ViewSonic VX2718-2KPC-MHD 165Hz WQHD curved VA modelAs an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases made using the “Buy” button at the bottom of this post. Where possible, you'll be redirected to your nearest store. Further information on supporting our work.
For those seeking a monitor for general desktop use, including a bit of gaming and video watching, high refresh rate VA options can appeal. The ViewSonic VX2718-2KPC-MHD is one such offering. The monitor has minimalistic styling with a Y-shaped stand base, dark matte black plastics used extensively and slim top and side bezels. These top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen and a slender hard plastic outer component. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by buttons that face downwards beneath the central area of the bottom bezel.
A 27” 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) VA panel is adopted with 1500R curve designed to draw you in a bit. We believe this to be the SG2701G01-1 from CSOT. A matte anti-glare screen surface is included, whilst a 4000:1 static contrast ratio and 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles are specified. 8-bit colour is supported (6-bit + FRC) and a 165Hz refresh rate is supported. Adaptive-Sync also features, including AMD FreeSync with a 48 – 165Hz VRR range plus LFC. The monitor includes a WLED backlight which offers ~sRGB colour space coverage and a 250 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. A 5ms grey to grey response time is specified, alongside a 1ms MPRT response time using the included ‘1ms Mode’ strobe backlight setting which can be used in place of Adaptive-Sync if you wish. As usual you shouldn’t pay much attention to these figures as they can be highly misleading. The included stand is tilt-only, although 75 x 75mm VESA holes are included for alternative mounting. The ports face backwards in a recessed area up and to the right of the stand attachment point and include; 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.4, a 3.5mm headphone jack and DC power input (external ‘power brick’). 2 x 2W speakers are included for basic sound output.
Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$270 USD.