ViewSonic XG270 Review: 1080p 240Hz 1ms IPS Gaming Monitor

Viewsonic Elite Xg270

Bottom Line

The ViewSonic XG270 offers an unprecedented competitive FPS gaming experience thanks to its combination of impeccable MBR implementation and vibrant colors of the IPS technology. It also offers plenty of additional features including premium design quality, rich connectivity options, FreeSync with certified G-SYNC compatibility, and advanced picture adjustment tools.

Design:
(5)
Display:
(4.5)
Performance:
(5)
Price/Value:
(4.8)
4.8

Introduction

The ViewSonic Elite XG270 is a 1080p IPS gaming monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate. It’s the first monitor to receive the ‘Blur Busters Approved‘ certification for high-quality motion blur reduction performance.

Note that there’s another ViewSonic monitor with a similar name, the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG, which is based on a 1440p 144Hz Nano IPS panel, the same one that’s used in the LG 27GL850.

Image Quality

The ViewSonic XG270 is based on an IPS panel by AU Optronics with the following key specifications: 178° viewing angles, 1,000:1 static contrast ratio, 400-nit peak brightness, and true 8-bit color depth with 99% sRGB gamut.

It has a Full HD screen resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, which isn’t ideal for its 27″ sized screen.

In comparison to 27″ 1440p, and even 24″ 1080p monitors, the picture quality on the XG270 will be more pixelated due to the low pixel density of roughly 81 PPI (pixels per inch).

Some users despise the pixelated details of such low pixel density while others don’t mind it all.

To reduce this effect, you can just sit a bit further from the screen, which will make individual pixels less distinguishable, or you can apply some anti-aliasing in games to cover the stair-case effect caused by low resolution.

There are some gamers who even prefer this since bigger pixels help their precision in FPS games.

Overall, for gaming and other entertainment purposes, we find 27″ 1080p monitors perfectly fine. It’s only when it comes to office-related and similar tasks that the low pixel density should definitely be avoided.

This is really the only thing we hold against the ViewSonic XG270 monitor. Its IPS panel provides vibrant, accurate, and consistent colors that remain perfect at basically any angle thanks to the 178° wide viewing angles.

The monitor can also accept and display the HDR10 signal, but since it lacks proper display capabilities for a noteworthy HDR viewing experience such as local dimming and wide color gamut, you can basically ignore its HDR support.

Performance

The main feature of the monitor is its PureXP+ Motion Blur Reduction technology, which uses backlight strobing to reduce perceived ghosting and motion blur, but sacrifices picture brightness in the process.

Thanks to the high peak brightness and vibrant colors of the ViewSonic XG270, the image will remain adequately bright while the colors will stay vivid even when PureXP is enabled.

As a result, you get CRT-like motion clarity as well as excellent picture quality.

In order to avoid strobe crosstalk (looks like duplicate images), a monitor needs to be set to strobe at a lower refresh rate than its maximum.

That’s why all 144Hz gaming monitors with NVIDIA ULMB, for instance, can strobe at 120Hz max.

For the optimal performance with MBR, we recommend setting the ViewSonic XG270 to 100Hz, 120Hz, or 144Hz depending on your preference and on what FPS rate your PC system can maintain.

To avoid double images, your FPS rate should be as close to the monitor’s refresh rate as possible.

You can use ‘VSYNC On’ to synchronize the frame rates – or ‘VSYNC Off’ with manually capped FPS rate if you want the least amount of input lag.

The PureXP+ technology works from 75Hz up to 240Hz, so you can experiment yourself and see what works best for you. The best settings will vary between different games too.

PureXP+ cannot be active at the same time as FreeSync/G-SYNC Compatible.

The ViewSonic XG270 will also get a new firmware update sometime in Q1 2020, which will allow you to change strobe pulse-length (with four different levels) to lower the amount of sacrificed brightness at the cost of motion clarity.

Besides the impeccable MBR performance with minimal strobe crosstalk, the ViewSonic XG270 monitor offers an unnoticeable input lag of ~2ms and a rapid 1ms GtG pixel response time speed that’s on par with 240Hz TN models.

There are five different response time overdrive modes (Standard, Fast, Faster, Ultra Fast, Fastest).

When PureXP+ is enabled, you cannot adjust the overdrive settings. Instead, a custom hidden overdrive mode is used for the optimal performance.

Features

freesync and gsync

Moving on, the ViewSonic XG270 is equipped with plenty of additional useful features. Its OSD (On-Screen Display) menu is well-organized and easy to work with thanks to the 5-way joystick placed beneath the bottom bezel.

