Aiming at demanding hardcore and esports gamers, ViewSonic this week introduced its new gaming display that uses a ‘fast IPS’ panel with a 240 Hz maximum refresh rate. The Elite XG270 is among the first monitors in the industry to offer a unique combination of rich colors, wide viewing angles, HDR10, and a variable refresh rate of up to 240 Hz.

The ViewSonic Elite XG270 is based a 27-inch panel featuring a 1920×1080 resolution along with all the features that the ‘fast IPS’ technology is known for today, including 400 nits brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles, a 1 ms GtG response time. The monitor can display 16.7 million of colors and reproduce 99% of the sRGB color space, which is in line with other LCDs using the same panel.

For hardcore gamers, the key feature of the Elite XG270 is its variable refresh rate of up to 240 Hz. In an official document, the monitor supports VESA’s Adaptive Sync technology, yet in its press release ViewSonic claims AMD’s FreeSync support, which may indicate that the company has submitted the monitor to AMD for certification and fully expects it to pass it as the vast majority of Adaptive Sync-enabled displays can do it. Considering the fact that the monitor will be available only several weeks from now, the company has time.

The monitor also fully supports HDR10, so console gamers with HDR10-supporting titles will probably be pleased, even though its level of luminance is considered rather low for HDR, so the actual HDR user experience is something that remains to be seen.

As added bonuses, the Elite XG270 display comes with 3 W stereo speakers (and probably a headphone output too), an Elite display controller, a mouse bungee, and a headphone hook. Unfortunately, right now ViewSonic does not disclose what kind of display inputs the monitor has, though it is reasonable to expect at least a DisplayPort and an HDMI.

The ViewSonic Elite IPS LCD with a 240 Hz Refresh Rate
  Elite XG270
Panel 27-inch class IPS
Native Resolution 1920 × 1080
Maximum Refresh Rate 240 Hz
Dynamic Refresh Technology AMD FreeSync
VESA Adaptive Sync
Range ?
Brightness 400 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Response Time 1 ms GtG
Pixel Pitch ~0.27675 mm²
Pixel Density ~82 PPI
Color Gamut Support 99% sRGB
Inputs ?×DP 1.2
?×HDMI 2.0
Audio 3 W speakers
headphone out
Stand ?
Warranty ? years
MSRP $429.99

ViewSonic’s Elite XG270 gaming display will be available in November at an estimated retail price of around $429.99, which is considerably below MSRP of Dell’s Alienware 27 (AW2720HF) that features similar key characteristics (27-inch, fast IPS, 240 Hz) yet sells for $599.99.

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Source: ViewSonic

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  • imaheadcase - Friday, September 27, 2019 - link

    27-inch panel featuring a 1920×1080

    Please let that standard die already. Putting IPS and high refresh rate on 27 inch monitor with terrible res is silly. Especially at that price. The market is saturated with these displays and no one likes that.
  • surt - Friday, September 27, 2019 - link

    Yeah i'm baffled about who would buy any display without 4k these days.
  • PeachNCream - Friday, September 27, 2019 - link

    It's in the first line of the article. The buyers are obviously "demanding hardcore and esports gamers" ... whatever the hell those are anyway.
  • Opencg - Saturday, September 28, 2019 - link

    I would reccomend against it for competitive games. If you want buttery smooth looking game play go ahead. But the measured response time by 3rd parties indicates that it is still significantly behind tn in terms of pixel response.
  • sorten - Friday, September 27, 2019 - link

    I have zero interest in 4K monitors. I want to be able to game with smooth frame rates on a mid-range graphics card. 19 x 10 @ 27" is perfect for me, and there are plenty of options for people who don't game and want higher resolutions.
  • jabber - Saturday, September 28, 2019 - link

    Yep I like the look of this too.
  • imaheadcase - Saturday, September 28, 2019 - link

    So get a better monitor and scale it to whatever game you play for better fps. Desk/Chair/Monitor are the three things you never go cheap on.
  • Guspaz - Saturday, September 28, 2019 - link

    There’s “go cheap on” and then there’s the cost of high-refresh rate 4K gaming monitors. They cost maybe 5x as much just to hit 144Hz, the difference in resolution won’t be that high in games, and there are no 240Hz 4K monitors, so compared to this display you must lose out on refresh rates. That’s why people don’t buy 4K monitors.

    I considered one, briefly, before deciding I’d rather spend 500-700 CAD on a monitor for 1440p at 144Hz than 2000-2500 CAD just to get 4K at 144Hz.
  • peevee - Friday, September 27, 2019 - link

    I would.
  • inighthawki - Friday, September 27, 2019 - link

    Pretty much anyone who cares about their framerate. 1440p with FXAA/MSAA looks nearly flawless on a 27" display and has considerably better performance.

    4K gaming displays are really only valuable to people who play slow paced games at 60hz and value image quality over all else. If you play any kind of fast paced or competitive shooters etc, 4K is an enormous waste.

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