Gigabyte G27Q with 144Hz WQHD IPS panel

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Gigabyte continues to expand its monitor lineup, with some offerings from their more premium ‘AORUS’ sub-brand and others lacking this branding. The Gigabyte G27Q is a recent addition to the series, which in terms of specifications and market positioning can be thought of as a cut-down version of the AORUS FI27Q(-P). Aesthetically, the monitor has a fairly simple design. Quite angular and ‘gamery’ in that respect’, with a low-profile but broad stand base and matte black plastic bottom bezel. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a slim hard outer component and fairly slender panel border that’s flush with the rest of the screen. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick at the rear of the monitor, towards the bottom right as viewed from in front. Alternatively, ‘OSD Sidekick’ software can be used to control the monitor.

A solid appearance

A 27″ 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) IPS-type panel is used, with support for a 144Hz native refresh rate. More specifically the AUO M270DAN02.BUO AHVA (Advanced Hyper-Viewing Angle) panel. Adaptive-Sync is supported, including AMD FreeSync Premium and Nvidia ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ with an assumed 57 – 144Hz variable refresh rate range plus LFC. A matte anti-glare screen surface is used, whilst 8-bit colour is supported with a 1000:1 specified static contrast and 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles. A flicker-free WLED backlight is included which offers a 92% DCI-P3 (120% sRGB) colour gamut for a bit of extra vibrancy and a 350 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. The monitor responds to HDR10 content via VESA DisplayHDR 400 support, a basic HDR level that allows the monitor to put its fairly wide colour gamut to good use and for a 10-bit colour signal to be used (with assistance from the GPU). It also requires that the backlight can pulse to 400 cd/m²+, but doesn’t necessitate local dimming. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are also included and a 1ms MPRT response time is specified, using the ‘Aim Stabilizer’ strobe backlight mode. As usual, this can’t be used at the same time as Adaptive-Sync. The included stand offers tilt and height adjustment (130mm or 5.12 inches) and can be removed and replaced by an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution, if you prefer. The ports face downwards and include; DP 1.2a, 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack and DC power input (external ‘power brick’). 2 x 2W speakers are also included for basic sound reproduction.

A matte black rear

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$330 USD (~£330).

Gigabyte G27Q