April 23 2019

The 5 Best 27-Inch Gaming Monitors

Smaller monitors are great. They’re cheaper, they’re compact and they can be really high quality. But who doesn’t like a big screen? 🖥️ 🤔

But let’s be honest. Having a big ‘ole 27-inch monitor is pretty sweet, not only for the bragging rights but also for the immersion that they offer. They also tend to come with more tech than smaller monitors.

So, for those of you who are looking to get an outstanding gaming display (or those of you who want to upgrade), we’ve compiled a list of some of the best 27-inch monitors around!

So, what are the best gaming monitors with a 27-inch display for 2020?

Best Choice: Acer Predator XB273K

Pros & Cons

  • G-Sync
  • HDR
  • Very little setup needed
  • Great Performance
  • A little bit super expensive


  • Normal mode:
  • HDMI: 3840×2160@60Hz
  • DP: 3840×2160@120Hz
Overclocking mode:
  • DP: 3840×2160@144Hz
  • Panel Type: IPS
  • Refresh Rate: Up to 144Hz
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Response Time: 4ms
  • Features: G-Sync, HDR,

Acer Predator XB273K Review

If you’ve been following the gaming monitor scene over the past few years, you’ll know that the main compromise has always been between resolution and refresh rate. Fortunately, that’s not the case anymore with the Predator X27. Not only do you get 4k resolution and 144Hz refresh rate, but you also get all that in an IPS panel, wish is incredibly impressive.

Of course, you also get yourself HDR and incredibly crisp image quality. Color accuracy is really good, and the total color gamut (that’s how many colors the screen can show) is one of the widest on the market. That being said, there are certain downsides.

Since it is a big and advanced screen, it requires a hefty fan in the back to cool it down, which can get quite loud after playing games at full-resolution and with HDR. Also, the input lag is a little bit high at 11.5ms, although we doubt most people would notice it at all. Of course, they do claim 4ms, but that’s in ideal conditions.

Other than that, connectivity is good, with one upstream USB 3.0 and three downstream USB 3.0. It also has HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4 outputs, which is pretty standard, although an extra HDMI port would have been nice.

Best Quality: LG 27MP59G-P

Pros & Cons

  • Unbeatable Price for what you get
  • Very pretty with a slim profile
  • Freesync
  • No VESA
  • Low(ish) refresh rate.


  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Panel Type: IPS
  • Refresh Rate: 75Hz
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Response Time: 1ms
  • Features: Freesync

LG 27MP59G-P Review

In stark contrast to the Predator X27, you have the LG 27MP59G-P. It’s not only about an eighth of the price, but it’s also not that pretty, featuring some absolutely thick bevels. Given the price point though, that’s about what you’d expect.

Of course, it’s still a relatively good monitor, giving you 1080p, 75hz and a response time of 1ms all in an IPS panel. In terms of connectivity, you get two HDMI 2.0 ports (which is better than the Predator X27) and one DisplayPort 1.2 (which is worse). It also doesn’t feature any speakers, but who cares about that anyway?

Color accuracy is great, and with a color gamut of 99% of sRGB, you get a surprisingly good quality screen. Settings out the box are ok but you will likely have to play around with the settings to get the image quality at an appreciably good point. Motion smoothing is a big pain in general, but on the LG 27MP59G-P it’s pretty bad, so you’ll want to switch off.

Unfortunately, there are some deal-breaking issues. For one, there’s actually a significant amount of backlight bleed, even more so than a standard IPS panel (although it’s not as noticeable in general use). Another issue is that it has no VESA mount, which is a problem since the stand for the monitor is absolutely rubbish and allows for NO adjustment whatsoever, even screen tilt.

At the end of the day though, finding a 1080p monitor that’s 27 inches, has a 75Hz refresh rate and an IPS panel, all below $150 is pretty rare. So while it might have some issues, it’s still a screen that’s worthy of consideration.

Best Value: Acer XF270H

Pros & Cons

  • Great image Quality
  • Freesync
  • Pretty cheap, all things considered
  • Not as useful for those who need G-sync.
  • TN Panel


  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Panel Type: TN
  • Refresh Rate: Up to 144Hz
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Response Time: 1ms
  • Features: Freesync

Acer XF270H Review

If you like the LG 27MP59G-P but feel that the 75Hz refresh rate is a bit slow for you, then the Acer XF270H is probably the monitor you’re looking for. Granted, it is a bit more expensive, especially considering it’s a slightly inferior panel type, but it just goes to show how expensive 144Hz is.

On that note, you’ll notice that instead of an IPS panel, you’re getting a TN panel, which generally has worse viewing angles and color accuracy. The trade-off is that you actually get much deeper blacks, which is great if you’re a stealth gamer. It’s also generally cheaper to have a 144Hz TN panel rather than a 144Hz IPS panel (which what makes the price difference a bit frustrating).

