Aorus CV27F 165Hz Curved Gaming Monitor Review: HDR on Budget

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Viewing Angles, Uniformity, Response and Lag

Viewing Angles

The CV27F displays off-axis performance typical of a VA panel. Though detail stays strong at 45 degrees to the sides, the brightness reduction is around 40%, and there is a marked shift to green. The top-down view is much the same but with a red tint. Sharing a curved monitor is a dicey proposition anyway, especially in the 16:9 aspect ratio. You’ll have little trouble with multi-panel setups though. Head-on viewing shows no issues.

Screen Uniformity

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The CV27F just sneaks in below our 10% standard for black screen uniformity. There were no visible hotspots or bleed areas in our sample. Our luminance meter noted a slight rise in the upper right zone, but we couldn’t see it with the naked eye.

Pixel Response and Input Lag

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Clearly, 165 Hz beats 144 Hz for both responsiveness and input lag. It’s hard to imagine 1-2ms making a difference, but higher refresh rates visibly reduce blur. With such a fast screen draw time, there was no judder on this screen, even during our gaming mouse’s quickest movements. The CV27F has a backlight strobe feature, but there’s no need to use it, especially since you must give up adaptive refresh to use it. Those extra Hz also reduce input lag a bit. 26ms is among the lowest scores in our database. We rate the CV27F as a competition-ready display, suitable for skilled players.

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Christian Eberle
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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.

  • Dantte
    Screen Size, Aspect Ratio and Curve Radius
    24 inches / 16:9
    Curve Radius: 1500mm

    Typo, its 27"....

    And I'm confused... how is $350 a "budget" when I can purchase the AOC AG273QCX for $299 ($50 cheaper) on Amazon right now which has a HIGHER resolution and FASTER response?
  • chill1221
    Why curve a 27" screen though...
  • andjayik
    Picked one up today and best monitor ive had