You could have the most powerful graphics card in the world (or maybe two of these), rivers of RAM and a processor capable of handling thousands of tasks together: if all this turns into an insignificant image projected on a horrible screen, then it is a lot. effort for nothing. This is why the monitor is a fundamental choice for those who want to play well on PC, and for this the research can be exasperating but necessary. Among the many monitors tested, one of these stood out for a couple of very special features: we are talking about the AOpen monitor, exactly the 27HC1R.
As the model name says, the monitor in question is a 27-inch HC1 series, a series dedicated to gamers who need high performance: 1800R curvature, compatibility with FreeSync, 4 ms response time and a refresh rate of 144 Hz.
Like most monitors, the 27HC1R comes in the usual brownbox, beautifully packed with styrofoam and protectors. Inside the box there is also space for a monitor base, the necessary cables (video cable and power supply).
The monitor is fixed to the base by means of a plate without screws, which can be inserted with a hook and therefore easy to assemble and disassemble. There is no module for adjusting the position, neither in height nor with regard to rotation in the horizontal direction. However, there remains a margin of variability of inclination ranging from 15 ° to -5 °.
The panel exhibits a slight curvature, different from that of the Ultrawide but comfortable in comparison to classic monitors. The various ports (HDMI, DVI and Displayport) are housed at the rear, as well as the lever for the controls.
The aesthetic is defined by small side and top edges, while in the bottom the size increases slightly, also housing the brand logo.
- Screen size: 27 inches
- Active display area: 597.9 x 336.31
- Panel Type: VA
- Max resolution and Refresh rate: DVI / HDMI / DP: 1920 x 1080 @ 144 Hz
- Response time: 4ms
- Contrast Ratio: 100 million: 1 max (ACM)
- Brightness: 250 (cd / m2)
- Viewing angle: 178 ° (H), 178 ° (V)
- Colors: 16.7 M
- Color Gamut: 72% NTSC
The monitor is a FullHD, and as such it does not shine in resolution (if you come from a 4K). The fact remains that, for a 27-inch, the FHD rendering is just fine, showing the various details without blemishes or anything else. The curved 1800R display is designed for better performance at close distances: with a single monitor setting, the 27HC1R is able to give a greater and more comfortable view.
We then tested the Freesync, compatible with AMD Radeon video cards, and the synchronization proved to be of excellent quality, thanks above all to the combination of this technology and the 144 Hz, necessary for those who play with their PC. To conclude the package of features, the response time of 4ms is not suitable for those who play fighting games or titles that require millimeter accuracy, even if this low value still gives its pleasing result to the eye.
In terms of colors, the VA panel lends itself very well to giving deep blacks and bright colors, and the very fact that a VA panel reaches certain speeds makes this monitor truly exceptional.
Already with a good price at 279 euros, the AOpen 27HC1R is available at 245 euros, giving the possibility to approach a gaming monitor with the right features for a good performance.