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« on: July 31, 2017, 07:19:27 pm »
Last Update=July 31st 2017 60-75hz recommendation update in progress.

Always purchase from retailers with hassle free return and exchange policies.  Read retailers return and exchange policies before buying.

My recommendations are based off of testing many similar monitors and reading in-depth reviews.  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.

Only semi-glossy (light matte), glossy and Plasma Deposition coating plus LED PWM Dimming (Side Effects) Free/Super High Frequency using 2560x1440 monitors without really obvious overshoot ghosting, tons of quality control issues and good color presets will make my list. 

144hz Abnormalities & Quality Control Warnings
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I include Alexander Gryzhin/=DEAD='s (overclock.ru/3D News RU reviewer) photos since they are excellent and were taken with the same camera settings which makes it easy to compare the displays aesthetics.
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Acer
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2017, 07:28:23 pm »
Acer


Acer BE270UA

Review by PC Mag
[URLprad.de/new/monitore/test/2017/test-acer-be270uabmipruzx.html]Review by PRAD[/URL]
Review by Toms Hardware

The B270HUA has a fully adjustable stand, a fake frame-less casing with a perceived black depth decreasing inner black bezel, and a 18ms delay (PRAD Displayport oscilloscope measurement) or <11ms PC Mag middle screen Leo Bodnar device measurement (I believe this more accurate), but it has fairly accurate color presets, fast pixel response times with minimal overshoot ghosting (overdrive Extreme is the best), a native 75hz refresh rate, and supports AMD Free-Sync.


Acer H277U

Review by Les Numeriques

The Acer H277HU uses a 60hz matte 8 bit 2560x1440 frame-less LG AH-IPS panel with good preset color accuracy, lots of inputs, fast pixel response times with minimal overshoot ghosting, but is not VESA compliant, and its frame-less casing has an inner black bezel which ruins its perceived black depth.

Acer RC271U

Review by PRAD


Acer XB270HU


The Acers main downside is the use of a glossy black bezel which ruins the perceived black depth (Microsoft Paint Example & Monitor Example).

Review by Daywalker
Review by =DEAD=
Review by PRAD
Review by Sweclockers
Review by TFT Central
[H]ard Forum Thread[/spoiler]


Acer XB271HU

Review by Alexander Gryzhin
Review by NCX (In Progress)

It's pretty much the same as the PG279Q.  The Acer XB271HU uses a 27" 2560x1440 resolution 8 Bit AUO AHVA panel, a nearly grain free matte coating, has good color presets aside from a preset green tint, a frame-less casing with an inner black bezel which decreases the perceived black depth, fast pixel response times and a 144hz refresh rate.  G-Sync (Nvivida GPU required) works from 30-165hz (144hz is the default maximum refresh rate but it can be overclocked to 165hz), eliminates tearing and lag, but Lightboost is limited to 120z.  It also has an HDMI input which allows it to work with external devices like consoles.


Acer XF270HU

List of cards which support Free-Sync.

Review by Trusted Reviews

Trusted Review's review is not very detailed, but their input lag colorimeter measurements are accurate; the XF270HU can be considered delay free and has accurate color presets like the other 27" 2560x1440 144hz AHVA panels.

The Acer XF270HU uses an essentially grain free matte coated 2560x1440 144hz AUO AHVA panel which is marketed as an IPS panel.  It uses a nice dark matte black bezel (dark grey increases the perceived black depth significantly more but dark matte is preferable to glossy black), has a fully adjust-able stand (portrait mode, height adjustable, ect) and plenty of inputs.

Warning: A few XF270HU owners have claimed that its pixel response times slow down significantly when Free-Sync is enabled as a result of the overdrive setting be reduced.  The XF270HU's overdrive setting is locked when Free-Sync is enabled; it is thought that the overdrive is changed from Normal to Off.

