27-inch LED monitor with wide viewing angles and customizable height, swivel and pivot settings.
A month ago I reviewed the AOC Q2963PM UltraWide LED monitor. While there were a few annoying quirks with its software, I was generally pleased with the image quality and amount of display “real estate.” Interestingly enough, however, the week after the review ran, a roughly three-inch square patch of LEDs burned out, leaving a discolored area on the screen that stuck out like a missing front tooth. Luckily, right around that same time a new monitor arrived from HP for me to try out: the EliteDisplay E271i 27-inch LED backlit monitor. I was very interested to see how these two monitors compared with one another.
Measured diagonally, the E271i isn’t quite as large as the AOC monitor, at 27 inches versus 29 inches. However, the screen itself is over two inches taller than the AOC, giving it an overall larger total viewing area (312.5 square inches versus 295.9 square inches). Similar to the AOC, the stand of the E271i isn’t much larger than those found on smaller monitors, so the actual footprint of the monitor isn’t much more. The monitor itself, despite having nearly 6% more viewing area, weighs 30% less—at 10.8 pounds—than the AOC UltraWide. With the stand attached, the full setup weighs just below 17 pounds, compared to almost 23 pounds for the AOC monitor.
The EliteDisplay E271i’s screen is encased in a matte-black frame with a uniform 0.75-inch bezel all the way around. The screen itself is anti-glare, which is nice when you are using the monitor in an area where there is light coming from behind you. This makes viewing in bright situations very easy on the eyes.
On the front bottom-right of the monitor are five buttons—menu, minus “-”, plus “+”/input, Ok/Auto and Power/Power LED. The buttons are slightly more intuitive than the AOC UltraWide: You press the menu button and use the +/- buttons to navigate the menus and adjust various display variable levels. The menu labels were intuitive and navigating through them with the +/- buttons was easy. The monitor includes the typical display settings such as contrast, color, horizontal/vertical position and sharpness.
On the right side of the monitor are two integrated USB 2.0 ports, a feature that was lacking from the AOC UltraWide. On the back of the EliteDisplay you’ll find the power plug port as well as video ports—VGA (analog), DVI-D and DisplayPort. I was rather surprised, however, by the lack of an HDMI port, which is usually found in consumer-oriented displays.