ViewSonic XG2703-GS review: A high-performance gaming, workstation monitor
When it comes to gaming, the requirement for the best peripherals becomes a must-have for ardent gamers. One aspires to have a powerful gaming rig, followed by great input devices and a quality audio experience. However, a good monitor is also a prime requirement for a notable gaming experience too. Peripheral manufacturers and software companies have been trying to enhance the viewing experience through several display specialist technologies. ViewSonic, a company known for making notable monitors and projectors in the market, has an offering for gamers that promises to make the experience of ploughing through battlefields a lot better. The Viewsonic XG2703-GS gaming monitor retails for Rs 84,999 and supports refresh rates of up to 165Hz, suitable for a flicker-free and blur-free experience.
Gaming peripherals are crafted with care as these are supposed to be special accessories to a high-end gaming rig and Viewsonic monitor is no exception in this matter. With a 27-inch panel, Viewsonic has utilised entire real estate to create a monitor that looks equally exciting right out-of-the-box. The front has narrow bezels which automatically makes it look modern, while the rear is a composition of sharp creases and lines with colour inserts in the shape of a big ‘X’.
The rear panel also houses two tiny 2 Watt, rear-firing speakers along with a 3.5mm headphone jack for headphones or external audio amps. The stand is height-adjustable and also allows for changing the orientation. There is the usual array of control buttons decorated at the bottom, whereas the side houses three separate customisable profile buttons.
The ViewSonic XG2703-GS sports a 27-inch 2K LED-backlit LCD panel. The display supports a refresh rate of 165Hz along with NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology and can render 16.7 million colours. The panel can also support brightness levels up to 350cd/m2, with a contrast ratio of 1000:1. Dynamic contrast ratio goes up to 120,000,000:1, which is pretty much an important factor for those professionals who could use this monitor for video and photo editing.
In real world, the monitor delivers as promised — sharp picture quality with good contrasts and vibrant colours. The 27-inch real estate means playing some of the most resource-intensive titles such as Grand Theft Auto 5, Forza Horizon 3, Battlefield 1 and several other AAA-titles will ensure a mega experience. The monitor sports wide viewing angles of up to 178-degrees — you can also enjoy split-screen multiplayer titles without the users leaning from side to side to get the best view. The 165Hz refresh rates also ensure gameplays are buttery smooth and responsive — an important and helpful attribute while the action intensifies.
Since the ViewSonic XG2703-GS is pitched as a gaming monitor, one will find an HDMI 1.4 port and a DisplayPort 1.2a. However, the only limitation is that in order to make the best use of the 165Hz refresh rate, you would need a supporting graphics card with a DisplayPort out. HDMI on this one is only limited to 60Hz only. Apart from the display ports, there are five USB ports comprising of two 3.0, three 2.0 slots.
The ViewSonic XG2703-GS offers a good performance for its price. At Rs 84,999, you get a large 27-inch IPS panel, buttery smooth 165Hz refresh rates, support for NVIDIA G Sync and a superb picture quality. If you have an unrestrained budget and looking for a gaming monitor that can deliver an amazing visual experience, then the XG2703-GS is a good investment.