Pros: Stunning 4K visuals gaming, 4K streaming
Cons: Requires Fury or equivalent performance GPU to run
I’ll start this by saying my 1st XG2700 came with strong IPS glow in upper right and left corners of screen which though I did not see initially gaming did have it on desktop with wallpaper. I decided to make an exchange to try my luck one more time and my 2nd monitor’s glow was less enough that it doesn’t show on normal desktop wallpaper, gaming, streaming, or watching movies. In the IPS world ‘good enough’ is great.
Both monitors I scanned for and neither showed any white dot, black dot, dead pixels or dust in monitor. These panels showing pristine condition as expected and some QC perhaps which is a good sign. You do pay for higher grade panel, flexible good looking durable sturdy stands, intuitive OSD controls, and Viewsonic enchantments when you buy a premium monitor like this. I bought mine on sale for $650 (amazing price) and with a $499 GPU made 4K reality on my desktop.
Out of the box first thing I did was set color setting to sRGB which puts it at 70% contrast and 25% brightness. Second thing I did was to go over to Viewsonic product page support and download the driver. Though AMD Crimson recognizes it, I found quickly after under Windows device manager monitor is still listed as 'generic' without proper driver. I enabled freesync via OSD and AMD's Crimson software. Lastly in OSD set input lag to 'ultra fast'. Voila, your ready for 4k UHD gaming.
Coming from 1440 to 4K doesn’t have that ‘wow’ factor that I had coming from 1080 to 1440 but it is there still. Impressed visually none the less looking at 4K content. Opens doors for 4K camcorder or camera in life with something you can view and appreciate it with. 4K streaming more available in You Tube, along with watching tv & movies in UHD.
4K Gaming Results
4790K 4.6 GHz - Sapphire Nitro Fury (stock) - Crimson 16.1 @ 3840x2160
So here are my results gaming where I took four different benchmarks for each game. I threw away any results which showed irregular spikes of max FPS to get the truest results I could. As you can see on average R9 Fury was able to stay in the freesync range most of the time aside from the dips. Played highest in game settings for each AAA title below except for Crysis 3 where I had to turn off AA to bring it to a playable level like the other games. However even with AA turned off Crysis 3 did not degrade much visually and had greater effect with higher FPS than it did lowering visual quality. I'd like to point out even without AA in Crysis 3 at 4K it still looked more vibrant than it did with AA turned on at 1440.
Far Cry 4 - Ultra
Min 29 Max 60 Avg 41
Shadows of Mordor - Ultra
Min 34 Max 60 Avg 46
StarWars Battlefront - Ultra Field of View 100%
Min 30 Max 62 Avg 47
Crysis 3 Very High No AA
Min 34 Max 53 Avg 43
I'll take you around the OSD settings and show how to enable freesync on this monitor which comes default turned off. I also recommend turning input to 'Ultra Fast'.
Turn on Adaptive Synchronization, Black Stabilization, Low Input Lag & Response Time
OSD Setting Steps (Click to show)
Manual Image Adjust
Advanced Image Adjust
Check AMD Freesync.
Can also adjust Black Stablization
Black Stabilization 0-10
Using pre-set settings for Gaming FPS1, FPS2, RTS & MOBA
OSD Setting Steps! (Click to show)
VewSonic XG 2700 supports Freesync 40 - 60 FPS range
Freesync Range 40-60 Proof (Click to show)
VewSonic XG 2700 doesn't support Gsync
Nvidia doesn't support DP1.2a VESA standard. Will update should future Nvidia products enable VESA standard. Someday XG2700 could be capable to use both AMD and Nvidia GPU's for adaptive synchronization when Nvidia decides to support industry standard.
I'd like to point out I'm not a professional reviewer and knowledge on monitors no more than your average OCN member. I thought I'd show off the monitor with actual video to see it in action as it is and not through FRAPS or recording equivalent.
The photo slide is a decent representation as I was able to keep focusing each shot and you can clearly see there is no glow bleeding through. On the videos gaming I set the camera on an angle and could not hit focus. I have reflections in two different places due to lightning of room in upper right in one video and then natural lighting reflection lower middle right on the other. Since you will see them in two different spots and not both at same time it confirms it was just poor video quality and lightning reflections messing with what might look like IPS glow bleeding through. Gaming none of this is noticeable from the room behind me, it it were I would not be keeping this monitor. It's also why I prefer semi-gloss matte finish panels over glossy which magnifies reflections behind you.
Keep in mind these colors you see here are by no means as vibrant nor have the color pop as to what I actually see. I felt this video representation would at least show motion gaming.
4K Photo Slide - Video Example (Click to show)
Battlefield 4 - High Settings - Video Example (Click to show)
StarWars BattleFront - Ultra FOV 100% Settings - Video Example (Click to show)
Key to remember when gaming is adjusting in game settings so FPS is 40 FPS minimum at the very lowest so you’re in the adaptive synchronization range. Game settings will be heavily determined by the GPU power in your system. Going from 1440 60 Hz to 4K 60 Hz in games was even more eye candy than before and adding adaptive synchronization was a game changer. I understand what they say once you experience it you will not go back to vsync or no sync at all ever again.
