The ViewSonic Elite XG270 is an excellent gaming monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate and a fast response time, delivering images with incredible smoothness and clarity. Its native G-SYNC support helps to minimize screen tearing, and its remarkably low input lag provides a responsive gaming and desktop experience. Peak brightness and viewing angles are great; however, it's not the most ideal monitor for dark rooms, as its IPS panel has a low contrast ratio, and its black uniformity is rather poor. HDR support is present, and there's even some RGB bling to set the mood. Its 1080p resolution might feel a bit inadequate, but most gamers should be content with its overall performance.
The ViewSonic Elite XG270 is a good monitor for most uses. It excels as a gaming monitor due to its high refresh rate, fast response time, and low input lag. Although it has a 1080p resolution, it has good text clarity for productivity tasks, and its 27 inch screen provides plenty of room for multitasking. It has good coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, but it may need calibration if you want to do some photo editing.See our Mixed Usage recommendations
The ViewSonic Elite XG270 is a good monitor for use in an office setting. Its screen size allows you to have many windows opened simultaneously, but the 1080p resolution is a bit low. Viewing angles are great, so you can share your work with colleagues, and the monitor is can be easily adjusted to your optimal viewing position. Text looks clear and the monitor has very good reflection handling if you work in a bright environment.See our Office recommendations
The ViewSonic Elite XG270 is an excellent gaming monitor. It has outstanding response time and input lag, and most gamers would appreciate its incredibly high refresh rate. Its 27 inch screen provides a good amount of immersion when gaming, but the 1080p resolution isn't the best for atmospheric or RPG games. It isn't the most ideal monitor for dark room gaming either, as its contrast ratio is low and black uniformity is bad.See our Gaming recommendations
The ViewSonic Elite XG270 is a good monitor for media consumption. It has great viewing angles for sharing content, and it has impressive ergonomics, allowing you to adjust it for better visibility. There's plenty of screen real estate to sit back and enjoy a few videos, but its resolution may be too low for some.See our Multimedia recommendations
The ViewSonic Elite XG270 is a good monitor for media creation. Its 1080p resolution is a bit low, but its 27 inch screen is good for multitasking. It has great viewing angles and good ergonomics, and the monitor is well-suited for well-lit rooms due to its impressive peak brightness and impressive reflection handling.See our Media Creation recommendations
The ViewSonic Elite XG270 is decent for HDR gaming. Although this monitor has a wide color gamut, it isn't able to produce dark saturated colors due to its low contrast ratio. Its HDR performance is also limited by the monitor's peak brightness in HDR mode, but on the upside, it has a low response time, fast refresh rate, and low input lag.See our HDR Gaming recommendations
The ViewSonic XG270's design is fairly understated. It has thin bezels on three sides and a thicker bottom bezel. The stand lays flat on the table, so you can still use that space for other things, and the whole monitor has a matte black finish. The anti-glare panels are included with the monitor if you want to use them and there's RGB lighting on the back of the monitor.
The stand is made out of plastic and supports the monitor well.
Good ergonomics. The stand allows for all manner of adjustments and the screen can rotate to portrait mode in either direction.
The back of the monitor is rather plain. There's RGB lighting in the form of a hexagon, and there's basic cable management built into the stand.
The borders are thin and aren't distracting, which is great for multi-monitor setups.
The screen isn't particularly thick on its own, but the stand tilts backward a bit, so the thickness varies depending on the height at which the monitor is set.
Build quality is good. The stand is sturdy and the monitor doesn't wobble when nudged. However, there's a bit of flex on the back.
As is the case with most IPS panels, the XG270 has a mediocre contrast ratio, making blacks look like gray when viewed in the dark.
This monitor doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.
The XG270 has great SDR peak brightness. There's no variation in brightness when displaying different content and it's bright enough to combat glare in a well-lit room. Our peak brightness measurements were taken after calibration in 'Standard' mode and at maximum brightness.
HDR peak brightness is decent. Again, there's almost no variation in brightness. It's decently bright for most HDR games, but it's not bright enough to make a big difference in HDR movies. Peak brightness was measured after calibration in 'Standard' mode, at maximum brightness, and with HDR10 set to 'Auto'.
The XG270 has impressive horizontal viewing angles. Images should remain accurate when viewed from the side, which is great for co-op gaming or for sharing content.
This monitor has mediocre vertical viewing angles. This can affect the top and bottom of the screen if you tend to sit very close.
Excellent gray uniformity. It's slightly darker around the sides, though it's not noticeable in regular use. There's virtually no dirty screen effect and uniformity is near perfect in dark scenes.
The Elite XG270 has bad black uniformity. There's clouding, flashlighting, and backlight bleed throughout the screen.
