Best 27-inch LCD Monitors

A Selection Of The Best 27-inch LCDs for a Variety of Tasks and Prices

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 I feel are currently the best in this size.

Best Overall - ASUS PB278Q

ASUS PB278Q 27-inch LCD. ©ASUSTeK

There are a larger number of higher resolution displays now and the prices have come down as well. If you are looking for a high resolution panel for just about any task, the ASUS PB278Q is an excellent choice. It features the 2560x1440 resolution with an LED backlight that offers a nice 300cd/m^2 brightness and quick 5ms response times. Color is quite good with 100% sRGB coverage. It features HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI and VGA connectors. In addition to this, there are a pair of 3W speakers built in. The stand features full height, tilt, swivel and pivot adjustments. Buy from Amazon »

Best Value - AOC e2752She

AOC e2752She 27-inch / AOC International

27-inch displays priced under $200 was something unheard of over a year ago. Now there are a variety of displays that are priced only slightly more than 24-inch screens but larger. The AOC e2752She is one such screen with a 27-inch panel that features a 1920x1080 native resolution so the extra size doesn't really gain any extra resolution. The screen offers a very bright 300 cd/m^2 brightness level with a quick 2ms response time. Video connectors include HDMI, DVI and VGA connectors. The panel even features 2.5 watt stereo speakers. The stand only features tilt adjustments. Buy from Amazon »

Best 4K - Dell P2715Q

Dell P2715Q 27-inch 4K Display
Dell P2715Q. ©Dell

For those that want a very high level of detail for the PC, a new 4K display can offer extreme detail. There are many more screens available now and all offer a very high 3820x2160 resolution. Dell's edges out the competition thanks to a low price and an IPS panel that offers wide viewing angles and some excellent color (99% sRGB). This is not an UltraSharp line display though so it still has some room for improvement. Connectivity is great with a DisplayPort, mini-DisplayPort, DisplayPort out and HDMI for video. It also features four USB 3.0 port hub built it. Brightness is great at 350cd/m^2 but most people will use it at far lower levels. The stand includes height, swivel, tilt and pivot adjustments and cable management. Buy from Amazon »

G-Sync Display - ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q

ASUS ROG Swift PG278G 27-inch G-Sync Display

While high refresh rates are one way to deal with smoothing out the image while gaming to prevent tearing, another option is adaptive frames rates. This adjusts the refresh rate of the display to the refresh rate of the video card. G-Sync is the method the is employed by NVIDIA branded cards but you need a special monitor as well. The ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q this tech with a 2560x1440 IPS display for an incredible picture. It also has a144MHz refresh rate for those times when you also can them out. It features an extremely thin bezel if you want to try and use multiple screens as well. One downside is that it only has a single DisplayPort 1.2 port limiting what can be hooked up to it. It does come with two USB 3.0 ports as well. The stand features height, tilt, swivel and pivot adjustments. Buy from Amazon »

FreeSync Display - Acer XG270HU

Acer XG270HU 27-inch FreeSync Display
Acer XG270HU. ©Acer

While G-Sync can be used with NVIDIA cards, AMD has teamed up with the VESA groups to develop FreeSync, another form of adaptive frame rate technology. It essentially works the same but requires a different set of compatible graphics and display. One huge advantage that AMD uses have though is price as FreeSync displays tend to cost less than G-Sync ones. The display offers a 27-inch display panel with 2560x1440 resolution but it uses a lesser TN technology panel meaning it does not have as great of color or viewing angles. It still offers up to 144MHz refresh rates for games that can go up that high. Inputs are also quite good with DisplayPort (needed for FreeSync), HDMI and two DVI. Stand adjustments are a bit more restricted as well with just tilt adjustments. Buy from Amazon »

Best Graphics - Dell UltraSharp UP2716D 27-inch

Dell UltraSharp UP2716D 27-inch Display with PremiereColor
UltraSharp UP2716D. ©Dell

For graphics work, you must have a monitor with a very wide color gamut and highly accurate color. The Dell UltraSharp UP2716 is a 27-inch display from Dell with uncompromising color. The best part is that each unit is factory calibrated for sRGB and AdobeRGB eliminating the need for calibrating the monitor when you first set it up. Resolution is very high at 2560x1440 and viewing angles are great thanks to the IPS panel. The stand covers height, tilt, swivel and pivot. Connectors include DisplayPort, mini-DisplayPort, and two HDMI. The display even features a USB 3.0 hub. Buy from Amazon »

Best Touchscreen - Acer T272HL

Acer T272HL
Acer T272HL 27-inch Touchscreen LCD. ©Acer

Since the release of Windows 8 and its design for a touchscreen interface, touch based monitors are now starting to become available in larger screen sizes. The Acer T272HL features a 27-inch display panel that has a 1920x1080 resolution but is fully 10-point multitouch capable for Windows. The stand for the display can even let it tilt back at a 60 degree angle to make it easier to use. There are even a pair of two watt speakers built into the display. In terms of connectors, it features HDMI, DVI and VGA video inputs. In addition to this, there is a USB 3.0 port to connect the display to the computer for the touchscreen input. Buy from Amazon »

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