Screen for Team Green
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.