HP Z27u G3 review: QHD monitor with some great connectivity

The HP Z27u G3 is stylish and offers good brightness and sharpness, but is it too pricey for its features?

A silver HP Z27u G3 monitor on a bright desk
(Image: © Ian Evenden)

Our Verdict

An extremely likeable screen, the HP Z27u G3 ticks a lot of boxes for home office use including switchable colour modes, a USB hub that connects everything through one Type-C cable, including laptop charging, and a picture that’s bright and sharp. Compared with other screens of the same size and resolution, however, it’s on the expensive side, and potential buyers will need to weigh up whether its extra features are worth the additional outlay against more bare-bones offerings.

For

  • Bright IPS panel
  • Lots of connections
  • Decent colour reproduction

Against

  • No way to turn off image processing
  • More expensive than some rivals

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An elegant 1440p monitor with excellent connectivity and a USB hub, HP’s tricky-to-pronounce Z27u G3 offers a 27-inch screen and an IPS panel, for a wide viewing angle. It also has presets for the P3 and Rec 709 colour gamuts, which may put it on the shopping list of video professionals, but they may think again once they realise there's no way to view an unprocessed picture. But is it good enough to make it onto our list of the best monitors for video editing? I've spent a couple of weeks with it to find out.

A silver HP Z27u G3 monitor on a bright desk

(Image credit: Ian Evenden)
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Screen size:27in
Panel:IPS
Resolution:2560 x 1440 (QHD)
Brightness:350 nits
Connectivity:1x HDMI 2.0, 2x DisplayPort 1.4 (one input, one output), 1x USB-C, 4x USB 3.2 Type-A, Ethernet
Dimensions:61.23 x 3.89 x 35.61cm
Weight:6.2kg
The Verdict
4

out of 10

HP Z27u G3

An extremely likeable screen, the HP Z27u G3 ticks a lot of boxes for home office use including switchable colour modes, a USB hub that connects everything through one Type-C cable, including laptop charging, and a picture that’s bright and sharp. Compared with other screens of the same size and resolution, however, it’s on the expensive side, and potential buyers will need to weigh up whether its extra features are worth the additional outlay against more bare-bones offerings.

Ian Evenden

Ian Evenden has been a journalist for over 20 years, starting in the days of QuarkXpress 4 and Photoshop 5. He now mainly works in Creative Cloud and Google Docs, but can always find a use for a powerful laptop or two. When not sweating over page layout or photo editing, you can find him peering at the stars or growing vegetables.