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Best 27" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors

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Acer
Acer R271
It's fairly accurate but has low (87% before and 91% after calibration vs 95-99%) sRGB color space coverage for a 1080p IPS/PLS panel made after 2015.  Keep the OD (overdrive) setting set to off to prevent obvious overshoot ghosting.

Review by Alexander Gryzhin (=DEAD=)

Acer B277bmiprzx
Review by PRAD

Matte with Adaptive Sync (AMD Free-Sync), 75hz,  98% sRGB color space coverage, a height adjustable stand and USB ports, but low preset gamma which can be improved by selecting the 2.4 gamma setting.


Acer RG270
Revivew by Tom's Hardware

Matte 1080p IPS with 48-75hz AMD Free-Sync, Displayport, HDMI 1.4, 3.5mm Audio Out and VGA and nearly perfect preset color accuracy.


Acer VG271Pb
Review by =DEAD=

Matte 1920x1080 144hz AUO AHVA panel (marketed as IPS) with AMD Free-Sync (48-144hz range). Displayport, VRB (120hz back-light strobing), 2x HDMI 2.0, and 3.5mm Audio Out and a fake border-less or frame-less casing with a perceived black depth decreasing inner black bezel.  The Acer is fairly accurate, but can be improved by selecting the sRGB mode which increases the accuracy as well as reduces the too high preset brightness.


Acer Nitro XV273 X
Review by TFT Central

Matte 1920x1080 240hz AUO AHVA panel (marketed as IPS) with AMD Free-Sync (48-240hz range), Displayport, VRB (120, 144 and 240hz back-light strobing), 2x HDMI 2.0, 3.5mm Audio Out and  4x USB 3.0.  The Acer XV273 has a native 1170:1 contrast ratio, can fully cover the sRGB color space (with 9% over-saturation), and is quite accurate.  The XV273 has negligible input lag at all refresh rates, and fast pixel response times with minimal overshoot at both 60hz (OD Off) and 240hz (OD Normal) which makes it great for both 60hz console and 240hz PC gaming.

AHVA Acer XV273 X versus Acer XF252Q TN panel 240hz oscilloscope measurements by TFT Central.


Acer Predator XB273GX
Review by =DEAD= (no input lag measurements)

Matte 1920x1080 240hz AUO AHVA panel (M270HAN03. 0 marketed as IPS) with AMD Free-Sync (48-240hz range), Displayport, VRB (120, 144 and 240hz back-light strobing), 2x HDMI 2.0, 3.5mm Audio Out and  4x USB 3.0.  The XB273X has an 1150:1+ contrast ratio (100-530cdm/2 brightness range), can almost fully cover the SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) color spaces.  The XB273GX is very accurate, and also has an SRGB mode which gets rid of the preset 10% over-saturation of greens and yellows, but under-saturates color slightly versus the sRGB standard, and locks the brightness controls at a very high 215cdm/2.  The XB273GX's overdrive is preset to the Normal setting which offers very fast (for a non-TN panel) pixel response times with minimal to no overshoot, and is competitive with other brands top performers.

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AOC
AOC 2777 IPS MHL+DP
Review by Playwares


AOC 2781
Review by Playwares


AOC P2779VC
Review by PC Mag


AOC 27V2Q
Review by Playwares.
Review by PRAD

75hz Matte 1920x1080 LG AH-IPS panel with Displayport, HDMI and AMD Free-Sync.  The AOC can only cover 90% of the sRGB color space and has skewed preset gamma and a blue tint out of the box.


AOC I2790PQU
Measurements and Review by Belgium Hardware

Fully adjustable and very accurate matte 1920x180 LG AH-IPS with Displayport, HDMI, VGA, 4x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  The I2790PQU is more accurate than the 24" version, and the 27" version is one of the most accurate, and best 60hz 27" 1080p IPS/PLS monitors.


AOC 27G2U
Measurements and Review by Belgium Hardware
Review by Playwares

Matte 1920x1080 144hz IPS panel with a fully adjust-able stand, AMD Free-Sync (50-144hz), back-light strobing (MBR), Displayport (G-Sync compatible Free-Sync), 2x HDMI 1.4, 4x USB 3.0, and 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  The AOC is quite accurate, has high contrast (1350:1), but suffers from a minor preset green tint of greys and whites.  The 27G2U has negligible input lag and very well tuned overdrive when the Overdrive is set to Medium which is the default setting.


AOC 2777 IPS 75
Review by Playwares

Matte 1920x1080 75hz IPS panel with AMD Free-Sync (48-75hz), Displayport, 2x HDMI, VGA and 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  The AOC can not fully cover the SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) color spaces, and is quite accurate aside from a preset blue tint (7400k color temperature), has negligible (<3ms measured by Playwares with the SMT Tool) input lag and very fast pixel response times (Medium overdrive setting) for a 75hz non-TN panel.

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Asus
Asus VG279Q
Measurements and Review by Belgium Hardware
Review by =DEAD=
IT Hardware PL
Review by Playwares
Review by PRAD

Fully adjust-able matte 1920x1080 144hz AUO AHVA panel with AMD Free-Sync (48-144hz), Displayport, Dual-Link DVI (120hz), HDMI, 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  The Asus can fully covers, as well as slightly over-saturates colors of the HDTV/REC 709 and sRGB (SDR) color spaces, and has accurate color presets overall (default=Game Visual MOBA), which can be marginally improved by setting the Low Blue Light Filter to Level 1.  As expected, the Asus has very fast pixel response times with minimal overshoot, even when using the default overdrive (Trace Free 60) setting, and has negligible input lag (4-5ms measured by Playwares with the SMT Tool 2.0 vs a CRT).


