ViewSonic XG2703-GS; An In-Depth Review

Gaming monitors have really come a long way in the past couple of years. Before, IPS (In-Plane Switching) panels are limited for colour-demanding work for their accuracy and precision in colors, which is why they’re preferred by photographers, graphic designers, interior design, editing videos, animation, multimedia, etc. And TN (Twisted Nematic) panel are used for high refresh rate tasks, especially gaming. Today however, we have seen VA (Vertical Alignment) with improved refresh rates, and IPS-Type panel in the form of AHVA (Advanced Hyper-Viewing Angle) which tries to offer the best of both worlds. A good example of the latter is the ViewSonic XG2703-GS, which runs at a 165Hz refresh rate and combines all the good things IPS panels can offer. What makes this product special? Check out this in-depth review form Dual Monitors Guide to know more.

ViewSonic XG2703-GS (image from Amazon)


Who is it for?

ViewSonic XG2703-GS is definitely designed for gamers, and it comes equipped with some of the latest technology to boost its gameplay performance, starting from fast refresh rate, Nvidia G-sync technology, Nvidia Ultra Low Motion Blur and decent response time. And since it uses IPS panel technology, it also has no trouble delivering accurate and vivid colors with consistent brightness levels. That means it can also work for graphic professionals or people who work on color-sensitive tasks.

 

Benefits

2560x1440p Resolution at AHVA Panel Technology for High Refresh Rate and Beautiful Image Quality

ViewSonic XG2703-GS (image from Amazon)


ViewSonic XG2703-GS uses AHVA panel technology, which is a type of IPS panel technology capable of delivering higher refresh rate and faster response time than the usual IPS. And since it’s technically a type of IPS, it comes with the good things IPS panel can offer, which means it rich and evenly saturated colors. Brightness peaks at 350 cd/m2, with native contras ratio of 1000:1, pretty much the standard in the market right now for competitive display.

ViewSonic XG2703-GS (image from Amazon)


The 2560x1440p resolution shows well-defined and highly detailed imagery; that’s 77% more screen space for a more immersive viewing experience, as it is four times bigger than the traditional 720p and almost double than the standard 1080p. This means sharper images that stretches throughout the screen without distortion while maintaining 16:9 Aspect Ratio.

 

Ultra-Fast Gaming Action from 165Hz Refresh Rate, Plus Nvidia G-Sync Tech and Low Motion Blur Tech

ViewSonic XG2703-GS (image from Amazon)


ViewSonic XG2703-GS has no problem delivering games in great visual fluidity, thanks to its swift 165Hz refresh rate and awesome graphics. The screen looks smooth no matter how quickly in-game actions unfold. That means no annoying tracers and motion blurs to distract your eyes as you play your games, or even up your game with smooth visuals. 165Hz of course, is only accessible through the DisplayPort 1.2 connection port.

ViewSonic XG2703-GS (image from Amazon)


As said earlier, this gaming monitor from View Sonic is fully equipped, and two of the best technologies in the market right now for gaming displays are in this product – G-Sync technology and Ultra Low Motion Blur technology. As we all know, the former works by synchronizes the frame rate output between the monitor and the graphics card, minimizing stutters and eliminating screen tearing. It also improves input lag to deliver breathtaking gaming experience.

Motion Blur on the other hand, provides smooth movement and sharp edges for even the most action-packed gaming scenarios as it further decreases blurring and minimizing the chance of ghosting when on-screen action gets heated. Thus, whether you’re shooting your enemies, carefully planning your strategy, or racing, images on screen stay smooth and sharp.

ViewSonic XG2703-GS (image from Amazon)


Subsequently, this gaming monitor comes with a respectable 4ms response time. It may be a little short from the fastest in the market (1ms), but 4ms is definitely good enough to provide smooth and fast gaming experience, without blurring, ghosting or streaking.

Gaming test shows this monitor performed wonderfully. Even when G-sync is disabled, big title games such as Crysis 3 (on PC) and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (on PlayStation 4) looked smooth, without any noticeable blurring, ghosting or tearing. Enabling the G-Sync only makes the action even more fluid.

Input Lag for this monitor is at fast 12.3ms (measured by Leo Bodnar video signal Lag Tester). That is considered fast in any cases. The fastest in the market right now is at 9.5ms with BenQ XL2430T.

 

Accurate and Vivid Colors, Thanks to Super-Clear IPS-Type Panel Technology

Colors appear rich , balanced and well-saturated in this monitor. Blu-ray films such as Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War looked sharp and crisp. This is quite surprising, given the DisplayMate 64-steap Grayscale test shows the monitor has some limitations in its gray shades.

Color accuracy on the other hand, is good, though not ideal. Chromaticity test shows blue is right within its ideal coordinates, while red and green both ran a little hot. Test images however, show there is no oversaturation of colors or tinting. Also, users can make use of the 6-axis Color settings and a colorimeter to calibrate the panel for more precise colors.

 

Good Viewing Angle

As with other monitors with IPS panel, the viewing angle of ViewSonic XG2703-GS is expectedly good. Colors remain strong, and there are no signs of luminance loss even when viewing the screen at extreme bottom, top and side angles. This is a welcome improvement, since most gaming monitors in the market use TN panels, which usually suffer in this area.

 

Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Setup Options

 

As gaming monitor, it's not hard to imagine this ViewSonic monitor gets paired with another one for a dual monitor setup for a more immersive gaming experience. If you're that kind of gamer, then you would be glad to know you have plenty of good options out there for that kind of setup. Two of the best options are.

Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm (image from Amazon)


Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm allows you to put two 28-inch display side by side, or even put one on top of the other. It is made up of solid polished aluminum construction, with high quality materials. It’s equipped with Constant Force (CF) technology, which is Ergotron’s patented technology that holds monitors securely in place, and still allows smooth, convenient adjustment for optimum ergonomics.

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


If you’re looking for a dual monitor LCD arm that can support your two 27-inch monitor, but don’t have the budget to spend for premium products, then you can opt for AmazonBasics dual side-by-side monitor arm. This product comes with an affordable price tag, but don’t mistake its price for low quality, as it can certainly stand against the best in the market today.

 

 

Design and Features

Though ViewSonic XG2703-GS is not something we can call ‘edgy’, it does have homely appearance. There’s the familiar matte-black plastic that we have gotten used to for the bezel and the majority of the stand. The bezels measure half-inch in all sides. Rather than using red and black color scheme, which is a common combination for many gaming monitors, this one uses green accents (located at the bottom and top edges) of the monitor. The stand sports a matte black finish with a glossy triangle plastic towards the front. There is also a green accent on the inner surface of the neck of the stand. The accents are eye-catchy, which we assume is a good thing, since it minimizes distractions. They’re actually only partially visible at normal viewing position.

ViewSonic XG2703-GS (image from Amazon)


Bezels are reasonably thin, around 0.49 inches at the top and sides, and 0.67 inches at the bottom. The green lip at the bottom adds a little extra of 0.31 inches at both top and bottom, should you include them. The screen surface is coated with a light matte anti-glare.

ViewSonic XG2703-GS (image from Amazon)


The backside of the cabinet continues the Nvidia green accent theme with its small green XG logo and a small green triangle at the top of the monitor.

 

Buttons and Controls

 

The buttons for this monitor are all housed on the right side. There are five buttons for the settings menus plus a Power button, and they’re small and placed a little too close to each other, making them quite tricky to use at first as you may accidentally press the wrong ones when navigating through the menu.

For the Picture settings, XG2703-GS has plenty of things selections to offer, such as six Game modes (Gamer1, Gamer2, FPS1, FPS2, RTS, and MOBA), four picture presets (Standard, Game, Movie and Web) and the ever-important Blue Light Filter, as well as the Adaptive Contrast and Dark Boost settings, all important for gaming.

Aside from Brightness and Contrast, you also get to set the Gamma, Color Temperature, and sRGB Saturation of this monitor. They also provide a 6-Axis Color settings, allowing users to fine-tune and calibrate their display for better colour precision. There is of course the basics at Eco power-saving mode which include Standard, Optimize and Conserve options.

 

Connectivity Options

ViewSonic XG2703-GS (image from Amazon)


This ViewSonic monitor don’t come with a lot of video inputs; all you can get is a DisplayPort input, and an HDMI input, which are both located at the back side of the cabinet. Good thing however, is they’re facing downward, meaning they’re easy to access and will not take much space when your monitor is placed close to a wall.

 

ViewSonic XG2703-GS (image from Amazon)


Fortunately, this monitor comes with USB 3.0 ports, composed of; one upstream USB 3.0 port and two downstream USB 3.0 ports. There are a couple of additional USB 3.0 ports located on the right side of the cabinet for easy access. For the audio, there’s an audio output as well.

 

With Built-In 2W Speakers

Many gaming monitors now come with integrated built-in speakers. And though they’re considerably weaker speakers, they’re welcome addition and it’s actually hard to complain about them. This monitor too, comes with a pair of 2W speakers. As with the other, they’re moderately loud, but as expected, they lack to bass response and sounds tinny at highest volume level.

 

Fully Adjustable Ergonomic Stand

The stand is fully adjustable, providing ergonomic versatility for its users as it includes swivel, tilt, height  adjustment and pivot (to switch from landscape to portrait orientation, and vice versa). The stand also features a hook where you can store your headphones and a cable slot to help keep your desk neat and clutter free.

 

Tech Specs

Package includes the 27-inch monitor, DisplayPort, HDMI, and USB (upstream) cables, a Quick Start Guide, a resource CD with drivers and a user manual.

 

Bottom Line

It is undeniable that there is a lot to like about ViewSonic XG2703-GS. For one, it’s a great gaming monitor with its speedy refresh rate plus all the gaming-centric features it’s been equipped with, particularly the G-Sync technology. Color performance wise, it is definitely NOT on par with the professional-grade display in the market, but out of the box, both vibrancy and gamma levels were surprisingly good, which leads us to believe that it can work for some color-sensitive tasks, given the circumstances, and of course, after careful calibration.  Also, it comes equipped with plenty of gaming presets, which only makes it convenient for gamers.

 

For its calibration, users are given the freedom to adjust the color temperature and gamma level of the monitor. This is something that is often left out in many monitors, especially for gaming displays. Also, the Input Lag is considered, which is again, good for gaming, as you can depend on the monitor’s performance.

Design wise, the green accents is a fresh take on gaming monitors. We’ve gotten used to red accents, and sometimes, they can be too strong for the eyes. The greens in this monitor however, are subtle aesthetic additions, which works pretty well.

On the other hand, we can say ViewSonic XG2703-GS is expensive. Also, there are only two video input options for this display, which can be a challenge for some users who loves to switch from PC, to console, etc. For a definitely cheaper price, you can get the brand’s very own ViewSonic XG2700-4K, which has higher resolution and five video inputs.

For more in-depth reviews like this, check out Dual Monitors Guide today!



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