In this post we’ll review what you should look for when buying a monitor onling and give you a list and specification chart for the 10 best 27 inch LED computers for 2011.
Computer Monitor Guide – What to Look For:
Response Time – For most a response time of 5ms or less is good enough to watch movies and do some light gaming. Enthusiasts looking for blur-free action may want to purchase a monitor with a response time of 3ms or less.
Refresh Rate – Typically 60Hz is a good enough refresh rate. 3D monitors go up to 120hz while in 2D and in 3D dedicate 60hz to each eye with Dual LCD technology.
Contrast Ratio – When you’re looking at the contrast ratio it’s important to be aware that there are many types of contrast ratio. Standard contrast ratio is almost always 1000:1, but new definitions and dynamic contrast ratios specifically can go very high. You may also see similar terms like Smart Contrast Ratio, Mega Contrast Ratio, and others.
Resolution – Most newer 27 inch LED monitors come with full high definition 1920 x 1080 resolution. Some higher-end monitors, especially IPS panels designed for photo editing, have resolutions up to 2560 x 1440 which display up to twice as many pixels as a 20-22 inch monitor.
Warranty – Not all warranties are the same. Most manufacturer’s give you a standard warranty of 3 years. Occasionally you’ll come across a monitor with a 1 year warranty. When comparing similar monitors we typically recommend you go with the one with the better warranty.
Connectors – Newer monitors generally include DVI, HDMI, or Analog/VGA connectors so check the back of your PC to see which one you need.
Best Rated 27 Inch LED Computer Monitors 2011
Here’s a look at our choices for the best rated 27 inch LED monitors of the year.
|Brand / Model No.||Price / Reviews||Resolution / Response Time / contrast Ratio||Additional Details||Warranty|
|ASUS VE278Q||1920 x 1080/ 2ms (TN Panel)/ Asus Smart Contrast (dynamic) 10,000,000:1||170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle, 0.311mm pixel pitch, 16.7 Million display colors, 300 cd/m2/ Display Port for simultaneous connectivity, other connectors include D-Sub, DVI, and HDMI. Tilt adjustable +20° to -5°, and built-in stereo speakers 2 x 3W stereo RMS.||3 years parts and labors warranty.|
|Apple Thunderbolt Display MC914LL/A (NEWEST VERSION) - Available for Pre-order Now!||2560 x 1440/ 12 ms response time (IPS Panel)/ 1000:1 contrast ratio||16.7 million colors/ 16:9 aspect ratio/ 178° horizontal/vertical viewing angle/ 375 cd/m2 brightness/ Three powered USB 2.0 ports/ FireWire 800 port/ Gigabit Ethernet port/ new thunderbolt port, Kensington security slot, FaceTime HD camera with microphone, and built-in 2.1 speaker system.||Includes 90 days of free telephone support and a one year limited warranty.|
|HP 2711x 27-Inch LED Monitor - Black||1920 x 1080/ 5ms (TN Panel) / DC 3,000,000:1||0.3114 mm pixel pitch/ 250 cd/m2 brightness rating/ D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI connectors/ tilt adjustable.||1 year parts and labor warranty.|
|Viewsonic VX2753MH-LED 27-Inch LED Monitor||1920 x 1080/ DC 30,000,000:1/ 1ms||D-Sub, HDMI x 2/ 300 cd/m2 brightness/ 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle/ tilt adjustable, and built-in speakers. New Ultra-slim design with bookstand option which allows you to remove the base stand and use the stand to tilt it back. With a weight of only 10 pounds this adds to its overall portability.||3 years includes pixel performance guarantee|
|Apple LED Cinema Display 27-Inch MC007LL/A||2560-by-1440-pixel resolution/ 12 ms response time||Mini DisplayPort connector, MagSafe / Ambient light sensor/ Built-in iSight and microphone/ 49 watts of stereo sound/ Three USB 2.0/ 375 cd/m2 Brightness||1 year - Apple Care for 3 years.|
|Acer S273HL bmii 27" Full HD LED Monitor - Ultra Slim||1920 x 1080/ 2ms/ DCR 12,000,000:1||170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle/ 0.3114mm pixel pitch/ 300 cd/m2 brightness/ 16.7 million display colors/ D-Sub, HDMI x 2/ Tilt adjustable -5° to 15°/ built in 2W x 1 speakers.||3 years parts and labor warranty from Acer.|
|Samsung S27A350H 27-Inch Class LED Monitor||1920 x 1080 / 2ms/ DCR 1,000,000:1||D-Sub, HDMI, 16.7 Million display colors, 300 cd/m2 and brightness rating.||1 year|
|Acer HN274H BMIIID 3D 27-Inch LED Monitor||1920 x 1080/ ACM 10,000,000:1/ 2ms||D-Sub, DVI, HDMI x 3/ Tilt: -5° to 15°/ 2W x 2 speakers/ 3D monitor/ nVidia 3D glasses included/ 100 x 100 mm VESA Wall Mounting/ 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle/ 0.3114mm pixel pitch||3 years parts and labor|
|Samsung Central Station LC27A750XS/ZA 27-Inch Wireless Docking Display C27A750X||1920 x 1080/ 2ms/ 1M:1||170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle/ D-Sub, HDMI, 2 x USB 3.0, Ethernet connectors/ Height & Tilt adjustment / The central station allows you to wireless connect (up to 5 feet) your laptop to your monitor and up to 4 connected USB devices.||3 years parts and labor|
|LG E2770V-BF 27-Inch Widescreen LED LCD Gaming Monitor with TruMotion 120Hz||1920 x 1080/ 14 ms/ 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio||D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI x 2 Connectors/ SUPER LED Backlighting/ TruMotion 120Hz technology||1 year parts and labor|
|Samsung S27A550H 27-Inch Class LED Monitor||1920 x 1080/ 2ms/ 1,000,000:1||D-Sub, HDMI/ 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle/ Eco Light Sensor/ Eco Motion Sensor||3 years parts and labor warranty from Samsung.|
|LG E2750VR-SN 27-Inch Widescreen LED LCD Monitor with Super Resolution||1920 x 1080/ 5ms/ 5,000,000:1||D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI connectors/ 170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle/ 16.7 Million display colors / 250 cd/m2 brightness rating/ 5° - 15° tilt adjustable/ SUPER+ Resolution.||1 year|
|Samsung S27A950D 27-Inch Class 3D LED Monitor||1920 x 1080/ 2ms / Dynamic Contrast Ratio 1,000,000:1||170°(H) / 160°(V) viewing angle / 16.7 Million display colors/ 300 cd/m2 brightness rating/ Displayport, HDMI/||1 year|
Summary: Photo editors or Mac users may consider Dell’s Ultrasharp series (only available in LCD) when making their purchase while entertainment and gaming enthusiast should purchase a quick response time TN panel monitor. We feel that the Viewsonic VX2753MH-LED 27-Inch LED or the ASUS VE278Q 27-Inch LED Monitors offer you the best overall value in this category. The Viewsonic VX2753MH-LED is lightweight (around 10 pounds) and is easy to take with you on road trips or to LAN parties. If you’re looking for a 3D gaming monitor the Acer HN274H BMIIID is your best option and includes nVidia 3D glasses. We also like Samsung’s new docking station monitor which saves a lot of time by allowing you to wirelessly connect to your monitor and be connected to your USB devices.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this review of the best rated 27 inch LED computer monitors. If you’d like to contribute to this post or have a question, then please leave a comment below.