The Best 27-Inch Monitor

The Best 27-Inch Monitor

Our pick

HP Z27

HP Z27

The best 27-inch monitor

The HP Z27 offers great color accuracy, an ergonomic stand, a variety of useful ports—including a USB-C port with DisplayPort and 65 W power delivery—and a three-year warranty.

Buying Options

$540 from HP

The HP Z27 has an ergonomic stand that you can adjust for height as well as tilt, swivel, and pivot, and HP’s three-year warranty and dead-pixel policy are about as good as you can get with any monitor. It also has a USB-C port that can carry the display signal, USB data, and up to 65 watts of power over a single cable, more than enough to charge most 13- and 15-inch laptops; it’s a great option if you’re trying to eliminate cable clutter.

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HP Z27n G2

HP Z27n G2

If you don’t want (or can’t use) 4K

If your hardware or software can’t use a 4K monitor, the Z27n G2 is a 2560×1440 model with good color accuracy, an adjustable stand, and a port selection that’s almost as good as on the 4K Z27.

Buying Options

$370* from HP
$363 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $340.

The 2560×1440 (QHD) resolution of the HP Z27n G2 isn’t as sharp as a 4K screen, but this monitor is cheaper than our top pick and just as color accurate. It also comes with a nearly identical adjustable stand, three-year warranty, and dead-pixel policy, and it will work great with apps that can’t scale to 4K or older computers bought before 2015. Its USB-C ports don’t put out enough power to charge a laptop, and it’s less color accurate than other QHD models we’ve tested, but its Photo color preset is more than good enough for most people. If you want a QHD monitor that can charge a laptop, we have some options in the Competition section; the Lenovo P27h comes the closest to the HP Z27n G2 in features, accuracy, and price, but Lenovo has a worse dead-pixel policy.

Budget pick

Acer V277U bmiipx

Acer V277U bmiipx

A cheap but decent option

The V277U 2560×1440 IPS monitor is a great screen for the price, but it’s not especially accurate unless you calibrate it yourself. Its stand is bad, too, and it has neither a USB hub nor USB-C.

Buying Options

$220* from Amazon
$220 from Newegg

*At the time of publishing, the price was $200.

Acer’s V277U bmiipx (yes, this is the full name) usually costs at least $100 less than great 1440p monitors from HP, Lenovo, Dell, and other competitors. And there are reasons for that: It’s not especially accurate out of the box (though it’s not horrible), Acer’s dead-pixel policy on its three-year warranty isn’t as generous as HP’s, the monitor has neither a USB hub nor USB-C ports, and it wobbles like a bobblehead on its cheap stand, which can only tilt the screen up and down. But these are all common flaws in budget monitors, and the V277U stands out in other ways: Its contrast ratio is exceptional, and it covers 98 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut, a feature normally reserved for much more expensive monitors (the other displays we tested came closer to 80 percent). Without calibration, it’s a decent, cheap monitor with a respectable warranty; with calibration (video) and a monitor arm, it’s a surprising value.

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Our pick

HP Z27

HP Z27

The best 27-inch monitor

The HP Z27 offers great color accuracy, an ergonomic stand, a variety of useful ports—including a USB-C port with DisplayPort and 65 W power delivery—and a three-year warranty.

Buying Options

$540 from HP

Also great

HP Z27n G2

HP Z27n G2

If you don’t want (or can’t use) 4K

If your hardware or software can’t use a 4K monitor, the Z27n G2 is a 2560×1440 model with good color accuracy, an adjustable stand, and a port selection that’s almost as good as on the 4K Z27.

Buying Options

$370* from HP
$363 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $340.

Budget pick

Acer V277U bmiipx

Acer V277U bmiipx

A cheap but decent option

The V277U 2560×1440 IPS monitor is a great screen for the price, but it’s not especially accurate unless you calibrate it yourself. Its stand is bad, too, and it has neither a USB hub nor USB-C.

Buying Options

$220* from Amazon
$220 from Newegg

*At the time of publishing, the price was $200.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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