Smartphones and laptops aren’t the only ones getting in on the bezel-less game. New TV and computer monitors are joining the wave of full display devices. Here, we focus mainly on affordable Full HD 27-inch screens with frame-less design.
Gone are the ugly frames and surrounds. Bezels are shrinking and while manufacturers lay claim to the frameless, zero bezel and bezel-less displays, like smartphone manufacturers, it isn’t entirely possible. Users will still have to content with some albeit very slim bezel on the top and sides and settle for a small but noticeable chin or lower bezel. Due to the connectors and gubbins, the bottom bezel is not going away so easily.
Choosing Your Bezel-less Monitor
Nevertheless, it is a great effort and one that should be applauded as we move closer to a true borderless display for the consumer market. But if you are in the market for a bezel-less monitor, look beyond just the frameless design. Understanding the features will allow you to pick the best monitor for your application. Here are some of the key features to look for when choosing your monitor.
Resolution: In this post, we consider only Full HD displays, that’s 1080p resolution monitors with 1920 x 1080p pixels. You may find other, higher resolution displays such as WQHD 1440p with 2560 x 1440 pixels also known as 2K and UHD 2160p with 3840 x 2160p pixels. The higher the resolution, the sharper the image. However, that will also most certainly come at a price. Our list consists of mainly the affordable Full HD variety.
Size: Monitor sizes are also going bigger and bigger, but we think 27-inch is a good compromise. After all, you will be sitting fairly close to the monitor and do not want it to be too big. Other commonly available sizes include the smaller 24-inch and the bigger 32-inch. There is even the curved monitors that goes up to 34-inch or bigger in size.
Refresh Rate: higher refresh rate means smoother, less jittery video. This translate to clear image and screens that cope better with high motion videos that eliminating image tearing. 60Hz are pretty standard as refresh rate goes. However, 75Hz panels are becoming more common with the higher 144Hz refresh rate a favourite among gamers. The higher the refresh rate the better the display.
Response Rate: Some manufacturers claim a low response rate of 1ms. This means that the monitor will take as little as 1ms to change from one colour to another. A common measurement is to register the time it takes to change from black to white to black again. A response time of 10ms is common. The shorter the response rate the better the monitor.
Colour, Contrast and Brightness: High colour range is a given but more importantly is high contrast ratio. This allows for black to appear deeper and colours to appear more vibrant. A higher contrast ration is what you need to enjoy sharp, crisp images as well as be able to see details in dark scenes in your game or video.
Better for your eyes: TUV Rhineland-certified flicker-free backlighting and blue light filter minimises eye fatigue. Surely, this can’t be bad. If your monitor supports this, it just means you can stay working on your monitor for longer without hurting your eyes.
Connectivity: DisplayPort and HDMI inputs are quite common these days. Some monitor even comes with Dual HDMI inputs, allowing for switching between two sources such as a streaming or game console and the computer. Some high definition displays offer USB Type-C port on top of HDMI and DP ports.
HDR Support: Dynamic Range colour and contrast technology for enjoying streaming and video content are also coming to the monitor. Although not quite as common, monitors are supporting HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG. These may not be necessary unless you are streaming from a device that supports such as standard.
Top 8 Best Full Display 27-inch Monitors with Frame-less and Zero Bezel Design
Let’s go straight into the different 27-inch monitors with bezel-less design.
1080P | Proprietary Eye-Care Tech | Ultra-Slim Bezel | Adaptive Brightness | Speakers
First on our list of bezel-less monitor is BenQ’s 27-inch with Full HD resolution. Not only is the panel packed with 1920 x 1080 pixels, it is capable of a brightness of 250 nits and uses IPS technology for a much wider 178 degree viewing angle. But what is more important are those ultra slim bezel. this promises a seamless multi-panel experience should you look to extend your view with multiple BenQ 27-inch. Finally, the monitor supports adaptive brightness and patented eye-care tech to reduce eye fatigue. The latter applies low blue light and zero flicker technology to go easy on the eyes. The unit is also reasonably priced making it an affordable monitor for those on a budget.
1080p | Ultra-Slim Monitor | Frameless IPS Panel | 5ms, 75Hz, Freesync | Flicker free | HDMI/VGA
AOC steps up a notch with their offering, AOC 27V3H by including a panel that supports AMD Free Sync and refresh rate of up to 75Hz. What this means is, with a compatible GPU graphics card, you will be able to enjoy smooth gaming experience with no stuttering or tearing. Again, what really amazes us here are those ultra slim, bezel-less design. AOC calls then hidden edge. At 75Hz refresh rate and 5ms response time, it is great for gaming and general applications. Finally, AOC FlickerFree and LowBlue mode technology keeps you working on the display without affecting your eyes. It is also worth noting that the chassis is incredibly thin at less than 8mm, offering an ultra slender side profile.
