The ViewSonic XG2401 gaming monitor offers crisp 1080p images, ridiculously fast response times & plenty of useful bells và whistles.

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ByMichael Andronico26 February 2016

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Our Verdict

The ViewSonic XG2401 gaming monitor offers crisp 1080p images, ridiculously fast response times and plenty of useful bells & whistles.

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ViewSonic"s XG2401 monitor is one of the display maker"s first attempts at catering specifically to hardcore gamers. Fortunately, the folks at ViewSonic got it right early. This $279 24-inch display has everything you need lớn play competitively — ultrafast response times, genre-specific display modes — và is sprinkled with practical extras such as a headphone doông xã and a highly adjustable st&. Between its robust feature mix & AMD FreeSync support for tear-không tính tiền gaming, the XG2401 is one of the best gaming monitors for those who want lớn play shooters, strategy games và more at their most optimal.


The ViewSonic XG2401"s blachồng kiến thiết is pretty plain, though the monitor"s stand và rectangular base sport just enough red stripes lớn remind you that this is a gaming peripheral.

What the display lacks in flashiness, however, it makes up for in practicality. A small hook near the top of the stvà lets you dock your headphones, while a circular red ring below lets you coil together whatever multitude of wires you have connected to the monitor.

ViewSonic"s monitor is highly adjustable. You can tilt the display 5 degrees forward or 22 degrees baông chồng, as well as raise or lower it up lớn 4.7 inches. You can even swivel the monitor 90 degrees và use it in portrait mode — something useful for multi-monitor setups or for those who use a dedicated screen for reading Twitch chat. The XG2401 is also VESA-mountable, should you want lớn forgo the stand altogether and attach it right lớn your wall.

Ports and Interface

The XG2401 packs plenty of connections for your PC or console, with two HDXiaoMi MI inputs as well as a DisplayPort (the latter of which is required khổng lồ use the monitor"s FreeSync mode). If you want lớn plug in peripherals & headphones, you"ve got two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 type B port and a 3.5milimet audio jack at your disposal.

The XG2401"s interface is refreshingly simple và easy to lớn navigate for a gaming monitor. There"s a dedicated button for switching đoạn Clip sources with a single cliông chồng, as well as one for activating the monitor"s various genre-specific game modes. If you want to go more in-depth, a simple tap of the "1" button pulls up the XG 2401"s robust main menu, which lets you tweak audio and color, as well as activate advanced features such as FreeSync và Low Input Lag.

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Gaming Performance

Offering a speedy 144Hz refresh rate, the XG2401 made the sensation of popping off terrorists and ducking inlớn cover in Rainbow Six: Siege feel incredibly instant. The 1080p monitor"s two-shooter presets both served a quality purpose when playing Siege; FPS1 mode offers duller colors lớn prsự kiện eyestrain, while the extra-high contrast of FPS2 made it especially easy to lớn spot enemies.

The XG2401 did an excellent job highlighting the lush forests, flowing rivers and colorful fantasy characters of Dota 2, making it easy for me khổng lồ keep up with the action. The monitor"s RTS & MOBA modes made the image almost excessively sharp — they didn"t look especially pretty, but these modes created thick outlines around every character that could potentially help pro players better spot allies & enemies.

Few genres are as dependent on low-input lag as fighting games are, & I"m happy lớn report that Street Fighter V played lượt thích a joy on the XG2401. I had no problem pulling off combos that required frame-perfect timing. It didn"t hurt that the lush purple clouds and detailed Japanese architecture in the game"s background were preserved in all their glory.

FreeSync Performance

The XG2401 supports AMD FreeSync, which minimizes screen-tearing on AMD-powered machines by syncing the display directly with your computer"s graphics card. While this is a handy feature for AMD users, I found it almost unnecessary due lớn the monitor"s already strong performance on standard mode.

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When it comes lớn responsiveness, the XG2401 is the best in its class.

Although activating FreeSync did eliminate some minor jagginess in Rainbow Six: Siege, I generally had a consistently smooth experience across all of my games regardless of whether I had the feature on.

Brightness, Color & Latency

The XG2401 was as impressive in our lab tests as it was during day-to-day use. ViewSonic"s monitor registered an overall brightness of 355 nits, topping the $179 BenQ RL2455HM (270 nits) as well as our 238-nit gaming monitor average.

The XG2401 exhibited svào color accuracy, with a Delta E rating of 2.34 (closer to lớn 0 is better). That beats the RL2455HM"s 3.75, as well as our 4.6 average. The ViewSonic monitor only fell short in color representation, producing 91 percent of the sRGB color gamut, compared with the BenQ"s 110 percent và our 104-percent average.

The XG2401 made the sensation of popping off terrorists and ducking inkhổng lồ cover feel incredibly instant.

When it comes to responsiveness, however, the XG2401 is the best in its class. It"s the first monitor we"ve tested to register 0ms of latency on our lag tester, even without the display"s Low Input Lag mode activated. That tops the BenQ"s 9.8ms and our 14ms average, và explains why the monitor performed so fluidly during our game time.

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Features & Audio

Aside from its game-specific presets for shooters & strategy games, the XG2401 offers three customizable "Gamer" profiles that you configure with whichever combination of brightness, color và special features you lượt thích.

The monitor"s SmartSync feature automatically selects the best refresh rate & response time for whatever you"re playing. While this sounds good on paper, I noticed that activating the mode simply darkened the screen và cranked up the sharpness in most games I used it on.

There"s also a blaông xã stabilization feature for highlighting dark in-game areas. Similar khổng lồ BenQ"s Blaông xã Equalizer, this feature lets you pinpoint otherwise hard-to-see enemies and locations without blowing out the entire image. Like FreeSync, this mode served its purpose, but the already excellent brightness meant I didn"t have sầu khổng lồ depend on it much.

The XG2401"s built-in speakers are surprisingly loud — when cranked all the way, they filled our 15-by-15 foot testing lab with the sounds of Street Fighter V"s pulsing soundtrack & meaty punches và kicks.

Bottom Line

If low-latency gaming is your priority, the $279 ViewSonic XG2401 is one of the best in its class. This 24-inch monitor offers ridiculously fast response times, dedicated FPS, MOBA & RTS modes, và packs FreeSync khổng lồ ensure extra smoothness for those gaming on AMD cards. Its highly flexible stand makes it igiảm giá khuyến mãi for multi-monitor setups, và handy extras such as a tai nghe stand và wire organizer make it easy to attach your peripherals without creating clutter.

If you want a similarly responsive experience and can live without FreeSync, BenQ"s $179 RL2455HM is an excellent (và significantly cheaper) alternative sầu. However, the amount of bells and whistles found on ViewSonic"s XG2401 make it one of the most compelling packages in its price range.