ViewSonic Elite XG270QG Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed May 12, 2020 at 08:54 am
ViewSonic Elite XG270QG Picture
7.8
Mixed Usage
7.9
Office
8.5
Gaming
7.4
Multimedia
7.5
Media Creation
5.7
HDR Gaming
Size 27"
Resolution 2560x1440
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
G-SYNC

The ViewSonic Elite XG270QG is a good overall 27 inch, 1440p monitor that performs best as a gaming monitor. It has a native refresh rate of 144Hz that can be easily overclocked to 165Hz. The response time is excellent, so there's little blur trail behind fast-moving objects, and the input lag is incredibly low, giving you a responsive gaming experience. It also supports G-SYNC variable refresh rate (VRR) technology to reduce screen tearing, which is only available through a DisplayPort connection. As is the case with most IPS panels, it can't produce deep blacks and has poor black uniformity, but it has wide viewing angles. Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR and has bad out-of-the-box color accuracy, but in SDR, it can get bright and it has an outstanding color gamut, displaying a wide range of colors.

Our Verdict

7.8 Mixed Usage

The ViewSonic Elite XG270QG is a good monitor for most uses. It performs best as a gaming monitor thanks to its G-SYNC VRR support, incredibly low input lag, and excellent response time, resulting in clear motion. Its 27 inch, 1440p screen is good for opening multiple windows at once while working, and it can get bright and has great reflection handling. Unfortunately with an IPS panel, it doesn't perform well in dark rooms due to the low contrast ratio and poor black uniformity, but luckily, it has wide viewing angles if you want to share your screen with others.

Pros
  • Excellent response time.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Great reflection handling.
Cons
  • Bad out-of-box color accuracy.
  • Can't produce deep blacks.
7.9 Office

The ViewSonic Elite XG270QG is good for office use. Its 27 inch screen offers plenty of space and the 1440p resolution favors multitasking. It has great viewing angles if you need to share your screen with a coworker. Unfortunately, it has bad out-of-box color accuracy, so you likely need to calibrate it. Luckily, it can get bright and has great reflection handling so you can place it in most bright office environments.

8.5 Gaming

Amazing gaming monitor. The ViewSonic Elite XG270QG's native refresh rate can be overclocked to 165Hz, and it supports G-SYNC VRR over a DisplayPort connection to reduce screen tearing. Its response time is excellent, resulting in clear motion, and the input lag is incredibly low for a responsive gaming experience. It's not the best choice for dark room gaming since it has a low contrast ratio and poor black uniformity.

7.4 Multimedia

The ViewSonic Elite XG270QG is okay for multimedia. The high resolution allows you to watch your favorite videos online in high detail and it has wide viewing angles for when you want to share your screen with a friend. Unfortunately, it can't produce deep blacks and it doesn't support HDR. However, it gets bright and has good ergonomics, so you can place it in a position you like.

7.5 Media Creation

The ViewSonic Elite XG270QG is decent for media creation. The high resolution and screen size favor multitasking, and the stand allows you to place the monitor how you like. It has excellent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing, but it can't produce deep blacks due to its low contrast ratio.

5.7 HDR Gaming

The ViewSonic Elite XG270QG doesn't support HDR.

  • 7.8 Mixed Usage
  • 7.9 Office
  • 8.5 Gaming
  • 7.4 Multimedia
  • 7.5 Media Creation
  • 5.7 HDR Gaming
  1. Update 6/17/2020: G-SYNC was mistakenly identified as compatible, not native.
  2. Update 6/3/2020: We retested the monitor for FreeSync compatibility because of NVIDIA's Adaptive Sync.

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27" Elite XG270QG
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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
10.3 lbs (4.7 kg)
Weight (with stand)
17.0 lbs (7.7 kg)

The design of the Elite XG270QG is exactly like the Elite XG270. The entire monitor is matte black, there's RGB lighting on the back, and the anti-glare panels pictured above can be added if you wish. The stand has a unique design that lays flat.

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

The stand 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. You can adjust it however you like, and you can switch it into portrait mode in either direction. If ergonomics are really important to you, the ASUS TUF VG27AQ is a similar monitor with much better ergonomics.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back of the monitor has RGB lighting and there's cable management through the stand. It has a quick-release button if you need to VESA mount it. There's also a headphone hook and a mouse bungee to hang your peripherals when you're not gaming.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.2" (0.5 cm)

The borders are thin on three sides, which is great for a multi-monitor setup.

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

Like the Elite XG270, the screen itself isn't very thick, so it doesn't stick out much when mounted. It gets much thicker with the stand attached, and the total thickness depends on the height you set your screen at, since the stand is slightly tilted.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Elite XG270QG has a good build quality. There are no obvious gaps and overall it feels sturdy, but the plastic on the back has a bit of flex to it.

Picture Quality
5.8
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
883 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

As is the case with most IPS panels, the contrast ratio is disappointing, and blacks look gray when viewed in the dark. If you're looking for a similar monitor but with a VA panel for better contrast, check out the LG 32GK850G-B.

