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ViewSonic XG3240C Review: Best 32-inch 1440p 144Hz FreeSync Gaming Monitor

By November 24, 2018 No Comments
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Introduction

The ViewSonic XG3240-C combines its high resolution and superior contrast ratio with a 144Hz refresh rate and a rapid 3ms response time speed to deliver an amazing gameplay experience with no compromises.

What distinguishes this gaming monitor from the rest of similar 32-inch 1440p 144Hz VA displays is the fact that it’s based on a new VA panel which is significantly faster and therefore better deals with motion blur.

In addition, the ViewSonic XG3240C monitor offers a wide range of connectivity options and ergonomics as well as plenty of gaming features including AMD FreeSync.

Image Quality

The cutting-edge VA panel of the ViewSonic XG3240C delivers true blacks, bright whites, and vibrant colors thanks to its exceptional 3,000:1 static contrast ratio, a decent 300-nit peak brightness, and the standard 8-bit color depth sRGB gamut coverage.

Though many find 32-inch displays to be too large, it’s quite easy to get used to it. Moreover, the screen is 1800R curved which makes gaming more immersive.

Due to the monitor’s size, you will find it best to sit a bit further away from the screen than normal; this way, you won’t have to move your head at all when gaming, but rather enjoy the spacious screen.

The 2560×1440 WQHD resolution on the 31.5-inch viewable screen of the ViewSonic XG3240C provides you with a decent pixel density of 93.24 PPI (Pixels Per Inch). That’s equivalent to the pixel density of a 24-inch 1080p monitor.

This means that you won’t be able to distinguish individual pixels unless you’re looking at the screen from just a few inches away which you shouldn’t be doing anyway.

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

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While the ViewSonic XG3240C 31.5-inch curved gaming monitor can support HDR10 content, it’s what many would refer to as a ‘pseudo-HDR’ monitor.

Basically, this means that the monitor can accept the HDR10 signal and display it, but since it lacks proper brightness and contrast levels as well as an extended color gamut, it won’t be able to really improve the picture quality.

Some HDR-compatible video games might look better, but most of them will have oversaturated colors and look better with HDR disabled.

Still, since HDR isn’t exactly the main selling point of the ViewSonic XG3240C display, there’s no harm done. Besides, we doubt that it adds much to the price, if you want a monitor with true HDR support, you’re gonna have to pay a lot more.

Performance

Straight out of the box, the ViewSonic XG3240C 1440p curved monitor delivers a striking image quality. The backlight bleeding is minimal and only visible in extreme scenarios, as expected.

Furthermore, the 178-degree wide viewing angles ensure that the picture doesn’t shift in color or contrast when it’s viewed from the far left or the right, though some deviation is visible when looking from up or down; though that’s still only apparent in extreme cases.

Although the colors are rich and uniform, at this price point you could get a 4K 10-bit IPS panel monitor instead which would be much better for editing, designing, and other color-critical tasks.

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Gaming

Finally, gaming is where the ViewSonic XG3240C shines the brightest. The input lag performance is exceptional amounting to just under 10ms. What we were most surprised by, however, is the impressive response time speed.

The biggest downside of VA panels is prominent motion blur in fast-paced games, particularly when dark scenes are involved. Luckily, the new VA found in the ViewSonic XG3240-C has finally addressed this.

Adjusting the ‘Rampage Response’ settings in the OSD (On-Screen Display) puts the response time speed in overdrive with five different settings: Standard, Fast, Faster, Ultra Fast, Fastest. We’ve found the Ultra Fast setting to work best as ‘Fastest’ can introduce overshoot or inverse ghosting in certain games.

In combination with the rapid 144Hz refresh rate, the impeccable input lag and response time speed performance make for incredibly enjoyable fast-paced gaming while the picture quality is uncompromised.

Features

There’s a ton of features available in the OSD menu which is easily navigatable using the joystick found at the back of the monitor.

Some of the more interesting features available include pre-calibrated picture presets for FPS, RTS, and MOBA genres as well as three customizable profiles where you can adjust everything from the Overdrive settings and Monitor Hz Cap (144Hz, 100Hz, or 60Hz) to the standard brightness, contrast, and gamma settings (six settings from 1.8 to 2.8).

In addition, you will find ‘Black Stabilization’ feature which increases visibility in dark parts of games. Naturally, the monitor is flicker-free and has a low blue light filter so that you can play for hours without straining your eyes.

For those with AMD graphics cards or Xbox One S/X consoles, FreeSync technology can synchronize the GPU’s frame rate with the monitor’s refresh rate which in turn eliminates screen tearing and stuttering with minimal input lag. The ViewSonic XG3240C FreeSync range amounts to 48-144Hz.

Design & Connectivity

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The ViewSonic XG3240C 144Hz 1440p FreeSync gaming monitor offers a wide range of ergonomics and connectivity options. You can tilt the screen by -5°/25°, swivel it to the left and right by 45°, pivot it by 90° into portrait/landscape position, height adjust it by up to 80mm, and finally, VESA mount it using the 100 x 100mm pattern.

Moving on to the connectivity, there are two HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.4, two audio jacks, two 6W integrated speakers with a 5W amplifier as well as a quad-USB 3.0 hub, two at the back of the monitor and two at the side for easier access.

Lastly, the monitor has a low-haze anti-glare coating which prevents light reflections without affecting the image quality. Additionally, there’s a cable management hole as well as a headphones hook at the back of the monitor.

Price & Availability

The ViewSonic XG3240C price amounts to $565 MSRP and it’s well worth the money. At the time of this writing, the ViewSonic XG3240C release date is unknown for the United States.

Conclusion

While the swift input lag, response time, and refresh rate make gaming exciting and responsive, the gigantic curved screen provides you with vivid and intense details even in the darkest and the brightest scenes for an overall immersive gaming experience you won’t be able to get enough of.

The ViewSonic XG3240C is hands down the best high refresh rate VA-panel monitor we’ve tested so far. We hope to see similar improvements in all of the future VA gaming monitors.

ViewSonic XG3240C Specifications

Screen Size31.5-inch
Resolution2560×1440 (WQHD)
Panel TypeVA
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response Time3ms (GtG)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync (48Hz-144Hz)
Speakers2x6W
PortsDisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0
Other Ports4x Downstream USB 3.0, 2x Audio Jacks
Brightness300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio3000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (true 8-bit)
VESAYes (100x100mm)
HDRSoftware-enabled HDR10 only

What We Loved

  • Almost no ghosting, trailing, and motion blur
  • Deep black colors
  • Great value for the money
  • Premium design and connectivity

What We Didn’t Like

  • None

Writer

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

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