For whatever factor, Viewsonic is charging a minor premium for this panel.

With GPU-makers setting their sights on 4K gaming and CPU rates tanking – thanks to a having a hard time Intel and resurgent AMD – high-refresh rate 1080p video gaming isn’t up until now out of reach as one may think.

With 24-inch 144 Hz panels now selling at under 20k, prices of quick screens have plainly fallen. The ViewSonic’s XG2405 is of this type, and provides a 1 ms MPRT response time coupled with a 144 Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync Premium certification. The resolution is, naturally, 1080p, and the monitor can be had for about 19k on e-commerce websites.

XG2405’s design is easy, strong, and functional. The base is heavy and the single display arm is really tough. The height-adjustable stand can strike 120 mm and you get -5 °/ 20 ° of tilt change. The monitor also rotates by 90 °, making it very easy to set it up simply how you like it. It’s likewise suitable with 100×100 VESA installs.

When it comes to design, the only minor grievance I have concerns the OSD buttons (on-screen screen). The buttons are installed behind the display and do not feel excellent. Also, more recent displays include joysticks, which makes the setup feel a bit antiquated. Still, the XG2405 is remarkably built and I do not otherwise have any complaints.

If you’re playing fast-paced shooters like Call of Duty or Counter Strike Worldwide Offensive on a decently powerful PC, you’ll see little to no blur or lag, thanks to that 144 Hz refresh rate.

There are 3 overdrive alternatives to pick from for improving the action time, however I couldn’t actually tell them apart, so simply stuck to the fastest choice for the heck of it. FreeSync likewise suggests that AMD GPUs and newer Nvidia GPUs will dynamically sync their frame-rate with the refresh rate of the display screen, lowering tearing.

Something to keep in mind here is that while the monitor has a fast response time of 1 ms, this is MPRT (moving image action time) and not GtG (grey to grey) response time, which is higher (around 4 ms). The 1 ms mode must be enabled independently in settings, and this likewise appears to disable FreeSync.

The display employs backlight strobing to get to that magical 1 ms response time. Movement blur is caused by perseverance of vision, when a pixel remains on screen for too long. By flashing (strobing) the backlight once every millisecond, the monitor develops the impression of a 1 ms pixel reaction time by decreasing the period for which each pixel is visible. The downside to this method is lowered perceived brightness, increased flickering in some scenes, and incompatible FreeSync.

Considered that this panel’s maximum brightness is rather low at simply under 240 nits, I preferred to leave the 1 ms mode handicapped.

Mentioning brightness, the XG2405’s Achilles heel is its bad black level.

Black level, a step of the brightness of the darkest black a display screen can render, is vital for great contrast and colour saturation. Regretfully, the XG2405’s black level, measured with a Spider 3 colorimeter, was available in at an atrocious 0.87 cd/m2. Ideally, I would anticipate to see something in the order of 0.4 cd/m2 or lower.

The brilliant blacks and low overall brightness imply that this screen’s contrast ratio determines just 214:1 instead of the claimed 1000:1. Deep shadow and night scenes have a milky glow to them, which eliminates immersion in horror video games like Homeowner Evil, and in motion pictures. The poor black levels on contrast are likewise bad for image and video editing. This is unfortunate, due to the fact that the monitor’s colour precision is fantastic. It covers 100 percent of the sRGB spectrum and average delta E (variation in colour and tone from expected values) came in at an excellent 0.35, which is well below the threshold at which a human eye can register mistakes.

For whatever reason, Viewsonic is charging a slight premium for this panel. While it retails at around Rs 19k, competing displays like the MSI Optic G241 and BenQ Zowie XL2411P retail at under 17k. Both competitors are equally durable and boast of a comparable function set, and perhaps much better contrast.

Even ignoring the premium, the XG2405’s poor black levels are enough of a turn-off that I can’t recommend this screen.