Lenovo Q27q-10 Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Jul 14, 2020 at 08:18 am
Lenovo Q27q-10 Picture
7.0
Mixed Usage
7.4
Office
7.2
Gaming
6.9
Multimedia
6.9
Media Creation
5.2
HDR Gaming
Size 27"
Resolution 2560x1440
Max Refresh Rate
75 Hz
LCD Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The Lenovo Q27q-10 is a decent 27", 1440p office monitor. It has wide viewing angles, decent peak brightness, and great reflection handling, and the unique design looks great in any setting. On the other hand, it has bad ergonomics, so it might be difficult to place it in an ideal viewing position. Unfortunately, this monitor doesn't stand out for much else, as it has a very slow response time, disappointing accuracy out of the box, and incomplete coverage of the sRGB color space, so it's not a good choice for gaming or media creators.

Our Verdict

7.0 Mixed Usage

The Lenovo Q27q-10 is a decent monitor for most uses. Marketed as a home office monitor, the 1440p, 27" screen is great for multitasking, and it has great reflection handling and wide viewing angles. It has low input lag for gaming, but it's not a great choice for gamers due to the slow response time, which can also be noticeable when watching some videos. Unfortunately, it has bad ergonomics, so it might be difficult to place in an ideal viewing position.

Pros
  • Image remains accurate when viewed at an angle.
  • Low input lag.
  • Great reflection handling.
Cons
  • Low contrast.
  • Mediocre response time.
  • Bad ergonomics.
7.4 Office

The Lenovo Q27q-10 is a decent office monitor. The 27", 1440p screen is great for multitasking, and like most IPS monitors, the image remains accurate at an angle. It has great reflection handling, but only decent peak brightness, so glare can still be an issue in a bright room. Unfortunately, it has bad ergonomics, so a VESA mount might be necessary to place it in an ideal viewing position.

Pros
  • Image remains accurate when viewed at an angle.
  • Low input lag.
  • Great reflection handling.
Cons
  • Low contrast.
  • Mediocre response time.
  • Bad ergonomics.
7.2 Gaming

Although the Lenovo Q27q is a decent gaming monitor overall, it has a few major issues that might disappoint even casual gamers. It has low input lag, but a very slow response time, resulting in long blur-trails behind fast-moving objects. On the other hand, it supports FreeSync, which is great, and the 1440p, 27" screen is great.

Pros
  • Image remains accurate when viewed at an angle.
  • Low input lag.
  • Great reflection handling.
Cons
  • Low contrast.
  • Mediocre response time.
  • Bad ergonomics.
6.9 Multimedia

This is a decent monitor for multimedia. The Lenovo Q27q-10 has a great resolution and size, and the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle, great for watching a movie with a friend or colleague. Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio, so it's not a great choice for watching videos in a dark room.

Pros
  • Image remains accurate when viewed at an angle.
  • Low input lag.
  • Great reflection handling.
Cons
  • Low contrast.
  • Mediocre response time.
  • Bad ergonomics.
6.9 Media Creation

The Lenovo Q27q-10 is a decent monitor for media creation. The high resolution, 27" screen allows you to see more of your work at once, and the wide viewing angles are good for sharing your screen with a client or colleague. Unfortunately, the stand has bad ergonomics, so it might be difficult to place in an ideal viewing position. It has a good color gamut, but it's not as good as most other monitors we've tested, and it doesn't completely cover even the standard sRGB color space used by most web content.

Pros
  • Image remains accurate when viewed at an angle.
  • Low input lag.
  • Great reflection handling.
Cons
  • Low contrast.
  • Mediocre response time.
  • Bad ergonomics.
  • Disappointing accuracy out of the box.
5.2 HDR Gaming

The Lenovo Q27q-10 doesn't support HDR.

  • 7.0 Mixed Usage
  • 7.4 Office
  • 7.2 Gaming
  • 6.9 Multimedia
  • 6.9 Media Creation
  • 5.2 HDR Gaming

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
7.7 lbs (3.5 kg)
Weight (with stand)
11.7 lbs (5.3 kg)

The Lenovo Q27q-10 has a very sleek, simple design that looks great. It has a unique side-mounted stand, which, unfortunately, has terrible ergonomics, but it can be VESA-mounted if that's an issue. It has thin bezels on three sides, making it a great choice for multi-monitor setups.

Design
Stand
Width
9.3" (23.7 cm)
Depth
7.0" (17.8 cm)

The unique stand has a small overall footprint, very similar to some Dell monitors we've tested, like the Dell UltraSharp U2721DE. It supports the monitor well.

