At CES this week, ViewSonic revealed an extensive range of new “high-performance” monitors intended for gaming, with an array of resolution options. From full 1080p HD to 4K Ultra HD, each of these selections packs in either Nvidia’s G-Sync or AMD’s FreeSync technology to reduce screen tearing and stuttering, allowing for a smoother overall gaming experience.
Vice president of marketing Al Giazzon adds that, because ViewSonic is a company “known as an industry leader for providing some of the highest quality and feature-rich professional monitors,” it’s expected to provide “professional-level monitors for gamers” featuring “up to 4K UHD resolution and 1ms response time.”
The XG Series was designed by ViewSonic to “meet the demanding needs of gamers” across all genres, and that means it requires a lot of different options for consumers with varying preferences.
High-end 1440p monitor
The XG2703 is a high-end 2560 x 1440 pixel display with a 165Hz refresh rate and ViewSonic’s own SuperClear IPS-style technology. It boasts a 27-inch display with an emphasis on color and detail. Though it notably encompasses a 16:9 pixel aspect ratio, that doesn’t stop ViewSonic from saying the panel features “ultra-wide viewing angles.” The dimensions of the monitor itself have yet to be revealed.
The ViewSonic XG2703-GS will be available in March for the oddly specific price of $1,217.
ViewSonic’s XG2401 and XG2701 are both Full HD, or 1080p, displays with a reasonably smooth 144Hz refresh rate and AMD’s FreeSync variable refresh rate tech. These panels bear a 1ms response time and thanks to some onboard “SmartSync” technology, they’re able to pick the best refresh rate and response time for your game while also presenting “ultra-low” input lag for first-person shooters.
Additionally, each of these monitors includes a Game Mode in addition to a black stabilization feature to reduce the saturation of dark imagery when needed. The 24-inch XG2401 will be released later this month for $404, while the 27-inch XG2701 will be come out at the same time for $529.
Last but not least for the XG series, ViewSonic’s XG2700-4K monitor is probably the most exciting of the bunch, and strangely enough, not the most expensive. It’s a 4K Ultra HD monitor with a standard 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution, also sporting ViewSonic’s SuperClear IPS tech. Like many of the other monitors on this list, it also boasts AMD’s FreeSync technology, but a slightly higher 5ms response time, once again with low input lag for improved performance.
The XG2700-4K also packs in a game mode as well as black stabilization, though it notably includes “future-proof connectivity” like DisplayPort 1.2a and HDMI 2.0 (no mention of USB Type-C though). Thanks to these connectors, the XG2700-4K can achieve its native UHD resolution at a full 60Hz.
On top of that, the XG2700-4K tacks on built-in headphone hook, cable management, Flicker-Free tech, and a Blue Light Filter to relieve eye strain. ViewSonic plans to begin XG2700-4K shipments in late January for $913.
VX gaming monitor series
In addition to introducing a brand-new series of gaming monitors to expand on its brand, ViewSonic is continuing its popular VX series with four forthcoming additions to the class.
The 22-inch VX2257-MHD ($201; available now), 24-inch VX2457-MHD ($228; available February 2016), and 27-inch VX2757-MHD ($323; available now) all feature 2ms response times, low input lag modes, VESA Adaptive-Sync, and AMD FreeSync technology, for silky smooth gameplay and cutting-edge cinematics.
Lastly, the 27-inch VX2776-Smhd dons a 1080p display with SuperClear tech, a 178/178 degree wide viewing angle, and support for both VGA and HDMI. It even boasts a modern appearance with a borderless design and a pair of DP integrated speakers, making it a perfectly acceptable alternative to a compact TV. The VX2776-SMHD will be available in April for the modest price of $317.
ViewSonic reminds us, in the end, that it’s going to be sponsoring the 2016 Smite World Championship in Atlanta Georgia from January 7 through the 10. If you want to get your hands on the VX2457-mhd early, you might want to stop by.
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