IS IT TIME FOR A CURVED UPGRADE?
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 VX2257-mhd ($169), the 24-inch VX2457mhd (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.