Which is the best 27 inches monitor for gaming ?

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Introduction

The big screen is great, but if you're playing games, you'll probably find that you're always close to the screen. Even at stressful scenes, all your attention is focused on the center of the screen. And if the screen is too big, you will find it hard to see what's going on at the edge of the screen.
For screen spacing of 0.5 to 1 m, screen sizes of 24 or 27 inches are optimal. They are very popular and the price depends on the line is also relatively reasonable. The trend of 32-34 inch screens is starting to show up, but they are still very expensive and do not offer the added advantage of rationalizing the amount you pay. Choosing the right screen size will not only help to make your gaming experience better, but also save you a lot of money.

List of the best 27 inches gaming monitor (Price order: High to low)

#1. HP OMEN 27 : $791.68

Specs: QHD 2560 x 1440 resolution; 165Hz Refresh rate; 1ms response time; G-Sync; HDMI; Display port.



HP Omen 27 is the great monitor with perfect picture right out of the box. Initially, I tried to play Far Cry Primal (my computer: i5-6600 + GTX 970) and although all benchmarks said the average is 40 fps, there was plenty of motion judder and I started wondering if it was more obvious on larger screens, before this  I have never had a discomfort as long as I got at least 30 fps.
Well guess what. Set response time to "fastest" option and the game ran quite smoothly like I'm used to and appropriate for 40 fps. The monitor has 4 settings and the slowest is the default. Why? I have no idea. Especially since it is only for 5-7 ms range. It's not like it's for 5-200 ms range, so I don't understand the need for four whopping steps to go from 5 to 7 and don't understand why would anyone want a slow response time anyway.
Having said that QHD 2560x1440 resolution will definitely require at least a 1070 GTX, my old 970 GTX will be retiring soon, it hangs in there, but I could see the fps getting borderline low, especially since Far Cry Primal is not exactly the most demanding game out there. So plan your video card upgrade if you want this monitor for gaming.
One weird thing is the power button on monitor's back, down low. It's easy to reach but just strange. I also appreciate the power on light being tiny little dim thing in the very corner of the bezel, so it's out of view at all times. My previous monitor had obnoxious blue light that could lit up the whole room, so this is a nice change from that.

#2. ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q ($749.99)

Specs: QHD 2560 x 1440 resolution; 165Hz Refresh rate; 1ms response time; G-Sync; HDMI; Display port.



The monitor was very easy to assemble and Windows recognised it at native resolution on boot up. I was able to overclock to 100Hz with no problems and don't have any flicker, noise, or scan lines while gaming.
To set this monitor up you need make sure you're using the display cable and push in the joystick on the back of the monitor to open the settings. Select "Over Clocking" and turn it on and set "Max Refresh Rate" to 100. Next, open NVIDIA Control Panel and go to Display -> Change Resolution. Select 3440x1440 resolution, change Refresh Rate to 100Hz and click Apply. Finally, go to Display -> Set Up G-SYNC, check "Enable G-SYNC" and click Apply.
To test your monitor, search for the blur busters test for FPS and NVIDIA's pendulum test for G-SYNC. I can definitely notice the difference G-SYNC makes and it's quite amazing. Even 40FPS still feels smooth to my eyes and that's definitely not the case without G-SYNC.
I've booted up a few games such as Bioshock Infinite, Crysis 2, Wolfenstein: The New Order and Assassin's Creed: Black Flag. The support for this resolution is hit and miss. Some games like Bioshock Infinite boot right up in the native resolution and are absolutely stunning. The extra peripheral vision is incredibly immersive and allows you to see details you might otherwise miss. Other games though will boot you into 1440p resolution at 60Hz and call it a day. This isn't really the monitor's fault and I think we can expect better support for this resolution from newer games going forward.
I haven't mentioned the curve yet and that's because there's not much to say. It's pretty subtle, but is a welcome addition. I do wish the curve was slightly more aggressive as the pixels at the very edge of the screen aren't nearly as easy to discern as the center.
Other notes: If you're worried about legacy support, this monitor can be set to 1440p or 1080p just fine. You get black bars on the sides of course, but you can enjoy legacy games or use Steam Link without a problem.

#3. Acer Predator XB271HU ($718.95)


Specs: WQHD 2560 x 1440 resolution; 165Hz Refresh rate; 1ms response time; G-Sync; HDMI; Display port.



Best monitor I've ever had! The switch from 60hz was astonishing and I will never go back! I was skeptical about 144hz and didn't understand it even with watching dozens of Youtube comparison videos, but when I setup my monitor and played it for the first hour, I was amazed of how butter smooth the experience was.

Pros:

  • 1080p with up to 180hz OC which is overkill, but nice on 1080p games that have no frame rate limit and paired with a strong GPU.
  • G-Sync which syncs your frame rate to the refresh rate of the monitor makes the experience on all games seamlessly smooth.
  • Bezels aren't too thick and the stand is very sturdy with lots of articulation. I also love the slot in the stand which cables go through to have clean cable management.
  • No dead pixels on arrival or any other color bleeding.
  • Despite being a TN Panel, I was able to calibrate it to have vibrant enough colors for visually appealing experience, see my video and photos.

