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ViewSonic XG2700-4K UK Review: An all-round top 4K gaming monitor

Written by  Ryan Cleeves Nov 07, 2017

The ViewSonic XG2700-4K monitor has plenty to offer, a real rival to the the excellent AOC AGON AG271UG monitor.

It is able to handle high resolution gaming at 60fps, the 27in ViewSonic XG2700-4K it is as good as any at this price.

Introduction

This is 27" 4K monitor that’s aimed mainly at gamers but is no slouch in other areas either; it’s also good enough for anyone who wants a great-looking screen to edit photos on, and is loaded with features.

It has AMD FreeSync technology built-in, low input lag and a fast response time, and fantastic overall image quality. It’s a worthy competitor to the £536 Nvidia G-Sync-enabled AOC AG271UG  and for some might be a better choice.

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Features, design and build quality

The monitor is more than a little garish in looks. It has wide, deep bezels that distract your eyes from the panel. It's cheap looking and plasticy, but in general the monitor is reasonably practical.

That stand is quite capable and gives you the ability to rotate, tilt and adjust the height of the monitor. At the back there’s a retractable headphone arm and a carry handle. As for connectivity, you get three HDMI ports (two MHL, 1 x HDMI 2.0), a DisplayPort and mini-DisplayPort, plus four USB 3.0 ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

 ViewSonic XG2700-4Ka

A selection of touch-sensitive controls sit at the front of the monitor but they’re mot very intuitive, which makes the OSD a pain to use. On the plus side, the monitor’s OSD does have a comprehensive list of options.

Through it, it’s possible to adjust the contrast, brightness and colour (RGB, hue, saturation and offset). You can also tweak sharpness and response time and access options for sRGB, dynamic contrast, overscan, multi-picture, blue light filter, input lag mode, black stabilisation and enable/disable AMD FreeSync.

 

ViewSonic XG2700-4K 27 inch Ultra HD 4K SuperClear IPS Gaming Monitor with AMD FreeSync (3840 x 2160, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort)

£552 Buy Now amazon uk 

 

Image quality

The ViewSonic monitor has a 4K (3,840 x 2,160) IPS panel that runs at 60Hz through its DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0 inputs.

Out of the box, the XG2700-4K delivers a maximum brightness of 320cd/m2 and contrast ratio of 1,060:1, which results in an eye-poppingly punchy image.

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Switch over to sRGB mode for photo editing, however, and things change quite dramatically. With this setting enabled, the monitor reduces brightness to 162cd/m² and contrast to 539:1, which leads to a comparatively dull, dark display.

Low brightness in sRGB mode is relatively common, but the low contrast ratio figure took me by surprise. This feature is only available in a handful of pro-level monitors, which reduce contrast ratio in favour or better screen uniformity. This is important when you’re looking to edit photos or video in a professional capacity.

Also see: Acer XF270HUA 27″ Gaming Widescreen LED Monitor Review

 

Gaming performance

First and foremost, you’ll need a graphics card that can consistently output 60fps at 4K. At this high resolution a cheaper graphics card will not be able to keep up. I’d suggest an AMD RX 480 or an RX 580.

 ViewSonic XG2700-4K

The XG2700-4K is a decent gaming companion, if your system is powerful enough to make the most of this display. It has a 4ms panel, which is extremely responsive, especially with the screen’s Ultra Fast mode enabled in the OSD. 

Input lag is almost unoticeable, with hardly any delay between flicks of the mouse and the monitor’s ability to pick up the motion. You need to enable Low Input Lag for these types of results.

Price and competition

The Viewsonic is not that competitively priced at £552 on Amazonits closest rival is the AOC AG271UG (£639) - (Full Review) which offers Nvidia’s G-Sync technology instead of AMD FreeSync, so the ViewSonic is the best option for AMD graphics card owners.

ViewSonic XG2700-4K Review: Verdict

The ViewSonic XG2700-4K00 is a great choice for 4k gaming enthusiasts. It has an excellent panel, which is both colour accurate and responsive. Its screen uniformity is unbelievably good in sRGB mode and even in non-sRGB mode.

However, the design is a little too bright and cheap looking, as it has such good all-round performance, this could easily be overlooked. It is the same price bracket as the superb AOC AGON AG271UG, a similar 4K 60Hz monitor, but one aimed at Nvidia graphics card users as it includes G-Sync rather than AMD FreeSync.

It could well be a choice between these two monitors, if that is the case you then should base your decision on which graphics card that you have installed. If you are using an AMD graphics card I would buy the ViewSonic XG2700-4K.

Also see: The Best Monitor Arms UK         

 

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