If you’re a player who prioritizes function above form, ViewSonic’s 27-inch VX2768-2KP-MHD 1440p gaming display delivers in a deceptively simple package.
- For the money, excellent gaming and content viewing performance
- Color-gamut coverage tests yielded positive results.
- Input latency is minimal
- In multiplayer testing, there is very little ghosting.
- Only a small amount of ergonomic modification is possible.
- Menus could be made more user-friendly.
- There are no design flourishes here.
VIEWSONIC VX2768-2KP-MHD SPECS
|Panel Size (Corner-to-Corner)||27 inches|
|Native Resolution||2,560 by 1,440|
|Rated Screen Luminance||350 nits|
|Rated Contrast Ratio||1,000:1|
|Pixel Refresh Rate||144 Hz|
|Adaptive Sync||AMD FreeSync Premium Pro|
|Video Inputs||DisplayPort, HDMI|
|USB Ports (Excluding Upstream)||0|
|VESA DisplayHDR Level||NA|
|Dimensions (HWD)||24.1 by 17.7 by 7.9 inches|
|Warranty (Parts/Labor)||3 years|
If you’re searching for a low-cost 1440p gaming monitor that can compete with screens twice its price, the $313.99 ViewSonic VX2768-2KP-MHD checks all the boxes. While the design and adjustability aren’t as good as some of the other gaming monitors we’ve tried, the performance and image quality of this 27-inch screen is on par with some of the best, such as the $799 Razer Raptor 27. ViewSonic’s $599 Elite XG270QG is a good option for those looking for gaming accessories, beautiful RGB lighting, or a user-friendly on-screen display (OSD) menu. If you’re on a budget and care more about gaming wins and beautiful graphics than fancy frills, the VX2768-2KP-MHD is a brilliant 1440p gaming monitor that earns an Editors’ Choice award.
On a Budget: The Basics
Built around an IPS panel, the ViewSonic VX2768-2KP-MHD is a 27-inch monitor with WQHD (2,560-by-1,440-pixel) resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate. The display is mounted on a small V-shaped metal stand with only one adjustment option: tilting from -3 to 21 degrees. There is no height adjustment or pivot between portrait and landscape modes. The monitor, on the other hand, is VESA mount compliant and weighs only 11.5 pounds.
The monitor would probably be better suited to a wall mount or a more versatile desk mount than the included bare-bones stand. However, as long as you aren’t craning your neck down to look at it, the supplied choice is durable enough to perform its duty.
With a matte black surface and no decorations other than the VESA mounting hardware, the rear of the monitor is all business. (RGB-light-loving gamers should check out ViewSonic’s other winners for similar style.) In a pinch, the two 2-watt speakers behind the display will suffice, but don’t anticipate much bass.
Four buttons on the bottom right control the minimum onscreen display (OSD) menu. Apart from using the built-in Cinema and Photo modes, we noticed some rudimentary built-in color profiles and the ability to modify brightness and contrast, but no color calibration is possible.
With only two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort 1.4b input, and a 3.5mm headphone connection for use with the HDMI audio pass-through, ViewSonic keeps things simple. The AC power port is located on the display’s left-back.
ViewSonic: Appearances Can Be Deceiving
As previously stated, this 1440p monitor has a conventional IPS screen with a 144Hz native refresh rate (with no refresh rate overclocking supported). Using a Datacolor SpyderX Elite as our gaming monitor, we put the VX2768-2KP-MHD through its paces.
The ViewSonic managed a peak brightness of 384.4 nits (it’s rated for 350 nits) and a black level of 0.36 nit when tested in the default image mode with an SDR source, giving it a contrast ratio of 1,070:1. That’s a great score for a monitor in this price range, and it’s another point above the vendor’s rating (1,001:1 contrast).
We didn’t expect much from the VX2768-2KP-MHD in terms of color coverage because it’s a budget display. That makes its sRGB coverage of 100 percent, Adobe RGB coverage of 89 percent, and DCI-P3 coverage of 96 percent all the more unexpected. These are the kinds of numbers we’d expect from photo monitors costing well over $300, so seeing them from a gaming display in this price bracket is just another plus for ViewSonic.
The ViewSonic’s Delta E average of 1.52 in color-accuracy testing was within expectations after those great gamut findings.
We believe the in-menu OSD setting options might be used to further reduce this number.
Performance in the Media and Gaming
We went on to our content and gaming evaluations after finishing our quantitative testing.
Given the monitor’s price, our 4K Costa Rica test film (produced at 1440p to match the monitor’s native resolution) looked fantastic in SDR. The colors were vibrant, and the contrast was excellent for an IPS panel. IPS rarely makes a mistake in this area. Fast-paced action and multiplayer gaming, on the other hand…how about that?
We utilize an HDFury 4K Diva HDMI matrix to assess traditional input latency (the period between when a monitor gets a signal and the screen updates). Given a 60Hz test signal, the VX2768-2KP-MHD joined a growing group of panels at all price points that exceeded our hardware detection limits, registering as sub-1-millisecond input lag.
I played a few matches of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valorant, and Overwatch to test how the reduced input lag felt in action. Thanks to the thoughtful inclusion of AMD’s FreeSync Premium certification, all three games showed absolutely no ghosting and very minor screen tearing. Thanks to the ViewSonic’s outstanding contrast ratio and brightness numbers, AAA games like Red Dead Redemption 2 looked great.
ViewSonic maintains a high level of quality while keeping costs low
The VX2768-2KP-MHD, like previous members of ViewSonic’s VX family, foregoes practically every feature in the book in favor of a high cost-to-picture-quality ratio. We’d estimate it gets 90% of the way there in that attempt. The VX2768-2KP-color MHD’s coverage was class-leading right out of the box, and the VX2768-2KP-small MHD’s cost effect of adding FreeSync Premium compatibility netted such outstanding results in gaming.
The VX2768-2KP-MHD epitomizes the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover.” There’s basically nothing this monitor can’t do just as well as much more expensive gaming monitors, as long as you’re willing to add the cost of a second VESA mount to your shopping basket. This ViewSonic’s size, responsiveness, and brilliant picture make it one of the greatest mainstream gaming monitors we’ve tasted in a long time, whether it’s for general content viewing, AAA gameplay, or multiplayer matches.
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