Viewsonic XG2703-GS Review - 165Hz gaming monitor with IPS. My next big hope. A very good monitor with some disadvantages within OSD navigation preset arrangement
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I've purchased a Viewsonic XG2703 for myself at Amazon's Cyber Monday for 599€ (which is a good but in my opinion still not a perfect deal when compared to Full HD 144 Hz 1080p TN models which are excellent for their price tags). Contrast is almost the same - the native color temperature is measured at 6700K which is not bad. In my case, I lose a bit of contrast while I've set the monitor to 5600K. But the most important question, how about the IPS Glow? Well, this unit is also pretty same as my first exemplary but with two backlight bleed spots (visible at 120 cd/m2) because of the panel frame pressures against its panel. Watch the IPS-Glow / Backlight uniformity Video here. On brightness 100% we clearly can see that the panel frame construction on the Viewsonic XG2703-GS really is not well thought out so that I can see more backlight bleed issues than on 120 cd/m2. The Acer XF270HUA, for example, is better in this case (of course it can vary in each individual unit, but the risk should be less on the Acer). Glow in dark games is still present on the Viewsonic - I do not recommend to use this monitor with high brightness settings if you do not find a "golden" sample with less glow and blb issues. This is (again), why a panel frame construction is so important (especially on IPS panels) so that manufacturers should concentrate on this particular "topic".
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YouTube Video Review
Contrast, Brightness, and Black Point:
Presets and Measurements:
Measurements with optimal settings (without calibration):
Measurements after calibration:
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Pros & Cons
- Good Colors
- G-Sync with ULMB
- USB Hub with 4 x USB 3.0 ports
- Very good sharpness - sweet spot between performance and sharpness
- 144 Hz overclock to 165 Hz
- Good working overdrive settings
- Good build quality
- Good viewing angles
- Input Lag
- Good panel frame construction to avoid IPS glow / backlight bleed
- 165 Hz really isn't an "upgrade"
- Good foot stand with aggressive design, no swivel
- Build in speakers (for the absolute compromise solution)
- Very aggressive gaming design on the back + foot stand
- Green accents
- Still IPS lottery (My unit was good)
- Price in the EU
- Horrible OSD navigation
- No opportunity to save own profiles
- Some people and tests complain about G-Sync flickering issues when the computer goes to sleep and then wakes up (I don't have had problems here)
- More color banding issues than at the competition (Acer, Asus, AOC)
- Panel frame construction still better than on the Asus but worse than on the Acer
I bought my 2nd/3rd unit on Black-Friday for 599 Euros. Still, with these existing issues and the black uniformity (as same as on the Asus, Acer and AOC model) I find the price too high when compared with a Full HD 144 Hz monitor with much better black uniformity abilities. 800€ is way too much in my personal opinion.
The last Monitor Reviews
I have kept my 2nd unit for now - I love IPS and the overall image quality, but I still hate the black uniformity and the panel frame construction ;(