ViewSonic XG2703-GS Review: 27-inch 165Hz IPS G-SYNC Gaming Monitor

Viewsonic XG2703-GS review

Introduction

The ViewSonic XG2703-GS gaming monitor offers an amazing gaming experience with various game utilizing features which will along its stunning image quality and color accuracy of its IPS panel have you captivated and playing for hours to an end. It includes the Nvidia G-Sync technology and can achieve up to 165Hz rate yet its price will have you thinking that you were willing to pay much more for it.

Features

The Nvidia G-Sync technology allows you to synchronize the frame rate of your GPU with the ViewSonic XG2703-GS gaming display. By doing so, you will be able to maintain a steady FPS rate and enjoy in maxed out settings while games run smoothly regardless of how fast and hot the game gets. Moreover, the G-Sync technology eliminates screen tearing and reduces input lag and image stuttering allowing you to fluidly play fast-paced video games. In order to enable this feature, you will need to connect your monitor to the DisplayPort.

The ViewSonic XG2703-GS provides you with several pre-calibrated presets which you can quickly swap between using the OSD button placed on the right rear side of the monitor. These presets include well-optimized modes for specific game genres including FPS, MOBA, and RTS. In addition, you can also manually adjust two custom gaming profiles to your liking.

The most important feature of the gaming profiles is the Dark Boost, which can also be used in a standard mode. The Dark Boost feature adjusts the gamma by brightening up the darkened areas so that you can more clearly see objects in the dark areas of games. This feature can be a life-saver (or ender) in competitive FPS games as you will be able to see your enemies that are trying to hide in the darkness and precisely shoot them down. There are three levels of this feature depending on how dark the game you’re playing is.

The Ultra Low Motion Blur feature can improve the performance of your graphics card by reducing image blurring and ghosting; therefore, you will have a sharper and smoother gaming experience. However, the ULMB feature cannot be used at the same time with the G-Sync. So, it should be used depending on how powerful your GPU is or according to your personal preference as it can only be enabled once your Hz rate is set to 85Hz, 100Hz, or 120Hz.

Performance

The SuperClear IPS panel of the ViewSonic XG2703-GS display delivers exceptionally accurate colors and ultra-wide viewing angles of 178° both horizontal and vertical which allow for the perfect viewing experience from any angle. The 2560×1440 resolution provides you with 77% more screen space that is four times the resolution of the 720p which along the rich color detail of the IPS panel make for an immersive gaming experience.

The colors are well-calibrated straight out of the box, but the easy navigation menu makes further adjusting and tweaking quick and straightforward. The OSD buttons are placed on the rear of the right bezel and include the options for quick swapping between gaming presets, input source, adjusting brightness, contrast, and volume of the audio sound. The OSD settings menu is user-friendly and the buttons are responsive and easy to navigate with thanks to the well-displayed corresponding icons and controls.

The 6-axis Color Enhancement option in the OSD settings menu allows you to easily fine-tune your preferred calibrated settings with the ability to manually adjust the levels of the red, green, blue, yellow, magenta, and cyan colors. Furthermore, you have access to the other adjustments such as saturation, brightness, contrast, gamma, and color temperature.

Besides the exclusive gaming presets, you will also be able to choose between the presets that are optimized for other activities such as movies and web surfing. These presets are available under the ViewMode option in the OSD settings. Be sure to turn off the gaming mode once you’re watching a movie or going through your everyday routine activities as the presets are strictly optimized for gaming only and may affect the screen quality otherwise.

Most of these presets can be additionally adjusted by the Dark Boost, Adaptive Contrast, Response Time, Blue Light Filter and the Ultra Low Motion Blur features. The response time option includes three levels of speed including the Standard, Advanced, and the Ultra-Fast. The Blue Light Filter reduces the amount of the harmful blue light which you should enable in the settings when you’re reading or using the computer before going to sleep as it will eliminate eye straining.

Another quite useful feature in the OSD settings menu is the Manual Image Adjust option which allows you to overclock the Hz rate of the ViewSonic XG2703-GS monitor to 165Hz in the OSD menu rather than in the control panel of your GPU.

