NZXT Canvas 27F Review: Good Clean Fun at a Low Price

The NZXT Canvas 27F is a 27-inch FHD/IPS gaming monitor with 240 Hz, Adaptive-Sync and HDR400.

NZXT Canvas 27F
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Uncalibrated – Maximum Backlight Level

The Canvas 27F exceeds its 400-nit claimed brightness in SDR mode by a healthy margin. It’s plenty bright with more than enough light to deliver a vivid picture in any environment. It’s also the brightest monitor of the bunch, which explains the fifth-place finish in the black level test. No matter, it has the broadest dynamic range of the IPS screens at 1,152:1. The VA-based AOC has far deeper black levels, so if contrast is a high priority for you, it’s a great choice.

After Calibration to 200 nits

Calibration doesn’t change the Canvas 27F’s image in any visible way. It slips to fourth in the contrast comparison, but it isn’t too far behind the Monoprice and HyperX displays. Any IPS monitor that can top 1,100:1 is a standout product.

The Canvas 27F stays strong in the ANSI test with a 1,083.7:1 score. That’s also a standout figure, as many IPS screens can’t maintain intra-image contrast over 1,000:1. This is excellent performance.

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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.