ViewSonic XG2402 Monitor Review

Updated Oct 16, 2018 at 10:03 am
ViewSonic XG2402 Picture
Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
7.4
Mixed Usage
7.3
Office
8.3
Gaming
7.1
Multimedia
7.2
Media Creation
5.6
HDR Gaming
Size 24"
Resolution 1920x1080
Refresh Rate 144 Hz
LCD Type
TN
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

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.

Our Verdict

7.4 Mixed Usage

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.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
7.3 Office

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.

See our Office recommendations
8.3 Gaming

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.

See our Gaming recommendations
7.1 Multimedia

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.

See our Multimedia recommendations
7.2 Media Creation

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.

See our Media Creation recommendations
5.6 HDR Gaming

The XG2402 does not support HDR. For a good HDR monitor, check out the Samsung CHG70.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
  • 7.4 Mixed Usage
  • 7.3 Office
  • 8.3 Gaming
  • 7.1 Multimedia
  • 7.2 Media Creation
  • 5.6 HDR Gaming
Pros
  • Great gaming performance, with FreeSync support and a 144 Hz refresh rate
  • Excellent fast response time with low motion blur
Cons
  • Poor dark room performance
  • Disappointing viewing angles
  1. Update 1/17/2019: We tested the monitor's compatibility with NVIDIA's new FreeSync driver. See our full investigation into NVIDIA's FreeSync Drivers here.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve radius N/A
Weight (without stand)
7.2 lbs (3.3 kg)
Weight (with stand)
14.8 lbs (6.7 kg)

The ViewSonic XG2402 has a good design. It is almost entirely made of plastic, but it feels well built and is quite solid. The stand isn't the fanciest, but it supports the monitor well and has great ergonomics. Unfortunately, there is not much to help with cable management. The monitor is quite thick, but this shouldn't cause any issues.

Design
Stand
Width
12.0" (30.5 cm)
Depth
9.4" (23.9 cm)

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.

7.8
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
4.7" (11.9 cm)
Switch portrait/landscape Yes
Swivel Range -45° to 45°
Tilt Range -15° to 5°

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°.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

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.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.7" (1.8 cm)

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.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
7.0" (17.8 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.2" (5.6 cm)

With the stand attached, the monitor is thick and can't be placed close to a wall. Without the stand, it is thin.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

Good build quality. It is almost entirely made of plastic, but it feels solid. The stand is easy to adjust and turns easily.

Picture Quality
5.9
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
947 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

Disappointing contrast ratio. Blacks look gray in a dark room. These results are typical for TN monitors, and worse than most IPS monitors.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

The ViewSonic XG2402 does not have a local dimming feature. The above video is provided for reference only.

7.8
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
319 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
361 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
359 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
357 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
356 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
355 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
359 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
358 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
356 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
355 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
354 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.001

Very good peak brightness. There is only slight variation in brightness with content, which is good.

0
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

HDR is not supported.

5.2
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
27 °
Color Shift from Right
27 °
Brightness from Left
46 °
Brightness from Right
46 °
Black Level from Left
29 °
Black Level from Right
30 °
Curve Radius N/A

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.

6.4
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
9 °
Color Shift from Above
39 °
Brightness from Below
13 °
Brightness from Above
69 °
Black Level from Below
24 °
Black Level from Above
46 °

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.

7.4
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
7.804 %
50% DSE
0.118 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.561 %
5% DSE
0.079 %

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.

5.3
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.441 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

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.

8.3
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom 1
Luminance
274 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
85
Contrast Setting
60
RGB controls
100-100-100
Color Temperature
6745 K
White Balance dE
2.56
Color dE
1.77
Gamma
2.14

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.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Custom 1
Luminance
101 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
5
Contrast Setting
60
RGB Controls
98-98-100
Color Temperature
6455 K
White Balance dE
0.60
Color dE
0.89
Gamma
2.16

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.

8.7
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
98.0 %
Adobe RGB xy
75.2 %

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.

9.0
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
97.6 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
83.0 %

s.RGB Picture Mode: Custom 1
Adobe 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.

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

HDR is not supported.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
N/A

HDR is not supported.

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 temporary image retention.

8.5
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

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.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel row error
0.000 %
Pixel column error
0.001 %

There is no noticeable color bleed when displaying large areas of similar color.

8.0
Picture Quality
Reflections

Great reflection handling. Even in a bright office, the image remains clear.

Motion
10
Motion
Motion Blur
80% Response Time
2.3 ms
100% Response Time
6.9 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
Faster

Rampage Response Standard
Rampage Response Fast
Rampage Response Faster
Rampage Response Ultra Fast
Rampage Response Fastest

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.

7.5
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
No
BFI Maximum Frequency
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
N/A

The ViewSonic XG2402 is PWM flicker-free. Unfortunately, there is no option to introduce flicker to improve motion clarity.

9.2
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
144 Hz
Factory Overclock
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync
G-SYNC Compatible
Yes
VRR Maximum
144 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Maximum With OC
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

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.

Inputs
9.6
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
4.1 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
N/A
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
8.8 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
4.3 ms
10 bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
N/A

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.

