ViewSonic XG2401; An In-Depth Review

More and more monitor brands are making larger gaming monitors, in an attempt to give gamers more space to work on and wider field of view. However, 24-inch remained a sweet spot for most gamers, as it’s seems to have the best combo for performance and affordability. ViewSonic fully understands this idea, which is why they continue to cater the needs of large percentage of gamers. And just recently, they released another competitive display for competitive gaming – the ViewSonic XG2401. It combines the trusted TN panel with 144Hz Refresh Rate and comes with Adaptive Sync, which is a FreeSync tech from AMD. How does it hold up as a gaming monitor, movie and work monitor? Check out this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide.

ViewSonic XG2401 (image from Amazon)


Who is it for?

ViewSonic XG2401 is especially made for competitive gamers looking for mid-sized displays. It’s affordable, yet very capable of delivering the fastest, smoothest and most fluid gaming experience.

 

Benefits

Speed has, is and will always be the king when it comes to PC gaming, and that is actually what the ViewSonic XG2401 is about – a gaming monitor that boasts 1ms pixel response time, 144Hz refresh rate, and AMD’s anti-screen tearing technology for smooth gaming action. It also comes with tons of gaming features and presets, as well as a fully adjustable stand, making it one of the better choices out there for midsize gaming monitors.

 

Good Overall Gaming Performance, Fast and Smooth

ViewSonic XG2401 (image from Amazon)


To start with, ViewSonic XG2401 boasts 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms pixel response time, the fastest digits in the market today. This enables the monitor to deliver fast and smooth gaming experience. Not to mention the FreeSync technology from AMD for blur-free motion handling and zero ghosting, making games feel more fluid.

 

ViewSonic XG2401 (image from Amazon)


This makes shooting off your enemies’ head in the battlefield feel more satisfying.

 

ViewSonic XG2401 (image from Amazon)


Those digits are paired with an equally speedy input lag (time it takes for the monitor to recognize and act on the commands of the controller) of 9.8ms (measured using Leo Bodnar Video Signal Lag tester), which is only a little shy of the 9.5ms recorded by BenQ XL2430T and BenQ SW2700PT.

 

Well-Defined and Rich Colors, But Colour Accuracy is A Little Skewed

ViewSonic XG2401 shows rich and well-defined colors, but as with other monitors sporting TN panel, it doesn’t have the most impressive colour accuracy. Chromaticity test shows colour accuracy is slightly skewed, with colors red and blue close to their ideal coordinates, while green is way outside the edge. Again, this is a common issue among TN-based monitors, but it doesn’t really compromise color quality that much; it doesn’t cause colors to look oversaturated or tinted.

 

With Black Stabilization Feature for Improved Visibility

ViewSonic XG2401 (image from Amazon)


As with many new ViewSonic gaming monitors, this one right here also comes with Black Stabilization function, which is particularly important for gaming, as it provides improved visibility in brightened dark scenes. It’s a great for FPS games.

 

Decent Grayscale Performance

As with the colour accuracy, grayscale performance is good, considering it’s a TN panel. It’s of course, far from perfect, as the two lightest shades look whitewashed based on DisplayMate 64-step grayscale test. This makes highlights and details of images appear washed out. The darkest shades are much better though.

 

Sub-Par Viewing Angle, Typical of TN Panels

Viewing angle was typical for a TN panel, there were some noticeable color shifting when viewing the screen from extreme side angles, bottom and top.

 

Efficient Power Consumption for A Competitive Gaming Screen

ViewSonic XG2401 runs at 29W of power at Standard mode, which is pretty close to its closest competitors BenQ XL2420G (30W) and AOC G2460PG (32W) and identical with GAEMS M-240. You can however, drag it down to 16W at Conserve Eco mode from Optimize mode.


Dual Monitors and Multiple Monitors Setup Options

 

24-inch has always been the sweet spot for gaming monitor size, and consequently, it's the best size for dual monitor and multiple monitor setups. Fortunately, there are many options in the market for multi-monitor setup of this ViewSonic monitor. Two of the better options out there are the Ergotron LX Wall Mount LCD Arm and AmazonBasics dual side-by-side monitor arm.

 

Ergotron LX Wall Mount LCD Arm (image from Amazon)


Ergotron LX Wall Mount LCD Arm is the premium choice, and it's one of the best ergonomic third party solutions out there. Each of its articulating arm can be adjusted independently. The whole construction , and is made up of solid polished aluminum, making it last 10 times longer than its competition in the market. It comes equipped with the brand’s own Constant Force (CF) technology, which allows the arms to hold both displays in place securely, and still allow users to adjust eat display easily and smoothly, with one soft touch.

AmazonBasics dual side-by-side monitor arm (image from Amazon)


AmazonBasics dual side-by-side monitor arm on the other hand, is the affordable alternative, and more and more people are choosing it for its price. It works almost exactly the same as Ergotron's, but it obviously doesn’t have the features the more premium mount offers.



