- Immersive Gaming Experience
- Decent Inputs and USB Ports for extensive connectivity
- Uses a VA Panel which is better than TN
- Competitively priced
- Not a good option for creation works due to the curve
- QHD Panel would have been a nicer option
Ever since the pandemic happened last year, the surge for monitors or basically peripherals and systems became a need to be able to stay connected to the virtual world for work and studies. But at the same time for pleasure – that is to game and so on. Gaming monitors give the extra edge for people who want to play titles they love but good ones cost a hefty amount of money. Add curve to it, it’s a lot more expensive – but that might not be the case with this Gigabyte G27FC because at a sub RM1000, this can be your next Gaming Monitor.
Looks and Finish
We all know, the moment the “Gaming” title gets slapped to any product, it automatically gets this edgy look with some blinging lights all over the place that you can just hang it to the ceiling like it’s a disco ball. But that isn’t entirely the case here with this G27FC. Like sure it does have this gaming accents at certain noticeable spots but for the most part, this is a actually a very clean looking monitor with no RGB and edgier design. The monitor comes with the stand attached to it and you adjust its height by sliding up and down and tilt it too to your preferred choice of view. In all honestly, the monitor is well built. It has a glossy top band which has the brand name on the corner and a rougher finish in the rest of the monitor. The thoughtful hole positioned into the stand for better cable management is nice as you don’t get to see such features in a lot of monitors actually.
The panel on the G27FC is a curved panel, and it does have a decent curve – A 1500R curvature to give users the immersive experience and a good field of view at one glance which is the whole idea of a curved monitor.
Moving into the specification, the Gigabyte G27FC is quite alright – with a 27” VA Panel at a 1500R curvature and it uses an Edge type backlight. The display has a matte coating for anti-glare experience, and it covers 90% of the DCI-P3 color space. Since it’s a gaming monitor, it supports refresh rates up to 165Hz with a response time of 1ms.
As for the ports on the monitor – it comes with 2x HDMI 1.4 and 1x Display Port 1.2, an Earphone jack, 2x USB 3.0 ports baked right into it. What I love about this monitor the most is that the power supply unit is built into the monitor – that means you don’t have to deal with any power brick taking space on the floor and you have a much cleaner wire management going on.
Setting up the G27FC is simple and straightforward as there is’t a single need to assemble the monitor from the scratch of sorts. That said, all you have to do is just take it outside of the box, put it up on the table, connect your cables and voila, you are good to go. Since it has 2 HDMI and 1 DisplayPort, we hooked up our laptop – the ASUS ROG Strix Scar Edition 17” via the DisplayPort and switched between another Strix Scar (2021) 17”. Since it’s a DisplayPort 1.2, it does what it should – delivering high refresh rates at a good consistency. There’s no need for a DP 1.4 on this monitor as the panel is only rated at 1080p with 165Hz refresh rate. For the HDMI, we connected our smartphone to use the Samsung Dex then and there.
The fact that the power supply is fitted right into the monitor, you don’t have to deal with any external power brick. Just a simple power cord that connects to the monitor and to the plug. Given that there are many monitors out there, you’d be surprised that very few brands do this.
Now that’s out of the way, the monitor does have 2x2W speakers built into it. They sound okay and obviously, its hard to expect Monitor speakers to sound better as it is pretty much like the situation you’d experience with a TV. But for the most part, I am sure you can daisy chain your speakers to the monitor as a way to manage the audio related.
Now let’s move on to the real star – the display and the experience behind it. Now coming from a flat 27” Monitor, it took me a while to get adapted to the curved monitor as it does alter the view in quite a significant way. Once you do get used to it, the curved monitor does offer a sense of immersiveness. The FHD panel in a 27” shows that once a Full HD panel goes bigger, the pixels are prominent – which is why going for QHD is a better option but remember, not everyone is going to pixel peep into their monitor and for the task you are going to assign this G27FC for, you wont really need a QHD panel.
Usually, a curved monitor makes sense for an ultrawide as it needs to cover a much bigger area and making sure that it doesn’t strain the eye. Using a 16:9 curved monitor made it feel like it’s a little unnecessary but once you start playing games, you will realize that the G27FC takes it up a notch in the experience. We played games like Doom: Eternal, Devil May Cry, NFS: Heat using the G27FC as our primary display and we had a good experience. The colors were decent and in hack-and-slash games it does have a heightened immersion to it as if you are the character in the game.
Since it’s a VA Panel, personally I like to call it the Hybrid as it takes the best of both TN and IPS and puts it together – it isn’t a great option for editing and content creation, but the panel is calibrated to produce good levels of DCI-P3 Color Gamut. But what irks me is that if you do plan to do fine editing like cropping making sure it’s in the center and want to make sure if the line is straight, you cannot really do that with this as it does alter the vision and that curve of the monitor affects the content creation. During my time using it for Lightroom work, where I wanted to crop and make sure its in the right position, I did get it wrong twice and I had to use the mini preview on the top left corner as it’s the least curved area as a way to make sure that whatever change I did to the image is in the way I wanted.
Controlling the monitor OSD is extremely easy and simple and instead of going for multiple buttons, Gigabyte resorted to a joystick-based control which is easier to use even with your eyes closed. Pressing the middle button gives the main control panel of the monitor and there are quick access controls in every direction. The panel produces a dull black and you could use the black equalizer to increase the brightness, but it gives a hazy view of sorts, but this is normal because its VA panel after all.
For what its worth, the Gigabyte G27FC Gaming Monitor is a good, curved monitor you can buy for your money – that is if your sole use case purpose is for gaming and entertainment. I’d still refrain from using it for editing work as I prefer doing those finer work on a flat 27” but gaming is all you need a monitor for, this is a good option to go for.
This monitor is priced at RM 1,299 at the time of writing this on Lazada.
Special thanks to Gigabyte Malaysia for providing this monitor for making this review happen.