossy panel on the back. It has fairly thin bezels on three sides and a thicker bottom bezel.
The monitor has a V-shaped stand that supports the monitor well. The feet are thick, but there's still enough space in front to place some stuff.
The ergonomics are poor. It only allows for height and tilt adjustments, and you can't rotate or swivel it.
The back of the Gigabyte G27Q mainly has matte plastic, except for the glossy panel on top where the branding is. Cable management is serviced through a hole in the stand.
The borders are fairly thin and shouldn't be distracting if you use it in a multi-monitor setup.
Even with the stand attached, the Gigabyte G27Q isn't very thick and doesn't take up much space on a desk.
The Gigabyte G27Q has good build quality. It's very similar to the Gigabyte G27QC, and it's made with basic, yet sturdy, plastic panels. There's no flex or any obvious gaps in the construction. The feet don't feel premium, but they hold the monitor well, and there's no wobble.
The Gigabyte G27Q has a mediocre contrast ratio, which is expected from an IPS panel. Blacks appear gray when viewed in the dark. This is a bit higher than the advertised the 1000:1 contrast, but it varies between units. If contrast is important to you, then check out the Gigabyte G27QC, which has a VA panel.
The Gigabyte G27Q doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.
The SDR peak brightness is impressive. It maintains its brightness very consistently across different content, and it gets bright enough to easily fight glare. This is much higher than the advertised 350 cd/m² brightness. We measured peak brightness after calibration in the 'Custom 1' Picture Mode with Brightness at its max.
The Gigabyte G27Q has decent HDR peak brightness. It's very consistent across different content, and although it may not deliver a true HDR experience, it's still good enough to make some highlights stand out. It easily meets its DisplayHDR 400 certification. We tested HDR peak brightness after calibration in the 'Custom 1' Picture Mode with Brightness at its max.
The Gigabyte G27Q has a good horizontal viewing angle. The image remains accurate when you view it from the sides, which is great for co-op gaming or sharing your screen with someone else. This is typical of an IPS panel.
The Gigabyte G27Q gaming monitor's vertical viewing angle is decent. You may lose some image accuracy if you mount it too much above eye level, but it should be fine for most people.
Our unit of the Gigabyte G27Q has excellent gray uniformity. The edges of the screen are noticeably darker, but there's no dirty screen effect in the center, which is good. Uniformity is much better in near-dark scenes. Note that uniformity may vary between units.
The Gigabyte G27Q's black uniformity isn't bad. The entire screen looks blue/gray, and there's noticeable backlight bleed, especially along the right edge. However, there isn't much clouding or blooming around the center cross.
The Gigabyte G27Q has good out-of-the-box accuracy. There are some inaccuracies with most colors and white balance, but they're hard to notice. Gamma doesn't follow the target curve at all, and most scenes are brighter than they should be. Also, the color temperature is slightly on the cool side, giving the image a blue tint. Note that color accuracy may vary between units.
There's an 'sRGB' Picture Mode, but we didn't use it because it resulted in a less accurate white balance, but the color temperature and color dE were each slightly improved.
The accuracy after calibration is simply exceptional. Any remaining inaccuracies can't be spotted without the aid of a colorimeter, and the color temperature is extremely close to the 6500K target. Gamma is also much closer to the target, but some scenes are still over-brightened.
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.
The Gigabyte G27Q's color gamut is outstanding, even better than the Gigabyte G27QC. It has perfect coverage of the commonly-used sRGB color space, and photo editors should be happy with the excellent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space.
The Gigabyte G27Q monitor's SDR color volume is fantastic. Thanks to its outstanding color gamut and high peak brightness, it displays colors at a wide range of luminance levels. Unfortunately, it struggles to display deep, saturated colors due to the low contrast ratio.
The Gigabyte G27Q has a very good HDR color gamut. It has excellent coverage of the DCI P3 color space used in most HDR content; however, its coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 is just okay.
Note that the DCI P3 coverage is lower than the advertised 92%. This is normal and is due to the way we measure DCI P3. We measure DCI P3 by sending a Rec. 2020 signal, but unlike most reviewers, we limit the colors to the DCI P3 primaries. This results in a lower, but arguably more accurate measurement.
The HDR color volume is decent. It displays some bright colors thanks to the decent HDR peak brightness, but it can't display darker colors because of the low contrast.
Our unit has some very minor signs of image retention after displaying a high-contrast static image. It's hard to notice and eventually disappears. Note that this varies between units, and your experience may be different.
The Gigabyte G27Q has superb gradient handling. There's hardly any banding with shades. Note that even though Gigabyte advertises it as an 8-bit panel, you can achieve a 10-bit signal with a 120Hz refresh rate over DisplayPort or 60Hz over HDMI.
Sadly, there are some signs of color bleed when displaying vertical bands. It shouldn't be noticeable with most content, but it's not ideal for photo editors.
The Gigabyte G27Q's reflection handling is good. It handles a moderate amount of light well, but may struggle in rooms with direct sunlight on the screen.
The text clarity is decent. Enabling ClearType (top photo) improves the appearance of diagonal lines, like on R, N, G, and S, but straight lines aren't as bold, as seen on the letters T and I.
|Overdrive Setting||Response Time Chart||Response Time Tables||Motion Blur Photo|
The Gigabyte G27Q has an amazing response time at its max refresh rate of 144Hz. Motion looks crisp and there's minimal blur. The recommended Overdrive setting is 'Speed' because it's the fastest, and there isn't too much overshoot. If the overshoot bothers you, there isn't any in the 'Balance' setting, but it has slower response time.
|Overdrive Setting||Response Time Chart||Response Time Tables||Motion Blur Photo|
The response time at 60Hz is decent. The total response time is a lot slower than at its max response time, resulting in more motion blur. The recommended Overdrive setting is 'Picture Quality' because the other settings have too much overshoot. This means that you may have to change the setting if the frame rate of your game drops. If you want a monitor with a faster response time at 60Hz, check out the ASUS ROG Strix XG27AQ.
The Gigabyte G27Q has a flicker-free backlight, which helps reduce eye strain.
The Gigabyte G27Q has a Black Frame Insertion feature, but its range is very limited. It doesn't work with VRR enabled, and it automatically locks the Overdrive setting to 'Speed'.
The BFI score is based on the minimum and maximum frequency at which it can operate, not the BFI's performance.