Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X 240Hz WQHD IPS model

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Update: We’re currently reviewing this model. News piece below initially published 6th February 2021.

 

High refresh rate 27″ models with 2560 x 1440 resolution really hit the spot for many users. Not too difficult to drive compared to higher resolutions whilst still providing a nice pixel density. The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X is the follow up to the company’s well-liked FI27Q-P. Styling remains similar, with a black powder-coated metal ‘penguin foot’ stand design, providing solidity and a premium feel to the monitor. The bottom bezel is dark matte grey plastic of moderate thickness, with a central AORUS logo surrounded by dark-coloured plastic. This is a subtle change from the lighter-coloured plastic used in this area on the previous model. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a slim panel border that’s flush with the rest of the screen plus a slender hard plastic outer part. The OSD is controlled by a joystick facing downwards beneath the central logo. Or the comprehensive OSD Sidekick software, if preferred.

AORUS styling

The monitor uses a 27” 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) IPS-type panel, the Sharp LQ270TIJG04, more specifically. This offers a light matte anti-glare screen surface, 1000:1 static contrast ratio and 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles. A 240Hz refresh rate is supported alongside Adaptive-Sync, including Nvidia’s ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ and AMD FreeSync with a 48 – 240Hz VRR range plus LFC. 10-bit colour is supported (8-bit + FRC), whilst a flicker-free backlight is offered. Based on specifications and likely panel, we believe this is an enhanced phosphor (KSF) WLED solution. This offers a 400 cd/m² typical maximum luminance and 93% DCI-P3 colour gamut (100% Adobe RGB and 142% sRGB). VESA DisplayHDR 400 support is offered, allowing the monitor to respond to HDR10 content and put its generous colour gamut, 10-bit colour processing and reasonable luminance to good use. The luminance is still limited by HDR standards and no local dimming is specified, however. The monitor includes HBR3 (High Bit Rate 3) support via DisplayPort 1.4, allowing it to support a 10-bit colour signal at up to 200Hz at the native resolution, under SDR or HDR.

Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included to help maximise viewing comfort whilst a 0.3ms MPRT response time is specified. This requires the use of the included Aim Stabilizer strobe backlight setting, which can’t be used at the same time as Adaptive-Sync. And as usual, pay little attention to such ambitious specifications. The rear of the monitor includes ‘RGB Fusion’ LEDs, with some illuminated shapes to the side of the stand, at the side of the stand neck and a central AORUS Falcon logo. The colour and flashing patterns can be controlled in the OSD or via the OSD Sidekick software. The included stand attaches centrally with a quick release mechanism – it can be removed to make way for an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution. The stand offers full ergonomic flexibility. The ports face downwards and include; AC power input (internal power converter), DP 1.4 (HBR3), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream), a 3.5mm headphone jack and 3.5mm microphone jack.

RGB Fusion elements

Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor has an RRP of £646 in the UK and is listed for ~$700 in the US.

Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X