Maximum PC|June 2020
OK, SO FIRSTLY let’s talk about why you should be excited about this monitor. A quick glance over the spec list suggests there’s not actually a lot of new tech here; we’ve had 165Hz, QHD, IPS gaming monitors with G-Sync for some time now. But there’s more to the Elite XG270QG than that. It’s a combination of design aesthetics and some new tweaks to the technology that makes it truly impressive.
It all comes down to the panel at its heart. Viewsonic’s taking advantage of LG’s pioneering IPS Nano Color tech. It’s actually a relatively new panel type, first debuting in about 2018, and we’ve seen very few manufacturers actually take it up in the gaming monitor space. The reason for this is that it adds a fair amount of cost to a screen, but improves color accuracy quite remarkably. With most IPS panels, the biggest issue when it comes to color reproduction in the RGB spectrum is the white backlight that sits behind the pixels. Because this light is entirely white, it emits a considerable amount of additional light wavelengths through the pixel itself (i.e. noise), which in turn can warp certain colors from showing accurately.
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