The Ultimate 1440p Gaming Monitor? Viewsonic XG270QG Review

The Ultimate 1440p Gaming Monitor? Viewsonic XG270QG Review


The Viewsonic Elite XG270QG is one of the
best 1440p gaming monitors I’ve ever tested, let’s check it out and find out why that’s
the case in this review. The Nano IPS panel is 27 inches with a 16
by 9 aspect ratio and runs with a 1440p resolution. It’s got a 165Hz refresh rate and a fast
1ms grey-to-grey response time with G-Sync support, so based on those specs it sounds
like it’s got everything you could want for gaming. To get games at high enough refresh rates
at 1440p you’re going to need some decent power, I’ll be testing with my RTX 2080
Ti gaming rig with an 8700K overclocked to 5GHz. You don’t require Nvidia graphics though,
I’ve also confirmed that I could use FreeSync with a Radeon RX 5700 XT, I can still get
the full 165Hz refresh rate, and CRU reports the FreeSync range as 1 to 165Hz. Viewsonic list that the monitor has support
for 98% of the DCI-P3 colour space, though I got 93% with the Spyder 5, either way the
results look decent compared to other gaming monitors I’ve tested, they’re even similar
to some content creator targeted panels I’ve used. The contrast ratio is listed as 1000:1, however
I measured mine at 620:1, which is on the lower side when compared to most monitors
I’ve tested. The brightness was fair, at 100% I measured it at just over 400 nits in
the center, though the specs say 350 nits, so my panel might just be giving me a bonus. I’ve run the UFO test to look for ghosting,
this footage is slowed down about 5 times from the original speed to allow for a closer
look, and I didn’t think it was looking too bad in this test. Viewing angles were fine regardless of angle,
the specs note that it’s good for up to 178 degrees both horizontally and vertically. The bezels aren’t too thick, I measured
them at around 1cm on the sides, though I honestly can’t say I noticed them or really
care once you get into a game. There was some backlight bleed, mainly towards
the bottom corners, definitely not ideal, but I found it hard to notice when viewing
darker content, and it will vary between panels. It’s not all just about the panel though,
the stand feels quite solid and has a brushed metal base, though the rest was plastic, at
least on the exterior, and all with a black finish. There are quite a few adjustments available
including -5 to 20 degrees of tilt, 90 degrees of swivel in either direction, 120mm of height
adjustment, and 90 degrees of pivot in either direction. The stand connects to the back of the panel
without any tools required, and behind this are four screws for the 100mm VESA mount if
you want to attach the panel to a different stand or monitor arm. The back also features a Kensington lock towards
the bottom on the right, along with speakers on the left and right, which I thought sounded
quite good for a monitor, probably the best I’ve ever heard in terms of monitor speakers,
they had some bass, were clear and they got loud enough at maximum volume. There are two rubber mouse anchors built in
which you can pull down to put your mouse cable in to keep it out of the way, one on
the left and the other on the right, so you’re covered regardless of which hand you use your
mouse with. There are three buttons in the middle below
the screen. These include a power button, the main joystick in the center for on screen
display navigation, and a quick access button which by default turns the blue light filter
on or off, however you can customize its function in the OSD. The I/O is on the back and faces down, from
left to right we’ve got full size DisplayPort, HDMI, 3.5mm audio output, USB Type-B which
you connect to your PC to use the following 3 Type-A ports, and the power input. The cables included are full size DisplayPort,
USB Type-B to A for the USB hub functionality, and a power cable and brick, unfortunately
that’s not built into the monitor and is external. I was a little disappointed that
HDMI wasn’t included, although when I tried my own HDMI cable it wouldn’t run at 1440p
above 60Hz, and the overclock option used to enable 165Hz was greyed out, so seems like
DisplayPort is required. There’s a plastic cover that goes on top
of the cables to keep the rear looking a little neater, and you can run the cables through
the hole in the stand to keep them tidy. There are also optional plastic doors you
can screw onto the sides, installation was easy, and they help reduce other light sources
from hitting the display. The left hand side has a metal headphone holder which folds down
if you need it, and you can still use it with the side panels installed. The on screen display itself was easy to navigate
through, but occasionally I would move to the wrong menu, not sure if I just suck as
using this particular joystick or what. There are quite a few options here, you’ve got
to enable the overclock option to use the full 165Hz refresh rate, you can change the
OSD timeout value, monitor colour profiles, disable the blue power LED on the front, change
RGB lighting and more. Speaking of that RGB, there’s lighting on
the back in this hexagonal shape around the VESA mount, and also 5 lights on the left
and right sides which provide an underglow effect. The effects are limited to just 3
through the OSD, and outside of rainbow you seem stuck to the colour blue, but you can
turn all lighting off if you prefer. There’s software you can download from the
Viewsonic website to manage the monitor, you just need to connect the included USB Type-B
cable to your PC to use it. Most of the functionality is locked at the moment as it’s in beta,
all I was able to do was change the RGB lighting, but this does give you more effects to choose
from compared to the OSD as well as colour selection. So far the monitor looks pretty good, but
how was it to actually use day to day? I normally use a 32” 4K monitor as my daily driver
for video editing, so swapping to 27 inches at 1440p was a little adjustment. Overall
I thought it looked great, and when playing some games that are actually able to spit
out high FPS gameplay just felt smooth, probably due to the combination of 165Hz, G-Sync and
the 1ms GTG response time. Unfortunately all of this comes at a cost,
you can find updated prices linked in the description. At the time of recording, the
Viewsonic Elite XG270QG goes for $600 USD, while we’re looking at double the price
here in Australian dollars, the current human malware issue has killed our exchange rate. It’s really difficult for me to talk about
value and how this stacks up compared to others, as I haven’t personally tested much else
with similar specs. I can see there are what appears to be similarly specced panels for
less money on Amazon though, check out the card in the top right for the Hardware Unboxed
top 5 1440p gaming monitors by Tim, needless to say he’s tested out far more than me. That said, without having tested others, this
one did feel great to play games on. The only issue I had was the bleed towards the bottom
right on my unit, otherwise I thought it was excellent. Let me know what you thought of the Viewsonic
Elite XG270QG gaming monitor down in the comments, and also let me know if you’re interested
in more gaming monitors, I had a few requests lately to see some more and I’ve got another
here to test out. Finally, as always if you’re new to the channel consider getting subscribed
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70 thoughts to “The Ultimate 1440p Gaming Monitor? Viewsonic XG270QG Review”

