REVIEW | AORUS FI27QP High Bit Rate Monitor: A Refresh that Benefits EveryoneMarch 2, 2020
The Aorus FI27QP is a direct descendant to the more known Aorus AD27QD which is the entry piece of Aorus to the gaming monitor market. If you’ve been paying close attention to the market (Q4 2019, to be exact) you would see a lot of retailers dropping prices for the feature packed AD27QD, this was actually a clearance sale or phaseout of the monitor that spanned throughout the end of 2019.
What’s in the Box?
The Aorus FI27QP includes a range of items from input cables and even different power cables for all sorts of outlets.
Being a 27 in monitor, The box was bulky but they managed to slim down the package to look like an over-sized briefcase – making handling of the box totally possible by one person, as opposed to other options in the market which are bulky.
Build and Performance
The FI27QP performs at the high standard of Aorus – by high standard we mean the kind of label you put in an item that you would generally expect to perform well in most major categories.
The existence of the FI27QP is strategic – economically speaking. The AD27QD has been phased out and here comes a different product to take its place and keep its original pricetag. Even with the great placement of the product in the market it still has to stand in its own product offerings.
For the people that are not updated with the Aorus product line, The AD27QD and the FI27QP fall under the same category of Aorus monitors which tries to bring all major features in a monitor – it does exactly that but at the cost of being asked “why release different monitors which has limited differences?”
When you get into the roots and workings of the FI27QP – It has all the awesome features from the AD27QD such as HDR 400, the full swivel and tilt stand, and all the other digital utilities every other AORUS monitor have.
I have no negative comments about the performance of the monitor since it run smoothly and fulfills the role of being a monitor that has it all.
The colors were amazing out of the box and was further enhanced through a color calibration service of a friend. Color calibration is done to increase color accuracy and we managed to improve the rating from an out of the box 0.86 rating to 0.58 (lower is better). We’re only able to achieve a better score by setting the brightness at 50 which we suspect might be related to the white point score of this monitor (3.0) before calibration.
Pre-Test (Before Calibration)
Post-Test (After Calibration)
The FI27QP runs at 165hz as opposed to the 144hz refresh rate of the AD27QD. It does well without any random stutters or performance drops even with different monitor features turned on.
Like any other monitor in the Aorus product line, it also features the same “tactical” software system present in all of the Aorus monitors. The system has no flaws and removes the hassle of uncomfortably going through your monitor’s settings. The OSD sidekick is a software that provides a UI in your screen where you can access settings for the monitor.
If you fancy the good old physical switch – The FI27QP provides an easy to use joystick type navigation button below the monitor – This is also customizable to set which options you can access when you move the joystick up, down, left, and right.
We’ve tested the FI27QP in different games – Modern Warfare for the high hz, Rainbow Six for the white point, and Overwatch for color.
Modern warfare is a perfect game to test how the monitor handles high fps coupled with immense amount of details in the game. The FI27QP did an excellent job of not just handling high fps but also the amount of depth and details it provides with the game’s effects and particles.
Rainbow Six Siege is arguably a good game to test FPS on, but in this monitor I was more interested to use the dark areas of the game to test out the white point which we saw was the lowest scoring aspect of the monitor in the pre-tests. When we played for several matches I noticed that the details and color are way ahead of any monitor I tested but I also found out that the monitor seemed to have a low white point element where there are times in which there were limited lights, it was harder to see – I know that some would say “to turn on the black equalizer” but it would go against the reason why we calibrated the monitor in the first place. I think the monitor is great in all aspects but can improve with the white point rating.
Overwatch is a game I always loved to play to test out colors since the game offers both effects and a broad range of hues that can help you make a comparison with different monitors. The game’s nature of having loud colors were apparent and highly noticeable to my eyes – and this was a sizeable difference from my VA panel 2k resolution monitor. The monitor also displayed all of these colors without any inconsistencies while being cranked to the max fps and resolution, my PC can reach.
Final Thoughts and Recommendations
The FI27QP has met our expectations. Although we were expecting it to go farther as this will retain the original pricetag of the AD27QD upon release. We also expected the monitor to have a thinner bezel but it seems like they kept that from the AD27QD.
We’d recommend buying this monitor if you have the money to do so. Aorus did a great job of creating and conceptualizing a monitor that can achieve everything but at the cost of having thin borders and differences to other monitors in their product lines. The 30,000 pesos-ish price tag on this monitor is a bit on the higher range and will be quite hard to maximize if you have a PC that can compliment it.
Everything and more – 1440p? 165hz? IPS panel? The FI27QP is a monitor that’s hard to replace once you purchase it just for the reason that it fulfills a lot of roles for a monitor.
Good out of the box – Basing from the pre-tests and post-tests, The FI27QP is a solid performer even before calibration. We were only also able to improve it slightly through calibration.
High Price Tag – The high price tag of this monitor would be the first thing that would make people turn away, but with a logical reason – you see the market has moved on from the 165hz phase and have recently been putting 240hz and other higher hz monitors in the spotlight. The direct effect of this is monitor prices going down to make room for these new line of monitors and when you see a monitor with a lower price tag but the same specs – it catches your attention rather than seeing a reason to buy a more expensive monitor with the same specs.
Could have more features – We expected not necessarily more features but more of features that let this be an entirely different display from the other Aorus monitors, but it seemed like this wasn’t met.
We’re giving the Aorus FI27QP the Gold Award – Consistency in quality and features is what the brand delivers in every venture in the tech industry. They do however have to improve in product development and pricing as their consistency is remarkable they still do however need to place products in a position that would let them stand out. 165 hz, 2K resolution, and IPS panel – The Aorus FI27QP is a legitimate display beast with a couple of tricks on its OSD.