The gaming monitor for the competitive gamer.
ViewSonic steps up its gaming line with the Elite XG270, probably one of the best performing gaming monitors that you can buy. Despite its flaws, its overall performance is what sets it apart from other monitors, making it one of our favorites. Let’s have a look:
The Elite XG270 features a thick base and a taller stand. The 27-inch Full HD display features thin bezels along with RGB lights that line up the bottom part of the screen. You also have the option to put privacy panels on the side to reduce glare and for well, more privacy. There’s also an RGB light strip that’s located behind the display where the stand is attached. What’s cool is that the Elite XG270 even has a hook on the side to hang your headphones when not in use and mouse bungees that you can use to manage your wired peripherals.
The taller stand also means that the Elite XG270 is able to swivel, pivot and tilt depending on how it will be used. You also have the option to hang this monitor on the wall, but you will need a VESA compatible mount to do it.
As for the ports, the Elite XG270 comes with dual HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort, a headphone jack, three USB 3.1 Type A ports and a single USB 3.1 Type B port. The wires can get messy when connected, but it’s nice that ViewSonic included a back cover lid to hide it.
A joystick easily lets you navigate the menu options of the Elite XG270, which can be overwhelming but in a good way. The plethora of options presented here mean that you can play with different settings and presets that will suit your need, especially if you’re a gamer.
It’s a 240Hz monitor – meaning that games will look as fluid as possible whenever you’re playing, not to mention HDR support to make those whites brighter and those blacks darker. What’s more, the Elite XG270 is compatible with AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync, easily making it one of the most versatile gaming monitors available.
This easily helped the Elite XG270 perform wonderfully in games on PC and even on consoles. Details are even clearer thanks to HDR processing and the great viewing angles mean that it’s easy to see things when you’re playing in a dark setting. Fast-paced games show wonderfully on the Elite XG270, where it managed to easily showcase the advantages of a higher refresh rate.
There is one disadvantage though – the Elite XG270’s built-in speakers barely offered a good sound output. While it’s loud, the bass is non-existent and it gets distorted at high levels. It works great on normal volumes, though I ended up using external speakers and/or a pair of headphones while I was using it.
The ViewSonic Elite XG270’s feature set easily makes it stand out: 240Hz refresh rate, HDR, AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-sync compatibility. It’s less than $500 also makes it one of the few affordable gaming monitors that are worth the price.
+ 240Hz refresh rate
+ Support for AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync
– Below average sound output
Final Rating: 4/5