Acer XB271HU

Review by Alexander Gryzhin (=DEAD=)
Review by NCX (archived version)









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AOC
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2017, 08:05:55 pm »
AOC


AOC AGON AG271QG

Review by Alexander Gryzhin (=DEAD=)
Review by Digital Versus
Review by PC Monitors
Review by Playwares
Review by PRAD (low preset gamma)
Review by Sweclockers

The AOC AGON AG271QG uses a 27" 2560x1440 essentially grain free matte AUO AHVA panel with 30-165hz Nvidia G-Sync range.  It has a fully adjustable stand, lots of inputs and a matte black bezel.  The AOC has superior 1080p scaling compared to the Asus PG279Q, and superior 60hz overdrive compared to the Acer XB271HU, Asus PG279Q and Viewsonic XG2703-GS, but suffers from more overshoot ghosting or slower pixel response times at 144hz compared to the Asus PG279Q and Viewsonic XG2703-GS, but its performance can still be deemed as excellent.  The AOC AG271QC reviewed by PRAD came with low preset gamma while the rest of the tested units are great.


AOC Q2770PQU

The AOC Q2770PQU uses a semi-glossy (grain free matte) coating and a Samsung PLS panel. =DEAD= thinks (Use Google or Chrome to translate) it is the best matte (semi-glossy), multi-input 1440p monitor aside from the more expensive, glow free Eizo EV2736W. 

The AOC Q2770PQU I reviewed had slightly worse color presets and more corner glow (left side) than the BL2710PT I reviewed, as well as slightly less balanced overdrive.  The AOC's Medium overdrive setting has slightly faster pixel response times than the BL2710PT's AMA High setting, but also suffers from minor overshoot ghosting. 

The AOC Q2770PQU TFT Central Reviewed was glow free like the Eizo EV2736W when viewed head on which proves that AOC is using at least 2 different Samsung PLS panels.  The different panels perform almost identically aside from the glow.

20ms delay

=DEAD='s Review (Use Google or Chrome to translate)
Digital Versus Review
PC Monitor's Review
Pure PC Review (Use Google or Chrome to translate)
NCX's Review
TFT Central's Review

[H]ard Forum Thread with owner reports.


AOC Q2775PQU


Review by Nl Hardware

It's pretty much the same as the Q2770PQU image quality wise and offers slightly faster pixel response times, but it too has a 20ms delay.

AOC Q2781PQ

Review by Tom'ss Hardware


AOC Q2790PQU

Review by Belgium Hardware & Measurements
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Asus
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2017, 08:11:48 pm »
Asus

Asus MG279Q

The Asus MG279Q uses a 27" 2560x1440 resolution 8 Bit AUO AHVA panel, a nearly grain free matte coating, has excellent colour presets when the Racing mode is selected, a high quality matte grey bezel which vastly increases the perceived black depth, fast pixel response times and a 144hz refresh rate.  Free-Sync (AMD GPU required) works from 30-90fps, eliminates tearing and lag, but the has >10ms delay when not set to 144hz.

Review by Daywalker
Review by =DEAD=
Review by Extrahardware CZ
Hardware Info Test Results
Review by Playwares

[URL=sweclockers.com/test/20675-asus-mg279q-gaming-med-ips-panel-144-hz-och-amd-freesync]Review by SWECLOCKERS

Review by TFT Central

List of cards which support Free-Sync.


Asus MX27AQ

The Asus MX27AQ uses a 27" 2560x1440 resolution 8 Bit AUO AHVA panel.  It's quite similar to the Dell U2715H, uses a frame-less casing which has an inner black bezel which ruins the perceived black depth, and like the U2715H, is not as good as the similarly priced LG 27MB85R-B (Example: notice how light the black letter box bars look compared to the monitors inner black bezel).  It tends to come with high preset gamma which causes minor black crush and dulls the colors.

Review by Constantine Shorohov
Review by =DEAD=
Review by PRAD


Asus PB278Q

The PB278QR is the same as the PB278Q from 2014 which now uses an AUO AHVA panel and a matte black bezel.  The PB278QR and new PB278Q have worse colour presets and lower contrast than the original PLS version, but do not use LED PWM Dimming (Side Effects) unlike the original, are delay free unlike the majority of multi-input 1440p monitors and have faster pixel response times than the original.

The AOC Q2770PQU and BenQ BL2710PT have better preset colours and perceived black depth, but higher input lag and slightly slower pixel response times.

NCX's Review
=DEAD='s Review

Asus PG279Q

The Asus PG279Q uses a 27" 2560x1440 resolution 8 Bit AUO AHVA panel, a nearly grain free matte coating, has good colour presets aside from a preset green tint, a matte black bezel and an inner black bezel which decreases the perceived black depth, fast pixel response times and a 144hz refresh rate.  G-Sync (Nvivida GPU required) works from 30-165hz (144hz is the default maximum refresh rate but it can be overclocked to 165hz), eliminates tearing and lag, but Lightboost is limited to 120z.  It also has an HDMI input which allows it to work with external devices like consoles.

