ViewSonic XG2560 240Hz FHD model with G-SYNC
For gamers who play titles at high enough frame rates and appreciate high levels of fluidity, having a 240Hz monitor can be a real bonus. There are now several options out there which leverage such capabilities, including the ViewSonic XG2530 and AOC AG251FG which we’ve reviewed. The ViewSonic XG2560 can be thought of a mixture of those two models, or at least a green-team alternative to the XG2530. To highlight the fact it is an Nvidia G-SYNC compatible model, it featured light green rather than red highlights. You can see this from the front for the button label colouration as well as the cable-tidy loop integrated into the stand neck. The bezels are quite slender and are a single-stage design without a significant visible panel border. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by pressable buttons found at the rear of the monitor, running vertically down the right side as viewed from the front.
The monitor uses a variant of the AUO M250HTN01, a 24.5” TN (Twisted Nematic) panel sporting a 240Hz refresh rate and 1920 x 1080 (Full HD resolution). A regular matte anti-glare screen surface is employed, offering strong glare handling characteristics. A static contrast ratio of 1000:1 is specified alongside 70°/160° horizontal/vertical viewing angles. Nvidia G-SYNC is supported with a variable refresh rate range of 30 – 240Hz, designed to eliminate tearing and stuttering caused by the frame and refresh rate being misaligned. ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) also features as a strobe backlight alternative to G-SYNC (again, a compatible Nvidia GPU is required). When ULMB is not active, the WLED backlight of the monitor is flicker-free (uses DC dimming). An ~sRGB colour gamut is yielded and a 400 cd/m² specified, with 8-bit colour supported via 6-bit + FRC dithering. A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified (as usual, apply caution) and ‘Rampage Response’ pixel overdrive is included with 5 acceleration levels, allowing users to set this according to their own preferences and sensitivities. A ‘Low Input Lag’ through-mode is included to minimise extraneous processing and hence reduce input lag, too.
A ‘Black Stabilization’ feature is included which is designed to allow users to enhance visibility in dark areas for a competitive advantage. This can be set to 22 different levels and offers gradual adjustments to the gamma curve of the monitor; in our experience, it is one of the better implemented of these sorts of features that are now available in products from various manufacturers. A ‘Blue Light Filter’ Low Blue Light (LBL) setting also features. The ports on the monitor are down-facing at the rear and include; 4 USB 3.0 ports (2 at the side, 2 at the rear), DC power input (external power brick), 3.5mm audio output, HDMI and DP 1.2 (supports G-SYNC). Two integrated 3W speakers are included to allow basic sound output. The included stand offers full ergonomic flexibility and is attached by 100 x 100mm VESA. It can therefore be removed to make way for an alternative compatible stand or mount.
Further information can be found on this product page. The monitor is expected to be released in the US in February with an MSRP of $573. Availability elsewhere is currently unknown, but expected around a similar time. We’ll update this article when further details are known.