ViewSonic's Elite XG270QG game monitor delivers everything 1440p gamers would want, and more. It's a first-class panel that, despite its price, still offers tremendous value for serious high-speed gaming.
Exceptional visual results
1ms response time from an IPS panel
Fast refresh rate
Low input lag
Highly flexible stand
Subtle use of RGB
A bit costly
Housing could use a little more flair
The main features of the ViewSonic are well placed for PC gaming of 2021. It is a 27-inch panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 – an excellent middle ground. The 1440p resolution is decent enough to make games look razor-sharp, especially when those pixels are crammed into a 27in diagonal. The screen here is undoubtedly much sharper than a 1080p panel. And the resolution helps make top-level games look great. The fact that it’s a step below Ultra-HD 4K means that a wider range of more affordable video cards will be able to make games run smoothly on this screen.
The resolution of 1440p on 27-inch looks excellent, and it removes some of the access barriers associated with 4K games and 4K panels. The recording of Nvidia G-Sync will result in smooth gaming on this panel, with no signs of cracks or ghosts. However, Nvidia’s technology still only works with Nvidia graphics cards, which turns out to be somewhat limiting next to FreeSync, which works on both Nvidia’s and AMD GPUs.
The ViewSonic tops with a refresh rate of 165Hz, which is higher than most of the 144Hz screens and the equal of some others. However, it is not The Best refresh rate we have seen; several screens are running at 240Hz. However, only the fiercest eSports gamers will benefit from such a refresh rate, and 165Hz is more than enough for single-player games and the vast majority of eSports gamers. It is also more feasible for a more significant number of graphics cards compared to 240Hz screens.
Beneath all this is an IPS panel, which means the colors must be super accurate. This part of the market is split into IPS and TN screens, with the first screen delivering better colors and the second screen offering marginally better response times. Elsewhere ViewSonic claims that this screen displays 98% of the DCI-P3 color range. This is important because the DCI-P3 field is used for cinema and many digital media. It is also used for HDR, but that is one thing this screen does not contain.
Specification: ViewSonic Elite XG270QG
Three-year limited warranty on parts, labor and backlight