Best 27″ 1080p TN Monitor (2020)

We think you’ll agree that in terms of latency, nothing comes close to a TN monitor, and we picked out the ViewSonic VX2757-MHD as the best 27″ 1080p TN monitor for gaming in 2020.

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Top Pick
ViewSonic VX2757-MHD 27 Inch 75Hz 2ms 1080p Gaming Monitor with FreeSync Eye Care HDMI and DP
Acer KG271 bmiix 27" Full HD (1920 x 1080) TN Monitor with AMD FREESYNC Technology (2 x HDMI & VGA Port)
Acer Gaming Monitor 27” XF270H Abmidprzx 1920 x 1080 240Hz Refresh Rate AMD FREESYNC Technology (Display Port, HDMI & DVI Ports)
Asus VG278Q 27" Full HD 1080P 144Hz 1ms Eye Care G-Sync Compatible Adaptive Sync Gaming Monitor with DP HDMI DVI
BenQ Zowie XL2731 27 inch 144 Hz Gaming Monitor | 1080P 1ms | Black Equalizer & Color Vibrance for Competitive Edge | Height Adjustable Stand
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ViewSonic VX2757-MHD
Acer KG271
Acer XF270H
Asus VG278Q
BenQ Zowie XL2731
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Highest Refresh Rate
75Hz
60Hz
240Hz
144Hz
144Hz
Response Time
2ms
1ms
1ms
1ms
1ms
G-Sync/Freesync
Freesync
Freesync
Freesync
G-Sync
None
Top Pick
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ViewSonic VX2757-MHD 27 Inch 75Hz 2ms 1080p Gaming Monitor with FreeSync Eye Care HDMI and DP
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ViewSonic VX2757-MHD
Prime
Highest Refresh Rate
75Hz
Response Time
2ms
G-Sync/Freesync
Freesync
Price
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Acer KG271 bmiix 27" Full HD (1920 x 1080) TN Monitor with AMD FREESYNC Technology (2 x HDMI & VGA Port)
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Acer KG271
Prime
Highest Refresh Rate
60Hz
Response Time
1ms
G-Sync/Freesync
Freesync
Price
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Acer Gaming Monitor 27” XF270H Abmidprzx 1920 x 1080 240Hz Refresh Rate AMD FREESYNC Technology (Display Port, HDMI & DVI Ports)
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Acer XF270H
Prime
Highest Refresh Rate
240Hz
Response Time
1ms
G-Sync/Freesync
Freesync
Price
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Asus VG278Q 27" Full HD 1080P 144Hz 1ms Eye Care G-Sync Compatible Adaptive Sync Gaming Monitor with DP HDMI DVI
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Asus VG278Q
Prime
Highest Refresh Rate
144Hz
Response Time
1ms
G-Sync/Freesync
G-Sync
Price
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BenQ Zowie XL2731 27 inch 144 Hz Gaming Monitor | 1080P 1ms | Black Equalizer & Color Vibrance for Competitive Edge | Height Adjustable Stand
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BenQ Zowie XL2731
Prime
Highest Refresh Rate
144Hz
Response Time
1ms
G-Sync/Freesync
None
Price

Best Overall

The ViewSonic VX2757-MHD is all kinds of magnificent from its sheer performance to its overall looks. It is one of the best-selling 27″ 1080p TN monitors right now and we can clearly see why. When you have a monitor like this for gaming, you would not want to settle for anything less.

Pros:
  • Bright TN display
  • Reasonable price
  • Multiple game visual modes
Cons:
  • Limited swiveling
  • A bit of required tweaking at launch
  • Only up to 75Hz refresh rate

The ViewSonic VX2757-MHD is a lot of things that make gaming such a pleasure. Packed with essential features inside a design that is built to last, this ViewSonic gaming monitor should be up high in your to-buy list when it comes to the best display screen.

We – and the rest of its loving buyers – are quite happy with how it is made. Sure, its fastest response is just 2ms but that is no big deal. What we love about it are the bright TN display, multiple connectivities, FreeSync inclusion and customizable visual selections depending on what you want to play whether it is FPS, MOBA, or RTS. And the best part about the ViewSonic VX2757-MHD? The price is amazing – reasonable enough for its features. Do yourself a favor and buy this.

Best Value

The Acer KG271 is a brave one that packs quite enough features to make your gaming experience the most optimal play session ever, all while asking for a very low price. For the nth time, Acer earns a spot in our Best Value category.

