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TEST: The best monitors for gamers

Choosing the best gaming monitor is not such a simple task. There are more and more models in the market, and you can easily get lost in the jumble of functions and parameters. Today we are going to help you to choose the best gaming monitor.

Gaming monitors are a rapidly growing group of devices. Their popularity grows with the rise of gaming itself, and will certainly not stop. Manufacturers are releasing new models so as to satisfy the tastes of even the most demanding players. And of course, it is not only to win their hearts, but also the contents of their wallets. Since there are a number of devices that are branded as gaming ones, we have focused on the ones with real gaming features. Today we compare five models, each of which is aimed at the player.

Competitors – 5 times 27 inches

The first of the tested monitors is Medion Erazer X57425. It’s a 27-inch model which gaming character is highlighted by colorful inserts: the blue foot and the rear panel. The monitor uses a VA technology, so the colors are vibrant and saturated. Players should feel the difference as the refresh rate is 144 Hz, especially because of AMD FreeSync technology that Erazer X57425 supports.

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The second competitor on our list is the Samsung C27HG70. The 27-inch panel, slightly curved, just like the Medion, was also created with VA technology. The refresh rate looks similar to our previous monitor, but here we have to deal with higher resolution – 2560 x 1440, or 3K. What distinguishes the Korean monitor from the other ones is the HDR mode.

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The third contestant the ViewSonic XG2700-4K, coming straight from the US. The name suggests that we are dealing with a very high-resolution screen. Indeed with 3840 x 2160 pixels or 4K is very high, even on a large, 27-inch screen. Unlike the first two, ViewSonic uses the IPS matrix. The refresh rate is unfortunately only 60 Hz.

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The fourth player BenQ Zowie XL2730 represents Taiwan. At 27-inch, as well as the other monitors in this comparison, the monitor case style is quite aggressive, which leaves no illusion as to what is the purpose of this model. But his gaming prowess does not end with red inserts. The refresh rate is 144 Hz, and it supports FreeSync technology. Like Samsung’s monitor, it has a resolution of 2560 x 1440. The BenQ Zowie has a TN type matrix, so it has more narrow angles and the weakest colors.

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The fifth monitor joins the bid and it comes straight from China. Lenovo Y27g has a curved screen and its style clearly reflects the nature of the device. Y27g is undoubtedly a design aimed at gamers.With a 27-inch IPS FHD panel refreshing at 144 Hz it is one of the best. The manufacturer has enhanced it with the G-Sync display technology.

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Which of these 27-inch monitors will win? We will base our verdict on the including image quality, player-friendly technology, ergonomics and price.

Ergonomics

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All five constructions are more or less alike when it comes to space they take on the desk. These are not small screens, but 27 inches does its job. Medion offers quite a poor set of options for the user sitting in front of him. Slightly adjusting the height and vertical inclination is not enough to fight with rivals in this category. Like Lenovo monitor, it does not have a pivot, which may not be needed in the case of the game monitors, but we miss the feature. Medion also uses the most power on the standby: 0.3 W. We also won’t find the built-in USB hub, which is a bit more serious problem of this monitor. With a short foot, the monitor takes less space, but at the same time, it loses stability. In the field of ergonomics German monitor occupies the fifth place.

Just outside the podium, there is an American ViewSonic XG2700-4K. The widescreen frames make it look a bit heavier. In fact, it is the heaviest of the tested monitors and weights up to 8.5 kg. And while it is a very stable monitor on the desk, it leaves a rather average impression of durability. Unlike Medion, however, it has both a USB hub and a pivot. Screen adjustments are also much better. ViewSonic makes up for some of its shortcomings in elegance with the best approach to the environment. Power consumption in the standby mode is less than 0.1W.

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Third place: Lenovo Y27g. This 27-inch monitor really has a good screen adjustment, a very stable foot. What is important here… Honestly there are no shortcomings here. We will find both the USB 3.0 hub and the headphone jack. Chinese monitors are also equipped with pivot, which will be appreciated especially by people working with text.

Second place goes to Samsung C27HG70. This 27-inch monitor from South Korea has a well-designed monitor arm that allows you to fit the screen to quite any position at your desk. It also has a USB hub with the quick-charge option and the most transparent on-screen menu. It is a really high-quality monitor. So what made us think that BenQ is better in terms of ergonomics?

