The Viewsonic XG2703-GS was the monitor revealed at CES 2016 with the highest refresh rate – 165Hz. Now this sounds good on paper, but the difference between 144Hz and 165Hz is unnoticeable by most people. At higher refresh rates, improvements will become less and less noticeable. With that said, the improvement is there, and the Viewsonic XG2703-GS is certainly an interesting display with a lot of things to offer, as does the whole Viewsonic XG series in fact.
Besides the 165Hz refresh rate, the monitor offers a Quad HD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels), which offers more than 1.77 times more pixels than a Full HD display. The panel type is a SuperClear IPS-type, meaning that the display will offer superior color quality and viewing angles compared to its TN counterpart. NVIDIA G-SYNC technology is also supported by this gaming monitor, meaning that if you have a compatible NVIDIA GPU, you can activate this feature and basically get rid of all screen tearing and stuttering, which is something that haunted users of V-SYNC in the past. No word on the G-SYNC range just yet, but with the high refresh rate, you can expect a very large interval in which you can enjoy the smoothest and crispest gameplay that you can possibly wish for.
NVIDIA Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB), which is a feature that this monitor supports as well, will eliminate motion blur and ghosting, so you won’t be annoying in action-packed sequences.
Response time on this monitor is 4ms, which is standard for newer IPS panels, and the manufacturer claims a low input lag for a competitive edge in FPS games. As with the other monitors in the Viewsonic XG series, the XG2703-GS features a Game Mode feature, which will optimize the image for FPS, MOBA and RTS games. Furthermore, a dark color enhancement feature will help you target enemies lurking in the shadows, all while the monitor maintains the rich colors and contrast.
If you have an AMD card, then don’t worry. Viewsonic will also release a FreeSync variant of this monitor, which is called the Viewsonic XG2703, basically the same as this one, but without the “GS” suffix.
The fully ergonomic stand features a dedicated headphone hook and a cable management feature, which is a handy tool to keep your desktop nice and clean. The XG03 series also include dual integrated speakers, but most people do not use a monitor’s integrated speakers very much.
If you want to adjust the color settings yourself, then don’t worry. The 6-axis color enhancement window will let you individually adjust six primary colors: green, red, blue, yellow, cyan and magenta. Furthermore, hue and saturation can be fine tuned per your needs. This fully customizable color profile lets you enjoy a wide variety of different visuals for different purposes. The connection options include HDMI and DisplayPort, where the latter is required for the 165Hz refresh rate to become available.
The Viewsonic XG2703-GS and XG2703 will be released on July 30, 2016.
Viewsonic has also made a promotional video for the XG03 series as well. You can watch it just below.
Below you will find a quick overview of the most important specifications. Expected price will be $800 to $900 in the United States. Hopefully, the increased production of the panel used in this particular monitor and a couple of others will start to drive the prize down.