Of course, it’s not all bad news since the stand here does in fact tilt, swivel, and pivot, so at least that’s nice. It also has a VESA mount, which widens your options significantly. Yay for adjustable monitor stands!

Aside from that, you get a faster response time of 1ms (another positive of TN panels), so you won’t have to deal with ghosting and motion blur issues. On a similar note, you’ll notice that it doesn’t have G-sync*, so if you’re an Nvidia user, you might not get as much out of it.

Finally, you get some good connectivity in an HDMI 1.4, a DisplayPort 1.2 and a DVI-D port. We should also mention that you do get some integrated speakers, but honestly, monitor speakers are absolute rubbish and pretty much any other solution is better.

Overall, this is an expensive monitor for some. Still, we consider it a great value option and one of the best gaming monitors under $300.

Best Bonus Features: ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ

Pros & Cons

  • An absolute beast
  • Amazing image quality
  • Very cool looking (especially the LED logo it projects downwards)
  • Stupefyingly expensive.


  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (4K)
  • Panel Type: IPS
  • Refresh Rate: 144Hz (with overclocking)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Response Time: 4ms
  • Features: Gsync

ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ Review

Essentially what you have here, is a direct competitor to the Predator X27, with the main difference being more to do with aesthetics and price, than anything else.

Much like the Predator X27, the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ comes with all the bells and whistles you’d expect for a monitor of this price. 4k resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, sub-5ms (claimed) response time and all with an IPS panel. All in all, they’re pretty similar.

There are certain differences though. For starters, the color gamut on the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ is higher than Predator X27, coming in at over 90% of DCI-P3 (or roughly 125% of sRGB, which is massive). You also get a slightly higher contrast ratio, plus a slightly better display of black colors.

The other big difference is the way it looks. While the Predator X27 certainly isn’t ugly by any means, the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ clearly blows it out of the water. Aside from one little niggle in the material choice of the monitor stand (only the legs are metal), it’s actually pretty amazing to look at and a great choice if you want something flashy.

Ultimately, the real questions are whether the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ (or the predator X27 really) is worth it. Running 4k gaming is already incredibly difficult, and when you add HDR to the mix, actually reaching 144Hz is pretty impossible. Even if you could, the Display Port 1.4 standard can’t actually handle the amount of data required to do it.

So, if you want to game at 4k, you’re going to have to settle for 120Hz or even 60-75Hz and there are lots of cheaper screens that run at that speed. There is always the option of overclocking a monitor but we don’t recommend it to absolute beginners.

Of course, if you just want to pimp out your set-up with the best, then this monitor is perfect.

 Best Color Accuracy: Samsung C27HG70

Pros & Cons

  • 144Hz refresh rate
  • Good balance between performance and value
  • Lots of I/O ports
  • Clouding
  • Requires a lot of space
  • Viewing angles not that great


  • Resolution: 2560 x 1440 (2K)
  • Panel Type: VA
  • Refresh Rate: 144Hz
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Response Time: 1ms
  • Features: Freesync, Curved

Samsung C27HG70 Review

While you might be familiar with IPS and TN panels, it’s not very likely that you’ve come across VA panels. You see, they generally aren’t super common, especially when it comes to gaming monitors, for the simple reason that their response time is absolute rubbish.

Aside from that though, VA panels were originally conceived as a middle-ground between both IPS and TN panels. This is where the C27HG70 comes in.

Aimed at the gamer market, it attempts to fix the biggest issue with VA panels, which is the response time, clocking in at a really impressive 1ms. Another issue that Samsung rectifies with this monitor, is the low refresh rates of VA. Bumping them up to 144Hz, this is probably one of the fastest refresh rates on any VA monitor, maybe even the only monitor with that kind of speed.

Moving on from the HDR specs, the frame of the C27HG70 is a little bit ‘meh’ if you’re looking for something flashy. The stand is adjustable in all three axes, which is great, although the fact that it’s up/down adjustability is on a pivot, rather than a rail, makes it a bit weird to deal with.

All the I/O is on the back and can be covered by a panel, so in terms of cable management, it blows the competitors out of the water.

Viewing angles are great, although not as great as an IPS, that’s just the fact of the matter. Color accuracy is amazing, as is to be expected, and the gamut is impressive at an impressive 99.8% of sRGB. Samsung also calibrates the screen before shipping, so it’s ready to go out of the box and you won’t have to spend a bunch of time playing around with settings.

So, putting all that together, you get a whoppingly good 27inch HDR gaming monitor, with a reasonably good price.


Buying Guide

In general, choosing any size of your monitor has many similarities when you’re in the sub-27 inch size. Once you go up to it though, things tend to become more complicated due to the fact that gaming tech has just started reaching 27-inch monitors.

