Current deal: The Samsung C49RG9/CRG9 has dropped by $500 on Amazon.com. See all Cyber Monday deals on monitors.

HP 27F Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Dec 04, 2018 at 10:03 am
HP 27F Picture
7.1
Mixed Usage
7.3
Office
7.4
Gaming
7.0
Multimedia
6.9
Media Creation
5.3
HDR Gaming
Size 27"
Resolution 1920x1080
Max Refresh Rate
75 Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The HP 27f is a basic entry-level gaming monitor that delivers decent overall picture quality. The 27" IPS screen delivers great wide viewing angles, and it has great accuracy out of the box. It also has very good gaming features, including excellent low input lag and AMD FreeSync support. Unfortunately, it has a fixed stand with bad ergonomics, and it has mediocre dark room performance.

Our Verdict

7.1 Mixed Usage

The HP 27f is a decent monitor for most uses. It has a fast response time so fast-moving objects in movies and games look good and have only slight motion blur. It has excellent low input lag and supports AMD FreeSync, great for gaming. Unfortunately, it is limited by the 1080p resolution, which isn't great for multitasking or for working on detailed projects. It also has a fixed stand with bad ergonomics, so it is hard to place in an ideal viewing position.

Pros
  • Accurate image out of the box
  • Low input lag and FreeSync support
Cons
  • Fixed stand with bad ergonomics and no VESA mount
  • Mediocre dark room performance
7.3 Office

Decent monitor for office use. The image remains accurate when viewed at an angle, which is great for sharing work with nearby coworkers. The HP 27f has decent peak brightness, and great reflections handling, so you shouldn't have any issues in a bright office. The 27" screen is a great size, but the 1080p resolution is less than ideal for multitasking. Unfortunately, it has a fixed stand with bad ergonomics, so you may have a difficult time adjusting the monitor to an ideal position, and it can't be VESA mounted.

7.4 Gaming

Decent monitor for gaming. It has a great response time, with only a short blur trail behind fast-moving objects. It has excellent low input lag, and it supports AMD FreeSync, which is great. The 75Hz refresh rate is great for casual gamers but may be disappointing to more advanced gamers. Unfortunately, the 1080p resolution doesn't provide a very immersive gaming experience, and it has mediocre dark room performance.

7.0 Multimedia

The HP 27f is decent for multimedia. It has a large, 27" screen and great wide viewing angles, good for sharing the latest trends with a group of friends. Motion looks good thanks to the fast response time, so there's only a slight blur trail behind fast-moving objects. It is limited by the 1080p resolution and mediocre dark room performance though.

6.9 Media Creation

The HP 27f is okay for media creation. The 27" screen is a good size, but the 1080p resolution limits how much of your project you can see at a time. It has excellent s.RGB coverage, but the Adobe RGB coverage is less than ideal for professional photo and video editing. The fixed stand also makes it difficult to place the monitor in an ideal viewing position.

5.3 HDR Gaming

The HP 27f doesn't support HDR. For a good HDR gaming monitor, check out the Samsung CHG70.

  • 7.1 Mixed Usage
  • 7.3 Office
  • 7.4 Gaming
  • 7.0 Multimedia
  • 6.9 Media Creation
  • 5.3 HDR Gaming
  1. Update 7/13/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  2. Update 1/15/2019: We tested the monitor's compatibility with NVIDIA's new FreeSync driver. See our full investigation into NVIDIA's FreeSync Drivers here.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
7.1 lbs (3.2 kg)
Weight (with stand)
8.2 lbs (3.7 kg)
Design
Stand
Width
9.2" (23.4 cm)
Depth
7.9" (20.1 cm)

The stand is fixed and has a small overall footprint. It doesn't support the monitor very well, and the monitor wobbles a lot when nudged.

3.0
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
N/A
Switch Portrait/Landscape No
Swivel Range No swivel
Tilt Range -7.5° to 20°

The HP 27f has a fixed stand that can only tilt. There is no height adjustment, and it can't swivel or rotate.