Review by =DEAD=
Review by Digital Versus
Review by Extrahardware CZ
Review by Hardware.Info
Review by NCX (In Progress)
Review by PC Lab PL
Review by PRAD
Review by Sweclockers
Review by TFT Central

Asus PA27AC

Review by Alexander Gryzhin (=DEAD=)
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BenQ
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2017, 08:14:53 pm »
BenQ

BenQ BL2710PT

Discontinued 2013 monitor.

Spoiler (hover to show)


BenQ GW2765HT

The GW2765HT uses a semi-glossy or nearly grain free matte coated 8 Bit +FRC (10 Bit) AHVA panel.  It has decent colour presets and overdrive (AMA High), but it can't match the AOC Q2770PQU and BenQ BL2710PT's (once the gamma is changed from mode 4 to mode 2) colour preset accuracy.  It also has slightly slower pixel response times and a tiny bit of overshoot compared to the BL2710PT as well as the typical frame of input lag.  When not placed in very bright rooms, the glossy black bezel ruins the perceived black depth and makes black look greyish and washed out by comparison.

=DEAD= Review (Russian)
TFT Central Review
Playwares Review (Korean)[/spoiler]


BenQ PD2700Q

Review by Alexander Gryzhin
Review by PRAD (2016)
Review by PRAD (2018; low input lag)
Review by Tom's Hardware

The BenQ PD2700Q uses a matte 2560x1440 8 Bit +FRC AUO AHVA panel encased in a nice sparkly and coarsely surfaced matte grey plastic casing which has a fully adjust-able stand.  The PD2700Q has excellent preset color accuracy, fast pixel response times with minimal overshoot ghosting, negligible input lag and excellent resolution scaling which is good for those who play or watch both 720p (Xbox 360 & PS3) and 1080p content.



BenQ PD2710Q

Review by Les Numeriques
Review by Tom's Hardware



BenQ SW2700PT

Review by Alexander Gryzhin
Review by Extra Hardware CZ
Review by Hardware Info

BenQ SW2700PT is wide gamut monitor created for those who calibrated their monitors use programs which support color management.


BenQ PV2720


Review by Alexander Gryzhin
Review by IBXT
Review by PRAD

The BenQ PV270 is wide gamut monitor created for those who calibrated their monitors use programs which support color management.  It has a 14 bit 3d LUT, color compensation, better color presets and overdrive (less overshoot ghosting) than the SW2700T, and BenQ's hardware calibration program, Palette Master works better with the PV270.
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Crossover
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2017, 08:31:12 pm »
Crossover


Crossover 2795QHD

Product Page (Korean).
Overclocking Guide for AMD & Nvidia Graphics Cards.

Review by Playerwares
. (Korean)
[H]ard Forum Thread

It uses a matte 2560x1440 LG LM270WQ1-SLC1 AH-IPS panel (proof).

The Crossover 2795QHD uses a 27" 2560x1440 resolution 8 Bit matte LG AH-IPS panel and can be overclocked.  The Crossover 2795 does not use LED PWM Dimming unlike the Qnix/X-Star monitors, has excellent colour presets, high contrast and fast pixel response times.  Its main downside is the use of a glossy black bezel which ruins the perceived black depth (Microsoft Paint Example & Monitor Example). Unfortunately, most Korean monitors use glossy black bezels, as do expensive monitors like the Acer XB270HU :(

Most versions (there are at least 3 for both the glossy and matte PLS versions) of the Qnix/X-Star use LED PWM Dimming which ruins motion clarity (example) and cause some people to suffer from health issues like headaches and eyestrain.  PWM Side EffectsBlur Busters 60hz vs. 120hz.  The 2795 QHD has more accurate colours than all glossy Qnix/X-Stars (especially the new 07 glossy panel which uses PWM) and faster pixel response times/less ghosting than all PLS Qnix/X-Stars.


Crossover 27S IPS DP Freedom

Review by Playwares
Product Page

The 27S IPS DP Freedom can be considered delay free, uses an AH-VA panel (AUO's version of IPS), has excellent color presets and supports AMD Free-Sync (40-60hz).

