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Best 27" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors
« on: July 31, 2017, 07:15:15 pm »

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Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors

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My recommendations are based off of testing more than 60 monitors and reading in-depth reviews from over fifteen reviewers across the realm.  Some reviewers do not provide enough information to truly know how good a display is.

Best Monitor Review Sites: Monitor Review Resource Center

Many monitors not found in this thread likely perform well, but it makes more sense to buy well reviewed monitors, and I like having sources to refer to, even though I do not always agree with them.

If a monitor is not mentioned it is because it has not been reviewed properly, been reviewed at all or is mediocre.  All monitors suffer from regular quality control issues: back-light bleeding and pixel issues (dead and stuck pixels).

Recommendations are PWM or Flicker Free:

I do not recommend monitors which use low LED PWM Dimming frequencies since they ruin motion clarity and cause some people to suffer from health issues like head aches and eyestrain.  LED PWM Dimming Side Effects.
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Best Glossy & Matte Monitors
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2018, 07:54:58 pm »
Best Glossy Monitors

The Dell S2718H (supports Free-Sync), HP 27XW (overclock-able) and 27er/es (non-overclock-able but have slightly better image quality than the XW) are the best glossy-type monitors.  The Dell uses a semi-glossy coating which looks washed out under bright lighting, and none of the glossy monitors are as accurate as the best matte monitors.  The untested 2018 HP 27F uses a matte coating while the 25F uses the same almost-glossy coating as the 25-27CW/er/es/XW monitors, supports AMD Free-Sync and 75hz.

Best Matte Monitors

The following are the best matte monitors listed in alphabetical order:

The Acer B277bmiprzx (AMD Free-Sync, 75hz; set gamma to 2.4), 
Acer RG270 (48-75hz AMD Free-Sync)
Acer VG271 (144hz AMD Free-Sync and 120hz back-light strobing/VRB)
Acer Nitro XV273 X (240hz AHVA with 48-240hz Free-Sync)
Acer Predator XB273GX (240hz AHVA with 48-240hz Free-Sync) unknown input lag
AOC 27G2U, (144hz with AMD Free-Sync)
AOC I2790PQU
AOC 27V2Q (75hz AMD Free-Sync)
Asus VG279Q (48-144hz AMD Free-Sync)
Asus VG279QM (48-280hz G-Sync)
Dell SE2717 (AMD Free-Sync 48-75hz)
HP 27F (48-75hz AMD Free-Sync and native 75hz for Nvidia)
Philips 276E7QDSW, 276E9 (AMD Free-Sync, 75hz and semi-wide gamut panel)
Philips 271E1 (75hz Free-Sync)
Philips 272M (144hz AMD Free-Sync)
ViewSonic VA2719-SH (60hz with 1x HDMI)

The Acer Nitro XV273 X and Acer Predator XB273GX use a 240hz AHVA panel (marketed as IPS) with more even and vibrant colors, and less restrictive or wider viewing angles than both TN  and VA panels, is significantly faster than VA panels, and is slower than 240hz TN panels, but still fast enough for most.

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

The Acer VG271 (144hz), AOC 27G2U (144hz), Asus VG279Q (144hz), Asus VG27QM (280hz), Dell SE2717H, HP 27F, Philips 272M (144hz) and Philips 276E9 are the best matte monitors since they're the most accurate and support 75-144hz AMD Free-Sync, though the Dell and Philips are limited to 75hz or less (73-74hz with Nvidia cards and need to manually overclock in the Nvidia Control Panel).  The 75hz HP 27F is slightly less accurate than the Dell, and the Philips has more inputs than the Dell (HDMI and VGA only), but is only available in Europe. 

The Asus VG279Q costs a bit more than the Acer VG271 and AOC 27G2U, Philips 272M, but is more accurate and the Asus comes with a height adjustable stand while the Acer and Philips doe not.  The Asus is the fastest followed by the Acer and Philips which are more accurate than the AOC. 

The Asus VG279QM has 48-280hz Nvidia G-Sync, is very accurate, has good image quality, fast pixel response times with minimal overshoot, but needs to have the overdrive (Trace Free) dropped from 60 to 40 at 60hz to reduce overshoot ghosting.

The LG 27GL650F-B uses a matte 144hz LG IPS panel which is slightly slower and less accurate than the Acer VG271, AOC 27G2U and Asus VG279Q, as well as is less accurate than the Acer and AOC.

The Acer B277bmiprzx height adjustable stand and nearly cover the sRGB color space, but has low preset gamma compared to the monitors mentioned above, but can be improved by selecting the Gamma 2.4 setting.  The AOC 27V2Q has higher preset gamma than the Acer, but it's a bit low and can't be improved, and the AOC can not fully cover the sRGB color space along with the Philips 271E1 which also supports Free-Sync and 75hz.  The Philips 276E7QDSW from 2016 has better image quality than all but the Philips 276E9, but it does not support Free-Sync  are a native refresh rate above 60hz, though it may be overclock-able.

