HP 27Q Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Updated Sep 26, 2018 at 09:15 am
HP 27Q Picture
7.1
Mixed Usage
7.4
Office
7.3
Gaming
7.0
Multimedia
6.9
Media Creation
5.0
HDR Gaming
Size 27"
Resolution 2560x1440
Refresh Rate 60 Hz
LCD Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The HP Pavilion 27Q is a basic entry-level 27-inch IPS QHD monitor with decent picture quality. It has excellent gray uniformity and can handle reflections very well. It can get bright enough to overcome glare and you can use it in a brighter room with no issues. However, it is not well suited for a dark room due to the poor black levels and poor black uniformity. Unfortunately, the HP 27Q has image retention issues, although most people won't notice it. It has low input lag when used in gaming mode and it supports FreeSync to avoid tearing.

Our Verdict

7.1 Mixed Usage

This is a decent monitor for mixed usage. It is more suitable for brighter rooms as it can get bright and can handle reflections well. In darker rooms, blacks will look grayish. It has a low input lag and supports FreeSync to please casual gamers. Its resolution and size are good for almost any usage.

Pros
  • Great brightness
  • Excellent gray uniformity
Cons
  • Image retention issues
  • Poor ergonomics
7.4 Office

The HP 27Q is a decent monitor for office use. Its size and resolution will allow you to see more detail on the screen and will make multitasking easy. The viewing angles will allow you to work with ease with a colleague sitting next to you. Unfortunately, it is not easy to position the monitor to your preferences, due to the poor ergonomics.

7.3 Gaming

This HP 27Q is a decent monitor for gaming. The input lag is low when you set the monitor to the proper gaming mode and the monitor feels responsive. The resolution and size are great and you can see the smallest scenery detail of your favorite game. Finally, the monitor also supports FreeSync to maintain a low input lag in graphically demanding games.

7.0 Multimedia

Decent performance in multimedia. The high resolution of this monitor and its good color gamut will help display most multimedia content well. Unfortunately, it will give you a hard time to position it according to your preferences and the black uniformity and low contrast ratio do not make it a good choice for a dim room.

6.9 Media Creation

This is a decent monitor for media creation. Its QHD resolution will allow you to put more work on the screen. The input lag can be low when set properly and the picture quality is decent. Unfortunately, the bad ergonomics will give you a hard time to position comfortably to work and the low contrast ratio does not make it a good choice for less bright rooms.

5.0 HDR Gaming

The HP 27Q does not support HDR. If you are looking for a monitor that supports HDR, check the Samsung CHG70.

  • 7.1 Mixed Usage
  • 7.4 Office
  • 7.3 Gaming
  • 7.0 Multimedia
  • 6.9 Media Creation
  • 5.0 HDR Gaming
  1. Update 1/17/2019: We tested the monitor's compatibility with NVIDIA's new FreeSync driver. See our full investigation into NVIDIA's FreeSync Drivers here.

Test Results

Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve radius N/A
Weight (without stand)
9.3 lbs (4.2 kg)
Weight (with stand)
10.6 lbs (4.8 kg)

The design of the HP 27Q is very plain. The stand is sturdy and supports the monitor well but does not allow much freedom in positioning the monitor to your liking. You can tilt, but not swivel or rotate. The build quality is good and the monitor feels solid without any gaps. Like all monitors, it will wobble slightly when pushed.

Design
Stand
Width
8.2" (20.8 cm)
Depth
6.1" (15.5 cm)

The stand of the monitor is metallic and plain. It supports the monitor well and does not allow it to wobble a lot.

3.0
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
N/A
Switch portrait/landscape No
Swivel Range N/A
Tilt Range -25° to 5°

Ergonomics are bad on this monitor. There is no height adjustment, no swivel, and no switching to portrait mode. There is only a very limited tilt range.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back of the monitor is quite basic but looks good. There is no cable management, as shown here, although, you can try to route the cables through the stand.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.3" (0.8 cm)

Thin metallic borders with a very thin bezel. There is, however, a thin strip of screen between the bezel and where the image starts. This is a good monitor to use if you plan to have more than one monitor next to each other.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
6.1" (15.5 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.5" (6.4 cm)

The thickness is average for its size. If you VESA mount it, it will still protrude a little.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is good without gaps or loose ends. The whole construction feels solid and sturdy and you will have no issues with the build quality of this monitor.

Picture Quality
5.8
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
907 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The HP 27Q has a sub-standard native contrast ratio and blacks look grayish in a dark room. A low native contrast ratio is expected in IPS monitors and it is best suited for a well-lit room. This performance is lower than rival LG 27UD58-B.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

Local dimming is not supported. The video is for reference only.

