A 27in monitor will give you significantly more screen area than a 24in model, so they can provide more engaging video and more immersive gaming experiences. However, they also tend to cost significantly more
The least expensive 27in displays tend to keep the standard 1920 by 1080 pixel (full-HD) resolution of a 24in display and simply scale it up, making the individual pixels bigger and making the overall display appear somewhat less sharp.
High-end models will maintain sharpness by increasing the resolution to 2560 by 1440 pixels (in the case of 16:9 panels), but these monitors tend to cost a lot more. With the HZ27WIE, Hazro has managed to bring to market a 2560 by 1440 pixel 27in display for only £250. Not only that, but is also features a high-quality IPS panel, beloved of those who demand the best colour reproduction and the widest viewing angles.
The specification also includes a total of four inputs, including VGA, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort for maximum connectivity – each of which adds significantly to the final cost, making the HZ27WIE truly excellent value for money.
Inspect the monitor more closely, however, and the cost saving start to become apparent. First of all, while the chassis is relatively sturdy, it has a certain home-made feel to it. Its parts have been put together well, but you can certainly see the joins. A column of control buttons down the right-hand side features buttons so stiff, that you'll need to use both hands when pressing them or you'll end up pushing the whole monitor across your desk.
The short, plastic stand is also completely fixed in place, allowing no ergonomic adjustments to be made. Its glossy screen, provides a punchy, contrasty look but is prone to unwanted reflections.
Hazro HZ27WIE : Performance tests
Performance results here were a mixed bag. At this price, we weren't expecting professional-level accuracy, but the HZ27WIE performed very well, with very little deviation from perfect colour reproduction.
The display achieves 100% of the sRGB colour gamut and can therefore accurately display the full range of colours you're ever likely to need outside of professional colour-critical work. In fact it slightly exceeds sRGB, which will prolong the monitor's useful life as its colours start to fade. However, it does mean that you'll have to calibrate it to get colours spot on.
Displaying a black screen image reveals a quite a lot of visible light bleed at the extreme edges and our uniformity tests at various brightness levels reveal the top-right corner to be around 20 per cent dimmer than the bottom right. However, in general use, this is nowhere near as noticeable as you might imagine. We also noticed one completely dead pixel about a third of the way in from the bottom left corner.
The HZ27WIE is also very power hungry: this is partly due to its extremely powerful backlight which kicks out up to 390 cd/m2 in our tests. Unfortunately it's a difficult beast to tame, and even at a brightness setting of zero, it still couldn't get dim enough to reach our standard test brightness of 120cd/m2. This monitor at its dimmest setting is brighter than the AOC2963PM turned up full, achieving 254cd/m2, which some people will find uncomfortably bright. At full brightness, the display consumed 63W, falling to 44W at the minimum brightness.
The Hazro HZ27WIE is noticeably imperfect, but offers enormous value for money. Its large size, combined with its high-resolution and IPS panel is unheard of at this price. However, its powerful blacklight can't be made dim enough and its power consumption is outrageously high. It also suffers from a somewhat hand-built feel and stiff control buttons.