AOC 27G15 180 Hz gaming monitor review: Impressive performance numbers and great value

27-inch VA FHD gaming monitor with 180 Hz, Adaptive-Sync HDR and wide gamut color.

AOC 27G15
Editor's Choice
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Uncalibrated – Maximum Backlight Level

The 27G15 is rated for 300 nits output and I came only a tad shy of that figure. But there’s a catch. You must select the User color temp to see its full output potential. In Standard mode, Warm color temp, my sample topped out at around 260 nits. Either figure is good enough for any indoor space. And HDR content will use the full brightness range regardless of other settings.

Black levels are very low thanks to the 27G15’s excellent VA panel and I saw 4,327.4:1 contrast as a result. When it comes to native panel contrast, it doesn’t get much better than this, certainly not for $140. This is excellent performance.

After Calibration to 200 nits

Calibration did little to change the contrast results. I still measured over 4,200:1, which is among the very best VA has to offer. Blacks are true and highlights are bright. Color saturation is vivid too, especially after changing the gamma from preset 1 to preset 3.

The 27G15 stays in second place in the ANSI test, right on the heels of the GS27FC. High intra-image contrast like this is usually only found in more expensive displays, though the Gigabyte is the next most expensive monitor of the group. It’s $150 at this writing.

Test Takeaway: If you want high contrast without the high price of a Mini LED monitor, VA panels like the 27G15 are a great choice. Their picture depth and color saturation are excellent and clearly better than what you’ll see from IPS panels. And, like the 27G15, they’re usually less expensive to boot.

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Christian Eberle
Contributing Editor

Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors. Christian began his obsession with tech when he built his first PC in 1991, a 286 running DOS 3.0 at a blazing 12MHz. In 2006, he undertook training from the Imaging Science Foundation in video calibration and testing and thus started a passion for precise imaging that persists to this day. He is also a professional musician with a degree from the New England Conservatory as a classical bassoonist which he used to good effect as a performer with the West Point Army Band from 1987 to 2013. He enjoys watching movies and listening to high-end audio in his custom-built home theater and can be seen riding trails near his home on a race-ready ICE VTX recumbent trike. Christian enjoys the endless summer in Florida where he lives with his wife and Chihuahua and plays with orchestras around the state.

  • javiindo
    It's actually on sale for 130$ on amazon. The big problem with AOC great monitors is availability. I don't see them in Europe :-(
  • Gururu
    thanks for review, helps me a lot
  • javiindo
    Gururu said:
    thanks for review, helps me a lot
    If you really want to be thanksful, use the affiliate link if you buy it ;-)
  • radosuaf
    AG275QXN is the 27-inch one from AOC to get :)