List of cards which support Free-Sync.


Crossover 27100Q

Crossover 27100Q Review by Playwares
Crossover 27100Q Product Page

The 27V, 27100Q and 27 Fast 144 are Flicker Free, can be considered delay free (3-5ms delay measured with the SMT Tool by Playwares), use AHVA panels (AUO's version of IPS), have fast pixel response times, excellent color presets and support AMD Free-Sync (assume 40-75hz or 30-90hz with the 27 Fast 144) or 75 (27V), 100hz (27100Q) or 144hz (27 Fast 144) when connected to Nvidia cards. It might be possible to increase the Free-Sync range with the mod mentioned in this thread.

List of cards which support Free-Sync.


Crossover 27 Fast 144

Review by Playwares

The Crossover 27 Fast 144 uses a 27" 2560x1440 resolution 8 Bit AUO AHVA panel, a nearly grain free matte coating, has excellent colour presets, a matte black and silver bezel, fast pixel response times and a 144hz refresh rate. Free-Sync (AMD GPU required) works from 30-90fps, eliminates tearing and lag.

Crossover 2720MDP

Discontinued glossy 2012 IPS.

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Crossover 2730MD

Discontinued glossy 2013 IPS.

Spoiler (hover to show)


Crossover AMG & QW Series Monitors

Discontinued 2013-2014 IPS panels with Plasma Deposition Coating

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Dell
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2017, 08:33:47 pm »
Dell

Dell U2715H

Spoiler (hover to show)
Review by Daywalker
Review by PRAD
Review by TFT Central

The Dell U2715H has good color presets, fast pixel response times, minimal overshoot and a low delay like the Asus PB278QR and LG 27MB85R-B.  The U2715H is overpriced uses LG's frame-less casing which is not actually frame-less.  Frame-less monitors have inner black bezels which ruin the perceived black depth and make dark content look a bit washed out, just like glossy black and matte black bezels do.  Example: notice how light the black letter box bars look compared to the monitors inner black bezel.

Dell U2717D

Review by Alexander Gryzhin (=DEAD=)
Review by Belgium Hardware
Review by Les Numeriques
Review by PRAD
Review by Rtings (high lag)
Review by TFT Central (high lag)

Spoiler (hover to show)

The Dell U2717D has worse color presets than the U2715H and many competitors, has decent contrast (900:1), fast pixel response times, but suffers from overshoot ghosting and a 20ms delay.  The U2717D is essentially an overpriced version of the Qnix QHD2730R with a height adjustable stand and better warranty, but worse color presets, overshoot ghosting and no overclocking. 

The U2717D is uses LG's fake frame-less casing which is not actually frame-less.  Frame-less monitors have inner black bezels which decrease the perceived black depth and make dark content look a bit washed out, just like glossy black and matte black bezels do.  Example: notice how light the black letter box bars look compared to the monitors inner black bezel.

The U2717D reviewed by Les Numeriques has lower input lag and better color presets which indicates to me that Les Numeriques reviewed a newer revision.

Dell U2716D

Review by =DEAD=
Review by Hardware.Info
Review by PC Monitors

The Dell UP2716D is the first decent wide gamut monitor Dell has released.  The UP2716D has low input lag and minimal overshoot ghosting unlike its predecessor the U2713H which suffered from excessive overshoot ghosting.  As expected the sRGB mode has locked color controls and is inferior to that of a normal monitor.  The UP2716D is a good choice for those who need a wide gamut monitor, intend to calibrate it, and use it with programs which support color management.  The UP2716D is a waste of money for gaming and regular use (text, email, movies, coding, ect).

Dell S2718D

Review by Alexander Gryzhin (=DEAD=)
Review by Sweclockers
Review by Tom's Hardware
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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2017, 08:37:48 pm »
Eizo


Eizo CG277 & CX271

The Eizo CG277 and CX271 use a matte 2560x1440 8 Bit +FRC LG AH-IPS panel, are glow free, can be hardware calibrated, self-calibrated (the CG277 has a built in colorimeter) and have colour compensation. The CX271 is the same as the CG277 but does not come with a built in colorimeter.

