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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Very good SDR brightness for the HP 27Q. The monitor maintains consistent brightness across all scenes and is very similar to the Acer G257HU.
HDR is not supported.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 3.5mm analog audio out port is a headphone port with adjustable volume (the monitor doesn't have volume control)
This is a very plain monitor that does not have speakers or HDR support. The only additional feature is a sleep timer.
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.
|HP PAVILION 27Q||27"||60 Hz||QHD(2560x1440)|
The model we've tested was manufactured in January 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 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.
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.
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.
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.