ViewSonic Elite XG270QC Review: Sub-$500 Excellence at 1440p

165Hz, FreeSync and killer HDR at a good price

ViewSonic Elite XG270QC
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ViewSonic Elite XG270QC

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The ViewSonic XG270QC looks like a typical VA monitor when viewed from the sides. At 45°, you’ll see a red/green shift and a 40% reduction in light output. Detail is well preserved though. At 27 inches, most users won’t be sharing their Elites. In the vertical plane, there is a similar change in color and detail is harder to spot. The head-on view shows no issues. 

Screen Uniformity 

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Our ViewSonic XG270QC excelled in the black field uniformity test. It doesn’t get much lower than 4.29% in our database. Bleed and glow are completely non-existent. Given the Elite’s build quality, we expect that all samples of this monitor will perform similarly. 

Pixel Response and Input Lag 

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The ViewSonic XG270QC has plenty of speed to recommend it. It draws the screen in 7ms which eliminates much of the motion blur seen in fast gameplay. Total input lag is very low at just 22ms. It’s a bit faster than the other 165Hz screens here and is only pipped by the Asus and its 170Hz refresh rate. In practice, control response is easily fast enough to satisfy the most skilled players. Motion is always smooth and stutter-free. 

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Christian Eberle
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Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors.

  • Chm0012001
    Thanks for the comprehensive review. I'm trying to decide whether to buy this monitor or the Dell s3220dgf. Which of these two monitors will offer the most impactful HDR experience? The Viewsonic has a higher peak brightness (600 nits) but uses an 8 bit panel, whereas the peak brightness of the Dell is lower (500 nits) but has a 10 bit panel.
  • CyrusPhillip
    Admin said:
    With few flaws, the ViewSonic Elite XG270QC is one of the best gaming monitors we’ve seen in the sub-$500 category.

    ViewSonic Elite XG270QC Review: Sub-$500 Excellence at 1440p : Read more
    Informative review! Thanks for sharing it with forum posters. It is an amazing curved gaming monitor. I would like to suggest this monitor with a 27-inch screen size, 165Hz refresh rate, and AMD freesync graphics facility. I am using the previous model of Viewsonic: It is also marvelous. Please keep sharing such reviews.