Design
Back
Wall Mount No Mount

The back is very simple, with only a slight silhouette of the HP logo. All of the inputs face out of the back, and unfortunately, it can't be VESA-mounted. There's also no cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.3" (0.8 cm)

The borders are very thin, and they look great.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
5.4" (13.7 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.6" (6.6 cm)

The HP 27f looks great when viewed edge-on. The stand extends almost 3" behind the screen, preventing the monitor from being placed close to a wall.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The HP 27f has decent build quality. The monitor itself is well-built, but the stand does have some issues. It isn't very solid, and doesn't support the display well; even the impact from typing causes the monitor to wobble significantly. Overall, it's similar to the HP 27Q, but the stand is slightly worse.

Picture Quality
6.2
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1142 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The HP 27f has mediocre contrast, very similar to the Dell P2417H, and about average for an IPS monitor. Unfortunately, blacks tend to look gray in a dark room.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

There's no local dimming feature on this monitor. The video is for reference only.

7.4
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
290 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
298 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
298 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
298 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
298 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
298 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
297 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
298 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
298 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
298 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
298 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

Decent peak brightness, with no variation between scenes, which is great. There should be no issues using the monitor in a bright room.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
N/A
HDR ABL
N/A

HDR isn't supported on this monitor.

8.5
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
47 °
Color Washout From Right
46 °
Color Shift From Left
55 °
Color Shift From Right
56 °
Brightness Loss From Left
48 °
Brightness Loss From Right
47 °
Black Level Raise From Left
70 °
Black Level Raise From Right
70 °
Gamma Shift From Left
59 °
Gamma Shift From Right
58 °

The HP 27f has decent horizontal viewing angles, typical for IPS monitors. Colors remain accurate up to about 40°, and then they rapidly oversaturate. The brightness drops gradually as you move away from the center but remains within acceptable limits up to 47°, and the black levels remain accurate at any viewing angle.

6.6
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
30 °
Color Washout From Above
31 °
Color Shift From Below
32 °
Color Shift From Above
34 °
Brightness Loss From Below
33 °
Brightness Loss From Above
33 °
Black Level Raise From Below
59 °
Black Level Raise From Above
59 °
Gamma Shift From Below
31 °
Gamma Shift From Above
31 °

The HP 27f has very good vertical viewing angles. Within 25°, the image remains accurate, but beyond that, it degrades rapidly as colors quickly become over saturated and the brightness drops.

8.9
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
1.554 %
50% DSE
0.117 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.199 %
5% DSE
0.043 %

Excellent gray uniformity. There's very little dirty screen effect, great for playing sports games or browsing the web. In near-dark scenes, the uniformity is even better, and shouldn't cause any issues.

6.6
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.592 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The HP 27f has decent black uniformity. There's some clouding throughout the display, and some backlight bleed around the edges, but this isn't too noticeable.

8.3
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom
Luminance
304 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
90
Contrast Setting
80
RGB Controls
255-255-255
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6723 K
White Balance dE
1.61
Color dE
2.82
Gamma
2.13

Out-of-the-box, the HP 27f has great accuracy. The white balance is excellent, with very few issues. Color accuracy is good, but there are small inaccuracies in almost every color, although they are minor enough that most people won't notice them. Gamma doesn't follow the target curve, with some scenes over brightened, and some over darkened.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom
Luminance
101 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
15
Contrast Setting
77
RGB Controls
255-253-249
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6447 K
White Balance dE
0.52
Color dE
0.90
Gamma
2.17

After calibration, the HP 27f has excellent accuracy. The white balance error and color error are nearly entirely corrected. Gamma follows the target curve almost perfectly.

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.

8.2
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
92.7 %
Adobe RGB xy
71.9 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom

s.RGB Picture Mode: Custom (calibrated)
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Custom

Very good color gamut on the HP 27f. It has excellent coverage of the standard s.RGB color space, but only decent coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space, which is less than ideal for professional photo or video editing.

