For whatever reason, Viewsonic is charging a slight premium for this panel.

With GPU-makers setting their sights on 4K gaming and CPU costs tanking – thanks to a struggling Intel and resurgent AMD – high-refresh rate 1080p video gaming isn’t so far out of reach as one may think.

With 24-inch 144 Hz panels now offering at under 20k, prices of quick displays have clearly fallen. The ViewSonic’s XG2405 is of this type, and uses a 1 ms MPRT action time paired with a 144 Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync Premium accreditation. The resolution is, naturally, 1080p, and the screen can be had for about 19k on e-commerce sites.

XG2405’s design is simple, sturdy, and functional. The base is heavy and the single screen arm is extremely durable. The height-adjustable stand can hit 120 mm and you get -5 °/ 20 ° of tilt change. The screen also swivels by 90 °, making it really simple to set it up just how you like it. It’s likewise compatible with 100×100 VESA installs.

When it comes to design, the only minor problem I have issues the OSD buttons (on-screen screen). The buttons are mounted behind the display and don’t feel great. Likewise, newer screens include joysticks, that makes the setup feel a bit archaic. Still, the XG2405 is remarkably built and I do not otherwise have any complaints.

If you’re playing hectic shooters like Call of Task or Counter Strike International Offensive on a decently effective PC, you’ll notice little to no blur or lag, thanks to that 144 Hz refresh rate.

There are 3 overdrive choices to select from for enhancing the action time, however I couldn’t actually inform them apart, so just stuck to the fastest option for the heck of it. FreeSync likewise means that AMD GPUs and newer Nvidia GPUs will dynamically sync their frame-rate with the refresh rate of the screen, lowering tearing.

One thing to note here is that while the monitor has a quick response time of 1 ms, this is MPRT (moving image response time) and not GtG (grey to grey) action time, which is greater (around 4 ms). The 1 ms mode should be enabled separately in settings, and this also appears to disable FreeSync.

The display uses backlight strobing to get to that wonderful 1 ms action time. Movement blur is triggered by persistence of vision, when a pixel stays on screen for too long. By flashing (strobing) the backlight once every millisecond, the display produces the impression of a 1 ms pixel reaction time by lowering the duration for which each pixel shows up. The downside to this method is reduced perceived brightness, increased flickering in some scenes, and incompatible FreeSync.

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

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

Black level, a measure of the brightness of the darkest black a display screen can render, is critical for good contrast and colour saturation. Regretfully, the XG2405’s black level, measured with a Spider 3 colorimeter, can be found in at an atrocious 0.87 cd/m2. Preferably, I would anticipate to see something in the order of 0.4 cd/m2 or lower.

The intense blacks and low overall brightness indicate that this screen’s contrast ratio measures simply 214:1 instead of the claimed 1000:1. Deep shadow and night scenes have a milky radiance to them, which eliminates immersion in scary games like Resident Evil, and in motion pictures. The bad black levels on contrast are likewise bad for image and video editing. This is unfortunate, since the monitor’s colour accuracy is great. It covers one hundred percent of the sRGB spectrum and average delta E (variation in colour and tone from anticipated worths) was available in at a stellar 0.35, which is well listed below the threshold at which a human eye can register mistakes.

For whatever factor, Viewsonic is charging a small premium for this panel. While it retails at around Rs 19k, contending screens like the MSI Optic G241 and BenQ Zowie XL2411P retail at under 17k. Both rivals are equally durable and take pride in a comparable function set, and maybe 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.