7.1
Inputs
Resolution and Size
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 2.1 MP
Pixel Density 92 PPI
Screen Diagonal 24.0 inches
Screen Area 247 sq inches

The 24" screen is decent, but some users might find the 1080p resolution too low.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 2 (HDMI 1.4)
DVI No
VGA No
DisplayPort Out No
USB 2 (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 Internal

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.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
Yes
HDR10 No
Multiple input display
No

The XG2402 has a few gaming-oriented features, including:

  • RampageX: This setting controls the red accent lighting on the back of monitor.
  • Black Stabilization: A customizable setting designed to make it easier to spot objects in dark scenes. Most monitors that have this feature have 4 setting levels, the XG2402 has 22.
  • Custom 1,2,3: There are three customizable settings presets that allow you to completely customize the settings and save them. They can be renamed, which is rare.
  • Monitor Hertz Cap: You can limit the monitor to 60 Hz, 100 Hz, or native (144 Hz). Note that with this enabled it is still possible to send a higher refresh rate, but this results in dropped frames.
Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)

The OSD always shows two pieces of information about the current state of the monitor. The bar on the left is the current power consumption of the monitor, expressed as a percentage of the maximum. The number on the right shows the current max refresh rate of the monitor, not the actual current refresh rate.

Features
Controls

The controls are somewhat confusing and the OSD can be difficult to navigate at times. Some options appear in multiple places which can be more confusing.

Features
In The Box

  • Power Cable
  • DisplayPort Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Manual
  • Cable Management Clip

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 24" ViewSonic XG2402. It is also available in 27" (XG2702), and for the most part, we expect our review to be valid.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their ViewSonic XG2402 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.

Model Size Resolution Refresh Rate Notes
XG2402 24" 1080p 144 Hz FreeSync
XG2702 27" 1080p 144 Hz FreeSync

The XG2402 we reviewed was manufactured in June 2018

Compared to other monitors

Comparison picture

Left: ASUS VG248QE. Middle: ViewSonic XG2402. Right: Dell P2417H.
Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The ViewSonic XG2402 is a decent monitor for most uses. It is a great gaming monitor (see our recommendations for the best gaming monitors and the best gaming monitors under $300), and it is aggressively priced to beat the competition. See also our recommendations for the best 24-25 inch monitors and the best budget monitors.

ASUS VG248QE
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The ViewSonic XG2402 is better than the ASUS VG248QE. Overall, the two are very similar, with very similar performance under most uses. The XG2402 supports AMD FreeSync, making it a better choice for gaming. The XG2402 also has better color volume.

BenQ Zowie XL2411P
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The ViewSonic XG2402 is better than the BenQ Zowie XL2411P. The XG2402 has a faster response time, resulting in clearer motion with almost no noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. The XL2411P has an optional black frame insertion feature, though, but motion still looks better on the ViewSonic. The XG2402 supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, for a nearly tear-free gaming experience.

LG 24GL600F
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The ViewSonic XG2402 is much better than the LG 24GL600F. The ViewSonic has much better ergonomics, better black uniformity, and slightly lower input lag. The LG has an optional black frame insertion feature, which the XG2402 lacks, but this doesn't add much.

ASUS VG279Q
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The ASUS VG279Q is much better than the ViewSonic XG2402. The VG279Q has better ergonomics, much better viewing angles, better gray uniformity, and an optional Black Frame Insertion feature. The VG279Q also has a larger screen, but the same 1080p resolution as the XG2402.

Dell S2419HGF
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The ViewSonic XG2402 is somewhat better than the Dell S2419HGF. Both monitors have a very fast refresh rate of 144Hz, although the Dell has to be overclocked to get there. The ViewSonic displays more uniform blacks when in a dark room. It also gets slightly brighter and has better reflection handling, so it's a better choice for a brighter room as well. The Dell, on the other hand, has a bit more versatile stand and allows you to position it comfortably with ease.

ASUS VG245H
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The ViewSonic XG2402 is much better than the ASUS VG245H. The XG2402 has a higher refresh rate, and a wider FreeSync range, ensuring a more fluid, tear-free gaming experience. The ViewSonic also has a better response time, so fast-moving objects appear clear with no blur trail. The ViewSonic also has much better color volume, although it has worse native contrast.

Dell S2417DG
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Dell S2417DG is slightly better than the ViewSonic XG2402. The Dell S2417DG is a G-SYNC monitor, with a higher 2560x1440p resolution, so you can see more fine details in games or multitask easier. The ViewSonic XG2402 is a FreeSync monitor, great for Xbox One S/X gamers, or if you have an AMD graphics card. The Dell also has an option to introduce flicker to help reduce motion blur.

Acer XF251Q
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The ViewSonic XG2402 is better than the Acer XF251Q. The XG2402 has much better motion performance, thanks to the faster 144 Hz refresh rate. The XG2402 is also a bit brighter, and has a better color gamut and better color volume.

AOC AGON AG271QX
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The AOC AGON AG271QX is slightly better than the ViewSonic XG2402. The AG271QX is better at displaying large areas of similar color, as it supports 10-bit color. However, the main advantage of the AGON AG271QX is the larger, higher resolution screen, that makes it much easier to see fine details in games and for multitasking.

Acer Nitro VG271
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

Although they use different panel types, the Acer VG271 is a bit better than the ViewSonic XG2402. The VG271 has an IPS panel, which has much better viewing angles. The Acer also supports HDR, and has better gray uniformity. The ViewSonic, on the other hand, has a much better stand and a faster response time, although, unlike the Acer, the XG2402 doesn't have an optional black frame insertion feature.

HP OMEN X 25f
Unavailable
Amazon.com

The ViewSonic XG2402 and the HP OMEN X 25f are very similar overall, and the best one depends on your needs. The ViewSonic is better if you need a more adjustable stand, as it has better ergonomics and can be rotated to a portrait orientation. The OMEN X has slightly better motion handling, though, so it might be better for some people.

Acer Nitro XF252Q
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Acer Nitro XF252Q and the ViewSonic XG2402 are very similar overall. The XF252Q is slightly better for gaming, as it has an optional black frame insertion feature and a higher refresh rate. The XG2402 we tested has better black uniformity, but it doesn't support HDR. Although the XF252Q supports HDR, there is little benefit to it.

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