8.4
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
92.6 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
76.2 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom

s.RGB Picture Mode: Custom
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Custom

Very good SDR color volume. It has excellent color volume in the s.RGB color space, but it can't produce deep, dark colors very well, and like most monitors, it can't produce bright blues or magentas.

In the wider Adobe RGB color space, it has good color volume. Like with s.RGB, it is limited by the mediocre contrast ratio, so it can't produce deep, dark colors very well.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

HDR isn't supported on this monitor.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

HDR isn't supported on this monitor.

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 HP 27f, even immediately after showing our high contrast static test image for 10 minutes.

8.4
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

Great gradient handling, with only slight banding visible in some darker shades.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.001 %
Pixel Column Error
0.000 %

There's only a minor row error, and this is completely unnoticeable.

8.3
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
4.4 %
Indirect Reflections
3.7 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
0.7 %

Great reflections handling, similar to the HP 27Q and ViewSonic XG2402. There should be no issues using this monitor in a bright room.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB
Motion
7.4
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Level 2 (Fast)
Rise / Fall Time
7.8 ms
Total Response Time
17.3 ms
Overshoot Error
4.9 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
8.4 ms
Dark Total Response Time
18.7 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
4.7 %

Response Time Level 1
Response Time Level 2
Response Time Level 3
Response Time Level 4
Response Time Level 5

The monitor has a great response time. There are five overdrive settings, and each setting adds a bit more overshoot. The best Response Time setting is 'Level 2', as this mode improves the response time the most without adding noticeable overshoot.

6.7
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Level 2 (Fast)
Rise / Fall Time
7.5 ms
Total Response Time
20.4 ms
Overshoot Error
8.7 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
8.1 ms
Dark Total Response Time
20.6 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
11.3 %
10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The HP 27f is completely flicker-free, which is great, but it lacks the option to add flicker to reduce persistence blur.

0
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
No BFI
BFI Maximum Frequency
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
N/A

The HP 27F doesn't have an optional Black Frame Insertion feature. If you want a monitor that does, check out the Samsung Odyssey G5.

7.8
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
75 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
75 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
No
VRR Maximum
75 Hz
VRR Minimum
48 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors HDMI

Update 01/15/2019: Unfortunately, the HP 27F does not support NVIDIA's FreeSync implementation, as it doesn't have a DisplayPort connection, which is required.

At the native resolution of 1080p, the HP 27f has a decent 75Hz refresh rate. At non-native resolutions, only 60Hz is supported. This shouldn't be an issue for most people though, as most graphics cards will upscale without you even knowing. Many websites advertise the HP 27f as a 60Hz monitor, but 75Hz is supported out of the box with no additional steps, and it is fully supported with no dropped frames. On NVIDIA cards, the 1920x1080 resolution must be selected from the list of 'PC' resolutions in the NVIDIA Control Panel.

It supports FreeSync over HDMI, which is great. To enable FreeSync, select the 'Gaming - FreeSync' Picture Mode.

Inputs
9.1
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
7.4 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
8.9 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
7.8 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
8.7 ms
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
N/A

Excellent low input lag, great for casual gamers. The non-native resolution was tested at 60Hz, as that is the only refresh rate available in non-native resolutions. The input lag is much better than the HP 27Q.

7.1
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 2.1 MP
Pixel Density
82 PPI
Screen Diagonal 27.0 inches
Screen Area 311 sq inches

The HP 27f has a great 27" screen, which allows you to see more fine details in your work, but the 1080p resolution may be limiting to some people. It doesn't provide a very immersive gaming experience, and it isn't ideal for multitasking.

If you want a similar monitor with a higher resolution, check out the Dell S2721D.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort No
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 2 (HDMI 1.4)
DVI No
VGA 1
DisplayPort Out No
USB No
USB C No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm No
Microphone In 3.5mm No
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply External Brick

There's no 3.5mm jack for connecting speakers or a headset, which is uncommon.

Features
Features
Additional Features
RGB Illumination
No
Speakers