Design and Features

ViewSonic XG2401 (image from Amazon)


As something identified as a gaming monitor, ViewSonic XG2401really look like a display especially made for gaming. ViewSonic used two-tone look for its design. The cabinet is mostly black plastic, with details of red strip on the stand. The side of the stand however, is made up of glossy black plastic, rather than yellow. Bezels are reasonably thick, measuring 0.67 inches at both sides and at the top, and 0.79 to 1.14 inches at the bottom.

The TN panel screen is coated with a matte, anti-glare coating, and housed in a 0.4-inch bezel and supported by a black rectangular stand with red trim.

 

 

Buttons and Controls

ViewSonic XG2401 has five buttons for changing settings, selecting input source and accessing the monitor’s menus, plus a power button, all are located at the lower bezel. The downward-facing buttons feels tactile to press, well-spaced out from each other, and pretty easy to use.

For Picture settings, selection includes the basics, such as Brightness, Color Temperature (sRGB, Bluish, Native, Cool, Warm and User defined), Contrast, Sharpness, Aspect Ratio and Eco mode. There are also important preset feature such as Blue Light Filter setting, 6 picture presets (namely Standard, Game, Movie, Text, Web and Mono), Black Stabilizer settings, and a whopping 7 gaming-dedicated preset modes, such as two FPS (first-person shooter) mode, three custom Gamer presets, RTS (real-time strategy) preset, and MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) preset. Unfortunately though, users won’t be able to fine-tune the colors’ hue and saturation settings, and 6-Axis Color settings, which are excellent setting options for gaming.

 

Decent 2W Speakers for Gamers’ Convenience

ViewSonic XG2401 (image from Amazon)


As a monitor dedicated for gaming, ViewSonic understands the importance of convenience for gamers. This includes de-cluttering desktop for better comfort, which is why they pack their XG2401 with a built-in 2W speakers for gamers’ convenience. It’s a decent speaker for low-volume listening, but as expected, it lacks the bass response to make games feel more immersive.

 

Wide Range of Connectivity Options

ViewSonic XG2401 (image from Amazon)


All inputs/outputs of this monitor are mounted at the backside of the cabinet, and there are no side-mounted ports, which would have been a convenience feature. I/O ports selection includes 2 HDMI inputs, a single DisplayPort input, one USB 3.0 upstream port, two USB 3.0 downstream ports, and a headphone jack.

 

Fully Adjustable Stand for Gaming Comfort and Ergonomics, with VESA Mounting Holes Too


ViewSonic XG2401 (image from Amazon)


ViewSonic XG2401 comes with a black rectangular stand for stable and secured support. The base of the stand is equipped with Lazy Susan mechanism, allowing users to swivel the cabinet 175˚, while the mounting arm comes with a hinge that allows 4.7 inches height adjustment and 27˚ tilt adjustability. It also allows 90˚ pivot function to switch orientation mode from landscape to portrait, and vice versa.

This ViewSonic gaming monitor also comes with VESA-compliant mounting holes, making it easy for users to mount the monitor to a monitor stand with articulating arm, wall mount, or mounts for dual monitor or triple monitor setup.

 

 

Tech Specs

Package includes a DisplayPort cable, upstream USB 3.0 cable, a Quick Start Guide and a Resource CD.

 

Bottom Line

24-inch seems to be the favorite choice among gamers when it comes to choosing a preferred monitor size. Mid-range displays usually have just the right combination of affordability and performance. Also, even if they can afford the bigger ones, many gamers opt for mid-size, especially for competitive gaming. Not to mention they’re the best size for dual monitor and triple monitor gaming setup. ViewSonic is quite familiar with this demand, which is why they introduced their XG2401.

 

This product offers tons of gaming-centric presets that have no trouble handling the fastest gaming actions. It’s actually a solid choice that will not drain anyone’s bank account. Also, it’s paired with an excellent monitor stand with full adjustability options, making it ideal for long hours of gaming.

As with most competitive gaming monitors out there, it uses a TN panel for its screen, allowing it to run with the fastest pixel response and refresh rate. However, that same panel technology compromises colour accuracy, grayscale and viewing angle. Also, they included integrated speakers, which are just sub-par. More powerful speakers would have been a welcome improvement that will separate this product from the crowd. With that said, BenQ XL2420G may be the better choice, as they’re almost identical in terms of gaming performance (though it uses Nvidia’s G-sync anti-tearing technology), as it comes with more features, and setting options, but then again, it will cost you almost twice as much.

All in all, ViewSonic XG2401 is a great choice for people/gamers looking for a competitive gaming display that doesn’t hurt the bank. It runs with blazing fast pixel response time and refresh rate, and accompanied with FreeSync technology to deliver smooth gaming experience, with zero blurring and ghosting.

 



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