Before calibration, the XG270 has decent color accuracy. There are inaccuracies with most colors and shades of gray. The color temperature is on the warm side and the gamma follows the curve well for the most part, though some dark scenes may appear darker than they should.
After calibration, color accuracy is outstanding. Any remaining inaccuracies shouldn't be visible to the naked eye.
You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and should not be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.
The XG270 has an excellent SDR color gamut. It can cover almost all of the commonly used sRGB color space, and it has good coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, which is used for professional photo editing.
This monitor has an excellent SDR color volume, but it can't produce dark, saturated colors due to its low contrast ratio.
Decent HDR color gamut. The DCI P3 coverage is good, which is used for most HDR content, but coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space is mediocre.
The XG270 has an adequate HDR color volume; however, it's limited by the monitor's low contrast ratio, as it can't produce dark colors well.
There are no signs of image retention on this monitor.
Impressive gradient performance. There's some fine banding when displaying gray and dark green.
There's no visible color bleed on this monitor.
The XG270 has great reflection handling. Its matte coating diffuses light well and you shouldn't have any issues using this monitor in a bright room.
Good text clarity. With ClearType enabled (top photo), text appear sharper in general, especially diagonal lines.
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The XG270 has an excellent response time when playing at maximum refresh rate, resulting in clear images with very little motion blur. We recommend using the 'Faster' overdrive setting, as it provides the best performance with no overshoot.
When playing at maximum refresh rate, the different overdrive settings don't seem to affect the performance by much, which is why most of the charts look nearly identical. However, this doesn't apply if you play at 60Hz.
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Response time when playing at 60Hz is excellent, even slightly better than playing at maximum refresh rate. The recommended overdrive setting is 'Fast', as the faster, ultra fast, and fastest settings result in the appearance of artifacts.
This monitor has a flicker-free backlight that can help reduce eye strain.
This monitor has a black frame insertion feature called PureXP. It can't be used when VRR is enabled.
The Elite XG270 has an exceptional refresh rate. It supports G-SYNC, which can only be used via a DisplayPort connection, and it has a wide VRR range.
Outstanding input lag. It's slightly higher when playing at 60Hz or when VRR is enabled, but it shouldn't be noticeable for most people. Since this monitor has an 8-bit panel, we weren't able to test it with 10-bit HDR. Input lag with 8-bit HDR at 60Hz was 14.2ms.
Resolution and size are decent. Its 27 inch screen provides a good amount of space for an immersive gaming experience and productivity; however, the 1080p resolution is a bit low for this screen size. The lower resolution is less demanding on the graphics card, though, which can help achieve high frame rates.
The XG270 has a few extra features, including:
The controls are located at the center, beneath the 'Elite' branding. It includes a power button, a quick access button, and a joystick to navigate the OSD menu.
We tested the ViewSonic Elite XG270 and there's a 1440p variant with a 165Hz refresh rate, which you can see in the table below.
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If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their ViewSonic Elite XG270 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, such as the gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.
Our unit of the ViewSonic Elite XG270 was manufactured in January 2020, and you can see the label here.
The ViewSonic Elite XG270 is among the few 240Hz monitors on the market with an IPS panel, as such high refresh rates are more commonly found on TN monitors. It performs similarly to the Acer Nitro XV273X, but its black uniformity is significantly worse and it isn't as color accurate out of the box. For other options, you can also see our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best ultrawide gaming monitors, and the best 240Hz monitors.
The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is better than the ViewSonic Elite XG270 for most uses. The ASUS has a higher resolution and its stand has much better ergonomics; however, its refresh rate is significantly lower and it can't get as bright as the ViewSonic. The ASUS' black uniformity is much better, but the ViewSonic has a slightly faster response time.
The Acer Nitro XV273X is a bit better than the ViewSonic Elite XG270. Both monitors offer nearly identical features and also perform similarly, but the Acer has a better black uniformity, color accuracy, and it can get brighter. Furthermore, the Acer has better reflection handling and text clarity.
The Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q is better than the ViewSonic Elite XG270. Although the Gigabyte's refresh rate isn't as fast, it has a higher 1440p resolution and its out-of-the-box color accuracy is much better. The ViewSonic is a G-SYNC-only monitor, while the Gigabyte supports FreeSync, but it's certified to be compatible with NVIDIA graphics cards too.
The ViewSonic Elite XG270 is better than the Dell Alienware AW2720HF for most uses, although they have a lot in common. They both have a 1080p resolution and a 240Hz refresh rate, but the ViewSonic has a higher peak brightness and better contrast ratio. The ViewSonic has a black frame insertion feature and HDR support, while the Dell has a much better build quality and ergonomics.