Using a suitably high refresh rate monitor makes more sense for professional games at fast frame rates. 240Hz models are now available on all three main categories of LCD screens. The ViewSonic XG270 is a 240Hz IPS part of their ELITE group of gaming monitors (not to be mistaken with the XG270QG). Monitor aesthetics are in line with other in the series. A ‘stealthy’ build, with lots of matte black plastics, a low-profile wide-based stand and a blended grey central ‘ELITE’ emblem. Dual-stage bezels are used at the top and sides with a relatively slender panel border that is flush with the rest of the frame plus a thin outer hard plastic layer. The OSD (On Screen Display) is operated on the underside of the bottom bezel, by a central joystick and corresponding shortcut button.
It uses an IPS-type (In-Plane Switching or similar) panel of 27′′ 1920 x 1080 (Full HD). Specifically, a panel with AUO AHVA (Advanced Hyper-Viewing Angle). This is followed by a static contrast of 1000:1, maximum matte anti-glare glass surface and horizontal and vertical viewing angles of 178°. A 240Hz refresh rate is possible on appropriate GPUs and platforms, along with Adaptive-Sync with support for AMD FreeSync and Nvidia’s ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode.’ In addition to LFC (Low Frame Rate Compensation), a 48-240Hz variable refresh rate range is provided to aid curb tearing and stutter. True 8-bit color is enabled and a flicker-free WLED backlight is used, offering a standard overall luminance of 99 per cent sRGB color gamut coverage and 400 cd / m². A Low Blue Light Filter (LBL) setting is included to further improve the viewing convenience. A response time of 1ms gray to gray is defined, using very strong overdrive pixels (5ms without) – as normal, pay little attention to these figures.
The provided stand is completely flexible and can be removed using a rapid-release device, making room for an alternate solution compatible with VESA 100 x 100 mm. The stand connection point is accompanied by a hexagonal RGB LED lighting feature (‘ELITE RGB’), controllable using software or with preset color cycles inside the OSD. The underside of the bottom bezel includes extra ‘ELITE RGB’ LEDs. On the left side of the screen is a flip-down headset hook and at the edge are 2 flip-down cursor cord hooks, each side of the stand face. Includes: DP 1.2a, 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, 3 USB 3.1 ports, 3.5mm audio output and DC control input (external ‘power brick’). Also included are 2 x 3W speakers, for simple sound performance.
The monitor is listed for ~$430 in the US, wider availability is expected shortly after initial release.