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Reviewed on Oct 16, 2018

ViewSonic XG2402 MONITOR REVIEW

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.

Test Results
Design 7.5
Picture Quality 6.5
Motion 9.2
Inputs 8.6
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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7.5

Design

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.

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 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°.

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.

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.

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 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.

6.5

Picture Quality

The ViewSonic XG2402 has only decent picture quality. It doesn't perform very well in a dark room, due to the disappointing native contrast and deficient black uniformity. It has good peak brightness, and good reflection handling, great for a bright office. It has disappointing viewing angles, so the image is most accurate from directly in front.

5.9 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

9.5 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 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 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 HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
:
N/A

HDR is not supported.

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

HDR is not supported.

10 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 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 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 Reflections

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

9.2

Motion

The ViewSonic XG2402 has excellent motion handling. It has an impressive fast response time, and motion is crystal clear with almost no visible blur. The backlight is free of PWM flicker, which is great, but there is no option to introduce flicker. It has an excellent 144 Hz refresh rate, and it has a wide FreeSync VRR range when connected via HDMI or DisplayPort.

10 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 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 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.

8.6

Inputs

The ViewSonic XG2402 has great low input lag, excellent for gaming. Unfortunately, it only has a 1080p resolution and 24" screen, which may be disappointing to some users. It has a good selection of inputs, and can be used as a USB hub.

9.6 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.

7.2 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
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

The ViewSonic XG2402 has some basic additional features. It has built-in speakers, but does not support HDR. There are no overlay options for displaying the frame rate or a crosshair when gaming. The OSD has a lot of options, but the layout is convoluted and can be difficult to navigate.

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.
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.

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.

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

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.

ASUS VG279Q
SEE PRICE
Amazon.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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

5.6 HDR Gaming

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

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