Here is an example of actual game play between a benchmark while playing Tom Clancy's The Division at medium settings. Optimally FPS is kept at 40 FPS minimums to keep inside the XG2700's adaptive sync range 40-60 FPS. As you can see it's very fluid motion and why adaptive sync changes 4K gaming with this tear free 10 bit panel.
Tom Clancy's The Division - medium settings (Click to show)
The only caveat I have is the lack of cord organization behind the stand with no pass through hole. It does comes with a red connector you assemble onto the monitor stand that helps hold / hide the cords behind the stand if your trying to hide them for desktop aesthetics. It's a bit flimsy and my cords passed through the small slot easily. On the second monitor the red connector came broke, and not worthy enough for me to think about return.
The red pin striping isn't distracting or aesthetically ugly which is subjective, that runs down the center of stand and around the side and front edges. All black would have been preferred.
Picture in picture is accessed through OSD menu. Next time an easy one button feature would make it more useful.
If your considering a new monitor, remember regardless of panel type you choose you will make some sort of compromise as both TN and IPS has PROS and CONS. There isn't a perfect panel, just a perfect panel for you depending on your use and taste.
I wouldn’t recommend 4K to anyone with less than Fury or Fury equivalent tier performance and 4GB VRAM to push this monitor.
In the end, you’re going to have IPS glow on this monitor like any other IPS panel, just need some luck getting one that doesn’t bleed through blacks while gaming, streaming, watching movies.
XG2700 isn't for the competitive gamer and if you are, your probably looking at 144 Hz TN panel where it counts most in that category. Serious gamer but not competitive may opt for 144 Hz IPS for the other benefits gained that TN doesn't provide. I'll reiterate it boils down to use and preference. For myself as an avid but casual gamer, coming from 1440 60 Hz with no adaptive sync, this was a worthy and significant upgrade. My personal use as 4K multimedia will be more than 50% of the time over gaming and why I went 4K 60 Hz over 1440 144 Hz refresh rate.
I’ve been watching, waiting for a monitor to come since the very 1st TN Gsync panel released and finally found what I’ve been looking for to suit my needs and what I feel will hold longevity. 4K has finally met maturity with DP 1.2a and HDMI 2.0 which fully supports 4K up to 60 Hz and 60 FPS gaming. Next gen GPU’s are turning the performance corner where one GPU can power 4K 60 Hz monitors without any problem. 4K media is already accepted for a few years in the market and only expanding. 4K is not a gimmick or short lived like 3D vision showed us. It’s parallel to what the move from 720 to 1080 was for the industry only on a greater level in clarity. This monitor brings it to you on your desktop and makes a great all around 4K multi-media, gaming and productivity monitor for work or play.
In summary, I feel one day 4K 60 Hz will be on everyone's desktop as "the norm" and we'll be looking back at 1440 like we did 1080 and wonder how we did it at all. Viewsonic and their crystal clear IPS panels combine 4K and gaming masterfully. If you haven't found your display yet, good luck finding one like I did my 4K UHD gaming monitor
XG2700 Product Page
XG2700-4K monitor - included in box
AC/DC Adapter, Power cable, Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable, USB 3.0 cable, QuickStart Guide, ViewSonic WizardCD
XG2700 Specifications (Click to show)
WARRANTY- 3-year limited warranty on parts, labor and backlight
Lcd TYPE - IPS Type, a-Si TFT Active Matrix LCD
PANEL SURFACE - 3H Anti-glare, hard-coating
ASPECT RATIO - 16:09
STATIC CONTRAST RATIO - 1000:01:00
VIEWING ANGLES - 178º horizontal, 178º vertical
LIGHT SOURCE - LED
RESOLUTION - 3840 x 2160
TYPE - IPS
MINIMUM BACKLIGHT LIFE (HOURS) - 30,000
BRIGHTNESS (TYP.) - 300 cd/m2
RESPONSE TIME (TYPICAL, GTG) - 5ms
DISPLAY SIZE (IN.) - 27
Compatibility - MAC® RESOLUTION (MIN) 3840x2160
PC RESOLUTION (MAX) - 3840x2160 non-interlaced
MINI DISPLAY PORT - 1
HDMI 2.0 - 1
HDMI MHL - 2
POWER IN - DC In
DISPLAY PORT - 1
USB 2.0 TYPE B - 1
USB 3.0 TYPE A - 4
3.5MM AUDIO OUT - 1
ECO MODE (OPTIMIZED)
35.5W - ECO MODE (CONSERVE)
25.5W - CONSUMPTION (TYPICAL)
45W - CONSUMPTION (MAX)
AC 100-240V (universal), 50-60Hz
VESA COMPATIBLE - 100 x 100 mm
FREQUENCY HORIZONTAL 15~204kHz
FREQUENCY VERTICAL 24~120Hz
TILT (FORWARD / BACK) Forward 5° / Back 15°
HEIGHT ADJUST (MM) 120
NET WITHOUT STAND (KG) - 5.4
NET WITH STAND (KG) - 8.4
GROSS (KG) - 10.7
NET WITH STAND (LBS) - 18.4
NET WITHOUT STAND (LBS) -11.8
GROSS (LBS) - 23.6
Dimensions: 25.3 x 21.9 x 9.1 in. / 642.7 x 555.6 x 231 mm
XG2700 Official Data Sheet PDF
UPDATED: Today's updates concludes this review as final. Thank you for your patience.