3.1
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
N/A
Switch Portrait/Landscape No
Swivel Range No swivel
Tilt Range -22.5° to 5°

Unfortunately, this monitor has bad ergonomics. Luckily, it can be VESA-mounted if the lack of adjustments causes any issues for you.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back of the Lenovo Q27q-10 is very plain. There's a VESA wall mount, but it's offset towards the bottom of the display, so if you're replacing a monitor that was already mounted, the monitor might be too high. There's a small clip on the stand to help with cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.3" (0.9 cm)

Although a bit thicker than most monitors we've tested, the borders on three sides are thin enough for most multi-monitor setups.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
4.3" (11.0 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
1.5" (3.8 cm)

The Q27q has a very thin side profile, with all of the electronics housed in a thicker section towards the bottom.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Lenovo Q27q-10 has good overall build quality. The back is made of plastic but feels solid, and the stand is made of metal. The joints feel a little bit flimsy, but we didn't have any issues with it.

Picture Quality
6.0
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1013 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

Like all IPS displays, the Lenovo Q27q-10 has a low contrast ratio, resulting in blacks that look gray, especially if you're in a dark room. Unfortunately, like most monitors, there's no local dimming feature to improve this.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

This monitor doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only.

7.3
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
271 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
294 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
295 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
295 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
295 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
295 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
294 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
295 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
295 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
295 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
295 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

Good peak brightness, bright enough for most rooms, but not quite as bright as the Dell UltraSharp U2721DE.

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

This monitor doesn't support HDR. For a good office monitor with HDR support, check out the BenQ EX2780Q.

7.9
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
46 °
Color Washout From Right
46 °
Color Shift From Left
45 °
Color Shift From Right
59 °
Brightness Loss From Left
45 °
Brightness Loss From Right
45 °
Black Level Raise From Left
70 °
Black Level Raise From Right
70 °
Gamma Shift From Left
32 °
Gamma Shift From Right
50 °

Like most IPS monitors, the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle. There's some color shift and washout at wide angles, but this shouldn't be an issue for most people.

7.1
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
29 °
Color Washout From Above
29 °
Color Shift From Below
50 °
Color Shift From Above
48 °
Brightness Loss From Below
35 °
Brightness Loss From Above
35 °
Black Level Raise From Below
70 °
Black Level Raise From Above
70 °
Gamma Shift From Below
32 °
Gamma Shift From Above
31 °

Decent vertical viewing angles. Colors washout at a moderate angle, which might be an issue as the height can't be adjusted.

8.7
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.429 %
50% DSE
0.099 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.382 %
5% DSE
0.053 %

Excellent gray uniformity. There's some vignetting, and the sides are a bit darker than the rest of the screen as well, but this isn't very noticeable with regular content.

6.2
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.869 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The Lenovo Q27q-10 has mediocre black uniformity. There's some flashlighting around each corner, and the screen is a bit cloudy, but overall it's a bit better than most monitors we've tested.

5.1
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Standard (sRGB)
Luminance
218 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
27
Contrast Setting
85
RGB Controls
100-100-100
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6395 K
White Balance dE
5.08
Color dE
4.73
Gamma
2.19

The Q27q has disappointing accuracy out of the box. Brighter shades of gray have noticeable inaccuracies, as well as many colors. Gamma doesn't follow the sRGB target curve, so most scenes aren't displayed at the correct brightness.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Standard (custom)
Luminance
115 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
0
Contrast Setting
85
RGB Controls
86-94-100
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6453 K
White Balance dE
0.42
Color dE
1.20
Gamma
2.18

After calibration, the Q27q has outstanding accuracy. The white balance issues were completely corrected, and there are only a few minor inaccuracies in highly-saturated colors. The color temperature didn't change much, but gamma follows the sRGB color curve almost perfectly.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and shouldn't be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.

7.9
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
88.8 %
Adobe RGB xy
69.2 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Standard (custom)
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Standard (custom)

Although the SDR color gamut is good for most people, the Lenovo Q27q-10 has the worst sRGB color gamut we've measured on a monitor, which is disappointing. Coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space is even worse, so this isn't a good choice for content creators.

8.1
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
89.2 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
73.5 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Standard (custom)
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Standard (custom)

Great SDR color volume. It's limited by the incomplete color gamut, and due to the low contrast ratio, it can't display dark saturated colors.

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

This monitor can't display HDR color gamuts.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

10
Picture Quality
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 %

Although there are minor traces of our high-contrast static test clip, they're too faint to be detected by our image retention test, and aren't noticeable in real life.

8.3
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

The Lenovo Q27q-10 has great gradient handling. There's some noticeable 8-bit banding, which is normal, but otherwise there aren't any serious issues.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.001 %
Pixel Column Error
0.005 %

There are no significant signs of color bleed.

8.1
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
4.8 %
Indirect Reflections
3.8 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.0 %

The matte finish on this monitor does a great job with most reflections, but if you have bright lights or windows opposite the screen, glare can still be an issue.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

Decent text clarity, but even after enabling ClearType (top photo), there's still some jaggedness in text, especially on diagonal lines.

Motion
6.4
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
6.5 ms
Total Response Time
22.2 ms
Overshoot Error
11.7 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
7.1 ms
Dark Total Response Time
22.7 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
12.8 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
Off Chart Table Photo
Normal Chart Table Photo
Extreme Chart Table Photo

The Lenovo Q27q-10 has a mediocre response time at the max refresh rate. The total response time is slow, resulting in a long trail behind fast-moving objects, and there's significant overshoot in most transitions. The 'Normal' overdrive setting delivers the best balance between overshoot and response time. The 'Off' setting has no overshoot, but a slower overall response time, and the 'Extreme' setting has terrible overshoot.