Note: The contrast was measured post-calibration, and it was better pre-calibration, but that makes the colors a lot less accurate.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The Elite XG270QG doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.

7.8
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
326 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
322 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
322 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
322 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
323 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
323 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
321 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
322 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
322 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
323 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
322 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

The Elite XG270QG has good SDR peak brightness. There's no variation in content and it's bright enough to overcome glare in most rooms. Measurements were taken after calibration on the 'Custom 1' mode with Brightness set to 'Max'. The display was a bit brighter pre-calibration, but that makes the colors a lot less accurate.

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Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
N/A
HDR ABL
N/A

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

8.4
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
47 °
Color Washout From Right
45 °
Color Shift From Left
53 °
Color Shift From Right
52 °
Brightness Loss From Left
50 °
Brightness Loss From Right
49 °
Black Level Raise From Left
70 °
Black Level Raise From Right
70 °
Gamma Shift From Left
58 °
Gamma Shift From Right
56 °

As is the case with most IPS panel monitors, the XG270QG has a great horizontal viewing angle. The image remains accurate when viewed from the side, so it's easy to share your screen with others.

6.7
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
33 °
Color Washout From Above
33 °
Color Shift From Below
32 °
Color Shift From Above
38 °
Brightness Loss From Below
38 °
Brightness Loss From Above
38 °
Black Level Raise From Below
48 °
Black Level Raise From Above
49 °
Gamma Shift From Below
32 °
Gamma Shift From Above
31 °

Decent vertical viewing angle. It's better than the ViewSonic Elite XG270, but you still lose some image accuracy if it's mounted above eye level or if you sit close to the screen.

8.7
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.618 %
50% DSE
0.110 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.350 %
5% DSE
0.057 %

The Elite XG270QG has excellent gray uniformity. The edges of the screen are noticeably darker, but there's no visible dirty screen effect in the center, which is great if you want to watch sports. The uniformity is almost perfect in dark scenes.

5.4
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.438 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Poor black uniformity. There's visible clouding throughout and some backlight bleed at the bottom and top right corner. It's much improved over the ViewSonic Elite XG270, but this could be due to panel variance.

3.0
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom 1
Luminance
105 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
8
Contrast Setting
70
RGB Controls
100-100-100
Gamma Setting
2.2
Color Temperature
5804 K
White Balance dE
7.64
Color dE
5.93
Gamma
2.26

Bad out-of-the-box color accuracy. All colors are inaccurate and the color temperature is much warmer than the 6500K target, giving it a red/yellow tint. The gamma does a decent job at following the target curve, but most scenes are darker than they should be.

9.7
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom 1
Luminance
101 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
16
Contrast Setting
70
RGB Controls
92-91-100
Gamma Setting
2.2
Color Temperature
6497 K
White Balance dE
0.56
Color dE
0.42
Gamma
2.17

The Elite XG270QG has amazing post-calibration color accuracy. Most colors are accurate, the color temperature is extremely close to the 6500K target, and the gamma follows the target fairly well.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and shouldn't be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.

9.2
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
99.5 %
Adobe RGB xy
85.1 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom 1
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom 1

Outstanding SDR color gamut. It covers all of the sRGB color space used in most content and it has excellent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing. This is much better than the ViewSonic Elite XG270 and the ASUS TUF VG27AQ.

9.4
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
97.3 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
89.7 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Custom 1
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Custom 1

The Elite XG270QG has an outstanding color volume. It's able to display a wide range of colors at different brightness levels but can't produce dark, saturated colors due to its low contrast ratio.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
N/A
DCI P3 xy
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR After 0 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 2 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 4 Min Recovery
0.00 %
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 the Elite XG270QG.

8.0
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

Great gradient handling, but there's some banding in darker shades. The Elite XG270QG is advertised as 10 bit, but it's actually 8 bit + FRC. When trying to display a 10 bit image, this happened.

9.9
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.001 %
Pixel Column Error
0.026 %

There's no visible color bleed on this monitor.

8.0
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.7 %
Indirect Reflections
5.5 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
0.2 %

Great reflection handling. The matte coating does an excellent job at diffusing a moderate amount of light, but struggles a bit in really bright rooms.

8.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

Great text clarity. With ClearType enabled (top photo) the diagonal lines on the letters R and N are clearer.

Motion
9.3
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Standard
Rise / Fall Time
3.1 ms
Total Response Time
7.7 ms
Overshoot Error
7.4 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
3.3 ms
Dark Total Response Time
8.1 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
7.4 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
Standard Chart Table Photo
Advanced Chart Table Photo
Ultra Fast Chart Table Photo

Outstanding response time at its max refresh rate. The best Overdive setting is 'Standard' as there's the least amount of overshoot, but there's still some motion blur. If that bothers you, the 'Advanced' setting has less blur, but with more overshoot.

