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

165Hz, FreeSync and killer HDR at a good price

ViewSonic Elite XG270QC
Editor's Choice
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It seems that when new video standards are introduced, it takes consumer hardware a while to fully realize them. HDR is proving a great example. Though it’s hard to buy a monitor without HDR these days, only a few screens truly do the standard justice. We’ve looked at many of them, and it seems that only FALD-equipped and a few edge-backlight monitors can deliver truly impactful HDR. ViewSonic’s Elite XG270QC is in the latter category. 

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With a VA panel, the ViewSonic XG270QC is already ahead of the curve. By adding a useful and well-tuned dynamic contrast feature to its HDR mode, ViewSonic takes that performance to a high level. This screen is almost as good at HDR as its much more expensive FALD competition. With decent DCI-P3 color coverage and a sharp picture, there are no flaws in image quality.

Gaming performance is equally impressive. We played at 165Hz all day on both FreeSync and G-Sync systems. When using DisplayPort, HDR works with both technologies. If you have an AMD graphics card , you can enjoy 165 Hz, FreeSync and HDR on your system over HDMI as well. ViewSonic’s overdrive implementation provides smooth blur free video processing with very low input lag. If you want even smoother performance, the PureXP backlight strobe option is available, albeit without Adaptive-Sync.

HDR is definitely the star here. Our favorite HDR screens all cost around $1,000 but this one delivers most of that experience for less than $500. The XG270QC is an image quality bargain for sure. Along with its excellent build quality, slick lighting effect and contemporary styling, this is a package sure to appeal to any gamer looking for a 27-inch ,16:9 monitor. It’s also a great way to make the jump to a curved screen without spending more money and desktop space for an ultra-wide.

The ViewSonic Elite XG270QC represents one of the best values we’ve seen of late. It delivers a superb gaming experience and provides a great SDR or HDR image for any content. Whether you’re grinding away at spreadsheets, watching movies or fragging with your friends, this monitor's highly recommended.

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