ViewSonic Elite XG270 Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Mar 26, 2020 at 10:28 am
ViewSonic Elite XG270 Picture
7.8
Mixed Usage
7.7
Office
8.5
Gaming
7.6
Multimedia
7.7
Media Creation
6.8
HDR Gaming
Size 27"
Resolution 1920x1080
Max Refresh Rate
240 Hz
LCD Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

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 FreeSync 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.

Our Verdict

7.8 Mixed Usage

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.

Pros
  • Outstanding response time and input lag.
  • Great viewing angles.
  • Flicker-free backlight.
Cons
  • Bad black uniformity.
  • Mediocre contrast ratio.
7.7 Office

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.

8.5 Gaming

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.

7.6 Multimedia

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.

7.7 Media Creation

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.

6.8 HDR Gaming

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.

  • 7.8 Mixed Usage
  • 7.7 Office
  • 8.5 Gaming
  • 7.6 Multimedia
  • 7.7 Media Creation
  • 6.8 HDR Gaming
  1. Update 6/11/2020: We tested the BFI at 120Hz and have added a photo to the review.

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27" Elite XG270
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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
9.5 lbs (4.3 kg)
Weight (with stand)
16.3 lbs (7.4 kg)

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.

Design
Stand
Width
16.4" (41.6 cm)
Depth
10.0" (25.3 cm)

The stand is made out of plastic and supports the monitor well.

7.8
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
4.7" (12.0 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape Yes, Both Ways
Swivel Range -30° to 30°
Tilt Range -15° to 2.5°

Good ergonomics. The stand allows for all manner of adjustments and the screen can rotate to portrait mode in either direction.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

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.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.2" (0.5 cm)

The borders are thin and aren't distracting, which is great for multi-monitor setups.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
8.6" (21.8 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.7" (6.8 cm)

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.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

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. If you want a similar monitor with a better build quality, take a look at the Dell Alienware AW2720HF.

Picture Quality
6.1
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1058 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

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.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

This monitor doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.

8.1
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
376 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
381 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
382 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
382 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
382 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
382 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
380 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
381 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
382 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
382 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
382 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

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.

6.8
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
412 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
406 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
414 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
414 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
415 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
415 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
405 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
414 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
414 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
414 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
414 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.001

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'.

8.4
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
46 °
Color Washout From Right
46 °
Color Shift From Left
52 °
Color Shift From Right
52 °
Brightness Loss From Left
48 °
Brightness Loss From Right
48 °
Black Level Raise From Left
70 °
Black Level Raise From Right
70 °
Gamma Shift From Left
58 °
Gamma Shift From Right
57 °

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.

6.2
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
31 °
Color Washout From Above
34 °
Color Shift From Below
25 °
Color Shift From Above
32 °
Brightness Loss From Below
36 °
Brightness Loss From Above
39 °
Black Level Raise From Below
24 °
Black Level Raise From Above
28 °
Gamma Shift From Below
30 °
Gamma Shift From Above
33 °

This monitor has mediocre vertical viewing angles. This can affect the top and bottom of the screen if you tend to sit very close.

8.7
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.199 %
50% DSE
0.104 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.511 %
5% DSE
0.038 %

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.

3.2
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
3.895 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The Elite XG270 has bad black uniformity. There's clouding, flashlighting, and backlight bleed throughout the screen.

7.4
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Standard
Luminance
108 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
23
Contrast Setting
67
RGB Controls
100-100-100
Gamma Setting
2.2
Color Temperature
6136 K
White Balance dE
3.05
Color dE
3.09
Gamma
2.22

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.

9.7
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Standard
Luminance
100 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
23
Contrast Setting
67
RGB Controls
92-100-100
Gamma Setting
2.2
Color Temperature
6482 K
White Balance dE
0.25
Color dE
0.51
Gamma
2.18

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.

8.6
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
97.2 %
Adobe RGB xy
75.7 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Standard
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Standard

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.

8.9
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
96.0 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
81.0 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Standard
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Standard

This monitor has an excellent SDR color volume, but it can't produce dark, saturated colors due to its low contrast ratio.

7.0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
79.4 %
Rec. 2020 xy
60.7 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
Standard
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Standard

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.

6.2
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
68.4 %
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
56.3 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
Standard
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Standard

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.

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR After 0 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 2 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 4 Min Recovery
0.02 %
IR After 6 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 8 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 10 Min Recovery
0.00 %

There are no signs of image retention on this monitor.

8.3
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

Impressive gradient performance. There's some fine banding when displaying gray and dark green.

9.9
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.000 %
Pixel Column Error
0.019 %

There's no visible color bleed on this monitor.

8.2
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.2 %
Indirect Reflections
5.2 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
0.1 %

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.

