The ViewSonic XG2700-4K is a 27-inch gaming monitor that utilizes AMD’s Freesync anti-tearing technology and an in-plane Switching (IPS) panel to deliver ultra-smooth gaming performance.
PROS: Very accurate color and grayscale performance. Advanced color settings. Versatile, solid stand.
CONS: FreeSync can be inconsistent. Rivals monitors look snazzier
Viewsonic have gone artistic with their display and it has truly paid off. The ViewSonic XG2700-4K is 27-inch display that stands up to its rivals such as the LG 27UD88-W and the Acer Predator XB271HK. It features a 3840 by 2160 pixel resolution with brightness set at 300cd/m2 and a 5ms response. It also comes with a 16:9 ratio and a refresh rate of 60HZ. The 27-inch display is capable of handling high-resolution workloads without blurring or ghosting.
It also makes use of IPS panel technology to offer rich, accurate colors and a solid grayscale reproduction. It is ideal for work and fantastic for gaming thanks to its high quality color reproduction. The monitor may lack the sleekness of the LG 27UD88-W but performs well and does not hit your wallet too hard.
Design and Features
The ViewSonic does not sport anything flashy, it maintains a basic matte-back color save for a couple of thin strips of red on the stand. The black color scheme and thin sharp edges add to the sleek look of the monitor. The 27-inch display has a non-reflective coating and it is framed by 0.8-inch bezels. It measures 8.5 x 29.8 x 19.2 inches and weighs in at 23.6 pounds making it much heavier than the Dell Ultra HD 4k Monitor which comes in with 16.7 pounds. Mounting the monitor on the wall is made easy with the availability of four VESA mount holes at the back. It also features a fully adjustable stand with 4.7-inches of height, 175 degrees of swivel adjustability, and 25 degrees of swivel. Portrait mode viewing is also available by pivoting the panel to 90 degrees. There is a small pull-out dongle on the top of the stand for holding your earphones and a red plastic ring just below it for organizing the wires.
Connectivity options in this monitor match the standards in the market. At the back you will find one HDMI 2.0 input, two HDMI/MHL 1.4 input, a Mini DisplayPort and a full-size DisplayPort. There is a USB 3.0 upstream port and two USB 3.0 downstream ports. Additionally, you will find two USB 3.0 downstream ports located on the right side of the monitor. There is a headphone jack for your audio use since the monitor does not come with built-in speakers.
The front bottom bezel features five touch-sensitive buttons at the right side. They include the on and off button, the others help in accessing various image settings. The monitor has six picture presets namely Mono, Text, Web, Movie and Game. Further, the game preset a multiplayer online battle setting, a real-time strategy setting and a first person shooter setting. The basic settings in this monitor include Gamma, sharpness, contrast and Brightness.
It is possible to enhance shadow detail when it comes to dark scenes thanks to the black stabilization setting. The color adjustments include Bluish, sRGB cool, Warm, Native, European Broadcasting Union standard and User. The User menu allows you to access advanced color setting such as 6-Axis –Hue and saturation to help keep the panel calibrated and accurate. You can as well save power using the ECO power saving modes which include conserve, optimize and standard. To keep your eyes from straining, the Blue Light filter mode is made available to you.
Display and Performance
The ViewSonic XG2700-4K comes factory-calibrated and capable of delivering accurate colors out of the box. The 27-inch display can handle an ultra-high definition operation rendering 60Hz refresh rate, 5ms GTG response time with a stunning color reproduction performance. The performance can be attributed to 10-bit interface that can comfortably display 1.07 billion colors. The image details are crisp and sharp as the display comes with a pixel density of 163ppi. The unit also comes with a 1000:1 contrast ratio which offers high quality grayscale performance. Notably, the 10-bit color lookup interface is amazing as it offers 100% sRGB color space coverage and 72% of the Adobe RGB standard which gets to strengthen the performance of this monitor.
The ViewSonic XG2700-4K offers up to 300nits of brightness which could too much for the eyes in real life. It will only be useful to lower the settings to a more suitable level that will make you comfortable and improve the contrast capabilities without having to interfere with the other colors by either dulling or degrading them. We do not expect much of the backlight leaks and deviation from the center since the Black stabilizer feature gets to take care of such anomalies when they occur. It is important to keep this setting on since it also gets to improve the Blacks and grays. It will be important to keep this feature turned on should you want to calibrate the screen any further. However, the results are likely to vary from one panel to the other so it is important to do personal tweaking and testing.
One of the highlight features on the XG2700-4K is the use of FreeSync technology which aims at eliminating screen tearing on AMD-powered machines. This is made possible by direct synching of the monitor to the graphics card. Most important is the fact that most of the games can get to run smoothly even without switching FreeSync on. When gaming, the Freesync feature might not come handy in all situations thereby forcing you to lower some game-settings to allow the system to run smoothly. This is a minor inconvenience which does not qualify to be a deal breaker for this unit.
When it comes to gaming performance, the XG2700-4K offers a stunning image quality, provided you have a powerful gaming rig such as the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8020A. The monitor is capable of displaying games such as the Rise of the Tomb Raider excellently, with an Ultra HD glory while highlighting the superb lighting of the game and offering realistic effects. When it comes to competitive games, the optimized 60Hz refresh rate swings into action thereby delivering excellent performance.
The XG2700-4K won’t drain you so much when it comes to power consumption as it is relatively energy efficient. The monitor consumes around 35 watts of power on the standard ECO mode, 27 watts when it comes to Optimize and 18 watts if you put it on conserve mode. This is far much better when you compare it to the Acer XB271HK that consumes 52 watt in standard mode, 40 watts in Eco mode.
The ViewSonic XG2700-4K is a large-screen gaming monitor that combines great features to offer an excellent all-round performance. The presence of AMD FreeSync technology in the monitor is a welcome feature important in eliminating screen tearing while providing silky-smooth gaming action. The use of IPS panel technology ensures that screen offers a crisp UHD picture, with wide viewing angles and an excellent grayscale performance. The monitor comes with an ergonomic stand that can be adjusted to fit the user’s preference. The OSD provides several picture setting options allowing you to calibrate the panel to get the best image quality. Serious gamers, especially FPS players may want to avoid this system with its refresh rate of 60Hz which is not be enough. The ViewSonic XG2700-4K lacks the elegance and sleek design seen on the LG 27UD88-W but offers much more in terms of color accuracy and gaming performance.
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