4.6
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
6.4 ms
Total Response Time
28.5 ms
Overshoot Error
17 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
7.0 ms
Dark Total Response Time
29.0 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
21.5 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
Off Chart Table Photo
Normal Chart Table Photo
Extreme Chart Table Photo

This monitor has a bad response time at 60Hz. With the 'Off' overdrive setting, the 60Hz response time is nearly identical to the 75Hz response time, but with the 'Normal' and 'Extreme' settings, the total response time is longer, and there's more overshoot.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The backlight is completely flicker-free at all brightness levels.

0
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
No BFI
BFI Maximum Frequency
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
N/A

This monitor doesn't have a black frame insertion feature.

7.8
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
75 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
75 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (Tested)
VRR Maximum
75 Hz
VRR Minimum
48 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

The 75Hz refresh rate is okay for casual gaming and office use, but serious gamers might be disappointed. It supports FreeSync, and although not officially certified by NVIDIA, we were able to enable NVIDIA's G-SYNC compatible mode when connected to a recent NVIDIA graphics card, but only over DisplayPort.

Inputs
9.2
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
6.6 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
8.2 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
7.8 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
9.4 ms
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
N/A

Excellent low input lag, resulting in a very responsive gaming experience. Although this isn't as good as dedicated gaming monitors with high refresh rates, it's good enough for most casual gamers.

8.3
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 310 sq inches

The 27", 1440p screen is pretty standard, and offers a sharp image good for multitasking.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 1 (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

This monitor has a limited selection of inputs, with just a single HDMI and DisplayPort connection, and no built-in USB ports.

Features
Features
Additional Features
RGB Illumination
No
Speakers
Yes
HDR10 No
Multiple Input Display
No

The Lenovo Q27q-10 is a pretty basic monitor, with no extra features.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

The controls are very similar to most Dell monitors. Unfortunately, this control scheme isn't as easy to use as the joystick controls found on most LG monitors.

Features
In The Box

  • Power cable
  • Power supply
  • HDMI cable
  • Allen key (used to assemble the stand)

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We reviewed the 27 inch Lenovo Q27q-10, which is the only size available of this model. There's another variant of this monitor, known as the Q27h-10, which appears to be similar, but with one USB-C port, two USB-A ports, and a higher peak brightness.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Q27q-10 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we'll update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.

Model Size Panel Type Resolution Refresh Rate Native VRR Notes
Q27q-10 27"  IPS 1440p 75Hz FreeSync  
Q27h-10 27" IPS 1440p 75Hz  FreeSync  USB-C

The unit we reviewed was manufactured in January 2020, and you can see the label here.

Compared to other monitors

The Lenovo Q27q-10 27" monitor is marketed mainly as an office monitor, but there are some much better choices out there, including the ASUS VG279Q, Dell UltraSharp U2520D, or if you're willing to spend a bit more, the Dell U2718Q. Check out our recommendations for the best office monitors, the best 27 inch monitors, and the best 1440p monitors.

Samsung T55
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

Although they use different panel types, the Lenovo Q27q-10 is better than the Samsung T55 overall. The smaller, higher resolution screen on the Lenovo results in sharper text, making it a better choice for office use. The Samsung uses a VA panel, which has better contrast than the Lenovo, but the Lenovo has better viewing angles since it uses an IPS panel.

LG 27UK650-W
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Amazon.com

The LG 27UK650-W is much better than the Lenovo Q27q-10. The higher native resolution on the LG results in much sharper text, making it a better choice for office use. Despite the lower native refresh rate, the LG has a much faster response time, making it a better choice for gaming as well. On the other hand, the Lenovo has better reflection handling, so it might be a slightly better choice for users in a bright office setting.

Dell UltraSharp U2720Q
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Amazon.com

The Dell UltraSharp U2720Q is much better than the Lenovo Q27q-10. The Dell has a higher resolution screen, resulting in sharper text that's easier to read. The Dell also has much better ergonomics, a much faster response time, it supports HDR.

Dell UltraSharp U2721DE
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Amazon.com

The Dell UltraSharp U2721DE is much better than the Lenovo Q27q-10. The U2721DE has much better ergonomics, it's brighter, and it can display a wider color gamut. The Dell has a lower refresh rate and it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technologies, but despite this, it has a better response time than the Lenovo, resulting in cleaner-looking motion.

Dell UltraSharp U2520D
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Dell UltraSharp U2520D is much better than the Lenovo Q27q-10, despite the smaller size. The Dell has much better ergonomics, it supports HDR (although this doesn't add much), and it has a much faster response time, despite having a lower native refresh rate and no variable refresh rate support. On the other hand, the Lenovo has better reflection handling, so it might be a better choice for a brighter environment.

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