The 8 Best 27-Inch LCD Monitors to Buy in 2017

See our picks for the top 27-inch monitors for every budget and use case

27-inch monitors are growing in popularity, thanks to decreasing costs and the extra resolution that they can provide over smaller displays. With more people also using their computers as the center for their entertainment, the larger screens make it easier to be used with multiple people watching. Whether you are looking for a low cost, gaming, video or graphics oriented display, check out which ones we feel are currently the best in this size.

Widely regarded as the best all-around 27-inch monitor on the market, Dell’s Ultrasharp U2715H 27-inch LED-lit monitor is a fantastic choice for buyers. Featuring a 27-inch QHD 2560 x 1440 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio with an ultra-thin bezel, the Dell rests somewhere in the middle price-wise but stands out for its price-to-performance ratio. The 178/178-degree viewing angle pairs with a full range of tilt, pivot, swivel and height adjustments to offer a “best fit” for each individual user. Weighing 10-pounds, the Dell also offers built-in compatibility for mounting to Dell’s single monitor arm for additional viewing options. Additionally, Dell offers a three-year ‘Premium Panel Guarantee,’ ensuring that even if one pixel goes out, they’ll replace it free of charge.

ViewSonic’s XG2700-4K 27-inch IPS (in-plane viewing) 4K UHD monitor is another fantastic choice that offers a great combination of price and performance. Featuring a high-pixel density of 3840 x 2160, the 23.6-pound ViewSonic offers superb image detail and clarity, which is especially notable during PC gaming. The total display of more than eight million pixels and SuperClear IPS panel offers the same image quality whether you’re viewing the monitor from above, below or the side. Additionally, ViewSonic included “Black Stabilization” provides enhanced visibility and detail during dark scenes (a standout feature you’ll notice during movies or gameplay). A future-proof DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0 support 4K UHD resolution at 60Hz helps the ViewSonic achieve an excellent level of detail and viewing potential. 

AOC’s Q2778VQE 27-inch LED-lit monitor may be priced well below the competition, but the value here is unmistakable. Weighing 14.9 pounds, the AOC offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio supported by 16.7 million colors. At four times the resolution of 720p, the AOC essentially offers four 720p HD videos on the screen at the same time while showing greater detail in both color and clarity. The bevy of connectivity options includes HDMI, VGA, DVI-D, and DisplayPort, as well as a headphone jack for audio support. With full-tilt support, the sleek and slim design of the AOC provides low-power consumption all without spending a fortune.

With an Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution and over eight million pixels, Dell’s P2715Q 27-inch LED 4K monitor stands out from the rest of the pack. Weighing 16.7 pounds, the Dell offers more than four times the pixel resolution of Full HD and offers extremely fine detail onscreen, so tasks such as high-resolution photo editing will be easier and more enjoyable. The included stand enables five-degree forward or 21-degree backward tilt, along with pivoting, swiveling and built-in cable management to offer each individual user maximum comfort. Additionally, the Dell offers DisplayPort 1.2 connectivity, which allows you to connect two monitors side-by-side eliminating the need to run extra cables to the PC. While it might be feature rich, Dell took extra care to make this monitor eco-friendly as well through energy star qualification and by using a chassis made of more than 25 percent recycled material.

While most displays we use and view daily are the default square or rectangle, the up-and-coming curved displays offer an experience that is unparalleled. Samsung’s CF591 curved 27-inch FHD monitor offers a truly immersive viewing experience that is unlike anything an “older” monitor style can match. With a resolution of 1920 x 1080, Samsung’s 1800R screen curvature offers stunning panoramic views during both work and play. Additionally, Samsung included AMD FreeSync technology that provides smoother images even during fast-action movie scenes by syncing the screen refresh rate with the content frame rate to minimize any attempts at blurring. Add to the feature list the built-in five-watt stereo speakers offering full, rich sound and you’ll find Samsung’s curved display may be everything you didn’t know you needed in a monitor.

This ASUS PG278QR is a luxurious choice for the buyer who values quality and considers price to be an afterthought. It has a gorgeous resolution of 2560 x 1440 and an aspect ratio of 16:9. It’s a great pick for gamers especially because of its 1ms response time and overclocked refresh rate up to 165 Hz. NVIDIA G-SYNC also delivers smooth gameplay sans screen tearing and stuttering. ASUS’ Eye Care Technology features a blue light filter and flicker-free backlighting to minimize eye strain in low light settings.

The monitor measures a sleek 9.4 x 24.5 x 17.1 inches and weighs 15.5 pounds, and the sturdy stand lets you tilt, pivot and swivel the screen to your desire. As far as connectivity goes, it has DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4 and USB 3.0 ports. Some reviewers on Amazon lament that the speakers are a bit lackluster, but that’s nothing that can’t be fixed with a few accessories.

While there’s no substitute for external speakers for game play or movie viewing, the Asus VG278HV 27-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution monitor offers three-watt built-in speakers for great sound. It has an ergonomic design that tilts, swivels, and slides up and down. Add in a 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response to minimize input lag, the dual built-in speakers get a chance to shine with outstanding video playback. Weighing 25.6 pounds, the Asus offers a large footprint in the 27-inch monitor space, but that’s a small price to pay for the excellent feature set paired with a budget-friendly price tag.

There are gaming monitors and then there are 4K gaming monitors such as the LG 27UD68-P 27-inch 4K UHD IPS monitor with FreeSync technology. Featuring a 3840 x 2160 resolution IPS display with screen split technology, the LG is a step above most gaming monitors on the market today. With over 99 percent coverage of the sRGB spectrum, this monitor also doubles as a standout choice for professional photographers, graphic designers or anyone else who can benefit for highly accurate color reproduction. The included screen split 2.0 technology allows resizing and displaying multiple windows at one time with four separate picture-in-picture choices. Additionally, with FreeSync technology, gamers will find seamless and fluid movement with the elimination of tearing and stuttering that can occur between a graphic card and monitor refresh rate. Add in ergonomic controls and Black Stabilizer for superior dark scene detail and the LG is undoubtedly the best 4K gaming monitor available today.


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