The ViewSonic XG240R from the brand’s new Elite series upgrades what we love in the ViewSonic XG2402 with Elite RGB lighting. The monitor adopts a more subtle overall aesthetic save for the chevron-shaped RGB LEDs at the rear. The launch price for the ViewSonic XG240R is slightly higher than its predecessors globally, but it’s a no-brainer if we get the same, if not improved gaming performance that’s pumped up by RGB.
ViewSonic XG240R Specifications
- Screen Size: 24 Inches
- Resolution:1080p FHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: Twisted Nematic Film (TN)
- Refresh Rate: 144hz
- Response Time: 1ms
- Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 350 cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: Yes (2 x 2 watts)
- Stand: Height -Yes
- Stand: Tilt – Yes (-5°/+20°)
- Stand: Swivel – Yes
- Stand: Pivot – Yes
- VESA Compatibility: Yes (100 x 100)
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 2.0 x 1, HDMI 1.4 x 1, USB 3.0 x 3, 5mm Audio Jack
- Dimension (WxHxD): 22.3″ x 17.1″ x4″
- Weight without Stand: 14.8lbs
Design and Features
The ViewSonic XG240R gets rid of the red streaks and accents in favor of a bolder, all-black appearance. Most of the product is done with a flat texture, save for the majority of the base which has a brushed finish. Unfortunately, the face of the monitor still has thick, single stage bezels which we know many dislike.
We love the fact that the firm toned down its logos to match the monitor’s new appearance. However, one aspect of the monitor we noticed and disliked is the use of OSD buttons instead of a joystick. RGB is a massive contributor in the modernization of today’s gaming gear, so it would have been nice if the display’s functionalities followed suit.
The distinct X-shaped pattern of the brand’s gaming monitors is still prominent on the rear panel. The red branding and streaks are gone and replaced with two boomerang-shaped RGB LED strips. The latter is a decorative feature, but it can also double as bias lighting if its bright enough to add a wreath of illumination to the display.
One disappointing aspect of the Elite RGB lighting is its limited capabilities. The OSD will only allow you to turn it on and off, so there are no personalization options such as selecting a static, single color mode. But on the product page, there is mention of synchronization with RGB peripherals so customization could still be a possibility.
The ViewSonic XG240R is supported with a fully ergonomic stand that tilts, swivels, pivots, and lets you adjust height. You also get a carry handle at the top of the upright to make it easy to lug the monitor around for LAN parties or rearranging your game room. The display is also VESA-compliant, so any 100 x 100 aftermarket mount will fit right into the bolt holes at the rear.
The ViewSonic XG240R’s downfiring I/O layout includes DisplayPort 1.2, dual HDMI 1.4 slots, and two USB 3.0 slots. You will also find a 3.5mm jack to go with the 2-Watt speakers which add value to the display but are primarily unsuited to play gaming audio.
Display and Performance
The ViewSonic XG240R sports a 24-inch TN panel from AU Optronics with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 1ms response time, and 144Hz refresh rate. The module is rated to have a typical 1000:1 contrast ratio and a 350cd/m2 backlight that’s more than sufficient for the size. The is comparable to the XG2402’s and isn’t top of the line, but this kind of display can already offer a substantially improved gaming experience.
This model still uses TN technology, but we can expect meatier imaging specs such as complete sRGB coverage with decent accuracy. The only lingering limitation of TN panels is still their limited viewing angles with induced adverse effects on the color when viewed from anywhere than the center.
The ViewSonic XG240R is dedicated solely for gaming, so its OSD features only include related functions. The product features the firm’s standard set which includes Black Stabilization and the like. Rampage Response, which is one our favorite blur reduction programs, isn’t mentioned, but there is a highly-customizable Overdrive feature with the display.
ViewSonic also advertises that ViewSonic XG240R is excellent for gaming due to numerous optimization factors. The monitor is said to be engineered with the least amount of input lag so that gamers can enjoy responsive and smooth gaming. ViewSonic gaming monitors aren’t always the fastest in their respective tiers despite their excellent value, so we’re secretly hoping that the XG240R could change this.
Lastly, the ViewSonic XG240R is FreeSync compatible making it a suitable pair for AMD-based rigs which are now cheaper to build. Cards like the new RX 590 and even the RX 580 are excellent pairs for this value-oriented monitor. Take note that the FreeSync range is limited to 48Hz to 144Hz, but users will get to enjoy LFC if frames dip too low.
Thoughts on the ViewSonic XG240R
The ViewSonic XG240R is one of the monitors we are looking forward to because we love their products. The brand’s offerings like the XG2401 and XG2402 are included in our staple recommendations for our readers, so we’re hoping this new variant isn’t any different. The addition of RGB lighting is definitely something to look forward to, but the apparent lack of customization is a huge minus.
The ViewSonic XG240R is currently available for pre-order via the links above and below or from the official product page. Launch price sits at $272.99 which is more or less fifty bucks more from the XG2402, but we can expect it to drop when supply stabilizes. We are working to review this model, so stay tuned and keep checking this page.