When final gaming efficiency is the objective, you will need to prioritize refresh charge over pixel density for as we speak’s greatest gaming displays. If you’ve numerous graphics processing energy, you’ll nonetheless battle to surpass the 144 Hz restrict on even one of the best 4K gaming displays (though upcoming fashions are lastly shifting previous that). In addition, QHD screens working at 240 Hz may be costly. The greatest technique to put each pace and worth on the desktop is with an FHD show working at 240 Hz or greater. Keeping the display screen small means pixel density is excessive sufficient to offer a crisp image with no seen dot construction or jagged traces.
ViewSonic’s XG2431 is simply the factor for avid gamers on the lookout for a quick monitor that prices lower than $350. It’s a 24-inch IPS panel with FHD (1080p) decision, 240 Hz refresh, Adaptive-Sync, HDR and premium construct high quality.
ViewSonic XG2431 Specs
|Panel Type / Backlight||IPS / W-LED, edge array|
|Screen Size / Aspect Ratio||24 inches / 16:9|
|Max Resolution & Refresh Rate||1920×1080 @ 240 Hz|
|FreeSync: 48-240 Hz|
|Native Color Depth & Gamut||8-bit (6-bit+FRC) / sRGB|
|HDR10, DisplayHDR 400|
|Response Time (GTG)||1ms|
|Brightness (mfr)||350 nits|
|Video Inputs||1x DisplayPort 1.2|
|2x HDMI 2.0|
|Audio||3.5mm headphone output|
|USB 3.2||1x up, 2x down|
|Power Consumption||17.6w, brightness @ 200 nits|
|Panel Dimensions WxHxD w/base||21.3 x 17.1-20.5 x 9.4 inches (541 x 434-521 x 239mm)|
|Panel Thickness||1.9 inches (48mm)|
|Bezel Width||Top/sides: 0.2 inch (6mm)|
|Bottom: 0.7 inch (19mm)|
|Weight||15 kilos (6.8kg)|
Buyers not should accept a TN panel to get quick response. Nearly all gaming displays today use IPS panels, with the know-how’s superior viewing angles, and the XG2431 isn’t any exception. With a 1ms claimed GTG response time, it could serve essentially the most expert gamers, but is priced low sufficient to enchantment to these on a finances.
Adaptive-Sync is available in each flavors, with AMD FreeSync because the native tech, working from 48 to 240 Hz. G-Sync additionally works with out subject, however the XG2431 has not but been licensed by Nvidia. The full 240 Hz is offered over each DisplayPort and HDMI with HDR. It will swap routinely to assist HDR10 with peak output over 500 nits and dynamic distinction that delivers a broad dynamic vary. The solely factor lacking from the picture equation is prolonged colour, however that isn’t a standard function for FHD displays. The XG2431 covers the sRGB gamut fully and is pretty correct out of the field.
Build high quality is on par with all of ViewSonic’s choices, which implies a strong chassis, wobble-free stand and clean ergonomics. There are two little rubber guides that fold down from the enter panel to maintain your mouse and keyboard cables tidy. About the one factor lacking from the surface of the monitor is a lighting function. But the XG2431 is all about efficiency, and it delivers it in spades. Let’s have a look.
Assembly and Accessories
The XG2431 comes from its small field in three items that assemble with out instruments. The ensuing package deal is way sturdier than its value would counsel. Honestly, I’ve by no means seen something much less from ViewSonic. It at all times maintains a excessive construct high quality normal irrespective of the worth level.
The energy provide is inside, so that you get an IEC energy twine together with cables for DisplayPort and USB. A small plastic ring snaps onto the upright to assist with wire administration. And you may run mouse and keyboard cables via the guides that fold out of the panel’s backside edge.
The XG2431 sports activities ViewSonic’s traditional no-frills styling with a skinny flush-mounted bezel of simply 6mm across the high and sides and a 19mm strip throughout the underside. It’s adorned with the ViewSonic emblem on the middle and a set of OSD management keys on the proper. The energy LED sits above a outstanding toggle button and glows orange in standby and blue when the facility is on. The base is completed with a brushed texture to seem like metallic. It has a metallic core however is roofed with onerous plastic, as is the upright.
The stand contains full changes with 5/15 levels of tilt, a 90-degree portrait mode, 120mm top vary and 90 levels swivel to both facet. Movements are agency and clean, with no additional play concerned. Integrated into the highest of the upright is a deal with that makes carrying the XG2431 to a LAN get together a simple affair.
The facet view is suitably skinny, with a again panel that curves easily back and forth. There are not any visible design components and no lighting function, simply a big ViewSonic emblem. You can see the deal with and the cable administration ring within the photograph above.
The enter panel has two HDMI 2.0 ports and a single DisplayPort 1.2. All assist 240 Hz operation with HDR. To use G-Sync, you will need to plug into the DisplayPort, whereas FreeSync works with both interface. USB is supported as much as model 3.2 by one upstream and two downstream ports. Firing from down-facing grilles are two three-watt audio system that play cleanly at well mannered volumes within the higher midrange. If you’d quite use headphones, a 3.5mm jack is offered.