The wfiS5BV5X7P3jmAiRAHt5Is05PmQZG3kG-702x468 (1).pnginner in this category is BenQZowie XL2730. Thanks to its innovativeness. The wired remote is a quite unusual solution used in this model to facilitate the quick use of available options and predefined modes. We also have here the largest connector panel: from modern, such as HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort via DVI-D, to VGA / D-Sub. The USB and audio are also conveniently placed. They are accompanied by a special hanger for headphones – something that gamers really appreciate. In addition, the adjustment range of the screen is as good as in the design of Samsung, with which ingenious BenQ won the battle!

Display quality

On the fifth place surprisingly we have a winner of the previous competition: BenQ / Zowie XL2730. This monitor has a quality that surpasses most of the typical office design, but in the confrontation with typical gamingstones, its TN matrix turns out to be a bit too weak. The lower rating is due to quite weak (though good for TN) angles of vision and low real contrast. Color reproduction in all five monitors is good and the BenQ / Zowie Xl2730 slightly outperforms the model in third place.

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On the fourth place is Erazer X57425 that can boast about its decent contrast and very good color reproduction. Unfortunately, it has very low viewing angles, which turn out to be even a bit weaker than the BenQ / Zowie, which is equipped with a TN type matrix.

The Lenovo Y27g comes in the third position. Thanks to its high contrast and good factory settings, the monitor outperformed the Medion and BenQ designs, despite them both having a slightly better color reproduction. Better angle of view was also in favor of the Lenovo monitor which is not surprising since the Chinese monitor has an IPS type matrix.

The second is the ViewSonic XG2700-4K with a great IPS wide angle and good color reproduction. What counts in favor of this monitor is also high resolution, although in the case of gaming equipment this is a double-edged sword.

The best display quality goes to Korean Samsung C27HG70 wins not only with its excellent angles and high contrast but also with very good color reproduction (98% sRGB) and a true ace up in its sleeve: HDR mode. The Samsung C27HG70 has a truly stunning display, despite the fact that ViewSonic is superior to its resolution.

Technologies for gamers

Since we check the usefulness of monitors in games, it is worth looking at them from in a gamer position. From a gamer monitor, we expect first of all the ability to display the maximum image smoothly, without trimming, smearing or tearing it. We also appreciate the synchronization technology and all the features that can benefit the gaming world.

On the fifth place, we have a monitor, which almost won in the display quality round. The ViewSonic XG2700-4K offers a great display, but 60 Hz is a little bit low. Contemporary, very dynamic games often require a higher frame rate so operating at a low range of 40 to 60 Hz is definitely less than the competition. In addition, the response time of 5 ms is also a bit too high by modern standards.

On the fourth place, we have the Medion Erazer X57425. The 27-inch monitor from Germany has a 144 Hz refresh rate. This is, of course, is a great advantage, especially in conjunction with FreeSync. Unfortunately, the Medion Erazer X57425 does not have any special gaming modes or features that it can boast about compared to above-mentioned monitors.

Third Place goes to Lenovo Y27g – the only G-Sync compatible monitor. It’s a monitor that should meet the needs of most gamers thanks to its well-timed synchronization, fast refresh and convenient operating modes.

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The second spot goes to BenQ / Zowie XL2730. Despite the use of the matrix TN it still beats its rivals. The response speed of the matrix is just 1 ms, which when refreshed 144 Hz and active FreeSync gives a great effect in games.

The number one is the Samsung C27HG70. Why? Because it has a fast response time, comfortable modes, FreeSync 2.0, and the program’s nail: HDR mode. This allows you to see details where you would normally see only a shaded corner of a room. And as we all know, in games it is worth being the first to see the opponent.

Price

If you want a quality, well you must pay the price. So, how much do our monitors cost? The price range of tested models is quite large. The cheapest one turns out to be Medion Erazer X57425. It costs less than $450. The next is BenQ / Zowie XL2730 ($580), Lenovo Y27g ($750), Samsung C27HG70 (825$) and ViewSonic XG2700-4K (880$).

Summary – Which monitor is the best choice?

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The winner is the Samsung C27HG70. Great image quality (Quantum Dot), HDR mode, good ergonomics and original design are the reasons why Samsung’s design is on the top of our chart. It’s a monitor that you really want to have when you will try to work on it for a long time. It is more expensive than most of the tested devices but it is also the most ergonomic one, so we think this is the most remarkable design.

As for the best profitability, we have not had any problem selecting the winner here. Medion Erazer X57425 is distinguished by its price so clearly that it is hard not to notice it. $ 400 cheaper than the next BenQ makes Medion win the economic category. It’s a good monitor if we can stand its narrow viewing angles.

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