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.
The HP 27f has a decent design overall. It has a stylish, slim bezel, and the main display portion is well built. Unfortunately, the stand doesn't support the monitor well, as there is significant wobble, and it has very poor ergonomics, as it can only tilt. Unfortunately, there is no option to VESA mount the 27f.
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.
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 cannot be VESA mounted. There is also no cable management.
The 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.
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 is similar to the HP 27Q, but the stand is slightly worse.
The HP 27f delivers decent overall picture quality. It has a mediocre contrast ratio, so blacks tend to appear gray in a dark room. It has decent peak brightness, and great reflections handling, so you shouldn't have any issues using it in a bright room. It has excellent coverage of the s.RGB color space, but unfortunately, the Adobe RGB coverage is less than ideal for professional photo or video editing. It also has great accuracy out of the box, and after calibration, it is nearly perfect. Finally, the monitor shows no signs of temporary image retention, which is great.
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.
There is no local dimming feature on this monitor. The video is for reference only.
Decent peak brightness, with no variation between scenes, which is great. There should be no issues using the monitor in a bright room.
HDR is not supported on this monitor.
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 center but remains within acceptable limits up to 47°, and the black levels remain accurate at any viewing angle.
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.
Excellent gray uniformity. There is 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.
The HP 27f has decent black uniformity. There is some clouding throughout the display, and some backlight bleed around the edges, but this isn't too noticeable.
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.
After calibration, the 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.
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.
s.RGB Picture Mode: CustomAdobe 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.
HDR is not supported on this monitor.
HDR is not supported on this monitor.
There are no signs of image retention on the 27f, even immediately after showing our high contrast static test image for 10 minutes.
Great gradient handling, with only slight banding visible in some darker shades.
There is only a minor row error, and this is completely unnoticeable.
The HP 27f has great motion handling. It has a fast response time, with a very short blur trail behind fast moving objects. The backlight is completely flicker-free, which is great, although it lacks an option to introduce flicker in order to reduce persistence blur. It has a very good 75 Hz refresh rate, and it supports AMD FreeSync, with a good VRR range, ensuring a smooth, tear-free gaming experience, even when your PC can't maintain the frame rate in action-heavy scenes.
The monitor has a great response time. There are 5 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.
The 27f is completely flicker-free, which is great, but it lacks the option to add flicker to reduce persistence blur.
At the native resolution of 1080p, the HP 27f has a decent 75 Hz refresh rate. At non-native resolutions, only 60 Hz 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 27f as a 60 Hz 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.
The monitor supports FreeSync over HDMI, which is great. To enable FreeSync, select the 'Gaming - FreeSync' Picture Mode.
Update 01/15/2019: Unfortunately, the HP 27F does not support NVIDIA's FreeSync implementation, as it does not have a DisplayPort connection, which is required.
The HP 27f has excellent low input lag, perfect for gaming. The 27" screen provides for lots of screen area, but the 1080p resolution is somewhat limiting, and not ideal for multitasking. The monitor has 2 HDMI ports and a VGA port, but no DisplayPort or DVI, and it doesn't have a 3.5mm audio out jack either.
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:
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Excellent low input lag, great for casual gamers. The non-native resolution was tested at 60 Hz, as that is the only refresh rate available in non-native resolutions. The input lag is much better than the HP 27Q.
The 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.
There is no 3.5mm jack for connecting speakers or a headset, which is uncommon.
The HP 27F has very few features. It doesn't support HDR and has no internal speakers. The controls are easy to use, but the OSD is convoluted and not easy to navigate.
The HP 27f has very few additional features. It does not support HDR, and has no built-in speakers. There are a few image adjustment options that can help when gaming, including:
We tested the 27" 27fw 3KS64AA, and it is also available in 22", 23", 24", and 25" models. We don't know what other differences there may be for the other sizes, and we don't know if our review is representative of these sizes.
Update 03/18/2019: The product sku listed was incorrect, it was for the 27f model (2XN62AA).
The HP 27fw is also known as the 27f. The only difference is the color of the back panel. The HP 27f has a black back, the 27fw has a white back.
If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their HP 27fw 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.
|27fw||27"||1920x1080||75 Hz||FreeSync, White Back|
|27f||27"||1920x1080||75 Hz||FreeSync, Black Back|
The 27fw we reviewed was manufactured in July 2018.
The HP 27F is slightly better than the HP 27Q. The 27F has a slightly faster refresh rate, and much lower input lag, great for gaming. The HP 27Q has a better 2560x1440 resolution, which allows you to see more fine details in games, and makes it easier to multitask.
The HP 27F and the Samsung CF398 use different types of panels, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The 27F has an IPS panel, so the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle. The CF398 has a VA panel, and it delivers better overall dark room performance. The HP 27F also has a slightly faster refresh rate, although it isn't a significant difference.
The Dell P2417H is a bit better than the HP 27F. The P2417H is a slightly smaller screen with a 60Hz refresh rate, and no VRR support, but it has significantly better ergonomics, making it easier to place in an optimal viewing position, or for a multi-monitor setup. The P2417H is also more versatile than the HP 27F, with HDMI, DisplayPort, and VGA connections, and it can be used as a USB hub.
The HP 27F is overall much better than the MSI Optix G27C for most uses. The 27F has an IPS panel, so the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle, great for quick co-op gaming sessions, or for sharing your work with a nearby coworker. The 27F also has much better dark room performance. For gamers, it depends on what's the most important thing to you, as the G27C has a much faster refresh rate and wider VRR range.