ViewSonic VA2719-SH is very accurate and offers excellent all-around performance, but is 60hz, only has 1x HDMI and VGA, and I do not know if it is overclock-able.
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Correct Display Height=Reduced AHVA/IPS/PLS Glow
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2018, 07:55:13 pm »
Correct Display Height=Reduced AHVA/IPS/PLS Glow

Read The Article and/or watch The Extended YouTube Version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBAQ4Toxt9U
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Improve Perceived Contrast/Black Depth & Reduce Glare With Bias Lighting

Read the Steemit Article and/or watch it on YouTube
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Acer
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2018, 08:01:01 pm »
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
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2018, 08:01:20 pm »
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
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2018, 08:01:34 pm »
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 measuredThe 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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Dell 27" 1080p IPS/PLS
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2018, 08:03:01 pm »
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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Eizo 27" 1080p IPS/PLS
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2018, 08:06:14 pm »
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HP 27" 1080p IPS/PLS
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2018, 08:06:32 pm »
HP

HP 27CW

Almost-Glossy and overclock-able to 75hz. Review by NCX (archived version).


HP 27XW

Almost-Glossy and overclock-able to 75hz.  Review by NCX (archived version).


HP 27F

Review by Rtings

Fairly accurate (for a budget monitor) matte 1080p IPS with AMD Free-Sync (48-75hz range), native 75hz for both AMD and Nvidia cards, 2x HDMI (Free-Sync) and 1x VGA.  Set the Response Time setting to Level 2 for the best balance between fast pixel response times and minimal overshoot ghosting.


HP 27Fh

 Measurements by Belgium Hardware

Significantly less accurate (than the 27F) matte 1080p IPS with AMD Free-Sync (48-75hz range), native 75hz for both AMD and Nvidia cards, a height adjustable stand, 2x HDMI (Free-Sync) and 1x VGA.  Set the Response Time setting to Level 2 for the best balance between fast pixel response times and minimal overshoot ghosting.


HP EliteDisplay E273d

Review by IBXT

Matte, fully adjust-able 1920x1080 LG IPS panel with Displayport, HDMI, USB-C, 4x USB 3.1, VGA, and 3.5mm Audio Out.  The 273d is accurate, has fast pixel response times for a 60hz non-Tn panel and low input lag as long as the USB Link mode (40ms delay) is not used
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iiyama 27" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2018, 08:06:48 pm »
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Re: Best 27" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2018, 08:07:36 pm »
Lenovo

Lenovo L27m-28

Revivew by Sweclockers

Matte 1080p IPS with 48-75hz AMD Free-Sync, HDMI 1.4, USB-C, 2x USB 3.1, 3.5mm Audio Out and VGA and good preset color accuracy marred by a slightly skewed gamma curve in the Web Pic mode, and a stronger blue tint, but better gamma when switched to the Text Mode.  It does not natively support 75hz @1080p over USB-C and needs a custom resolution to be made to do so, read more about this here (scroll down).
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LG 27" 1080p IPS/PLS Monitors
« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2018, 08:13:21 pm »
LG

LG 27MP75HM

Review by Playwares


LG 27MP77HM

Review by PRAD


LG 27MP35VQ

Matte. Review by NCX (archived)


LG 27MB35PH-B

[Matte. Review by PRAD

The 27MB35PH-B has has a nice perceived black depth increasing dark matte grey bezel instead of a fake frame-less casing with a perceived black depth increasing inner black bezel, a fully height adjustable stand and fast pixel response times (overdrive Fast), but has a 19ms delay and can only cover 91% of the sRGB color space which while on par with older panels made before the second half of 2015, it is not on par with many of the newer 1080p IPS/PLS panels which can cover 94-99% of the sRGB color space.


LG 27MP59G

Matte with 75hz & AMD Free-Sync. Review by Alexander Gryzhin (=DEAD=). The LG uses a perceived black depth ruining glossy black bezel, has low sRGB color space coverage (<90%) and has a perceived black depth inner black bezel.


LG 27GL650F-B

Review by Rtings

The LG 27GLF650 uses a fully adjustable, matte, 144hz, 1920x1080 IPS panel with AMD Free-Sync, Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0 and 3.5mm Audio Out,.  The 27GL650F has high contrast for a non-VA panel, is fairly accurate, but has skewed gamma which causes light colors and white to be too dark since the gamma in the 70-100% grey range exceeds 2.5.  The 27GL650F can not fully cover the sRGB color space, but comes close to doing so and offers extremely fast pixel response times and negligible input lag at 144hz.


LG 27GN750

Review by TECHSPOT

Fully adjust-able, matte, 1920x1080, 240hz IPS with AMD Free-Sync, Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0 and 2x USB 3.0.  The LG has low average gamma (2.05) resulting in some washed out colors and shades, and suffers from a slight pink tint, but covers 99% of the sRGB color space or does not suffer from color de-saturation (assuming correct gamma).  The 27GN750 has negligible input lag at both 60hz and 240hz, and has very fast pixel response times at both refresh rates which makes it great for both 60hz console and 240hz PC gaming when the Faster Response Time setting is used.
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