Certain complications in manufacturing, the physical limitations of different panels, and the fact that 27-inch has just now become more common means that the compromises you find in smaller monitors are more pronounced.


These days, you’re mostly going to find 3 main resolutions and their ultra-widescreen variants: 1080p, 1440p (2k) or 4k. Generally when you got 27-inch monitors and bigger, having a higher resolution is better, especially if you plan to sit close to the screen. Unfortunately, the best ultrawide gaming monitors with higher resolutions mean higher costs, so you definitely want to consider that part.

ROG Swift PG278Q Gaming Monitor

Also, with higher resolutions like 2k and 4k, you’re going to need a progressively more powerful graphics card to drive them, and if we’re being completely honest, if you want the best 4k gaming monitor, don’t even think about anything lower than a GTX 1080 Ti.

Panel Type

While we could dedicate a whole article on panel types (and we probably will at some point), we will go over the three panel types we mentioned.

TN: TN stands for Twisted Nematic, and is the most common LCD display type you’ll find, being one of the first ones ever created.

In essence, the advantages of TN panels are the lower cost, less weight, are flexible in terms of size, and they are lower consumption. The downside is their Input lag, uneven backlighting, tight viewing angles, and the dreaded dead pixels.

IPS: IPS stands for In-Plane Switching, and was originally made to address issues with TN panels, which they’ve generally succeeded at. They have a better color gamut and accuracy, viewing angles are absolutely great, and higher contrast ratios than TN panels.

Unfortunately, the trade-off is that they are much more expensive, and have much slower refresh rates on average.

VA: VA stands for Vertical Alignment, and as mentioned earlier, they were made to be a middle-ground between TN and IPS.

ASUS 27 Inch Monitor

The main advantage with VAs, compared to other panels, is that they have better color gamut, color accuracy and contrast than TN, but higher possible refresh rates than IPS. They also have the highest contrast ratio of any panel type, which is perfect for HDR. The downside? They have terrible response rates.

So, what’s the general take away? You’ll have to keep reading to the FAQ to find out! (quite a cliffhanger eh?)

Refresh Rate

This basically dictates how often your screen can ‘refresh’ it’s an image. The higher the Hz, the more refreshes it can do per minute. With higher refresh rates, you get a much smoother image quality. It’s honestly hard to describe, so if you get a chance to demo a 144Hz, you absolutely should.

Aspect Ratio

This one is pretty straight forward, it just describes the dimensions of the images on the screen in terms of width/height.

Response Time

This little metric dictates the speed at which you take an action and it appears on the screen, such as shooting a weapon in-game or opening a window. For most people, anything at or below 10ms is basically unnoticeable, and hitting the holy grail of 1ms is pretty much reserved for professional e-sports players.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are 27-Inch Gaming Monitors Too Big?

Are mountains too tall or buses too long? No wait, we aren’t channeling Confucius.

Honestly, what size is good for you is going to depend on a lot of things, not least of which is your budget and the space you have available. Obviously, even having a premium 32-inch gaming display is great, but if you’re already sitting close to the one you have, a bump might not be the best, doubly so if you’re into e-sports.

Are 27-Inch Gaming Monitors Good for Gaming?

It depends on the type of gaming, but as a general rule, yes. Having so much more screen space means it covers more of your visual space, making it more immersive.

Razer Raptor Gaming Monitor

However, if you’re looking for a monitor that you can carry around to your friend’s house or cafes, you might want to look for something else. For example, the best portable gaming monitors.

Why Should I Get a Monitor with Gsync/Freesync?

These two are different forms of adaptive sync, which is a technology that interfaces between your monitor and your graphics card, and does it’s best to . . . well, sync the images between the two. That means you get less screen tearing and ghosting than you would with a monitor that doesn’t have this tech.

What Is the Best Panel Type for Gaming?

Well, if you’re a competitive gamer (or want to get into it), TN panels are your best option, since they offer the highest refresh rates and lowest response times. If you prefer stunning visual games like The Witcher 3, or Deus Ex, IPS panels are what you’re looking for, since their slower response times aren’t as big of an issue.

Finally, if you just want something that can game, but will mostly be used for general work, VA panels are the best option (That being said, the Samsung monitor on this list is actually a great VA panel monitor).

Final Verdict:

27 Inch gaming monitors are great… if you have the budget. They offer more immersion, fancier tech, and are just super great for bragging rights.

Of course, if you’re budget is a bit tight right now, or you’re just looking for something different, why not check out one of our best cheap gaming monitors?


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About the author

Albert Bassili

Albert’s been a gamer for about as long as he can remember. Ever since then, Albert has been hooked on games, even going as far as doing his bloody best to work on the game industry, whether it’s writing articles, or writing game stories. In between gaming, he also really loves to check up on the latest tech news and see what awesome stuff humanity has come up with.
Favorite Games: Dune II, MGS 1, FF X, Mass Effect 2