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Viewsonic XG240R 1080p, 144 Hz Monitor Review

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In today’s ever-growing field of technology, graphics cards allow even modern triple-A games to run at exceedingly high frame rates and resolutions. Likewise, monitors now allow for up to 240Hz refresh rates and resolutions up to 8k. But for the longest time, high refresh rate monitors meant a high cost to the consumer. However, over the last few years, that has changed. As technology progresses, prices come down. No longer do you have to drop absurd amounts of money to get a screen with a refresh rate of 100Hz or higher. Even with the decrease in prices of 4k monitors, the Steam Survey of April 2019 still has 1920 x 1080 as the primary display resolution. In fact, that very survey has 62.65% of users on Steam with their primary monitor still at 1080p. This was a 1.46% increase from the last survey.

This could be due to several factors. There are many casual gamers who either go for the cheapest monitor they can afford or may just use their TV. Many gamers would prefer lower resolution, with higher refresh rates. Especially the competitive, e-sports gamers. I can say from personal experience; I’d prefer 144 Hz over 4k. It seems the people at Viewsonic would agree. We will be taking a look at the Viewsonic Elite XG240R. This is a 24”, 1080p TN panel with a 144 Hz refresh rate and adaptive sync. This is an 8-bit panel with a 1 ms response time. It is also the only 24” monitor with Elite RGB lighting on the back of the panel. But in a world where everyone is striving for 4k, can a 1080p monitor still provide an exceptional gaming experience?

 

Display Size (in.):24
Viewable Area (in.):24
Panel Type:TN
Resolution:1920 x 1080
Resolution Type:HD (1920×1080)
Static Contrast Ratio:1,000:1
Dynamic Contrast Ratio:120,000,000:1
Light Source:LED
Brightness:350 cd/m2
Colors:16.7M
Color Space Support:6 bit + A-FRC
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Response Time (Typical GTG):5ms
Response Time (GTG w/OD):1ms
Viewing Angles:170º horizontal, 160º vertical
Backlight Life (Hours):30,000
Panel Surface:Anti-glare, Hard coating (3H)
Refresh Rate (Hz):144
Adaptive-Sync:AMD FreeSync
  • Compatibility:
PC Resolution (max):1920 x 1080
Mac® Resolution (max):1920 x 1080
  • Connector:
USB 3.0 Type A(2), USB 3.0 Type B(1), 3.5mm Audio Out(1), HDMI 1.4(2), Display Port(1)
  • Audio:
Internal Speakers:2W (x2)
  • Power:
Eco Mode (Conserve):18W
Eco Mode (optimized):24W
Consumption (typical):30W
Consumption (max):32W
Voltage:100-240 VAC, 50-60Hz
Stand-by:0.5W
Power Supply:Internal
  • Additional Hardware:
Kensington Lock Slot:1
  • Controls:
Physical Controls:Key Buttons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (Power)
On-Screen Display:Auto Image Adjust, Contrast/Brightness, Input Select, Audio Adjust, Color Adjust, Information, Manual Image Adjust, Advanced Image Adjust, Setup Menu, Memory Recall (See user guide for complete OSD functionality)
  • Operating Conditions:
Temperature:32-104º F (0 – 40º C)
Humidity (non-condensing):20-90%
  • Mount:
VESA Compatible:100 x 100 mm
  • Video Signal:
Frequency Horizontal:HDMI: 15 ~ 160KHz, DisplayPort: 30 ~ 160KHz
Frequency Vertical:HDMI: 24 ~ 144Hz, DisplayPort: 48 ~ 146Hz
  • Video Input:
Digital Sync:TMDS for HDMI (v1.4), PCI-E for DisplayPort (v1.2)
  • Ergonomics:
Height Adjust (mm):120
Swivel:45º
Pivot (Right/Left):90º / 0º
Tilt (Forward/Back):5º / 20º
  • Weight (Imperial):
Net (lbs):14.8
Net Without Stand (lbs):7.5
Gross (lbs):18.7
  • Weight (metric):
Net (kg):6.7
Net Without Stand (kg):3.4
Gross (kg):8.5
  • Dimensions (imperial) (WxHxD):
Packaging (in.):25.2 x 15.6 x 8.2
Physical (in.):22.3 x 17.1 x 9.4
Physical Without Stand (in.):22.3 x 13.4 x 2.4
  • Dimensions (metric) (WxHxD):
Packaging (mm):640.0 x 396.0 x 207.0
Physical (mm):566.0 x 433.9 x 239.2
Physical Without Stand (mm):566.0 x 341.0 x 60.2
  • General:
Regulations: CE, CB, RoHS, ErP, REACH, EEL, WEEE, CU, UkrSEPRO, BSMI, KC, e-standby
PACKAGE CONTENTS: XG240R Display, 1 x Power Cable, 1 x DisplayPort Cable, 1 x USB3.0 Cable, 1 x Quick Start Guide
Recycle/Disposal: Please dispose of in accordance with local, state or federal laws.
Warranty: Three-year limited warranty on parts, labor and backlight
UPC: 766907993127
  • Accessories:
CB-00010555, CB-00010684, CB-00010958, LCD-DMA-001, LCD-DMA-002, LCD-WMK-001, XG350R-C

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Paul Malfy

Paul started building computers in 1994. He studied journalism and computer science in college. Paul loves gaming but hardware is his true passion. News Writer and Product Reviewer.

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