Cons:

  • Stand is really wide and takes up desk space, would of liked a stand like the Asus ROG Swift.- Buttons aren't labeled and you might accidentally hit the input button which if you plugged both the DP and HDMI port in will switch to one another. Would of been nice to have indicators on the buttons.
  • Color calibration was a pain and there's a dozens of forums on the net of settings so its hard to find the best one unless you want to spend an hour calibrating it yourself to your liking.

#4. ViewSonic XG2703-GS ($717.99)

Specs: WQHD 2560 x 1440 resolution; 165Hz Refresh rate; 4ms response time; G-Sync; HDMI; Display port.



I have purchased several ViewSonic monitors in the past and have always been impressed with their image and build quality. This monitor is no exception, simply outstanding. Was torn between 1440p and 2160p but really glad I choose 1440p. A sweat spot for gaming at the highest resolution possible with acceptable frames rates with everything maxed out without investing in two high end graphics cards. GSnych works as advertised and Mass Effect Andromeda is breath taking.

Pros:

  • Very fast for a IPS type panel. If you do your diligence to read reviews, the monitor settings should be set to "advanced", and color should be calibrated with a colorimeter to make the best out of the panel.
  • Viewing angles. On a screen this big it is important. Even if you are sitting right in front of it, there is some color deviation from one side to another on TN type panels.
  • Color accuracy. Big and beautiful. 
  • 144hz/165 hz - YES it makes a difference. I play CS:GO, and wow what a big change from 60hz to 120hz. Bear in mind here you need a fast PC to give you consistent frames at these higher speeds at 2k resolution.
  • Gysnc. Yes it's awesome. Yes it makes a difference. Yes it's worth the cost.
  • 16:9 works great for movies and media. 2560x1440p is supported by almost all modern games.
  • No dead pixels!

Cons:

  • IPS Glow. Yes, these monitors have IPS glow, and many of them have substantial backlight bleed. If you are researching these monitors you already know this. Don't be the person that buys a monitor that has ips glow and complains about it to the world that it is so horrible. It's a known part of the technology. If you have an issue with it, wait another 5-10 years until OLED or another panel tech is accessible, and buy then. Right now this is the best thing going, unless you prefer the slower 30+ inch ultrawide screens. If you go for the ultrawide tech, some games will not be fully compatible. Mine has a moderate amount of IPS glow, and a bit of backlight bleed in the lower left corner. Your mileage may vary.
  • I personally don't care for the little LED light on the bottom. It changes color for no apparent rhyme or reason. The manual is horrible and doesn't mention it. I had to go to the manufacturer website to read what it is supposed to do. It's something to the effect of changing color to create a more immersive effect. Give me a break! I don't really mind it until it turns red for no reason, then it's just annoying.

#5. Dell Gaming S2716DG ($479.99)


Specs: WQHD 2560 x 1440 resolution; 144Hz Refresh rate; 1ms response time; G-Sync; HDMI; Display port.










The monitor came in really quick in a day from Amazon. Items in a box would be a typical Dell's inventory: Monitor, stand, base, CD, and cables. The base and stand are easy to assemble; it has a thumb screw which would require no tool to assemble. Vesa mount for those who want to mount them on with their Vesa mount set up. Upon running few different games, I have noticed in FPS performance improvement. The most improvement that quite noticeable is Rainbow Six Siege. Everything run much smoother with no tears or stuttering. I turned on G-Sync and overclock the monitor to 165Hz which make the game performance much better. The color doesn't pop as much as IPS but that is to be expect, however, I think it's easier on the eyes then gaming on IPS monitor. The color isn't too bright or too crisp where it feels like the screen is stabbing your eyes. This monitor feels mellow and soft.

Pros

  • Easy to assemble; require no tools.
  • High refresh rate and response time; FPS improvement with very much noticeable difference for fast pace game like first person shooter.
  • User friendly OSD menu. It was easy to overclock to 165Hz.
  • Useful USB hub (4 USB ports); This is really great because I'm about to run out of USB port and I didn't really want to use front USB port for aesthetic. I use it to extend my gaming keypad which locate the furthest away from the tower create more slack and better looking cable management. I also use it to charge my wireless headset; if the monitor is on power saving mode, the monitor will turn off the screen but still provide power to USB hub.
  • Good cable management stand; I can hide the cable through pass-through hole and down under my desk. It looks nice and neat.
  • Subjective pros: I think TN panel is much easier on the eye for long gaming session due to the screen is not as bright or crisp as IPS. For gaming, I can deal with the color accuracy, it's not a big deal for gaming.

Cons

  • The color is not as bright or sharp compare to IPS panel (this is to be expect of TN panel, I put it down as a con since some people does see it as a negative of TN vs IPS)
  • Viewing angle is smaller compare to IPS so you'll have to be in front of the monitor to see best of it. (This is a nature of TN panel so it's to be expected.)
  • Lack of manual. This is really just a nit-picking point. It's not really that big of a deal because you can always download user manual from the internet at anytime, but it can be useful to have printed copy manual to look up some initial settings (there's a quick setup guide but that just shows you how to hooks up everything.) Then again, not many people read manuals anyway. It would just waste of resource and money to produce printed user manual.