The ViewSonic XG2402 is a decent TN monitor. It is exceptionally well suited as a gaming monitor, thanks to the high 144 Hz refresh rate and FreeSync VRR support. It has excellent motion handling thanks to the extraordinarily fast response time, and there is almost no motion blur. Unfortunately, it isn't as well suited for a dark room due to the disappointing native contrast and deficient black uniformity, and it has poor viewing angles, so it is best suited for viewing from directly in front.
The ViewSonic XG2402 is a decent monitor for most uses. It is especially well suited as a gaming monitor, thanks to the fast response time, high refresh rate, and FreeSync support. It has a good stand and good ergonomics, so it can easily be adjusted to a more comfortable viewing position. Unfortunately, it has poor dark room performance and disappointing viewing angles.
Decent monitor for office use. It has a good stand that is easy to adjust to an ideal viewing position. It has good peak brightness, and good reflection handling, so there should be no issues in a bright office setting. Unfortunately, it has disappointing viewing angles, and the 24", FHD screen isn't great for multitasking.
The ViewSonic XG2402 is a great gaming monitor. It has an outstanding response time, and a fast refresh rate with FreeSync VRR support, great for PC or Xbox One S/X gaming. It has excellent low latency, ensuring a responsive gaming experience. Unfortunately, it doesn't look as good in a dark room, so it may be disappointing for late night gaming sessions.
Decent monitor for multimedia. The 24", 1080p screen isn't as sharp as today's typically larger, 4k screens. It also doesn't perform well in a dark room, and has disappointing viewing angles. It has an excellent fast response time, so fast moving objects look clear with little motion blur.
The XG2402 is a decent monitor for media creation. It is limited by the 24", FHD screen, so it isn't as easy to multitask or see your entire project. It also doesn't support the Adobe RGB color space, which may be disappointing to those working in the print industry.
The XG2402 does not support HDR. For a good HDR monitor, check out the Samsung CHG70.
The ViewSonic XG2402 has a fairly basic stand, similar to the rectangular stand found on most Dell monitors. It has a fairly large footprint, but since it is nearly flat you can still place small objects on it, so the space isn't completely lost.
Very good ergonomics. The XG2402 is very easy to adjust to an optimal viewing position. Note that the ViewSonic website lists the tilt range as -20° to +5°, but we measured -15° to +5°.
The back of the XG2402 looks decent. It has a slightly stylized design and the red chevrons on the back light up. There is single heat vent out the top of the monitor. Unfortunately, there isn't much in terms of cable management.
The ViewSonic XG2402 has a fairly thick bezel, which may cause issues if you are planning a multi-monitor setup. For normal use though, they aren't very noticeable and you shouldn't have any issues.
With the stand attached, the monitor is thick and can't be placed close to a wall. Without the stand, it is thin.
Good build quality. It is almost entirely made of plastic, but it feels solid. The stand is easy to adjust and turns easily.
Disappointing contrast ratio. Blacks look gray in a dark room. These results are typical for TN monitors, and worse than most IPS monitors.
The ViewSonic XG2402 does not have a local dimming feature. The above video is provided for reference only.
Very good peak brightness. There is only slight variation in brightness with content, which is good.
HDR is not supported.
The ViewSonic XG2402 has poor horizontal viewing angles. Uniformity issues are noticeable if sitting too close to the monitor, and it is not ideal for sharing your screen with someone else.
Mediocre vertical viewing angles. Due to the structure of TN panels, the image remains accurate at wider angles from above than from below. This is typical of monitors with TN-type panels and much worse than monitors with IPS type panels like the Asus VG279Q.
Decent gray uniformity. As with most TN monitors, the top of the screen is noticeably darker due to the poor viewing angles. There is only slight DSE, which is great, and in near-black scenes, the image is more uniform.
Disappointing black uniformity. There is clouding visible across most of the screen, and the area around the test cross is significantly brighter than the surrounding screen.
Out of the box, the XG2402 has great accuracy. The most accurate Picture Mode is 'Custom 1', but 'MOBA' is also good. White balance and color errors are low, and most enthusiasts won't notice the inaccuracies. Gamma follows the target curve, but is a bit bright, even with Gamma set to 2.4.
After calibration, the XG2402 has nearly perfect color accuracy. The remaining inaccuracies are too small for anyone to notice. Gamma follows the target curve almost perfectly.
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.
s.RGB Picture Mode: Custom 1 (calibrated)Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Custom 1
Excellent SDR color gamut, with nearly 100% coverage of the s.RGB color space. Adobe RGB coverage is decent, but insufficient for most professional users working in print.
s.RGB Picture Mode: Custom 1Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Custom 1
Excellent color volume. Unfortunately, it can't produce deep, dark colors due to the limited contrast ratio, but it fills out the color gamut well.
HDR is not supported.
HDR is not supported.
There are no signs of temporary image retention.
The ViewSonic XG2402 does a great job displaying gradients. There is some slight banding visible in most colors, but this shouldn't be an issue.
There is no noticeable color bleed when displaying large areas of similar color.
Great reflection handling. Even in a bright office, the image remains clear.
The XG2402 has an outstanding fast response time. Most transitions are nearly instantaneous, and there is almost no measurable overshoot. This produces clear motion, with next to no noticeable motion blur. The lack of motion blur may bother some people if the frame rate drops too low.
The ViewSonic XG2402 is PWM flicker-free. Unfortunately, there is no option to introduce flicker to improve motion clarity.
The XG2402 has an excellent 144 Hz refresh rate (it is one of the best 144Hz monitors we've tested so far), great for gaming. It supports FreeSync over HDMI and DisplayPort, and both have the same wide FreeSync range. In graphically demanding scenes where the framerate drops too low, the monitor uses LFC to compensate, ensuring a consistent tear-free gaming experience.
Update 01/15/2019: We have tested the XG2402 with NVIDIA's new FreeSync drivers, and it works perfectly. When we tested it, FreeSync was automatically enabled on the monitor, and we had only to enable G-Sync in the NVIDIA Control Panel.
The ViewSonic XG2402 has outstanding low input lag, one of the best we've tested, slightly better than the MSI Optix G27C. The 60 Hz input lag is higher, but still excellent.
Only 1920x1080 is supported at 144 Hz.
The 24" screen is decent, but some users might find the 1080p resolution too low.
The 3.5mm analog audio out port is a headphone port with adjustable volume on the monitor's on screen display. It supports DisplayPort 1.2, but this must be enabled on the OSD.