ViewSonic XG2401

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ViewSonic isn’t per­haps the first name that springs to mind when it comes to gam­ing mon­i­tors, but the XG2401 packs all the good­ies into its shell. Like the other mon­i­tors on test this month, it uses a 24in TN panel with a 1080p res­o­lu­tion, and it’s also joined by an ad­justable stand, FreeSync sup­port and plenty of con­nec­tion op­tions.

When it comes to looks, though, the XG2401 doesn’t make the best first im­pres­sion. Its bezels are fairly chunky by modern stan­dards, and the bot­tom one that ac­com­mo­dates the on-screen dis­play (OSD) con­trols is con­sid­er­ably wider than most bezels we see now. Add in the to­ken red stripes on the stand and base, and you end up with a mon­i­tor that looks a touch cheaper than its price sug­gests. That isn’t dis­as­trous, of course – it’s just that the de­sign could do with a lit­tle more fi­nesse at a price of £272 inc VAT.

An­other im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous cost-sav­ing fea­ture is the stand, which uses a freespin­ning plas­tic plate on the bot­tom to pro­vide ro­ta­tion, rather than a proper joint be­tween the stand and base. This setup means the whole base spins along with the mon­i­tor, mak­ing for an ef­fec­tive but not ex­actly el­e­gant bit of en­gi­neer­ing. Other­wise, the stand is fine. It of­fers plenty of height ad­just­ment, 90 de­grees of pivot and, of course, tilt. There’s also a carry han­dle at the top, which can be un­screwed to re­veal a 100 x 100mm VESA mount for use with al­ter­na­tive stands.

Con­nec­tion op­tions are also de­cent. The oblig­a­tory Dis­playPort socket is joined by two HDMI ports, plus there’s a two-port USB 3 hub and a head­phone jack. The lat­ter two fea­tures are sit­u­ated around the back, so they aren’t that easy to reach, but it’s good to have them. There are built-in speak­ers too, with pass­able au­dio qual­ity.

The OSD con­trols on the front bezel work rea­son­ably well too. The but­tons are phys­i­cal ones that sit on the un­der­side and, un­like most modern OSDs, the but­tons don’t change func­tion de­pend­ing on what’s on the screen. As such, you can just learn the lay­out and never have to worry about dou­ble-check­ing what you’re do­ing. On the down­side, the but­ton lay­out isn’t that in­tu­itive, so it’s easy to trip up. Thank­fully, the menus are clev­erly laid out and re­spond quickly, so overall setup is still fairly quick.

You get lit­tle in the way of gam­ing op­tions though – it’s ba­si­cally FreeSync and an over­drive op­tion, but there are a de­cent num­ber of im­age qual­ity tweak­ing op­tions. What’s more, you don’t need to do much tweak­ing for gam­ing or any other use any­way, as the de­fault im­age qual­ity is ex­cel­lent. Colour tem­per­a­ture, gamma and con­trast are all spot on. View­ing an­gles are also de­cent, and there’s no sign of the usual ten­dency for TN pan­els to make light grey colours look of­f­colour or lose def­i­ni­tion – an ef­fect you of­ten no­tice on web page shad­ing or in apps such as Mi­crosoft Of­fice.

This sit­u­a­tion holds true at 144Hz too – set­ting up the dis­play sim­ply re­quired us to drop the bright­ness and slightly drop the blue colour chan­nel from 100 to 93. The ViewSonic also does a fine job when gam­ing, with no ob­vi­ous ghost­ing and no arte­facts from ag­gres­sive over­drive, and of course, FreeSync works fine too, of­fer­ing tear-free gam­ing on de­cent-spec AMD GPUs.

Con­clu­sion

The ViewSonic XG2401 of­fers the best outof-the-box per­for­mance on test and doesn’t miss a beat once it’s cal­i­brated ei­ther. Its gam­ing per­for­mance is also very good and it has plenty of fea­tures.

As such, it’s a shame the styling of this dis­play leaves some­thing to be de­sired, es­pe­cially given the price, but if you can for­give its slightly cheap looks, you won’t be dis­ap­pointed by this panel’s per­for­mance.

Colour tem­per­a­ture, gamma and con­trast are all spot on

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