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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There are a lot of gaming displays that offer high performance and a long feature list. If you can do without things like internal speakers, LED lighting and aiming points, there are great deals on monitors that don’t compromise speed or image quality.

The NZXT Canvas 27F is a perfect example of this. The 240 Hz FHD category is already a performance bargain, with many monitors delivering great value. Though pixel density is relatively low, motion resolution is very high, thanks to fast frame rates. You'll never see motion blur or hesitation when the action moves at 200 fps or higher.

NZXT Canvas 27F

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The Canvas 27F has everything needed for gaming at every level, from novice to professional. Video processing is as good as the very best displays with a solid and reliable 240 Hz, flawless Adaptive-Sync, precise overdrive and super low input lag. 

Image quality isn’t compromised either. You don’t get a wide color gamut, but the Canvas 27F has a little extra volume that renders accurately. In its default picture mode, no calibration is necessary. Even if you perform one, the improvement is measurable but not visible. Contrast is a bit above average for IPS panels at over 1,100:1. The only downside is there’s no dimming option for HDR. That content looks a little better thanks to the excellent color and a bright panel that comes close to 500 nits peak.

There’s no question that the NZXT Canvas 27F is a performance bargain. If you already have a monitor arm, you can attach one for just $230. Even the stand only adds $40 to the price. For pro-level performance, it’s hard to imagine a better screen. Players looking for high frame rates and reliability should definitely check it out.

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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.