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A worthy upgrade
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 December 2017
I had hoped to be the first to review the new XG2402 on here, and perhaps I've just managed it!
This (was) the '2017 model', came out in winter 2017, 144Hz freesync monitor (XG2402), an upgraded version of the XG2401.
I upgraded from an asus VE248H which is a 60Hz TN panel. Umm, lots of thoughts so far - in general, I find I'm still tweaking to get it how I like it visually (there are loads of settings), but I was pleased to see no pixel problems, so I'm gonna end up keeping it if it doesn't explode over xmas :D
When I pay hundreds of pounds for something, I expect to have something either in perfect working order or quick-fixable. My RX480 is almost certainly never going to get 144Hz in games with the highest settings, but some compromises here and there (tessellation lowering for one), or simply aiming for anything in the freesync range (e.g. 60fps) is more than doable and it's buttery smooth, tear-free gaming til the cows come home now!
I'm finding it harder to 'tweak and be done with it' than the asus, because the site I used last time to calibrate the colours was very obvious when I was at the ideal spot. For the viewsonic, I can see the different colour contrasts perfectly even with lots of adjusting! There is a bit of bleeding around the lower right and a minor difference in warmth when looking at a pure white image between the top and bottom of the screen, so it's by no means an IPS monitor. ATM this doesn't bother me especially, because I'd rather have lower latency and not spend double the price on a monitor right now lol
Compared to the XG2401, this is supposed to have more gamma options? It does have a lot to choose from. It's hard to describe, it's made games look more 'gamey', but high definition pictures look so much better.
Pushing the option buttons can be a faff, the interface could be a bit better. It has an option not to display the 'power on' light on the monitor, which is nice. The biggest plus by far is the 144Hz and AMD Freesync - it's so nice not to not have tearing anymore and I love how silky the mouse moves around lol
I had my asus attached flush to a wall...now it does say repeatedly that the viewsonic is vesa compatible (100x100mm), exactly the same size, but the stand it comes with doesn't look like I can just use the same stuff. (It's a fantastic stand by the way, very meaty) so at the moment I'm looking for a viewsonic proprietary wall mount thing (it slots into the back in a circle you see). Debating whether or not to sacrifice the deskspace permanently lol
I'm happy with it so far, the pros definitely outweigh the cons (and thank god I didn't have to send it back for bad pixels), but I find myself wondering what the samsung is like now. I find curved monitors a bit gimmicky though :P
When these were first available a couple of weeks ago (literally hot off the shelf with a manufacturing date labelled as '1st Nov 2017'), amazon had them at £275 and later £250 which they're at now at time of writing. I'm a little disappointed to pay £25 for the same thing, but I'm just so glad not to have any pixel problems and have to worry about sending it back (fingers crossed).
I also looked at the Alienware 240Hz for its deliciously thin bezels but heard it was lacking in the settings department which viewsonic certainly isn't.