The response time of 4ms is as good as an IPS panel can have and while TN panel gaming monitors do provide you with a faster response time of 1ms, the ViewSonic XG2703-GS screen delivers a fluid gameplay nonetheless. There is an everlasting competition between these two panels about which one is more ideal for gaming. In the end, it all comes down to personal preference. If you prefer a high-quality image with stunning colors and details at the cost of minor blurring then the IPS panel is for you. The TN panels, on the other hand, offer a quicker response time but at the cost of color depth and accuracy; moreover, such difference in response time will only be noticeable by high-end professional gamers who play competitive and high-ranked FPS and racing games.

Besides, with all the features you have at your disposal including the G-Sync, ULMB, and the 165Hz rate you will be able to enjoy in flawless and stunningly beauteous gaming experience with image quality that is unachievable by TN panel monitors.

Design

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The overall design of the ViewSonic XG2703-GS makes for a modern and obviously gaming-inspired look with the enthralling green colors adornment that represent the Nvidia G-Sync feature. The bezel of the monitor is dark gray and it’s covered with a matte finish except for the bottom bezel which has a little bit of a green plastic accent. The width of the bezel amounts to 12.5mm which, while wider than the most monitors in this price range, still gives the monitor a nice look. The screen of the monitor is covered with a light matte finish which eliminates the sunlight reflection.

The base of the monitor is quite steady and continues with the subsidiary and elegant green color details. Only the front of the base has a glossy finish in a triangular shape. Above the base, a LED bar is located which can glow in green, blue or red color, and in amber color when the monitor is in low power mode. This feature can be disabled in the OSD settings menu if you find it too distractive or annoying. We found that the green light suits the monitor particularly well.

The ViewSonic XG2703-GS gaming monitor offers all ergonomic functionalities a gamer might desire, including the ability to tilt for 20 degrees, swivel to the left and right by 175 degrees, pivot by 90 degrees and height adjustment up to 100mm. Furthermore, the monitor is VESA mount compatible if you decide to securely and easily place it on the wall.

Specifications

  • 27 Inches Screen
  • 2560×1440 Resolution
  • IPS Panel
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 165Hz Refresh Rate
  • 4ms Response Time
  • Ports: HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2a
  • Other Ports: 5x USB
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.233mm
  • Brightness: 350cd/m2
  • Dynamic Contrast: 120M:1
  • Built-in Speakers: 2x2W
  • Nvidia G-Sync Technology

Connectivity

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The ViewSonic XG2703-GS has one HDMI 1.4 port and one DisplayPort 1.2a which is plenty for gaming purposes. Only the DisplayPort can support the 165Hz rate while the HDMI is limited to the 60Hz mark which is as much as the most of the gaming consoles support, anyway. Besides the display ports, there is a total of five USB ports, two USB3.0, two USB2.0 and one USB2.0 upstream. You can also learn more about the ViewSonic XG2703-GS on the official website.

There are two built-in speakers which produce a tolerable sound quality for backup speakers. More importantly, there is an audio jack for headphones with a hook which will more appeal to the gamers than the built-in speakers. There is a cable management hook as well.

In the box of the ViewSonic XG2703-GS 165Hz gaming monitor, you will receive a power adapter, a power cable, DisplayPort cable and a USB cable. Keep in mind that the quality and length of the DisplayPort cable can greatly impact on the efficiency of it. Therefore, if you don’t receive the DisplayPort cable (possible in some countries) or the given one seems unsatisfying to you, be sure to purchase a high-quality one.

Price

Considering the prices of other gaming monitors with the same key features, the ViewSonic XG2703-GS IPS gaming monitor delivers equal quality for significantly less money. In fact, the rivaling gaming monitors such as the Acer Predator XB271HU, ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q, and the AOC AG271QG all use the same IPS panel developed by the AU Optronics and offer the same features including G-Sync and the 165Hz rate. Therefore, you can have all the traits required for competitive gaming and save up to $300.

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