ViewSonic releases a raft of G-Sync and FreeSync monitors at CES

Hot on Acer's heels, ViewSonic is showing off its display wares at CES 2016. The company is pulling back the curtain on its all-new XG series of gaming-oriented monitors, plus some upgrades to its VX lineup.

Let's start with the most unique of the lot. The XG2073-GS is a 27" 2560×1440 monitor with what ViewSonic calls a "SuperClear IPS-type" panel. What's the refresh rate, you ask? 165 Hz. No, that's not a typo. Plus, this monitor offers support for Nvidia's G-Sync. The high refresh rate commands a high price, however—the XG2073-GS will set you back $1,217.

The 24" XG2401 and 27" XG2701 are 1080p screens with 1-ms reponse times, which could mean they're built with TN panels. There are two goodies in store on these screens, though. Not only does the refresh rate go up to 144Hz, but these screens also support AMD's FreeSync tech. The company promises low input lag, as well. The 24" XG2401 can be yours for $404, while the 27" XG2701 is priced at $529.

If 1080p or even 1440p aren't enough pixels, ViewSonic has more in store. The XG2700-4K is a 27" IPS monitor with a 3840×2160 resolution. There's no word on super-high refresh rates, though. Both HDMI 2.0 and a DisplayPort 1.2a are available for connectivity, and this display supports FreeSync, too. This 4K puppy can be had for $913.

It's now time to direct our attention to the more affordable but still respectable VX series. The 22" VX2257-mhd, 24" VX2457-mhd, and 27" VX2757-mhd monitors all have 2-ms response times, so they're probably TN-based. Resolution is 1920×1080 across the board. ViewSonic added FreeSync mojo to these, making them some of the most affordable variable refresh rate screens around. They'll sell for $201, $228, and $323, respectively.

Last but not least, we have the VX2776. Unlike its other VX cousins, this model is based on an IPS panel with a 1080p resolution. There's no variable refresh rate this time around, but the monitor is otherwise complete with VGA, HDMI, and DisplayPort inputs, as well as built-in speakers. The best part? This monitor is priced at just $317.

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    • brucethemoose
    • 5 years ago

    [quote<] 165hz [/quote<] Why 165 instead of 170 or 180? It's not a clean multiple of 24hz or 60hz, which makes video playback messy.

      • Chrispy_
      • 5 years ago

      Because that’s what the panel and processing can deal with.

      It can do over 144Hz which means if you can get use out of the extra 21Hz then it’s officially sanctioned by Viewsonic, which is a bonus. Nobody is preventing you from using 120 or 144Hz

      As a side note, 41-42Hz was tested a few years back as being the median threshold for which most people can judge fluidity and individiual frames. I’m talking about the point at which people no longer notice that there’s motion flicker, rather than the illusion of motion which generally takes place much lower (and hence why 24Hz movies are still the norm). 165 is exactly quadruple this value, meaning that if you have a really bad frame and you’re running in standard vsync mode, you can afford to drop to one frame every four refreshes and still stay above that 41-42Hz threshold.

    • Anovoca
    • 5 years ago

    $1,200 for a viewsonic monitor. That just might be the first time I actually [i<]do[/i<] buy that extended warranty.

    • EndlessWaves
    • 5 years ago

    Please quote horizontal resolution as well as vertical. You’re not dealing with TVs and whether a screen is 2560×1080 or 1920×1080 offers a substantially different experience for computer use, including gaming.

      • Decibel
      • 5 years ago

      Don’t be pedantic. Assume 16:9 unless otherwise noted.

        • EndlessWaves
        • 5 years ago

        It doesn’t take any more effort for the journalist to write QHD instead of 1440p, marginally less in fact, but it’s more informative. Why shouldn’t they be providing the most information-packed news posts they can?

          • speely
          • 5 years ago

          Because at this point in computer history, the term “1080p” is accepted as meaning 1920×1080, and when it’s something-else-by-1080, the something-else is specified.

          Yes, it doesn’t take more effort for the journalist to write QHD instead of 1440p, but most of the tech world doesn’t equate “QHD” with “2560×1440”. It doesn’t take more effort to write FHD instead of 1080p, but most of the tech world doesn’t equate “FHD” with “1920×1080”.

          However, it DOES take more effort for the journalist to fully write out “1920×1080” than it does for you to see “1080p” and assume that “1920×1080” was implied.

          Like Decibel said. You’re being pedantic.

    • RoxasForTheWin
    • 5 years ago

    At this point, I would think g-sync’s cost to go down considering free syncs supposed wide spread adoption

      • xeridea
      • 5 years ago

      Reasons for increased price on GSync monitors include:
      Using an FPGA to handle the logic rather than making an ASIC, which they don’t seem to feel like doing.
      Gsync royalty to Nvidia
      Extra markup for the heck of it.

        • RoxasForTheWin
        • 5 years ago

        The good ol Nvidia tax of around 15% atleast, I hope freesync really does become standard everywhere so G-sync becomes maybe 50$ more than the freesync variant.

        • orik
        • 5 years ago

        I wonder if they are saving the ASIC for later just because they can / think they can compete without driving cost down right now.

    • Welch
    • 5 years ago

    The VX 24″ looks pretty tempting as an in-between until the true hardcore VRR monitors come down in price. Curious what the max/min for VRR are one those VX models. Still $220 for VRR, this is a good day for VRR consumers.

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