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Reviewed on Dec 04, 2018

HP 27F MONITOR REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
7.2
Mixed Usage
7.4
Office
7.5
Gaming
7.1
Multimedia
7.0
Media Creation
5.4
HDR Gaming
Size : 27"
Resolution : 1920x1080
Refresh Rate : 75 Hz
LCD 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.

Test Results
Design 7.0
Picture Quality 7.0
Motion 8.0
Inputs 8.4
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
  1. 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.

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7.0

Design

Curved : No
Curve radius : N/A
Weight (without stand)
:
7.0 lbs (3.2 kg)
Weight (with stand)
:
8.2 lbs (3.7 kg)

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.

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 Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
:
N/A
Switch portrait/landscape : No
Swivel Range : N/A
Tilt Range : -7.5° to 20°

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

Back
Wall Mount : N/A

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.

Borders
Borders
:
0.3" (0.8 cm)

The borders are very thin, and they look great.

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

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.

7.0 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 is similar to the HP 27Q, but the stand is slightly worse.

7.0

Picture Quality

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.

6.2 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 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Edge

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

7.4 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 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 is not supported on this monitor.

7.3 Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
:
40 °
Color Shift from Right
:
40 °
Brightness from Left
:
47 °
Brightness from Right
:
47 °
Black Level from Left
:
75 °
Black Level from Right
:
75 °
Curve Radius : N/A

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.

7.9 Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
:
25 °
Color Shift from Above
:
28 °
Brightness from Below
:
32 °
Brightness from Above
:
33 °
Black Level from Below
:
75 °
Black Level from Above
:
75 °

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 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
1.554 %
50% DSE
:
0.117 %
5% Std. Dev.
:
0.199 %
5% DSE
:
0.043 %

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.

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

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.

8.3 Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Custom
Luminance
:
304 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
90
Contrast Setting
:
80
RGB controls
:
255-255-255
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 Post Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Custom
Luminance
:
101 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
15
Contrast Setting
:
77
RGB Controls
:
255-253-249
Color Temperature
:
6447 K
White Balance dE
:
0.52
Color dE
:
0.90
Gamma
:
2.17

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.

8.2 SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
:
92.7 %
Adobe RGB xy
:
71.9 %

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 SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
:
92.6 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
:
76.2 %

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 HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
:
N/A

HDR is not supported on this monitor.

0 HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
:
N/A
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
:
N/A

HDR is not supported on this monitor.

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

8.4 Gradient
Color Depth
:
8 Bit

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

10 Color Bleed
Pixel row error
:
0.001 %
Pixel column error
:
0.000 %

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

8.0 Reflections

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

8.0

Motion

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.

8.1 Motion Blur
80% Response Time
:
5.9 ms
100% Response Time
:
17.1 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
:
Level 2 (Fast)

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 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.

7.5 Image Flicker
Flicker-free : Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
:
N/A
BFI Maximum Frequency
:
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
:
N/A

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

8.0 Refresh Rate
Native
:
75 Hz
Factory Overclock
:
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
:
FreeSync
G-SYNC Compatible
:
No
VRR Maximum
:
75 Hz
VRR Minimum
:
48 Hz
VRR Maximum With OC
:
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors : HDMI

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.

8.4

Inputs

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.

9.1 Input Lag
Native Resolution
:
7.4 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
:
8.9 ms
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
:
8.9 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
:
7.8 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 60 Hz, as that is the only refresh rate available in non-native resolutions. The input lag is much better than the HP 27Q.

7.3 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 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.

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

Features

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. 

Additional Features
Speakers
:
No
HDR10 : No
Multiple input display
:
No

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:

  • Dynamic Contrast: Automatically adjusts the contrast on a per-scene basis.
  • Black Stretch: Adjusts the gamma to make dark objects in dark scenes easier to spot, similar to the Black Stabilization feature found on other monitors.

On-Screen Display (OSD)
Controls

The controls are easy to use, and provide decent tactile feedback.

In The Box

  • Proprietary Power Adapter
  • Manual
  • HDMI Cable

Differences between Sizes and Variants

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).

Update 09/25/2019: There is an international variant of the 27fw, product code 4TB31AA. We don't know if it performs the same, but it does have built-in speakers.

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.

Model Size Resolution Refresh Rate Notes
22f 22" 1920x1080 75 Hz FreeSync
23f 23" 1920x1080 75 Hz FreeSync
24f 24" 1920x1080 75 Hz FreeSync
25f 25" 1920x1080 75 Hz FreeSync
27fw 27" 1920x1080 75 Hz FreeSync, White Back
27f 27" 1920x1080 75 Hz FreeSync, Black Back
27Q 27" 2560x1440 60 Hz FreeSync

The 27fw we reviewed was manufactured in July 2018.

Compared to other Monitors

Left: LG 29UM69G. Middle: HP 27fw. Right: HP 27Q.
Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The HP 27f is a decent budget monitor with great gaming features. See our recommendations for the best monitors under $200, the best budget gaming monitors and the best gaming monitors under $200.

HP 27Q
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.

Samsung CF398
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Amazon.com

The HP 27F and the Samsung CF398 use different types of panels, each with their 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.

Dell P2417H
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.

MSI Optix G27C
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.

7.2 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.

7.4 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 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.

7.5 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 75 Hz 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.

7.1 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 is only a slight blur trail behind fast moving objects. It is limited by the 1080p resolution and mediocre dark room performance though.

7.0 Media Creation

The 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.

5.4 HDR Gaming

The HP 27f does not support HDR. For a good HDR gaming monitor, check out the Samsung CHG70.

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