ViewSonic XG2760 165Hz WQHD G-SYNC TN model
There has been quite a focus on high refresh rate monitors recently, including models with panel types such as VA (Vertical Alignment) which aren’t generally ‘built for speed’. For users who want the fastest possible response times, TN (Twisted Nematic) panels still have the edge. The ViewSonic XG2760 makes use of a high refresh rate TN panel. Aesthetics do not differ much from the older AHVA (IPS-type) XG2703-GS. There are some hints of ‘Nvidia green’, including a lip on the bottom bezel and the cable tidy loop in the stand base – identifying this as a G-SYNC model. The stand base and neck uses a mixture of glossy and matte black plastics outside of this. The stand design has changed slightly to include a turntable mechanism for swivel that it at the base of the stand neck rather than below the stand base. This means swivelling the monitor can occur whilst maintaining stand base orientation. The bezels are matte black plastic, reasonably slender with a single-stage design (i.e. panel border almost entirely covered by the bezel). The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by pressable buttons at the rear of the monitor, running down the right side as viewed from the front.
The monitor uses a 27” TN (Twisted Nematic) panel with a 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution. It supports a 165Hz refresh rate (144Hz + overclocking) and Nvidia G-SYNC on compatible GPUs, to combat tearing and stuttering from refresh rate and frame rate mismatches. ULMB (Ultra Low Motion) blur is also included as an alternative, a strobe backlight technology that can be activated instead of G-SYNC to minimise perceive blur. ViewSonic specifically call this ‘improved ULMB’, although it isn’t clear if that is anything more than marketing at this point. Other points to note include a 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 170° horizontal / 160° vertical viewing angles and true 8-bit colour output. A matte anti-glare screen surface is employed to aid glare handling. The monitor has a 1ms grey to grey response time specified, but as usual this needs to be taken with salt. A flicker-free (DC dimming as per all G-SYNC models) WLED backlight is used for ~sRGB colour space coverage and a 350 cd/m² typical maximum luminance.
Other gaming-oriented features include ‘Low Input Lag’ that minimises extraneous processing and hence minimises latency, a refresh rate selector, a ‘Black Stabilization’ feature to enhance visibility in dark areas and a 5-level pixel response time setting. The rear includes a few green touches but as mainly matte black plastic (with a touch of glossy black plastic for the ‘wings’). The included stand offers full ergonomic flexibility, including; height adjustment, swivel, tilt and pivot (rotation into portrait). It can be removed and replaced with an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA solution, if preferred. The inputs are down-firing and include; DP 1.2a, HDMI 1.4, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 3.5mm audio output and DC power input (external power brick). Some simple integrated speakers are also included for basic sound output. There is also a K-Slot and a retractable headphone hook.
Further information can be found on the official product page. The monitor is initially available for under $700 in the US and we’d expect the price to come down somewhat once availability improves. If there’s sufficient demand we’ll consider reviewing this model.