Pros:
  • 1ms response rate
  • Affordable compared to other TN gaming monitors
  • Borderless
Cons:
  • Limited to 60Hz
  • Huge shading on the sides
  • Limited input support

First of all, the Acer KG271 is borderless – utilizing every inch of the 27″ display, making you realize that those small corners do matter a lot. It also spikes up to a maximum of 1ms response rate, reducing any form of blur during a game – which is definitely a plus for the competitive games, particularly with shooters. The AMD FreeSync also does its good job at preventing any form of screen tearing despite the Acer KG271’s refresh rate of just 60Hz. But, quite frankly, there are some flaws with the Acer monitor, especially with the TN display on the sides, with so much shade than the usual TN gaming monitor. Also, it has limited inputs of just HDMI and VGA.

But overall, the Acer KG271 is not bad at all – a great monitor when you are looking for the most value without paying a lot.

Best Refresh Rate

When you want your monitor to have a maximum refresh rate of 240Hz, we could not think of anything better than the Acer XF270H. With a much lower price than its competitors and a substantial number of features, this TN monitor is the stuff of dreams.

Pros:
  • 240Hz refresh rate
  • 1ms response time
  • Works so well with FreeSync
Cons:
  • Fragile build
  • Expensive
  • Still slightly weaker than its competition

Some folks simply want the most refresh rate as this matters a lot, especially when it comes to multiplayer games. And in the case of the Acer XF270H, you can experience up to 240Hz refresh rate if your PC can handle such numbers. For the most part, this 27″ Acer monitor is ultra-fast, forming it as an integral gaming monitor for competitive gaming.

The only major flaw we have here is that 240Hz can get a bit too much. Arguably, the best monitor refresh rate you need is 144Hz tops. No game has ever reach up to 240Hz yet – not at least for the next 3 years from now. But aside from the numbers, the Acer XF270H truly makes an excellent gaming monitor for unlimited frames.

Best for Competitive Multiplayer

The Asus VG278Q is often seen in esports tournament around the world and we know why it is crucial: good refresh rate, good picture quality, and good speeds. No esports player needs a lavish 4K monitor since everything is all about response times – and the Asus monitor proves such worth.

Pros:
  • Exceptionally fast
  • Convenient design
  • Has G-sync
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Needs an equally powerful PC
  • Requires color configurations at start

You could say that the Asus VG278Q is like the Holy Grail in esports shooters because of the speeds it can achieve. After all, 144Hz is the best refresh rate for a gaming monitor and when you pair that with a powerful G-Sync feature and 1ms response rate, then you have a recipe of one of the best monitors ever built. The stand design is convenient too, resulting in placing the monitor anywhere with ease. Picture quality may need some tweaking though but you can always do adjustments with its configuration.

It does not even matter whether you are a competitive gamer on shooters, MOBAs and even fighting games; the Asus VG278Q delivers any game to the maximum with – quite possibly – the smoothest performance ever.

Best Colors

The BenQ Zowie XL2731 is the poster boy when it comes to picture quality. We love how contrasting and crisp the colors are, putting lots of emphasis on the game visuals more than anything else. To top it all off, its refresh rate reaches up to 144Hz.

Pros:
  • Best colors
  • Up to 144Hz
  • Built to last
Cons:
  • Very expensive
  • Some screen tearing
  • Very limited input options

So, what is as important as refresh rates and response times? Color balancing, of course. What is the point of having So many frames when you cannot even find your target on a large map, right? Thanks to its full-on clarity, it makes every object on screen look more emphasized and distinctive from each other.

As such, this is best for when you want to savor the graphics quality of a game with artistic visuals. But even if you prefer competitive games, you do not have to worry since it includes 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and black eQualizer. It’s too bad it does not have G-Sync or Freesync though; that would have made the BenQ Zowie XL2731  as our best overall 27″ 1080p TN monitor.

But in the end, the BenQ Zowie XL2731 is too good not to ignore.

What Would we Buy?

We love TN gaming monitors as much as you do and each of the given products in the article above is very good in its own ways. Although, we must hand it to the ViewSonic VX2757-MHD as the best among the rest. If you prefer something much cheaper yet slightly faster than the ViewSonic, the Acer KG271 will definitely do. If you like the highest refresh rate possible of 240Hz, the Acer XF270H is honorably best. If you are a competitive gamer and would like to buy a gaming monitor that will give you a good competitive edge, it is the Asus VG278Q that you must seek. And of course, if you desire a display for the best colors shown on a monitor the BenQ Zowie XL2731 is illustriously the most obvious choice.

Whatever your preference may be, these are all great on their own.

Editor & reviewer of gear from iOS control pad’s to high-end PC gaming hardware. He’s been gaming since the 1980s and mostly plays CS GO & Overwatch.