Earlier than I element the show’s many options and the outcomes of my hands-on testing, let’s begin with a chart of the manufacturer-supplied specs:
Design and Options
This 27-inch widescreen gaming monitor contains a pretty simple, matte black cupboard. The one particulars that reveal it’s meant for players is an LED mild on the bottom of the stand and three lime inexperienced highlights that are supposed to convey its Nvidia alliance (ViewSonic’s shows that function AMD’s competing FreeSync expertise, such because the XG2401, function pink trim.) The bottom is sturdy and retains agency maintain of the show whereas providing full adjustability together with tilt, swivel, 90 diploma rotation for portrait mode, and top adjustment. On the again of the stand is a small hook that swings out for headphone storage, however it’s kind of troublesome to entry because it’s behind the monitor.
The XG2703-GS options simply two video inputs; HDMI and DisplayPort. Although which may appear skimpy because it lacks DVI and VGA, their absence is not a downside since you need to use DisplayPort to make the most of Nvidia’s G-Sync and the 165Hz refresh charge. Additionally, ViewSonic solely offers a DisplayPort cable within the field, which is useful and underscores the earlier level. When you have been to make use of HDMI you would be caught at 60Hz, so there is no motive to try this apart from when you’re caught on a laptop computer. There are many USB ports, with two USB 3.0 ports beneath the panel which can be troublesome to entry, and two USB 2.0 ports on the right-side of the monitor on your headset or mouse. There’s additionally a 3.5mm audio jack for exterior audio system or headphones, and the show contains a pair of weak, 2-watt audio system that almost all players will ignore in favor of headphones or exterior audio system.
The show options 5 operate buttons above the facility button on the again edge the precise bezel. The highest button permits you to swap amongst six gaming profiles: two First-Individual Shooter (FPS) presets, a Actual-Time Technique (RTS) preset, a Multiplayer On-line Battle Enviornment (MOBA) preset, and two customizable Gamer presets. The opposite buttons allow you to regulate brightness and distinction, colour settings, and entry 4 view modes: Commonplace, Sport, Film and Net. Select the Commonplace mode and you’ll entry further image settings, together with Darkish Enhance, which I will cowl within the subsequent part. In brief, Darkish Enhance is superior. Lastly, you need to use the OSD to alter the colour of the LED mild within the base to pink, inexperienced or blue. I selected inexperienced to match the Crew Nvidia inexperienced trim.
Efficiency and Gaming
I used Lagom LCD monitor test pages to measure efficiency together with black and white ranges, colour gradient, and response time. The ViewSonic XG2703-GS breezed by means of the checks, exhibiting glorious black and white ranges and no banding within the Gradient take a look at. It was good on the Black degree take a look at too, with all squares distinguishable. It was practically good on the White saturation take a look at, the place solely the final grid was not distinguishable from the background indicating on the highest ranges of white it did not render element.
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Banding is a matter that may happen in gaming, by which colour and brightness variations present traces and bands moderately than clean colour. The Lagom take a look at makes use of grayscale gradients, and a poor monitor will present not simply bands, however colour when it might’t render the picture correctly. The XG2703 confirmed a little bit of banding in the beginning of the take a look at however was simply corrected by dialing again the show’s distinction setting.
To check response time, which measures how nicely a monitor reacts to modifications in grey ranges, the Lagom take a look at makes use of eight take a look at patterns with pixels which can be switched on and off. On the very best gaming screens, these flashing patterns are undetectable; in fast-paced gameplay, this interprets to minimal or no movement blur. The XG2703-GS was practically good, scoring a -10, the subsequent greatest rating to an ideal 0 the place there isn’t any flicker on this take a look at.
After placing the show by means of its paces on the Lagom checks, I received to gaming. I performed Battlefield 3, Burnout Paradise and Doom and graphics appeared razor sharp and gameplay appeared and felt persistently clean. Nvidia’s G-Sync expertise prevented display screen tearing and stutter, however I need to admit I additionally didn’t see many artifacts with it disabled. The advantage of G-Sync was noticeable solely after I panned rapidly in Battlefield 3 or went careening out-of-control round a nook in Burnout Paradise. The advantages of the show’s Darkish Enhance have been extra evident, particularly with a sport like Doom the place you’re creeping round at nighttime. With Darkish Enhance, the distinction improved so particulars popped in darkish scenes. As I wrote earlier with an HDMI connection, the show has a 60Hz refresh charge, however with DisplayPort it’s set to 144Hz however could be overclocked to 165Hz utilizing the OSD. It could be laborious for a lot of players to attain framerates approaching 144 or 165, notably at this monitor’s excessive decision of 2560×1440, however a monitor is a purchase order that may fairly be anticipated to have an extended lifespan, so it’s comforting to have that overhead for future graphics playing cards that may be capable of run video games at that insane degree. And naturally when you have a beastly machine now, you may already take benefit.
Lastly, as a substitute of utilizing an inexpensive TN panel like most excessive refresh charge screens this one makes use of an “IPS-type” panel. Although particulars are a bit laborious to come back by it looks as if a VA panel primarily, which has higher colour copy and viewing angles than a TN panel. In my testing colours appeared correct and viewing angles have been stellar. The tradeoff with this kind of panel vs. a TN panel is slower response occasions, so it has a 4ms response time, however in my expertise it was nonetheless greater than quick sufficient. I seen no distinction between the XG2703-GS and the Asus Swift PG278QR, a TN panel with a 1ms response time.
The ViewSonic XG2703-GS has an MSRP of $699.99 and as of now has held very regular at that worth, with no vital reductions to be discovered on-line: