Preferred monitor store
Reviewed on Sep 26, 2018

HP 27Q
MONITOR REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
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.

Test Results
Design 7.0
Picture Quality 6.6
Motion 7.8
Inputs 8.0
Pros
  • Great brightness
  • Excellent gray uniformity
Cons
  • Image retention issues
  • Poor ergonomics
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.

Check Price

7.0

Design

Curved : No
Curve radius : N/A
Weight (without stand)
:
9.2 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

6.6

Picture Quality

The picture quality of the HP 27Q is decent. The contrast is low, as expected for an IPS monitor and there are image retention issues if you display static images for a prolonged period of time, although it will be hard to notice in normal usage. On the positive side, the monitor has great SDR peak brightness, excellent gray uniformity, and great reflection handling, so you can place it in a room with a few light sources without any issues. Finally, its out of the box accuracy is great and most people will not need to make any color corrections.

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

HDR is not supported.

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

HDR is not supported.

0.6 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 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 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 Reflections

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

7.8

Motion

The motion handling of the HP 27Q is good.  It has a fast response time that only leaves a small blur trail. It is a flicker-free monitor that lowers the backlight without PWM dimming. It does not support a black frame insertion feature to make the image crisper, but it does support FreeSync to prevent tearing and keep a low input lag.

8.3 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 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 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.

8.0

Inputs

The HP 27Q has a low input lag when in 'Gaming-FreeSync' viewing mode. It also has a high QHD resolution, and a large 27" screen, which are great for most usages.

7.8 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 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
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

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

Features

This is a very plain monitor that does not have speakers or HDR support. The only additional feature is a sleep timer. 

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.

On-Screen Display (OSD)
Controls
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

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

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

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.

Dell U2715H

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.

LG 27UD58-B

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.

Acer G257HU/G7 Series

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.

+ Show more

Conclusion
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.
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.

LOG IN

JOIN RTINGS.com

Be part of the most informed community and take advantage of our advanced tools to find the best product for your needs.
Join our mailing list:
Become an insider

Unlimited access to full product reviews, test measurements and scores

test table UI

Product prices across the site on reviews, tables and tools

product prices UI

Additional votes for our
next reviews

Additional votes UI

Early Access
to our reviews and test measurements

Early Access UI

Create Discussion