Update 11/30/18: By mistake the Backlight value was left to 'N/A'. We updated it to the correct value: 'Edge'.

8.0
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
370 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
334 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
340 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
341 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
341 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
341 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
333 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
340 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
341 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
341 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
341 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.001

Very good SDR brightness for the HP 27Q. The monitor maintains consistent brightness across all scenes and is very similar to the Acer G257HU.

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 is not supported.

6.2
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
33 °
Color Shift from Right
33 °
Brightness from Left
43 °
Brightness from Right
43 °
Black Level from Left
75 °
Black Level from Right
36 °
Curve Radius N/A

The HP 27Q has mediocre horizontal viewing angles. Blacks remain good, but brightness degrades whereas colors intensify noticeably near the edges of the screen. This is slighlty worse than the LG 27UD58-B

8.3
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
29 °
Color Shift from Above
27 °
Brightness from Below
38 °
Brightness from Above
37 °
Black Level from Below
75 °
Black Level from Above
75 °

Very good vertical viewing angles for the HP 27Q. You will have no issues with this monitor if you look at it from below or from above. Similar performance to more expensive models like the LG 27UD68P-B.

8.8
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.474 %
50% DSE
0.106 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.376 %
5% DSE
0.052 %

Excellent gray uniformity, somewhat better than the similar LG 27UD58-B. There is very little dirty screen effect but the left and right edges of the screen look darker and this is due to the mediocre horizontal viewing angles. However, this shouldn't be a problem for most people.

4.0
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
3.360 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Bad black uniformity. In the test image above, you can notice that some clouding is present in most areas of the screen and that backlight bleed is evident in the lower edge. However, just like the LG 27UD58-B, this will not look as bad in normal use in a brighter room.

8.2
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Photo
Luminance
332 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
90
Contrast Setting
80
RGB controls
255-255-255
Color Temperature
6252 K
White Balance dE
2.09
Color dE
2.53
Gamma
2.29

The out of the box accuracy of the HP 27Q is great. The 'Photo' picture mode is the most accurate of the picture modes available.

Overall, the white balance and color dE are both under 3, and most people will not notice any inaccuracies. The color temperature is slightly warm and there is a reddish tint in the image. As for the gamma, the monitor is a little darker than our target curve in all signal values.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom
Luminance
100 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
26
Contrast Setting
79
RGB Controls
240-243-255
Color Temperature
6423 K
White Balance dE
1.05
Color dE
0.58
Gamma
2.17

Excellent color accuracy for the HP 27Q after calibration, which fixed the minor issues. Both the white balance dE and color dE were brought down and most people won't notice any irregularities. The gamma now follows the target curve very closely except in the high signal values where the monitor is slightly brighter. Finally, the color temperature is now close to our 6500 K target..

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.

8.9
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
99.7 %
Adobe RGB xy
77.9 %

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

The HP 27Q has an excellent SDR color gamut, very similar to much more expensive ASUS ROG PG348Q. Coverage of the s.RGB color space is nearly perfect and this is great for daily usage. However, professionals in the publishing industry will find the Adobe RGB coverage limited. For excellent Adobe RGB coverage, check out the Acer Predator X27.

9.1
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
97.5 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
83.9 %

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

Excellent color volume as it can display a great number of colors in various levels of luminance. It does not perform well in the dark shades due to the not so great contrast ratio. Again, the Adobe RGB color volume is not sufficient for professionals.

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

HDR is not supported.

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

HDR is not supported.

0.6
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
1.75 %
IR after 2 min recovery
1.13 %
IR after 4 min recovery
0.58 %
IR after 6 min recovery
0.38 %
IR after 8 min recovery
0.18 %
IR after 10 min recovery
0.14 %

The HP 27Q shows intense signs of image retention, even after 10 minutes of cooldown. This is the worst performance we had up until now, worse than Acer G257HU. However, this is hard to notice in normal usage.

7.9
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

The HP 27Q displays our gradient test image very well. There is the normal 8-bit banding visible in the darker shades but other than that the result is good. However, it is not among the best in this price range.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel row error
0.000 %
Pixel column error
0.000 %

Excellent performance in color bleed. When displaying large areas of a single color, no issues can be seen and the image remains uniform.

8.0
Picture Quality
Reflections

The HP 27Q handles reflections very well. The light-matte finish diffuses light sources across the screen and that reduces their intensity.

Motion
8.3
Motion
Motion Blur
80% Response Time
5.8 ms
100% Response Time
14.9 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
Level 2

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

This monitor's response time is great. There are 5 levels of Response Time, but we recommend using 'Level 2 (fast)' since it is the one that has the best balance between overshoot and fast response time. If you find the overshoot of 'Level 2' bothersome and you see many duplications, you can switch to 'Level 1' which is slower but there are less overshoot artifacts.