Ports: HDMI 1.4 and VGA
1080p Full HD IPS | 124% sRGB | FreeSync 75Hz | VESA | FlickerFree and LowBlue Mode | 4Yr Advance Replacement Warranty
An excellent choice for professionals, this 27-inch Full HD monitor from Philips, the Philips 276E spots a frameless design. Like some of the other monitors here, it also supports the high 75Hz refresh rate with AMD FreeSync support, perfect for gaming. And like the BenQ monitor on the list, it is also capable of 250 cd/m² brightness. Additionally, the panel supports ultra wide colour gamut at with 124% sRGB & 93% NTSC. Finally, IPS technology promises wide-angle viewing and FlickerFree LED light as well as LowBlue mode ensure the well being of your eyesight from prolonged use.
Ports: HDMI, DVI-D, VGA
1080P | IPS Eye Care | Height Adjustable Monitor | HDMI | Stereo 3W Speakers
This designer monitor entry from ASUS from their Designo range is a 27-inch Full HD monitor with minimal bezel, minimalist foodprint and ultra slim design. Not only does it look good, it offers everything one needs from a good desktop monitor, catering to both work and play. The features include wide viewing angle from the IPS panel, onboard 3W stereo speakers, Eye Care tech with TUV Rhineland-certified flicker-free backlighting and blue light filter as well as a high 75Hz refresh rate. For ergonomics, the monitor is supported by swivel, tilt and height adjustable stand offering maximum flexibility in the way you use the display. Lastly, the monitor has not one but two HDMI input for two separate sources and a VGA input.
Ports: two HDMI and one D-sub (VGA) inputs
Full HD (1920x1080P) | 75Hz | Thin-Bezel Widescreen Display | VGA, HDMI | VESA-Compatible | Kensington Lock Port
Viotek may not be as well know as ASUS, Philips or BenQ, but this is an impressive monitor nonetheless. The Viotek H270 is a professional monitor with a high 75Hz refresh rate and response time of 5ms for smoother and flicker free motion video. It has a high contrast ratio of 2M:1 and produces 16.7 million colours with 99% sRGB colour gamut at 220cd/m² brightness. More importantly, the monitor comes with super thin bezel for both top and sides and offers. On the downside, it does not support blue light filter nor is it TUV Rhineland-certified.
Ports: HDMI and VGA
IPS Full HD 1080p | 1920 x 1080 | 60 Hz | HDMI VGA
The specs on this next monitor from Dell is everything you will need from a standard monitor. Designed to cater to the corporate or office environment and less so for entertainment or gaming, it has a standard refresh rate of 60Hz. Still, being Dell, you can expect it to be a workhorse for everyday application and will cope well with productivity software. Contrast ratio is only 1000:1 and response time is a little long at 8ms. As productivity goes, the monitor has you covered with harmful blue light filter as well as flicker free and anti-glare screen.
Ports: HDMI and VGA
1920×1080 3-Sided Frameless, IPS Panel, HDMI/VGA, Flicker-free
A second entry from AOC, this time the AOC 271BH. The Full HD monitor uses IPS technology for wider viewing angle and has a high contrast ratio of 20M:1 and a wide viewing angle of 178 degrees using IPS technology. For purposes of our line-up, yes it comes with three ultra slim bezels. While it may not have TUV certification, it claims to offer FlickerFree smooth lighting and Low Blue Mode to keep the eyes happy. On the flip side, it does have a slightly longer response time of 7ms and a standard 60Hz refresh rate.
Frameless 1080p | 144Hz 1ms with FreeSync | Eye Care | HDMI and DisplayPort
From the ViewSonic gaming series, comes the VX2758 monitor. Everything you would want as a gamer is all here. From super fast 1ms response time to ultra high 144Hz refresh rate with AMD FreeSync, with the right gaming rig, suitably fast processor and graphics processing unit, you will be instantly transported to gaming heaven. If you are a serious gamer, you can’t get a unit with higher refresh rate and faster response time.
BONUS: Acer G276HL Monitor
Another monitor for productivity applications, the Acer G276HL with a Zero Frame design has a Full HD panel. The widescreen monitor is capable of a respectable response time of 4ms and pixel pitch of 0.311mm. It doesn’t stop there. For contrast, it delivers 100M:1 contrast ratio and for colour, it supports 16.7million colours at a brightness up to 300nits with a standard 60Hz refresh rate.
Ports: 1 x HDMI & 1 x VGA