ViewSonic XG2530 240Hz gaming monitor
Update: We’re currently reviewing this model. News piece below initially published 22nd May 2017.
As explored in this article, there are several factors to consider when it comes to monitor responsiveness. Of particular importance for gamers is a high refresh rate, which when coupled with high frame rates and rapid pixel response times can deliver exactly the sort of experience they’re after. For competitive gamers looking for the biggest possible edge from their monitor, the ViewSonic XG2530 represents an interesting proposition. Like a number of other models using the same or a similar panel, such as the ASUS PG258Q and Acer XB252Q, the ViewSonic offers a native 240Hz refresh rate and is designed with competitive gaming and esports in mind. Aesthetically the monitor diverges a bit from the XG2401, with slimmer bezels but retention of practical matte black plastics and tactile (not touch-sensitive buttons) to control the OSD. These face downwards and are located in the centre of the bottom bezel, with red-coloured button labels and a vertical red stripe on the stand neck adding a little bit of colour to the front of the monitor. The ‘XG’ logo on the stand base includes white and red lettering, whilst the stand base itself offers a brushed-look.
The panel used is a 24.5” TN (Twisted Nematic) part, namely a variant of the AU Optronics M250HTN01. This offers a 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution, 1000:1 static contrast and a medium matte anti-glare screen surface. As is typical for the panel type, viewing angles are specified as 170° horizontal and 160° vertical. A 240Hz refresh rate is supported alongside Adaptive-Sync (and hence ‘AMD FreeSync’), with the variable refresh rate range believed to by 48 – 240Hz with LFC also supported. This helps remove tearing and stuttering even if the frame rate falls below the floor of operation (48fps/48Hz). A flicker-free WLED backlight is used which offers ~sRGB colour space coverage and a typical maximum brightness output of 400 cd/m². 8-bit colour is supported (6-bit + FRC dithering) whilst a 1ms grey to grey response time is specified, as you’d expect from a high refresh rate gaming monitor such as this.
ViewSonic’s ‘Blue Light Filter’ Low Blue Light slider also features, allowing users to cut down on blue light emission from the monitor in a fairly straightforward way. This is useful for relaxing viewing, for example in the evening where blue light emission should be cut down to avoid interrupting sleep. Very important for the competitive gamer, of course. A hardware-based ‘Color Saturation Adjustment’ feature is also provided to allow users to fine-tune the overall saturation of the image according to preferences. This is much like a hardware-based Nvidia Digital Vibrance control, which pulls shades closer to the edge of the gamut without expanding the gamut itself. This makes shades more saturated in general but reduces shade variety at the same time. The monitor also includes a ‘ViewScale’ feature that simulates a range of screen sizes and aspect ratios as well as ‘Clear Vision’. This allows users to enhance visibility, again at the expense of image accuracy, or even go for a deeper and bolder look if they prefer.
The included stand offers full ergonomic flexibility, including; tilt, height, swivel and pivot (rotation into portrait) adjustment. This attaches to the rear of the screen by 100 x 100mm VESA and can be removed to make way for an alternative VESA compatible stand or mount. The ports include; HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0, DP 1.2a (supports Adaptive-Sync and hence AMD FreeSync), 3.5mm headphone jack, 3.5mm audio output and 2 USB. 2 x 3W speakers are also included for basic sound output. Further information can be found on the official product page. The monitor is now rolling out globally, including in the US where it is priced at under $500. We are currently reviewing this model.