27-inch displays priced under $250 was something unheard of last year. Now there are a variety of displays that are priced only slightly more than 24-inch screens but larger. The AOC E2752VH is one such screen with a 27-inch panel that features a 1920x1080 native resolution so the extra size doesn't really gain any extra resolution. The screen offers a very bright 300 cd/m^2 brightness level with a quick 2ms response time. Video connectors include HDMI, DVI and VGA connectors. The panel even features 2.5 watt stereo speakers. The stand only features tilt adjustments. Prices range from $200 to $250.
There are a larger number of higher resolution displays now and the prices have come down as well. If you are looking for a high resolution panel for just about any task, the ASUS PB278Q is an excellent choice. It features the 2560x1440 resolution with an LED backlight that offers a nice 300cd/m^2 brightness and quick 5ms response times. Color is quite good with 100% sRGB coverage. It features HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI and VGA connectors. In addition to this, there are a pair of 3W speakers built in. The stand features full height, tilt, swivel and pivot adjustments. Priced around $550.
For those serious about PC gaming, the ability to actually view the image in 3D is the next big step. Most of the 3D display technology has been limited to smaller displays because of their cost. The ASUS VG278H is still somewhat expensive but is a complete package for anyone that has an NVIDIA graphics cards that wants to use the 3D Vision. That is because the screen includes the built in transmitter and the glasses. The display itself is a 27-inch panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and 1920x1080 resolution. Of course it doesn't have to be used for 3D and just have faster refresh rates for a smoother image. Brightness is good and response times are fast at 2ms. Video connectors include HDMI, DVI and VGA. A USB cable is included for use with the IR transmitter. The screen also includes a pair of three watt speakers. Stand includes tilt and swivel adjustments. Priced around $500.
With the release of Windows 8 and its design for a touchscreen interface, touch based monitors are now starting to become available in larger screen sizes. The Acer T272HL features a 27-inch display panel that has a lower 1920x1080 resolution but is fully 10-point multitouch capable for Windows 8. The stand for the display can even let it tilt back at a 60 degree angle to make it easier to use. There are even a pair of two watt speakers built into the display. In terms of connectors, it features HDMI, DVI and VGA video inputs. In addition to this, there is a USB 3.0 port to connect the display to the computer for the touchscreen input. The display is priced at $550 which may be expensive for a traditional monitor but very reasonable for a touchscreen.
For graphics work, you must have a monitor with a very wide color gamut and highly accurate color. The Dell UltraSharp U2713H is their latest 27-inch display from Dell with uncompromising color. The best part is that each unit is factory calibrated for sRGB and AdobeRGB eliminating the need for calibrating the monitor when you first set it up. Resolution is very high at 2560x1440 and viewing angles are great thanks to the IPS panel. The stand covers height, tilt, swivel and pivot. Connectors include DisplayPort, mini-DisplayPort, HDMI, and DVI-D. The display even features a four port USB 3.0 hub but lacks the multicard reader of its predecessor. Priced range from $850 to $1000.