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Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q Gaming Monitor Review: 27-Inch 1440p Done Right

Near-perfect color, superb gaming performance

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Though technologies like 4K resolution and IPS panels have been with us for some time, they still represent the premium end of the price scale. Gamers looking for a favorable price/performance ratio can get a lot of performance from a 27-inch monitor for $600-700. If you’re willing to forgo the highest possible pixel density, you can still have much of the image detail that 4K offers without having to buy a premium graphics card. QHD in the 27 or even 32-inch size provides a superb gaming experience with high frame rates.

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The Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q is one of the best 1440p 27-inch monitors we’ve reviewed. Its AAS technology renders the best off-axis image quality we’ve ever seen, and its large and accurate color gamut made our games look fantastic all while running easily near the maximum 165 Hz refresh rate. We used both FreeSync and G-Sync without issue and with HDR.

HDR is the monitor’s only big flaw. Because there is no dynamic contrast feature in HDR mode, there is no additional contrast. Images looked great in both modes but ultimately, though the monitor supports HDR it doesn’t benefit from it. SDR and HDR content looked the same in our testing.

What you will be captivated by is the monitor’s superb color over rivals. Not only does it cover more than 90% of DCI-P3, it does so with pro-level accuracy. Contrast, while not quite at the VA level, is better than nearly all the IPS monitors we’ve seen. And gaming performance, aka motion processing, is among the very best.

On the other hand, competition is stiff. For example, the Dell S3220DGF is also a 1440p monitor with a 165 Hz refresh rate and opts for VA. It’s larger than our 27-inch review focus and is selling for $350 as of this writing compared to the Aorus’ $460.

But in the crowded genre of 27-inch gaming monitors, the Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q is a top pick. Aside from its low HDR impact, it has no flaws of consequence. We highly recommend this Aorus option.

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Christian Eberle
Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors.