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FOR THOSE WANTING a better-than-basic gaming experience for as few coins as possible, the ViewSonic VX series is a must see. It comes in three sizes — the 22-inch VX2257mhd ($169), the 24-inch VX2457-mhd (also $169), and the larger 27-inch VX2757-mhd for just $249. At first glance, the VX screens may seem like run-of-the-mill offerings, with 1,920 x 1,080 resolutions and a TN panel. But going beyond the nice low 1ms response time, the ViewSonic monitors include FreeSync support, and have a 75Hz refresh rate. The tech operates from 47–75Hz, so is well suited to those with mid-range AMD cards who want a buttery smooth gaming experience, but are not chasing super-high frame rates.
The monitor responds well to some OSD tweaks, but considering the price and spec, offers quite decent image quality and a uniform backlight. In testing, FreeSync did an excellent job of eliminating any tearing or stuttering. The VX2457-mhd has HDMI, DisplayPort and VGA inputs, but frustratingly does not include a DisplayPort cable, which is needed to actually use FreeSync.