ViewSonic XG2401 Review
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ViewSonic XG2401 is a 24-inch 144hz Monitor that sports a 1920×1080 resolution. Priced at $279.99, its feature set is what you would expect from the price range with the following basic features—VESA mountable, height, tilt, and swivel adjustable, full portrait pivot, HDMI and DisplayPort ports, as well as built-in speakers. Accessories include USB 3.0 cable, DisplayPort cable, IEC cord, and CD-ROM drivers.
Aesthetically, XG2401 has a “gamer” branding with its red line slicing through the middle of its stand and some red accent around its base. Thankfully, all of these are subtle, not tacky. Which we also find rather surprising since the monitor is matte black, not the usual dust and fingerprint magnet glossy finish usually associated with consumer grade products serving the video game enthusiast crowd. The monitor also has anti-reflective coating—a breath of fresh air for those hunting for gaming monitors that are not glossy.
This monitor is for those people who have AMD cards since it only supports AMD FreeSync. Needless to say, this WLED monitor also supports Adaptive Sync. Maximum brightness is rated at 350 cd/m² which also has 16.7 million color support. Contrast ratio is at 1,000:1.
On-screen display menus are pretty straightforward. The default calibration really needs some work. Tinkering the contrast should be the first thing to do upon setting up the XG2401. There are six color modes including, which the user cannot replace nor edit. Only the brightness of each preset can be adjusted. The OSD do not show the FreeSync status as it is off by default users must use the AMD Catalyst software to check it out.
View modes are also numbered at six with varying brightness, overdrive, and input lag settings. There is also SmartSync, an automated selection of the best refresh rate and response time, and input lag specifically for first-person shooting games. This feature might be handy for those who are not technologically adept, but we doubt that anyone who buys this kind of monitor is not knowledgeable enough to do these things on their own volition.
Since this is a TN panel, the color gamut is expected to be way off the accuracy scale. This is not inherently a bad thing since an IPS monitor with this refresh rate is otherworldly expensive. XG2401 is oversaturated and is full of gamma errors. All of this does not mean a thing if the monitor is used for gaming. Those who are video editors or professional editors must lean on either IPS or VA screens to get satisfied. That being said, casual video and photography work are still possible on this monitor, disappointing viewing angles and sRGB aside. For media consumption and office work, the color accuracy, and the screen uniformity is more than serviceable.
XG2401 presets horrible; sharpness is excessive, contrast is off-center, colors are too strong. You may find it strange; there are actual cases that these may be very useful. The technically horrid “gaming” preset of the monitor is useful in pro gaming scenes because of the most pronounced outline that is helpful in making out the hit parts of opponents in CS: GO, Overwatch, and other first-person shooters. This should also “pop out” the enemy units in MOBAs and RTSes.
FreeSync Performance is the best compared to other AMD FreeSync compatible monitors including many expensive monitors. For its class, XG2401 is the best regarding performance in using FreeSync. The built-in speaker, for the lack of a better word, is awful. Honestly, no one should be surprised. Not even high-end monitors have competent built-in speakers.
For its price range, XG2401 is on top of the game. The only “con” we can think of is Viewsonic is not a brand that is persistent in all territories. Warranty may be an issue so check that first before buying this monitor. Otherwise, any another monitor with the same specs is just as good as XG2401, just buy the cheapest. There are lots of cheaper monitors but with similar specs, but this particular one offers a lot of extras that are actually worth the extra price. Out-of-the-box, the XG2401 is not in its best shape. Give it some tinkering, and in some capable hands, XG2401 is the best in its class.