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HP Z27 Review, 27-Inch IPS Panel, 60 Hz Refresh Rate, Great for Casual Users

4/5

If you’re looking for a new monitor to upgrade to this 2020 new year, then you may want to check out the HP Z27 display.

The HP Z27 is an aesthetically pleasing monitor with an excellent state of the art design to it.

This 27-inch IPS display can and will deliver the necessary performance and features that you’ll need to get any tasks done.

If you’re a casual user and not a hardcore gamer, then you may want to consider this display out.

So before investing in the HP Z27 monitor, let’s dive deep and take a look at the display design, performance, and features.

Specifications

  • Display: 27-Inches
  • Resolution: 3840×2160 UHD
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • Response Time: 8ms GtG
  • Panel Type: IPS
  • Contrast Ratio: 1300:1
  • Brightness: 350cd/m^2
  • VESA Mount: 100×100 mm
  • I/O Connectivity: 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x HDMI 2.0, 2x USB-C, 3x USB 3.0, 3.5 Audio Jack
  • Weight: 20-lbs

Display Design

The design of the HP Z27 is outstanding, with its beautiful matte-black finish to the entire frame, the display stands beautifully and has a nice sleek look to it.

Thanks to the bezel-free design, the HP Z27 will have users captivated and immersed in their multimedia and gaming experiences.

With its wide 27-inch screen, the HP Z27 will have more than enough screen real-estate for you to maneuver around with, so that you’ll be able to have extra windows opened and also work on multiple projects at the same time while you’re at it.

And with a thin bezel design, users have the opportunity of connecting another HP Z27 display and have a battle-station of dual or triple monitors ready for you to command.

The overall quality of the HP Z27 is outstanding due to its high quality of materials used to make the entire frame and design. The plastic layering of the display is sturdy and strong, so you won’t have to worry about any minor scratches or damages to the monitor.

The stand is ergonomic by design and is sturdy enough to hold the display firmly. Also, thanks to its square-based foundation, the screen won’t move when slightly nudged.

With the stock stand, you’ll be able to make the height adjustments, tilt, swivel, and pivot the monitor within your conveniences.

However, if you’re not satisfied with the stock stand for any reason, then you’ll be able to replace the default stand with a 100×100 mm VESA mount.

And with the VESA mount, the HP Z27 becomes a lot more flexible in positioning, plus you’ll be able to mount it onto the wall if needed.

The HP Z27 display doesn’t have built-in speakers; however, you’ll always be better off with a set of dedicated headphones or a system of speakers for full immersion of your multimedia environment.

Located in the rear of the panel, you’ll find the connectivity ports. The connectivities consist of one DisplayPort 1.2, one HDMI 2.0, two USB-C, three USB 3.0, and one 3.5 audio jack port.

The USB-C ports will provide users the ability to connect their MacBook Pro’s and use it as a charging and docking station for the laptop, which is pretty awesome.

Users can also invest in an HDMI switch if necessary, which allows you to connect multiple electronic devices into the display as well, such as gaming consoles or other devices, if needed.

The OSD panel can be found in the bottom right of the monitor. It consists of five buttons, including the power button.

With multiple USB ports that you’ll be able to connect to, you’ll be able to charge your mobile cells and use the display as a charging and transferring station if necessary.

The display also has a built-in power supply, which is pretty handy in case if the power goes out. You’ll be able to turn on the monitor without an outlet nearby.

Overall the design of the HP Z27 monitor is superb with a beautiful matte-black finish to the frame, with thin bezels for better immersion, and the monitor has a nice elegant overall look to the design.

Performance and Features

The HP Z27 is a 27-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 4K UHD, and a screen aspect ratio of 16:9. Running with a refresh rate of 60Hz and a response time of 8ms, the HP Z27 performs decently well when gaming in standard to mid-range settings.

With an sRGB of 99% and with a 100% BT.709, the HP Z27 has accurate colors and will translate well for casual and business work.

Thanks to the displays excellent color and grayscale, users will enjoy more of the vivid and lifelike colors that the HP Z27 has to provide.

The display has a contrast level of 1300:1, with a brightness level of 350cd/m^2, which is decent if you’re casually gaming.

And being an IPS panel, the HP Z27 display has a viewing angle of 178-degrees vertically and horizontally. When viewing the screen from different angles, the images and color won’t disappear nor fade.

The response time is set to 14ms by default, but users will be able to calibrate the response time to as low as 6ms all through the OSD menu.

With the HP Z27’s settings, the display is built for creatives, business, and casual users. Serious gamers will need to look at monitors with higher refresh rates and lower response times.

The HP Z27 doesn’t have FreeSync nor G Sync, so users won’t be able to experience the smoother gameplay features. And when viewing the display during fast-paced action scenes, you may experience a bit of ghosting and motion trailing without the FreeSync feature.

Pros

  • Has USB-C
  • Great color accuracy and grayscale
  • Ergonomic stand
  • VESA mount compatible

Cons

  • Low refresh rate and higher response time
  • The stand is a bit heavy
  • No FreeSync nor G Sync

Conclusion

The HP Z27 is a great monitor to invest in if you’re a casual user and if you do business or regular work.

However, if you’re a creative, photographer, or graphic designer, then the HP Z27 performs decently well on editing, but you may want to check out the higher-end IPS displays, such as the LG 27GL83A-B or the ASUS PG279QZ, which will provide you higher-end specifications.

And if you’re a hardcore gamer, then the HP27 will not suffice due to its lack of higher refresh rates nor quick response time; the display also doesn’t support FreeSync, which is a bit of a downside.

For gamers, you may want to check out some of the best 144Hz monitors or even the 240Hz displays as well.

Overall the HP Z27 is excellent if you casually use the display for working in business or use it for light multimedia purposes.

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