Review by PRAD

Eizo CG2730

Review by PRAD


Eizo EV2736W

Discontinued 2013 monitor which used multiple matte 2560x1440 Samsung PLS panels.

Spoiler (hover to show)



Eizo FS2735

Review by Extra Hardware CZ
Review by Hardware Info
Review by PRAD
Review by TFT Central

The Eizo FS2735 uses a 27" 2560x1440 resolution 8 Bit AUO AHVA panel, a nearly grain free matte coating, excellent colour presets, a high quality matte black bezel which increases the perceived black depth*, fast pixel response times and a 144hz refresh rate. Free-Sync (AMD GPU required) works from 56-144hz/fps, eliminates tearing and lag, it is the only AHVA Free-Sync monitor with back-light strobing, and has excellent 1080p scaling which makes it the best all around 27" 1440p AHVA 144hz monitor for PC and console gaming, and watching 1080p content.

*Dark matte grey bezels increase the perceived black depth even more.
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Hazro
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2017, 08:39:45 pm »
Hazro

Hazro HZ27WiDPA

Review by TFT Central

The Hazro HZ27WiDP uses an 8 Bit +FRC LG-AH-IPS panel with Plasma Deposition Coating, and was reviewed by TFT Central.  It performs like the Crossover 27QW DP, but has an 842hz PWM frequency, two year warranty and can be purchased from retailers with hassle free return and exchange policies in the UK.  I don't know if the 842hz PWM frequency is high enough to neither ruin motion clarity nor cause eyestrain like lower frequencies do.
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HP
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2017, 08:44:13 pm »
HP


HP ZR2740W

Discontinued 2011-2012 matte 2560x1440 LG IPS panel.

Spoiler (hover to show)


HP Z27i

Spoiler (hover to show)


HP Z27x
Spoiler (hover to show)

The Z27x uses a glow free, matte, 8 Bit +FRC LG AH-IPS panel which does not have a colour compensation feature like the Eizo CX271 and Eizo CG277.  The HP can be hardware calibrated by editing an XML file, but to the same degree as the Eizo and NEC which makes them much better choices for colour accuracy related work.  The HP is a better choice for multi-media use though, especially gaming since it has lower input lag than the NEC PA272W and less ghosting than the Eizos.

=DEAD='s Review
Extrahardware CZ Review
PRAD Review
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iiyama
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2017, 08:52:48 pm »
iiyama


iiyama XB2779QS

Discontinued 2013 2560x1440 LG AH-IPS with Plasma Deposition Coating

Spoiler (hover to show)


iiyama XUB2792QSU-B1

Review by Hardware Info UK & Test Results Page
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Lenovo
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2017, 08:54:22 pm »
Lenovo

Lenovo L27q-10 IPS DP

Review by Playwares

The Lenovo uses a fake frame-less matte 27" 1440p matte AH-IPS panel with Displayport and HDMI, negligible input lag, fast pixel response times on par with 60hz competitors, and excellent color presets.  The Lenovo is not VESA compliant and has a fake frame-less casing with an inner black bezel which reduces the perceived black depth.
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« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2017, 08:56:17 pm »
LG

LG 27MB85R-B

Discontinued 2014 matte 2560x1440 LG AH-IPS panels.

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LG 27MB85R-Z

Discontinued 2014 matte wide gamut 2560x1440 LG AH-IPS panels.

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LG 27QD58P-B

Review by PRAD
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Re: Best 27" 2560x1440p Monitors: AHVA/IPS/PLS
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2017, 08:58:09 pm »
MOTV


MOTV M2700

Discontinued 2014 glossy 2560x1440 LG IPS panel.

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NEC
« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2017, 09:00:02 pm »
NEC

NEC EA274WMi

The NEC EA274WMi uses an 8 bit +FRC semi-glossy AH-IPS panel.  It is free from obvious overshoot ghosting when the Response Time Improve setting is set to off and has excellent color presets.

22ms Delay

=DEAD='s Review (Use Google or Chrome to translate)
Extra Hardware CZ Review


NEC PA272W

The NEC PA272W is a Wide Gamut monitor which can be hardware calibrated and is an excellent choice for professionals who intend to buy the PA272W plus Spectraview Kit bundle and calibrate the monitor.

=DEAD='s Review (Use Google or Chrome to Translate)
PRAD's Review (Use Google or Chrome to Translate)
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