8.7
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Standard
Rise / Fall Time
4.0 ms
Total Response Time
12.9 ms
Overshoot Error
3.6 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
4.5 ms
Dark Total Response Time
14.9 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
4.2 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
Standard Chart Table Photo
Advanced Chart Table Photo
Ultra Fast Chart Table Photo

The Elite XG270QG has an outstanding response time at 60Hz, better than most monitors, but not as good as the Elite XG270. Like at its max refresh rate, the recommended Overdrive setting is 'Standard' as motion looks the clearest on this setting, with minimal overshoot.

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

This monitor is flicker-free, which helps reduce eye strain.

7.7
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
120 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
85 Hz

The XG270QG has a black frame insertion feature to improve the appearance of motion. It can't be used when G-SYNC is enabled.

9.2
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Compatible (Tested)
G-SYNC
Yes (Native)
VRR Maximum
165 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort

Update 06/03/2020: NVIDIA has added Adaptive Sync support so that new G-SYNC monitors also support FreeSync. We retested this monitor and saw that it's FreeSync compatible.

Excellent refresh rate. The native 144Hz refresh rate can be easily overclocked to 165Hz. G-SYNC VRR can only be used over a DisplayPort connection. Over HDMI, the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, and VRR doesn't work. This monitor is also FreeSync compatible over its full range through a DisplayPort connection.

Inputs
9.5
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
3.9 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
13.5 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
4.2 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
14.5 ms
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
9.5 ms

Incredibly low input lag, especially at its native resolution. It stays low with VRR enabled, but there's a bit more lag than normal with a 60Hz refresh rate. The ASUS TUF VG27AQ has a much better input lag at 60Hz.

8.3
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution 2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 3.7 MP
Pixel Density
109 PPI
Screen Diagonal 27.0 inches
Screen Area 310 sq inches

The 27 inch, 1440p screen offers plenty of screen real estate and is great for multitasking or for seeing more details in your game.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 1 (HDMI 1.4)
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

The XG270QG only has one HDMI 1.4 input compared to two HDMI 2.0 inputs on the ViewSonic Elite XG270.

Features
Features
Additional Features
RGB Illumination
Controllable
Speakers
Yes
HDR10 No
Multiple Input Display
No

The XG270QG has a few extra features, including:

  • RGB Illumination: A hexagon on the back whose RGB lighting could be customized through the on-screen display.
  • Blue Light Filter: Blue light suppression to reduce eye strain.
  • Crosshair: Puts a crosshair on the screen for shooter games.
  • Eco Mode: Limits some features to save energy.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

There's a joystick and two buttons on the front to control the menu and power on/off.

Features
In The Box

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

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 27 inch ViewSonic Elite XG270QG. There's a 1080p version with a higher refresh rate available, and you can see the differences below.

Model Size Resolution Refresh Rate
ViewSonic Elite XG270QG 27" 1440p 165Hz
ViewSonic Elite XG270 27" 1080p 240Hz

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their ViewSonic Elite XG270QG 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 XG270QG was manufactured in November 2019, and you can see the label here.

Compared to other monitors

The ViewSonic Elite XG270QG is a good overall 1440p, 165Hz monitor with amazing gaming performance, but it doesn't stand out against similar monitors. See also our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best 1440p monitors, and the best 27 inch monitors.

LG 27GL850-B
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The LG 27GL850-B and the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG are two similar-performing monitors. The ViewSonic has a max refresh rate of 165Hz, G-SYNC support, a black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur, and better ergonomics. The LG supports HDR and has much better out-of-box color accuracy. Even though the LG has a max refresh rate of 144Hz, the two monitors still have a very similar response time, except the LG is quicker at 60Hz.

ASUS TUF VG27AQ
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The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is better than the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG. The ASUS supports FreeSync, has much better ergonomics, better contrast and black uniformity, the out-of-box color accuracy is significantly better, and it supports HDR. On the other hand, the ViewSonic supports G-SYNC and has a quicker response time, which is much better at 60Hz than the ASUS, a better SDR color gamut, and it has better reflection handling.

ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q
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The ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q and the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG are two very similar monitors. Both have 1440p, 165Hz, IPS panels with native G-SYNC support. The ViewSonic has a better response time at 60Hz, better reflection handling, and a wider color gamut in SDR. The ASUS has much better out-of-the box color accuracy, better ergonomics, and a better contrast ratio. 

ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ
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The ViewSonic Elite XG270QG and the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ are very similar in terms of performance. Both are 27 inch, 1440p, 165Hz monitors with native G-SYNC support and no HDR support. The ViewSonic can get brighter, it has a better SDR color gamut and much faster response time at 60Hz. The ASUS has a better contrast ratio, slightly better viewing angles, and much better out-of-box color accuracy.

ViewSonic Elite XG270
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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 UltraSharp U2520D
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The ViewSonic Elite XG270QG is a bit better overall than the Dell UltraSharp U2520D. The ViewSonic is a much better choice for gaming as it has a 165Hz refresh rate and G-SYNC support. It also has a much quicker response time and lower input lag. The Dell is a slightly better choice for office use as it has better ergonomics, significantly better out-of-the-box color accuracy, and it has a higher pixel density since it's a smaller screen.

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