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To compare the Armada 27’s performance, I’ve included Cooler Master’s GM27-FQS, BenQ’s EX2710R & EX2710Q, NZXT’s Canvas 32Q and the Monoprice 43548. The Canvas 32Q and EX2710R are VA, while the rest use IPS panels. All run QHD resolution at 165 Hz.
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Most 165 Hz monitors fill the screen in 6ms but some need 7ms. The difference is small but visible. The Armada 27 is in the faster category and is as smooth as the best 165 Hz monitor can be.
An excellent overdrive adds to that quality with a better implementation than the others. Input lag is also lower than the rest with 27ms total control latency. That’s not far behind the 240 Hz crowd. While 240 Hz will retain motion resolution a little better, the gaming feel won’t be much different. The Armada 27 is one of the better QHD/165 Hz screens I’ve used.
HyperX uses a similarly high-quality panel in the Armada 27 as it does in the Armada 25. The color shifts slightly blue at 45 degrees to the side, and light is reduced by around 20%. Detail stays clear in the darkest steps, which means it retains shadow detail. From the top, you get a green tint, 40% light reduction and less definition due to the drop in gamma.
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My Armada 27 sample exhibited excellent screen uniformity with no visible variation in a black field pattern. I couldn’t see any bleed or glow when viewing in a darkened room. Color fields were equally smooth and free of aberration. There is no question that quality parts are in use here.
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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.
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No speakers? sounds like a pro to me.Reply
I find it absurd to call the pricing on this good.Reply
This is a $350 monitor at most.
Monoprice has a 32" monitor with similar specs for $250, and it's perfectly fine! I took it through all the tests and it's great for me. Probably not the most spectacular HDR but who cares. Not sure why I'd go with anything else until 4k gaming monitors come down in price, and I'll surely be checking out the Monoprice lineup again.Reply