Yes, many of us know ViewSonic to be a projector and regular PC monitor brand. But very few know they also build hardcore gaming monitors for the flavourful. They have an ‘Elite’ range of gaming PC/Console monitors, but are they worth your hard-earned penny? We got our hands on the ViewSonic Elite XG270Q and spent some time with it to understand if you should buy it or not. Here is the ViewSonic Elite XG270Q review, you all have been waiting for.
ViewSonic Elite XG270Q review: Design
Out of the box, the ViewSonic Elite XG270Q screams for attention and we gave it all it wanted and more. Assembling it is child’s play, and you do not need any special tools to put it together. 1 screw puts the metal base plate to the neck, and you can snap the 27-inch monitor to it with ease. The display is edge to edge, and you get only one thick bezel at the bottom that has the Elite branding at the bottom.
Spin it around you get to see RGB lighting that can be controlled with ViewSonic Elite display controller software. Here you can control the visual settings including the RGB lighting modes/colours. Also, you get a special hook located on the left of the monitor to place your headphone and 2 bungees to manage your mouse wire. The neck of the ViewSonic Elite XG270Q also has a hole in the middle through which you can put in all the wires, basically good cable management. You can find the power button at the bottom of the display.
The monitor can tilt forward and backwards from -5 to 20 degrees. Users can also adjust the height up to 11.5 CM. Over that, it swivels up to 60 degrees (30 degrees on either side) and one can also pivot it to 90 degrees, in case you like the portrait mode better. The overall weight of the monitor is 7.9Kg, which considering it has a lot of metal components, is not too bad. The ViewSonic branding can also be seen on the back of the ViewSonic Elite XG270Q gaming monitor.
ViewSonic Elite XG270Q review: Performance
Let’s start with the ports this monitor has to offer. At the back, you will find downward-facing ports. These include the charger power port, a display port for gaming consoles, two HDMI, one audio-out, 1 USB type-B and three USB Type-A ports. ViewSonic Elite XG270Q is a 27-inch IPS monitor that supports QHD resolution (2,560 x 1,440 pixels). It has a super high contrast ratio of 120million:1, 1MS response time and 165Hz refresh rate. NVIDIA G-Sync is also supported.
So, what this essentially means is you can play games up to 165 FPS with the best vivid colours and deep blacks. So, we put it to the test and it wooed us. We were not expecting this kind of colour reproduction and ghosting/lag-free imagery. We played some of our regular games like DOTA 2 and CS:GO. We got 120-145 FPS on both and the large display helped us clutch some hard games with ease. On the other side, the latest games like Battlefield 2042 also looked much better on this gaming monitor.
We spent some time watching Netflix and FHD videos on YouTube. Here too, the ViewSonic Elite XG270Q did not dissatisfy us. Since we tested with an NVIDIA GFX card the technology works flawlessly. The power consumption, even though it uses a fairly large power brick, is just 46W (max). Overall, we found this monitor to be quite cool. You can easily move it up and down, swivel it around and the no glossy screen works for us. Viewing angles are also great and colour reproduction is perfect from every angle. Yes, they do not wash off if you are looking at it from weird angles.
So, it boils down to this, its price. At Rs 48,999 is the ViewSonic Elite XG270Q worth buying? Well, many would say they would build a whole gaming PC in that amount. But this monitor is not built for the entry-level gamer. It is built for people who are considering buying a high-end graphics card like GTX 3090. If money is not a problem, you can seriously consider this gaming monitor.
Excellent design with swivel
Superb display colours and deep blacks
Price, not for the masses
Few side ports would have been good.
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