7.5
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

Good text clarity. With ClearType enabled (top photo), text appear sharper in general, especially diagonal lines.

Motion
9.0
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Faster
Rise / Fall Time
5.5 ms
Total Response Time
9.5 ms
Overshoot Error
0.0 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
6.1 ms
Dark Total Response Time
10.6 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %

Mode Response Time Chart Motion Blur Photo Response Time Table
Standard Chart Photo Table
Fast Chart Photo Table
Faster Chart Photo Table
Ultra Fast Chart Photo Table
Fastest Chart Photo Table

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. If you're looking for a 240Hz monitor with an even better response time, check out the LG 27GN750-B, or the 280Hz ASUS VG279QM.

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.

9.2
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Fast
Rise / Fall Time
5.1 ms
Total Response Time
8.6 ms
Overshoot Error
0 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
5.5 ms
Dark Total Response Time
8.8 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %

Mode Response Time Chart Motion Blur Photo Response Time Table
Standard Chart Photo Table
Fast Chart Photo Table
Faster Chart Photo Table
Ultra Fast Chart Photo Table
Fastest Chart Photo Table

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.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

This monitor has a flicker-free backlight that can help reduce eye strain.

7.3
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
240 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
100 Hz

This monitor has a black frame insertion feature called PureXP. It can't be used when VRR is enabled. We also took a photo of the BFI at 120Hz, which is quite a bit clearer, but there's still noticeable crosstalk.

9.6
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
240 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (NVIDIA Certified)
VRR Maximum
240 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort

The Elite XG270 has an exceptional refresh rate. It has native FreeSync supoport and it's G-SYNC compatible as well, although it requires a DisplayPort connection for G-SYNC to work.

Inputs
9.6
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
2.8 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
14.2 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
3.8 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
15.0 ms
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
4.7 ms

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.

7.1
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 2.1 MP
Pixel Density
82 PPI
Screen Diagonal 27.0 inches
Screen Area 310 sq inches

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 ViewSonic Elite XG270QG is a similar model with a 1440p resolution.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 2 (HDMI 2.0)
DVI No
VGA No
DisplayPort Out No
USB 3 (USB 3.0)
USB C No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Microphone In 3.5mm No
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply External Brick
Features
Features
Additional Features
RGB Illumination
Controllable
Speakers
Yes
HDR10 Yes
Multiple Input Display
No

The XG270 has a few extra features, including:

  • Hertz Limiter: Limits the monitor's refresh rate, this can't be used when VRR is enabled.
  • LED Bias Lighting: RGB lighting on the back of the monitor, which can be customized via the Elite Display Controller software.
  • Blue Light Filter: Blue light suppression to reduce eye strain.
  • Crosshair: Puts a crosshair on the screen for shooter games.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

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.

Features
In The Box

  • Power supply
  • Power cable
  • DisplayPort cable
  • USB-A to USB-B cable
  • Screw cap covers
  • User guide

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

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.

Model Size Resolution Refresh Rate Notes
ViewSonic Elite XG270 27" 1080p 240Hz FreeSync - G-SYNC compatible
ViewSonic Elite XG270QG 27" 1440p 165Hz G-SYNC

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.

Compared to other monitors

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.

ASUS TUF VG27AQ
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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.

ViewSonic Elite XG270QG
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The ViewSonic Elite XG270 and the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG have similar performance but have some different features. The XG270 has a 1080p screen and 240Hz refresh rate and it supports HDR, while the XG270QG has a 1440p resolution and 165Hz refresh rate. The XG270 has much better out-of-box color accuracy, slightly better reflection handling, and better response time at 60Hz. The XG270QG has much better black uniformity, a better SDR color gamut, and quicker response time at its max refresh rate.

Dell Alienware AW2521HF
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The Dell Alienware AW2521HF and the ViewSonic Elite XG270 have a lot in common, as both monitors feature a 1080p IPS panel with a 240Hz refresh rate. The main difference is that the ViewSonic supports HDR, has a black frame insertion feature that can help improve motion clarity, and it has a bigger 27 inch screen. However, the Dell has a better build quality, a significantly better black uniformity, and its response time is faster, resulting in less motion blur.

Acer Nitro XV273X
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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.

LG 27GN750-B
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The ViewSonic Elite XG270 is slightly better than the LG 27GN750-B. It has better ergonomics, a better response time at 60Hz and it has a black frame insertion feature. The ViewSonic also displays a wide color gamut and it has better reflection handling. Instead, the LG has a better response time at its max refresh rate, much better black uniformity, and it has a lower input lag at 60Hz. 

Dell Alienware AW2720HF
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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.

Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q
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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. On the other hand, the ViewSonic has better gradient performance due to its 10-bit panel, and it has a faster response time at 60Hz, which is better for those using the monitor with a gaming console.

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