ViewSonic XG2702 144Hz FreeSync TN model

The ViewSonic XG2402 offers a refresh of the popular XG2401, with some nice new features. Our more attentive readers will realise that a 27” variant (XG2701) was also due a replacement. Enter the ViewSonic XG2702, which as the model code suggests brings some of these refinements to the 27” version. The monitor offers a fairly robust look with single-stage bezels (hiding the vast majority of the panel border), with a curvaceous bottom bezel that peaks in the middle. There are downwards-facing OSD (On Screen Display) control buttons featured here. This is similar to the older model but different to the XG2402, where the controls were moved to the right and a flatter bottom bezel design was employed. A relatively shallow stand base has thankfully been included, with the deeper stand base of the older models being a common complaint.

A slimmer base

The monitor uses a 27” TN (Twisted Nematic) panel with a 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution, 144Hz refresh rate and support for AMD FreeSync (48 – 144Hz). LFC is included to expand the effective variable refresh rate. A 1000:1 static contrast ratio and 170°/160° viewing angles is specified, whilst a ‘medium’ matte anti-glare screen surface is used. A flicker-free backlight is employed (DC dimming rather than PWM), which is a standard WLED design offering ~sRGB colour space coverage and a 350 cd/m² specified maximum luminance. A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified, with a highly flexible ‘Rampage Response’ pixel overdrive solution included with 5 levels of acceleration. 6 gamma modes are also included alongside a ‘Color Saturation’ slider and ‘Black Stabilization’ feature. This latter feature modifies the gamma curve of the monitor to lighten dark shades and therefore make enemies more visible in dark surroundings (for example). A ‘Blue Light Filter’ low blue light setting is also employed, allowing users to quickly reduce blue light output from the monitor – something we recommend to all users in the hours leading up towards bed, in particular.

The stand is attached centrally to the rear of the screen using 100 x 100mm VESA screws. It can be removed to make way for an alternative VESA 100 stand or mount if preferred. The included stand offers full ergonomic flexibility; tilt (5° forwards, 15° backwards), height adjustment (120mm or 4.72 inches), swivel (45° left and 45° right) and pivot (90° clockwise rotation into portrait). A cable-tidy loop can be found towards the bottom of the stand, whilst a retractable headphone hook can be found higher up. The ports are down-firing and include; HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0, DP 1.2a (supports Adaptive Sync and hence AMD FreeSync), 3.5mm audio output, 4 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream) and an AC power input (internal power converter). 2 x 2W speakers also feature for basic sound output.

VESA at the rear

Further information can be found on the official product page.This monitor is now available for ~$320 in the US and ~£280 in the UK, with similar pricing in other regions.

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ViewSonic XG2702