Asus MX279HS
Review by Rtings

Matte 1920x1080 IPS panel with Displayport, 2x HDMI, VGA and 3.5mm Audio In & Out.  The MX279HS is fairly accurate, but can not fully cover the SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) color spaces, and has slightly too high gamma in the 0-50% white range which causes dark greys and some colors to be too dark, as well as loss of detail in dark scenes (black crush).  The MX279HS has very low input lag for a 60hz display, but suffers from obvious overshoot ghosting if the overdrive or Trace Free control is not reduced from 60 to zero.  The MX279HS is decent, but not good enough to recommend over the competition, especially since it suffers from the same preset gamma flaws as its predecessor the MX279H.


Asus  VG279QM
Review by Ashun (high 60hz input lag & back-light strobing analysis)
Review by =DEAD=
Review by Global HD Russia (2.06 gamma)
Review by Les Numeriques (skewed & slightly too high gamma; warmer 6180k color temperature)
Review by PC Lab PL (27.5ms delay; measured at 60hz, different firmware or a mistake?)
Review by Playwares (2-3ms delay at 280hz and 17ms at 60hz)
Review by TFT Central (2.3ms delay at 240hz)

Fully adjust-able, matte, 1920x1080, 280hz IPS AHVA panel with back-light strobing (ELMB), Nvidia G-Sync (48-280hz), Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The VG279QM is preset to the Racing Game Visual Mode which is very accurate and almost properly covers the sRGB color space, but the unit PC Lab PL came with slightly too low gamma (2.1-2.2) versus the nearly linear 2.2 gamma Playwares and TFT Central measured.  The VG279QM slightly over-saturates greens, oranges, reds and yellows by over 10% but is otherwise very accurate.  The VG279Q supports HDR, but it is best lest off since it lacks almost all of the features required for true HDR, especially in regards to the DCI-P3 color space coverage since it peaks around 80%.  The overdrive is preset to the Trace Free 60 setting which provides the best performance at 240hz whileTrace Free 80 speeds up the pixel response times without obvious overshoot at 280hz.  Trace Free 60 causes some obvious overshoot at 60hz; Trace Free 20 slows down the pixel response times and gets rid of most of the overshoot at 60hz, but is a bit slower than Trace Free 40 which TFT Central recommends. 

Les Numeriques measured (middle screen) a 9.7ms delay with the Leo Bodnar device at 60hz which is nearly as low as possible.

PC Lab PL measured a 27.5ms delay with a high speed camera.  27.5ms is very high for a gaming monitor.  This is likely a 60hz measurement since Ashun measured a 34ms delay at 60hz and a negligible 2ms at 280hz.

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BenQ
BenQ EX2710
Review by PRAD

Height adjust-able, matte, 144hz 1920x1080 IPS panel with Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The EX2710 has 1100:1 contrast, accurate color when the Standard mode is selected, but slightly skewed and too high gamma starting at 30% white which causes light colors and white shades to be too dark.  The EX2710 has negligible input lag at both 60 and 144hz, the default AMA 1 overdrive setting provides fast and overshoot free pixel response times, but they can be improved by switching to AMA 2, though PRAD did not measure the AMA 2 overdrive, even though they think it is the best setting.

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Dell/Alienware
Dell SE2717H
Matte with 48-75hz AMD Free-Sync and accurate color presets.  Review by Tom's Hardware.


Dell S2718H
Glossy type with 24-60hz AMD Free-Sync. Review by Alexander Gryzhin (=DEAD=)


Dell S2719DM
Review by Les Numeriques

Matte 1920x1080 fake* four-sided border/frame-less IPS with AMD Free-Sync (48-75hz range), 2x HDMI, 3.5mm Audi Out and fairly accurate color presets hampered by the skewed and slightly too high gamma curve.

*Four sided border/frame-less monitors have a thin inner black bezel which reduces the perceived black depth.

Alienware AW2720HF
Review by Rtings

Matte, fully adjust-able, 240hz, 1920x1080, IPS panel with 20-240hz AMD Free-Sync (not G-Sync Compatible), Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0, 4x USB 3.0, and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The Alienware AW2720HF is preset to the RPG mode which is fairly accurate, but has too high (2.39 average) and skewed gamma resulting in colors and shades being a bit too dark, and loss of detail or black crush when viewing dark content.  The Alienware also can not fully cover the SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) color spaces, so it can not display some colors as accurately and vibrantly as it should, even when calibrate, but it does come close to doing so (97%), and can still be considered good.  The AW2720HF has negligible input lag and offers very fast and nearly completely overshoot free pixel response times at 240hz when the Fast  overdrive setting is used, but has slow pixel response times and higher than average (negligible; 15ms delay at 60hz vs typical 9-10ms measured by Rtings) at 60hz which prevents it from being an outstanding console and PC gaming monitor.

The Acer XV273X is significantly more accurate, has superior gradient handling, vastly superior 60hz overdrive, and slightly lower input lag at 60hz (11.4ms vs 15ms), but slightly slower, though still excellent 240hz overdrive versus the Alienware AW2720HF.

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