  1. Ngl, the iceborne thumbnail made me click , great video though! Will you be reviewing the new tuf series laptop?

  2. Man wtf I didn't expect this price from view sonic even auros is not that expisive wow
    But to be fare the monitor is everything I want to get in monitor

  3. can you review the asus tuf vg279qm (280hz, ips) for only $400 usd. I dont know why it's not rog branded, maybe for the 360hz tn probably. I hope you can get one sent for review since it does look like a sweet deal for high refresh gaming and its ips too

  4. When i see the price of most 1440p monitors i really feel like companies are willingly do their best to prevent people to leave 1080p monitors :'(

  5. idk, i like movies too much. im pretty sure I'll just go straight to 4k, hopefully 120hz 4k gets cheaper this year

  6. Hey Jt Asus have also released its Tuf 259Q 1080p 144hz 24 inch plzz review it too ☺️! M not gonna buy unless you review it!

  7. Ayy yo.. Jarrod , what will you choose ? miniLED , OLED , IPS for gaming ( No TN due to poor viewing angles and poor color accuracy)

  8. Man you really word hard. You will not get bored by it if you love doing it but you definitely get tired doing this all the time.

  9. Do you think that I should wait for the new Nvidia graphics card or just go for the Rtx 2080 super.
    I'm really not willing to pay anything more than that.

  10. MSI gl75 core i7 RTX 2060 or ACER Predator Helios 300 (2019) core i7 RTX 2060/2070, which one is best for baterry backup & performance?

  11. well you can't have it all.. mediocre contrast, bad backlight bleed but good response times.. and quite pricy.. I'll keep looking.
    thank you for the review my good sir, I excluded this monitor from my list.

  12. What a great, comprehensive review. Now I just gotta sell my masks, toilet paper and hand sanitizer, so I can afford one!

  13. Yes interested in gaming monitors, honestly looking for a ultra wide. Dunno what to choose though. (There is a budget constraint)

  14. And to think I paid this much for my first 1440p monitor in 2013. And that was a 60hz panel and g-sync didn't exist yet. 🙁

  15. when I open any video that is tech related and I hear your voice I know I'm in the right place.
    your reviews are amazing..much love from Egypt bro
    I have a question for you..I really wanted to know if there's any difference between the predator helios 300 and the triton 500 (the rtx 2060 version)
    cause the triton is slightly more expensive but is thinner so does that means that the helios will be better cause it'll be cooler?
    cause I was thinking about getting the triton 500 but I'm afraid that the helios might preform better.
    and it will be so cool if made video comparing the two of them like your usual amazing videos.

  16. I've been rocking this monitor for about 2 months now and really like it. I know it's basically the same experience as the cheaper LG model, but I think the build quality/aesthetic design plus a full g-sync module and 165hz overclock make the $100 price gap between the two models palatable and I'm super happy I got my hands on this monitor, thanks for the great review!

  17. Why are you teasing us like this Jarrod? I thought this was the Ryzen 4000 laptop (G14) review for the second time. LOL, but that monitor is hella expensive. My first guess was $350. I GUESSED WRONG! 😅

  18. If you want 1440p and the lowest input lag with highest 240hz refresh rate gaming monitor get the HP Omen X27. It is truly amazing, Tim at Hardware Unboxed gave it a really good review. It's great having a monitor that will take advantage of future GPU upgrades. Hard to believe HP made it! lol

  19. Jarrod Tech i know you won’t notice me but i wanted to know does your rtx 2080ti actually heat up faster than the other rtx because i see a lot of reviews saying that

  20. The stand is really ugly. Nice that you include how the stand works!
    The monitor is around $930 USD in Denmark. Crazy price compared to the LG 27GL850 that is 33% cheaper at $630 USD.

  21. so it makes me wonder what kind of graphics card that can be used for this monitor? I know the rtx 2060, 2070 and 2080 graphics cards are capable, but it makes me wonder if its still possible to use a 1660 ti or 1660 super for to this gaming monitor?

  22. For anyone not interested in a G-Sync display, this model is FreeSync compatible too (so it's worth watching the review).

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