News The Best 27" Monitor For Gaming

Jonny Weston Dec 26, 2017

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    Monitors have been going through somewhat of a renaissance lately thanks to advancements in GPU technology. Instead of the boring 24" 60Hz LCDs that have been around since forever, we now have monitors with higher refresh rates, adaptive refresh rate technology, quantum dot panels, eye tracking, and of course, more choices when it comes to larger size panels too. Back when GPUs were somewhat weak, there was no point in releasing a 144Hz 2560x1440 panel, or a 4k panel, for that matter, since GPU technology wasn't up to the task. Times have changed though, and now even midrange GPUs can drive a 2560x1440 panel at 60fps, so it's time to reassess what is the best monitor for gaming.

    In our humble opinion, the new sweet spot is at 27" at 2560x1440 since it strikes the perfect balance between panel size, desktop real estate, price, and features. Sure you could go for a 4k monitor, but most GPUs can't run games at that resolution with all settings maxed, and on the other end of the spectrum 1080p is just too low-res for our tastes, though it is certainly good for high frame rates. Like the "three bears and three beds" scenario, the sweet spot is right in the middle between the older 1080 technology and newer 4k panels, meaning a 2560x1440 27" monitor. Throw in a 144Hz refresh rate and adaptive refresh rate technology, and you have yourself quite the sweet setup for high-res, fluid gaming.

    TL;DR: These are the best 27-Inch Monitors for Gaming:

    • ViewSonic XG2703-GS 165Hz 1440p G-Sync Monitor
    • Asus ROG Swift PG278QR 144Hz G-Sync Monitor
    • Acer XG270HU 144Hz FreeSync Gaming Monitor
    • Acer Predator XB271HK 4K G-Sync Gaming Monitor
    • Viewsonic VX2778 1440p Gaming Monitor
    The spec sheet for the Viewsonic XG2703-GS reads like a gamer's wish list: 2560x1440 resolution, insane 165Hz refresh rate, AHVA "IPS-type" panel for wide viewing angles, G-Sync technology, and it even comes with green accents to match your Nvidia GPU. The proverbial icing on the cake is its long three year warranty, dual USB 3.0 ports, and it even has a little arm on its back to hold your headset. Sure, you need a muscular GPU to run games at this resolution anywhere near the refresh rate, but you already knew that. Also if you don't like the black/green motif, check out our next contender below.


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