The XG2431’s OSD is managed by 5 keys quite than the joystick that’s change into extra frequent. If you’re spoiled by joysticks as I’m, the buttons are a bit clunky. However, I acquired used to them after a short while. Thankfully, the facility button is raised greater than the opposite keys, so I didn’t flip the monitor off by chance.
The OSD begins with 9 image modes that alter colour and distinction to various levels. The most suitable option is the default Standard preset. It permits for a full calibration, which isn’t strictly required however will enhance image high quality. I’ll get into that under.
Color Adjust has all picture controls, together with brightness and distinction. There are 5 colour temp presets plus User Color, which has RGB sliders. They can be utilized to attain wonderful grayscale monitoring, they usually have a optimistic impact on the colour gamut. There are not any gamma presets which I missed in the course of the testing section. The XG2431 runs a tad mild with comparatively low distinction. A darker gamma choice could be welcome right here.
The HDR and Adaptive-Sync controls are discovered within the Setup menu. Also right here is PureXP, which is ViewSonic’s time period for blur-reduction through backlight strobe or ULMB. It works rather than Adaptive-Sync like most displays with the function. The excellent news is that at speeds over 200fps, you may forgo AS and see a really clean picture with PureXP. It has 5 completely different settings that get progressively darker as you add extra blur discount. The Light choice works simply high-quality although I noticed a touch of ghosting round vertical traces in take a look at patterns and in gameplay. You additionally hand over HDR when PureXP is engaged.
The Manual Image Adjust menu has extra picture choices, together with Sharpness which provides unattractive edge enhancement, and a blue mild filter for studying consolation. Black Stabilization enhances shadow element on the expense of black ranges. Advanced DCR is a dynamic distinction function for SDR indicators. It will increase distinction but additionally introduces edge enhancement. DCR is energetic for HDR indicators and doesn’t add edge enhancement for that content material. The overdrive may be very nicely applied and gives wonderful blur discount with no ghosting at its Advanced setting.
ViewSonic XG2431 Calibration Settings
The XG2431 is true on the sting of wants/doesn’t want calibration. Grayscale runs a tad blue, however most content material is not going to present the error. Color gamut protection is excellent. Gamma is a tad mild and I needed for a darker preset however there have been none accessible. By tweaking the RGB sliders, I achieved reference stage grayscale accuracy and a pleasant enchancment within the gamut. sRGB is the one selection, there is no such thing as a prolonged colour, however that’s typical of small FHD shows. Here are the settings I used for my metered and hands-on exams. In HDR mode, all image controls are grayed out, however accuracy is fairly good with a barely blue grayscale and properly saturated colour. I’ll present you all of the ends in the subsequent three pages.
|Brightness 200 nits||46|
|Brightness 120 nits||23|
|Brightness 100 nits||11 (min. 83 nits)|
|Color Temp User||Red 93, Green 100, Blue 97|
Gaming and Hands-on
The XG2431 proved a really versatile monitor for all duties, each work and entertainment-focused. Windows apps present good colour saturation and high-quality element. FHD decision in a 24-inch monitor doesn’t imply pixelation or jagged traces. Dot density is excessive sufficient at 92ppi to maintain the image sharp and clear. Small textual content is straightforward to learn at a standard viewing distance of two to a few ft. Though the black ranges weren’t significantly deep, distinction in photographs and video was adequate for fulfilling viewing and dealing in Photoshop.
HDR labored high-quality in Windows from a distinction and colour standpoint. The picture was a bit brighter however not harsh trying. But I might see a little bit of edge enhancement that I used to be unable to tune out. This didn’t seem in any video games I performed, solely in fundamental Windows apps like Word and Excel. For issues like writing, YouTube or internet looking, I most popular SDR.
However, HDR is killer for gaming. My go-to titles, Call of Duty WWII and Doom Eternal, regarded wonderful, much better than I’d anticipate for a $300 monitor. The XG2431 redefines what cheap HDR can seem like. The dynamic distinction function works brilliantly, particularly in case your sport has HDR tweaks built-in. Both of those titles have that function. I might see the wealthy spotlight and shadow element with shiny whites and deep blacks. HDR actually transforms this monitor. Color was wealthy as nicely, with fiery reds in Doom and plush greens and blues on the battlefields of Call of Duty.
Resolution was a non-issue for me. I by no means observed that the XG2431 is FHD and that’s due to its small dimension and its excessive pace. 240 Hz is considerably higher than the 144 Hz Ultra HD higher restrict. Ideally, I’d go for a QHD 240 Hz display screen as a result of my take a look at rig has a GeForce RX 3090. But in the event you don’t have an ultrra-expensive video card, a 240 Hz FHD monitor can nonetheless show body charges over 200fps.
I used to be capable of check out the PureXP blur discount successfully due to these excessive speeds. Over 200fps, Adaptive-Sync isn’t actually essential. I noticed an occasional body tear, however solely as a result of I watched for it. The backlight strobe makes movement even smoother. I caught with the Light setting to maintain the image shiny. Higher settings make it too darkish. For competitors, I can see a talented participant choosing PureXP over Adaptive-Sync. However, I most popular to maintain HDR energetic.
After reviewing a lot of slower screens, most of that are wonderful gaming displays, I’m now reminded of the significance of excessive refresh charges. With excellent movement decision and other-worldly management response, it’s onerous to return to even 144 Hz.