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ViewSonic XG2703-GS

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by Ian Chee

Among mon­i­tors, gam­ing mon­i­tors have al­ways com­manded a pre­mium be­cause of the mas­sive num­bers that they carry for re­fresh rates and re­sponse times. At a greater level of pre­mium are those that sup­port NVIDIA’s G-SYNC tech­nol­ogy for an even smoother gam­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Pro­vid­ing you with all this is the ViewSonic XG2703-GS, with a lot of green high­lights to drive the lat­ter point home.

The XG2703-GS is a 27-inch WQHD gam­ing mon­i­tor, and is pretty im­pres­sive among other gam­ing mon­i­tors, when you com­pare their spec­i­fi­ca­tions. We men­tioned be­fore that gam­ing mon­i­tors usu­ally have re­ally high re­fresh rates, and that num­ber usu­ally sits at 144Hz. The XG2703-GS out­does its brethren by hav­ing a re­fresh rate of 165Hz. Now, we’ll con­fess that 144Hz has al­ready given us about the max­i­mum flu­id­ity that our eyes can see, so per­haps the 165Hz re­fresh rate is some­thing a pro gamer will bet­ter ap­pre­ci­ate in their quest for supremacy.

While the other num­bers don’t re­ally break any new ground, they are im­pres­sive num­bers nev­er­the­less – 4ms re­sponse time (gray to gray) and 2,560 x 1,440 res­o­lu­tion in a 27-inch panel means you get lit­tle, if any, mo­tion blur and plenty of de­tails.

Of course, num­bers don’t tell the full story. You also get a Dis­playPort and an HDMI port, the for­mer be­ing the one to look our for if you want to make use of NVIDIA’s G-SYNC and the 165Hz re­fresh rate, That aside, you also get two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports. The for­mer are lo­cated un­derneath the panel along­side the power, Dis­playPort and HDMI ports, so they can be a lit­tle dif­fi­cult for fre­quent ac­cess, while the lat­ter are lo­cated at the side.

You also get an ar­ray of but­tons that you can use to ad­just bright­ness and con­trast, switch be­tween game modes – two FirstPer­son Shooter (FPS) pre­sets, a Real-Time Strat­egy (RTS) pre­set, a Mul­ti­player On­line Bat­tle Arena (MOBA) pre­set, and two cus­tom­iz­a­ble Gamer pre­sets, and four dif­fer­ent view modes: Stan­dard, Game, Movie, and Web.

To test the XG2703-GS, we ran Over­watch, Dota 2 and Warham­mer 40,000: Dawn of War – Soul­storm, with each game us­ing the cor­re­spond­ing pre­sets. Our ex­pe­ri­ence was a smooth one, with no tear­ing or stut­ter­ing. On our test rig, there’s lit­tle dif­fer­ence to be found with G-SYNC turned off, ex­cept dur­ing rapid pan­ning in our Over­watch games, where the ben­e­fits of G-SYNC were made im­me­di­ately ap­par­ent.

con­cLu­Sion the XG2703GS comes at a pre­mium, but if you have a ma­chine that can make use of both wqhd res­o­lu­tion and high re­fresh rates, then it’s prob­a­bly worth your in­vest­ment.

the head­phone hanger would usu­ally be a very use­ful ad­di­tion for se­ri­ous gamers, but on the XG2703-GS, it’s un­for­tu­nately placed at the back, mak­ing it quite in­ac­ces­si­ble.

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