The ViewSonic XG2703-GS is a serious monitor for serious gamers. It comes with Nvidia’s G-Sync technology and can reach a fantastic165Hz refresh rate. In our review, the colour accuracy was excellent and the quad-HD display was impressively sharp (though this might not be enough for those of you with 4k capability). We would like to see a hundred pounds knocked off to make this a true bargain, but even at this price you are still getting a solid performer that won’t disappoint.
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For the most part, the XG2703-GS is a pretty standard affair looks wise, with a (relatively) thin half-inch bezel and stand made up of matte black plastic and some non-intrusive buttons on the right-hand side of the screen. However, it does have some green accenting on the stand and parts of the screen. When we first saw picture of this model, we were a little worried that ViewSonic had gone overboard in appealing to the teenage boy gamer market, but in real life this detailing is much less garish and actually looks quite stylish. The whole thing weighs just over a stone, and is fully adjustable in height and tilt. It has a handy hook to hang up your headphones and a cable slot to keep things tidy.
Picture + Performance
As soon as we got this monitor up and running, we were struck by the exceptional brightness and vivid colour of the picture that stacks up against any monitor in this price range.
Having a play around with the menu, we found there are presets a plenty – six gamer modes (Gamer1, Gamer2, FPS1, FPS2, RTS, and MOBA) and four more for general watching/browsing (Standard, Game, Movie, and Web). If you are particularly fussy about your settings you can also adjust the blue light settings, contrast, gamma and colour temperature. There are also three power saving modes. All the presets are pretty sensible, though we found over the course of watching a Breaking Bad episode in “Standard” mode we had to turn down the brightness a smidge.
When we moved onto playing Call Of Duty: Ghosts, we couldn’t find a trace of blur. This was especially surprising for an IPS panel, but the 165Hz refresh rate means you can enjoy the colour performance of this type of monitor without having to compromise on fast moving action. We decided to test the monitor without Nvidia G-Sync enabled and there was still no blurring. The intense refresh rate of this monitor seems to handle anything.
The picture is quad-HD, which means it is four times sharper than a standard 720p picture. It’s essentially a halfway house between Full HD and 4k, packing in 2560 x 1440 pixels.
It has a very wide viewing angle of 178° both vertically and the anti-glare coating used on the screen is very effective.
The built-in speakers are pretty standard for monitors – that is to say not very good and a bit tinny. However, you are not going to find a monitor that does much better, with sound being an afterthought for most manufacturers. We’d recommend getting a separate pair of speakers if this is an issue.
The menu system can be a little fiddly to use with the buttons being a little small and too close together, but the menu itself is intuitive and easy to use.
It has an HDMI and a DisplayPort input round the back – more than adequate for the average gamer. There are also 5 USB ports dotted around (1 USB 3.0 upstream, 2 USB 3.0 downstream and 2 USB 2.0 downstream) and of course an audio output.