Lenovo recently reached out asking whether we’d be interested in reviewing one of their new monitors. When anyone reaches out, we simplay say yes. So we got the monitor, and it’s been a month since then. I’ve been using the new $299 Lenovo L27q for that time period, and here are my thoughts.
For starters, the L27q measure in at 27-inches. This is normally plenty big for average users, and it’s certainly a major upgrade over my tiny 13-inch laptop screen. Its resolution is 2560×1440 so you’re getting Quad HD here. It’s always nice to have plenty of pixels, although something a bit sharper would’ve been nice. Finally, rather using LCD or OLED, Lenovo opted for an IPS panel for this monitor, and everything looks fine. Colors are decently vibrant and 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut is present, it gets actually really bright which I found surprising, and the QHD resolution helps things look pin sharp from a couple of feet back. Overall, what you look at on a day-to-day basis is really nice.
Personally, my favorite feature of the L27q is how slim the bezels are. As soon as you power up this thing and connect your PC, you’ll notice just how thin they are. Sure, there’s quite a chin on this guy, but the overall viewing experience is definitely enhanced by the slim border surrounding the display.
The body of the L27q is also really nice. Lenovo chose an aluminum build here, and it feels sturdy. It’s quite heavy, so you won’t want to move it around too much, while its hinge allows for decent-yet-limited angling to better position the display. The entire screen portion sits atop an aluminum stand which also feels sturdy. Really, what you’re getting here is a well-built monitor.
The overall form factor is also really slim. When you open up the monitor’s box, the L27q will immediately strike you with how slim its display portion is. In this day and age, screens are getting thinner and thinner, so it’s nice to see this on a monitor that costs just $299.
As for IO, there’s an HDMI port, a DisplayPort, and a 3.5mm headphone jack in case you need it. You’re quite limited in terms of how you can connect your PC or Mac to this monitor, while extra USB ports for your computer are also absent. Therefore, if you were planning on some Thunderbolt ports or new ways to connect your peripherals, you’re out of luck. There’s also no speakers. That’s why that headphone jack’s there.
Along the bottom of the monitor is a power button, a menu button, brightness keys, and a switch-connection button. It’s convenient to have these toggles in front of you all the time so I’ve really appreciated what Lenovo offered in this area.
For different viewing conditions, Lenovo includes a few different picture modes: Video Mode, Picture Mode, Text Mode, and Low Blue Light. The last configuration does what its name suggests, while Video and Picture Mode offer more muted colors but a more even playing field in terms of quality. Text Mode enhances everything on the screen, so I’ve been using that setting and I’ve been pretty pleased.
Overall, while this monitor may be good for many average users, hard-core PC users or those who work with Photoshop or Premiere may not appreciate what the L27q offers. The color accuracy isn’t as accurate as creators will wish for, while the resolution is only QHD and not 4 or 5K like most high-end monitors are nowadays. But that’s not the point of this screen. Rather, Lenovo has priced the L27q at $299 which is a really nice price for a monitor of this quality. Its main target is average consumers who may want more from their current screen, and for half the cost of your phone, you can have that and then some. If you’re in the market for a new monitor and want to go big but are also on a budget, the Lenovo L27q should be at the top of your list.