You can also use ViewSonic’s Display Controller software, which allows you to make monitor adjustments in a desktop application. The app will also let you know when there’s a new firmware update available.

The monitor supports AMD FreeSync with a 48-240Hz VRR (variable refresh rate) range, and it’s certified by NVIDIA as G-SYNC Compatible, thus ensuring tear-free gaming performance up to 240Hz if you have a compatible GPU.

Other useful features include Black Stabilization (improves visibility of objects in shadows by altering the gamma curvature), Color Saturation, customizable crosshair overlays, and custom image scaling (1:1, 19″ 4:3, 22″ 16:10, etc.).

Additionally, there’s ‘Hertz Limiter’ (60Hz, 100Hz, 144Hz, 180Hz, 240Hz) and ‘OverClocking’ for overclocking the refresh rate beyond 240Hz though just how far you can overclock it will vary across different units of the monitor.

Next, there are numerous pre-calibrated picture presets such as FPS, MOBA, Battle Royale, Console, two custom modes, and a calibrated sRGB color temperature profile for accurate color output straight out of the box.

The ViewSonic XG270 also boasts advanced picture adjustment tools, including 6 gamma presets (from 1.8 to 2.8), sharpness, saturation, contrast, brightness, etc.

Lastly, the monitor has a flicker-free backlight (unless PureXP is enabled) and an integrated low-blue light filter for a comfortable viewing experience even after long gaming sessions.  

Design & Connectivity

Viewsonic Xg270 Back

As for the design, you get a sturdy brushed metal stand while the screen has a low-haze anti-glare coating, which eliminates reflections but doesn’t make the image seem grainy as more aggressive coatings do.

The design also includes detachable sight shields, a mouse bungee, a headphones hook, and customizable RGB lighting at the back of the monitor.

You can elevate the screen of the monitor up to 120mm, swivel it by +/- 90°, pivot by 90°, tilt by -5°/20°, or VESA mount it via the 100x100mm pattern.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, a headphones jack, and a USB 3.0 hub (1 upstream + 3 downstream ports).

Price & Similar Monitors

The ViewSonic XG270 price amounts to ~$430, which is a reasonable price considering the image quality, performance, and features it offers.

If you don’t intend to use its MBR technology, it’s still a solid gaming monitor for the price, but there are more cost-effective 1080p 240Hz 1ms options you might want to consider as well.

There’s the MSI MAG251RX with a 24.5″ panel, so it has a higher pixel density. It also supports MBR, but it has more strobe crosstalk, and the technology is not as adjustable as that of the ViewSonic.

If you’d rather have a 27″ monitor, there’s the Dell AW2720HF. However, it has no MBR at all, and it lacks certain other features such as gamma presets and custom crosshairs.

You may also be interested in the ASUS VG279QM, which has a factory-overclockable refresh rate to 280Hz, but it doesn’t have as good MBR implementation.

Conclusion

The ViewSonic XG270 offers a responsive and enjoyable gaming experience with impressive motion clarity thanks to its exceptional backlight strobing implementation.

In fact, many compare its motion clarity to that of old CRT displays which says a lot.

On top of that, you get a bright picture quality with vibrant colors and wide viewing angles as well as plenty of features including certified G-SYNC compatibility up to 240Hz.

Unfortunately, there’s no 24″ model available which would provide a higher PPI, but most gamers won’t mind the lower pixel density anyway which is why the ViewSonic XG270 is our top-recommended 240Hz display.

ViewSonic XG270 Specifications

Screen Size

27-inch

Resolution

1920×1080 (Full HD)

Panel Type

IPS

Aspect Ratio

16:9 (Widescreen)

Refresh Rate

240Hz

Response Time

1ms (GtG)

Adaptive Sync

FreeSync (48Hz-240Hz)
G-SYNC Compatible

Speakers

2x3W

Ports

DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0

Other Ports

3x USB-A, 1x USB-B 3.0, Headphone Jack

Brightness

400 cd/m2

Contrast Ratio

1000:1 (static)

Colors

16.7 million (true 8-bit)

VESA

Yes (100x100mm)

The Pros:

  • Accurate colors and wide viewing angles
  • Excellent MBR implementation
  • Fast response time and low input lag
  • Plenty of gaming features including FreeSync
  • Fully ergonomic design and rich connectivity options

The Cons:

  • Low pixel density

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Rob Shafer
Rob Shafer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.