We had the opportunity to test Aorus’s FI27Q-P Gaming monitor that has everything you want in a QHD monitor and more but at a price. The FI27Q-P is a QHD(1440p) 165Hz panel that boast the worlds first HBR3(High bit rate) and is does 95% of DCI-P3.
The Aorus FI27Q-P comes in a very big box, it took up the whole of my back seat when I collected the review unit! When it came to unboxing the panel it felt more like I was taking out a 40″ screen than a 27″ screen due to the big polystyrene container for the screen. The screen comes with a full metal stand which gives the panel a real solid feel however it does take up a bit more deskspace real estate. The Aorus FI27Q-P also comes with 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, a Full-size DisplayPort 1.4(HBR3), 2 USB 3.0 ports, built-in Headphones and Mic 3.5mm jacks. It also features a handy cable management area so that everything would look tidy.
The next shock I got is how big a 27″ screen is! Now granted I am generally used to my smaller 24″ screen that I had(and the even smaller 21″ at work). Setting up the panel was very straightforward. All you had to do is screw in the base to the column and slot in the panel, as easy as pie. The base for the FI27Q-P is a solid piece of aluminium
When it comes to the panel Aorus used for this unit it is IPS based, with LED backlighting in an edge-lit configuration. The FI27Q-P also has a nice matt coating on it to help minimize any light bouncing on it to create glare(I hate glare on screens especially when I am doing photoshop work). On the page specs(and all over the Aorus webpage) they say that the FI27Q-P would be able to reach 95% of DCI-P3(this is the standard for the current Cinema video editing), this in theory would give you 100% sRGB(most photo standard photo editing) and about 90% of AdobeRGB coverage(my standard at work for Fine Art editing and printing). I grabbed my trusty X-Rite ColorMunki Photo(don’t laugh it is a real thing) and ran calibrations for D65(is 6500K and most screens and phones are set to this) and D55(D55 is about 5500 Kelvin or close to neutral white and is used for printing). I was impressed with what the FI27Q-P gave me as I got close to my D55 and D65 standards after calibration. I did find that before I did the calibration(I did a factory reset each time), that the screen was way too bright for my taste, but after calibration that I felt light Goldilocks and got just the right amount of brightness.
What I liked about the FI27Q-P is that the “joystick” that controls the OSD was easy to use, it was very easy to dial in the above calibrations as well. Seeing that the panel on the FI27Q-P is a 10Bit screen you can definitely use the screen for photoshop and video grading work. Must also commend Aorus on their OSD Design, the OSD is very easy to navigate(compared to my 1080P screen and another brands screen). Now enough of my ramblings regarding the Colour Accuracy, how does it fair in games?
Well, I can definitely report that I was blown away with what you can achieve with the FI27Q-P as it hits that fast frame rate each and every time. I suffer from Motion sickness and my old 1080p screen at its 60Hz just didn’t give me the chance to play any FPS games. I could maybe normally play for a 30min-an hour then I had to go do something else, anything else. So hesitantly I fired up Overwatch as my first FPS to test the screen and see if I would be taking a nap or playing a lot more. It’s safe to say that I could actually play FPS games without it actually affecting me as bad as it used to do. Thanks to the built-in FPS counter I could see that I was running close to 144hz. Now I know the FI27Q-P is a 165Hz screen and the reason why I didn’t see that number was that I used the wrong cables(and I am running slightly older hardware). After a cable change and some playing around in my Nvidia panel settings I was set to play even faster, harder stronger(sorry the song was stuck in my head).
Seeing that I basically only had Overwatch to test my FPS dreams with(will be getting more FPS games now and get some subscription services), I fired up the Latest Need for Speed Title. Now normally on my 1080P screen I would have screen tearing in the cinematics and while driving around, whereas the FI27Q-P gave me no such hassle at all when I played NFS Heat. The game played beautifully!
The Next title that I played to test the screen was Diablo III(yes I know not really know for anything screen-related), and I actually found myself playing better due to the bigger screen size firstly(21″ vs a 27″). As I got mobbed by goals and monsters I saw as well that I had no screen tearing at all(again a problem I can associate with my old screen). At this stage, I was so drunk with Frame rate power that I fired up some Shadows of the Tomb Raider and Control(a game I still need to finish).All was well until I started playing Control and my Motion Sickness kicked in, luckily this was not due to the screen but just being tired!
The Aorus FI27Q-P has some other handy features that really rounds out the unit. For me, the best was the built-in power supply, gone are the days that you had to lug a power bring around or have it somewhere out of place. Another feature that can come in handy is the ANC2.0(no it’s not the current government!), the FI27Q-P has a dedicated headphone port(thanks to the DP and HDMI that can send sounds as well) that support up to 600ohm headphones! Not even that but they say you can get a 120db signal-to-noise ratio out of the built-in DAC.
Thanks to the USB 3.0 you can even charge your phone or wireless devices on the panel(it puts out about 5V/1.5A), which should be enough…I can see how handy this will be at the old rAge Lan(wish this will come back next year, really missed it during Covid).
The Aorus FI27Q-P is also VISA wall mount compatible, not just that but you can lift the screen up to 13cm’s!
Overall I am really excited about the Aorus FI27Q-P Gaming monitor. It fills my need for it to be a gaming and work screen at the same time. It does feature some RGB(and this can be controlled by Gigabyte’s/Aorus RGB Fusion 2.0 software). It has an extremely sturdy base and has a very thin bezel edge, so the gamer looking at getting 2 more of these units will be able to make a full wrap-around effect(multi-monitor setup). The unit even has a one year warranty that covers any bright dots. The FI27Q-P is very colour accurate, plays games extremely well at 144Hz(and 165Hz….use the right cables, Gert). However, the Aorus FI27Q-P does sit at the top of the food chain when it comes to price, coming in at about R15000(depending on where you buy the panel). But It is a worthwhile investment to make, especially if you are going to be using it for gaming and work(as most people are working from home currently). I would recommend the Aorus FI27Q-P to any gamer or photographer/videographer.
Pc Link Computers(Local .co.za site)
Panel Backlight & Type
Physical Dimensions(with stand)
HDMI 2.0 x2, Display Port 1.4(HBR3 enabled) x1, USB 3.0 x2, Headphone/Mic Jack 3.5mm
614.9mm x 565.9mm x 236.9mm