7.5
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
No
BFI Maximum Frequency
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
N/A

The HP 27Q is a flicker-free monitor and this is good as the motion looks smooth. Unfortunately, it does not give you the option to introduce flicker so as to clear blur and make the image crisper.

7.7
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
60 Hz
Factory Overclock
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync
G-SYNC Compatible
Yes
VRR Maximum
75 Hz
VRR Minimum
48 Hz
VRR Maximum With OC
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

The HP 27Q is a 60Hz monitor that under certain circumstances can display 75 Hz.

The monitor only displays 75 Hz properly when it is used with a FreeSync compatible graphics source (such as an AMD graphics card), and the monitor is set to the 'Gaming - FreeSync' Viewing Mode as shown here. In this configuration, 75 Hz is displayed properly, even if FreeSync is disabled on the PC. However, when the monitor is used with a non-FreeSync source and sent 75 Hz, the monitor displays 60 Hz and skips the extra frames, which is a worse experience than just sending 60 Hz.

Update 01/15/2019: We have tested the HP 27Q with NVIDIA's new FreeSync drivers, and had no issues. Like with an AMD card, the 'Gaming - FreeSync' mode must be selected. The full FreeSync range of 48-75 Hz is tear-free.

Inputs
7.8
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
27.6 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
36.0 ms
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
27.6 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
7.9 ms
10 bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
N/A

The HP 27Q has an okay input lag in the native resolution @ 60Hz. However, it can achieve a much lower input lag when set to 'Gaming-FreeSync' viewing mode, be sure to set properly here.

8.4
Inputs
Resolution and Size
Native Resolution 2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 3.7 MP
Pixel Density 109 PPI
Screen Diagonal 27.0 inches
Screen Area 311 sq inches

The HP 27Q has a high QHD resolution and a large 27" diagonal. This allows you to see much detail on the relatively large screen area. If you are looking for even higher resolution at this screen size, check out the LG 27UD58-B.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 2 (HDMI 1.4)
DVI No
VGA No
DisplayPort Out No
USB No
USB C No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Microphone In 3.5mm No
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply External Brick

The 3.5mm analog audio out port is a headphone port with adjustable volume (the monitor doesn't have volume control)

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

The only additional feature that this monitor has is the presence of a Sleep Timer that allows you to set the 'Sleep' and 'On' time of the monitor.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls
Features
In The Box

  • Not Shown: Power cord
  • VESA Mount adapter
  • Manual
  • DisplayPort cable
  • HDMI cable

Our monitor came without a VGA cable. We have seen on the internet that it sometimes includes a VGA cable in the box

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the HP Pavilion 27q, product number 1HR73AA. There is an older version of the 27q as well, it has the same model number, but the product code is 3FV90AA. The older model has a slightly different design, and it uses a TN panel instead of an IPS, so it likely has worse viewing angles.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their HP 27Q 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 Refresh rate Resolution
HP PAVILION 27Q 27" 60 Hz QHD(2560x1440)

The model we've tested was manufactured in January 2018.

Compared to other monitors

Comparison picture

Left: Asus PB277Q-B. Middle: HP 27Q. Right: Acer G257HU .
Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The HP 27Q is a decent monitor for a wide range of usages. See our recommendations for the best gaming monitors and the best monitors under $200.

HP 27F
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.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.

Dell U2717D
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Dell U2717D is marginally better than the HP 27Q. The Dell U2717D has much better ergonomics that allow you to place the monitor as you prefer without any trouble. On the other hand, the HP 27Q has lower input lag, which makes it a better choice for gamers, and a faster pixel refresh rate that allows makes fast motion look smooth and only leave a small blur trail.

LG 27UD58-B
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The LG 27UD58-B is somewhat better than the HP 27Q. The LG 27UD58-B has a better input lag and is more responsive to your actions. It also has better resolution allowing you to display more in the same screen size. On the other hand, the HP 27Q is brighter and can handle reflections better, so it's more suitable for a slightly brighter room with many light sources.

Dell U2715H
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Dell U2715H is much better than the HP 27Q. The Dell U2715H has better ergonomics and can be positioned to your preferences with ease. It has a lower input lag that allows it to react faster to your inputs making a better choice for gamers. On the other hand, the HP 27Q has a faster pixel refresh rate, so when you watch fast-moving content, it looks smooth with a smaller blur trail.

Acer G257HU/G7 Series
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The HP 27Q is somewhat better than the Acer G257HU. The HP 27Q has a better refresh rate that leaves a smaller blur trail in fast-moving content and has more screen area as it is a 27" monitor. The Acer G257HU, on the other hand, has a better input lag which makes it more responsive to your inputs and can be great for many usages.

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