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HP X27qc 165Hz WQHD VA Eyesafe model

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The combination of 27″ screen and 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) remains a popular choice, delivering a good pixel density without being massively demanding or expensive. The HP X27qc offers this, designed to appease gamers with its 165Hz refresh rate. Despite gaming being a large part of its focus, it offers much simpler styling than many such models – which will be a relief to those who don’t like that sort of ‘fussy’ and sometimes over the top appearance. Dark matte plastics are used extensively. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a slender panel border flush with the rest of the screen. And a slim hard plastic outer part. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by buttons running vertically down the monitor, towards the right side as viewed from the front.

Simple styling and a moderate curve

A 27″ VA panel is used, with 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) resolution and moderate 1500R curve. This is combined with a 165Hz refresh rate, whilst Adaptive-Sync also supported. Allowing Nvidia’s ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ and AMD FreeSync Premium to be used, with a 55 – 165Hz VRR range plus LFC. A light matte anti-glare screen surface is employed, whilst a 3000:1 static contrast ratio and 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles are specified. 8-bit colour is supported, whilst a flicker-free WLED backlight delivers a 350 cd/m² typical maximum luminance and 97% sRGB colour gamut. The monitor is ‘Eyesafe’ certified by TÜV Rheinland, with the blue peak shifted to less energetic wavelengths and the amplitude of the peak reduced to potentially enhance viewing comfort. A 1ms MPRT response time is specified using a strobe backlight setting designed to minimise perceived blur. The monitor attaches centrally using a quick-release mechanism, allowing the included stand to be removed whilst revealing 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. The included stand offers tilt and height (100mm or 3.94 inches). The ports face downwards and include; AC power input (internal power converter), HDMI 2.0, DP 1.4 and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Height-adjustable stand

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$350 USD (~£280).

HP X27qc