Lenovo Y27f Review: Curved 144Hz FreeSync VA Gaming Monitor

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Brief Overview

The Lenovo Y27f offers a curved angle that gives a wider view and is perfect for gamers who mainly play First-person Shooter (FPS) games. It is also fit for people who enjoy a wide-view angle for movie watching and other activities. Lenovo is among the first to introduce the curved 178-degree angle design that enables wider view and optimizes gaming since the peripheral’s display gives you the “inside the game” feeling, also known as a more immersive gaming experience. The price tag that comes with it is not quite competitive compared to other monitors that offer the same standard specifications required for a good gaming experience. It also boasts a 27-inch screen size and a 1920 x 1080 display resolution for better gaming graphics and color vividness which is perfect if you’re into video editing and other video-related activities.

Another good aspect of the Lenovo Y27f is it competes with NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology by supporting AMD FreeSync, making it cheaper and affordable with the same level of good gaming experience and video enhancement technology. The FreeSync technology makes gaming smooth and eliminates tearing. With Y27f, it has an adaptive refresh rate of 48 to 146 Hz, surpassing other monitors’ refresh rate of 144 Hz which is standard for a high-quality gaming experience in these days.

Technical Specifications

Screen Size: 27 inches

Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels

Aspect Ratio: 16:9, widescreen

Refresh Rate: 48-146 Hz (with FreeSync enabled)

Response Time: 4ms

Panel Type: VA

Adaptive Sync: AMD FreeSync

Tilts: -5/+30

Speakers: No

Display Quality

Lenovo has been rising in reputation when it comes to producing average to high-quality monitors perfect for gaming, video editing, and watching High Definition films and TV series. One of the most anticipated Lenovo curved design series is the Lenovo Y27Ff This curved design did disappoint a little since it came with a somewhat disappointing price tag and therefore not competitively priced as compared to other monitors with almost the same specifications.

Another feature that Lenovo Y27F boasts is its 27-inch monitor, which is a lot bigger compared to another brand with the same features and specifications. The curved monitor also gives you a wide-angle view with a unique R1800 curved panel which optimizes your gaming experience. The viewable size is at 26.92, still considered huge compared to another competitor of same specifications.

The resolution is at 1920 x 1080 or 2k, standard and below the 4k resolution but the gaming quality persists due to its 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, just right for the GPU. The type of display monitor is LED-Backlit LCD Monitor.

Other Features

What makes Lenovo Y27F competitive against other high-end and more premium technology is its AMD FreeSync technology which is cheaper than the G-sync technology. The G-sync technology is expensive since they need a license from Nvidia who holds propriety module for it. The adaptive sync technology is responsible for the elimination of screen tearing and stuttering by synchronizing the refresh rate to the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). There is not much difference between the FreeSync and G-sync technology so it is mostly recommended to choose the cheaper alternative, which is FreeSync.

With the AMD FreeSync Technology, the refresh rate can range from 48 to 146 Hz, amazingly surpassing the average 144 Hz which is the required standard refresh rate for a high-quality gaming experience in these days, thus delivering a very smooth gaming experience. The refresh rate is the measurement of the capability of a monitor to flash images in a second.

The Lenovo Y27f monitor also has a response time of up to 4 milliseconds but the lagging was reduced to a minimal to enhance gaming. This is also recommended to those who do competitive gaming. Note that the standard acceptable response rate to experience good gaming quality is below 10ms response rate; anything below is considered good for gaming.

The Lenovo Y27F gaming display has a vertical alignment (VA) panel type which is a mid-range, cheaper alternative to a high-end In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel which is more expensive. VA is better than the Twisted Nematic (TN) panel type when it comes to color vividness and reproduction since VA has a high contrast, which is perfect for color-rich games. The quality of the black is deepening due to the extreme color contrast in VA. It has a contrast ratio of 3000:1 which is good up to less than 40-inches for HD and is considered the acceptable threshold for a total gaming experience. The color is vivid and the image is more crisp and realistic.

Connectivity

The Lenovo Y27F has built-in DisplayPort 1.2 connectors for multiple input sources, HDMI, 3.0 USB upstream and downstream, which is also good for faster unit charging. It also has a headphone/microphone combo jack and an anti-theft system, the Kensington lock slot, for extra added security.

The lift tilt swivel can go from -30 to 30 degrees and tilt from -5 to 30 degrees. It was mentioned in Lenovo Y27F reviews that the curved design is also the perfect centerpiece if you have a multi-monitor setup. The built-in display port 1.2 connector allows for a laptop or other monitor connections.

Good Sides

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The good sides of the Lenovo Y27F are:

  1. It has the biggest monitor screen size compared to others with the same technical specifications.
  2. It also boasts a curved design that promotes a wide-view angle.
  3. This monitor is a cheaper alternative for better quality gaming, video editing, or movie experiences.
  4. It is RoHS and REACH requirements compliant, making sure that everything used in its manufacture is of high quality and meets the standards for quality control. It also adheres to the international regulations and customer’s green procurement guidelines.
  5. It has a quick release of 100mm (VESA) which allows users to hang the monitor.
  6. The best part is that it has cable management amenities that make you not lose your mind with the intertwining cables or accidental cable unplugging.
  7. The tilt functionality allows you to adjust the monitor to your most convenient setup.

Bad Sides

The bad sides of the Lenovo Y27F monitor are:

  1. It is only available at 1920 x 1080 or 2k resolution. If you’re aiming for a higher resolution from 4k to 5k, Lenovo has no monitor yet with a curved design at a higher resolution.
  2. It doesn’t have DVI or DVI-D ports.
  3. It doesn’t have built-in speakers.
  4. As one Lenovo Y27F review points out, it is not an IPS Panel type but the VA panel type, but Lenovo Y27F is still in a good light with its higher contrast resolution.

Conclusion

Though Lenovo Y27F display design only offers a lower resolution at 1920 x 1080, it is able to get a smooth comeback by introducing the curved design layout. It offers a high-quality adaptive sync of AMD FreeSync technology without boosting the price tag so much that it is still possible to target the mid-level gaming market, thanks to the no-cost added benefit of the technology. It is also the perfect alternative and closest to the premium high-end IPS panel, as it offers the same level of greatness, just for different purposes. So if you’re planning to upgrade your monitor to a much more high-end style, Lenovo Y27F is a fair contender, but keep in mind that we don’t recommend 1080p resolution anymore, especially for a 27-inch screen. The price is reasonable, the specification is competitive, and the quality is set to exceed gaming expectations.

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