The Full-HD monitor category strikes back! It might a little hard to believe if you’ve been lusting after a computer display with the expected bells and whistles, but here we are with the ViewSonic XG2431 240Hz Gaming Monitor, an 1080p IPS display that promises to deliver all the necessary enhancements that modern gamers demand in the strictest sense. That means there are plenty of big-time specs inside that relatively small body.
In a nutshell: the XG2431 is performance-oriented with an emphasis on high response action gaming and compact dimensions. This means you get 1ms response rate, a blazing (up to) 240Hz refresh rate, VESA HDR, AMD FreeSync Premium, and good off-center viewing angles thanks to its IPS panel. On paper, the ViewSonic XG2431 has a lot going for it, especially as it’s one of the few such monitors available at its price.
Business on the Outside
Aesthetically, the XG2431 looks more like an office monitor than a RGB neon-lit disco gaming monitor, which makes it seem a little plain as we normally associate maximum flair with gaming branded displays. But Full HD means a smaller display at just 24-inch (23.8-inch effectively) housed within a discreet and no-nonsense design that fits practically anywhere. The lack of huge bezels makes this an attraction option, and the construction is almost entirely made of hard plastic with its stand coming preinstalled out of the box. Unless you plan on using a separate VESA mount, you’ll be good to go.
ViewSonic has generously equipped the XG2431 with enough inputs to appease any gamer. You get two HDMI 1.4 ports, one DisplayPort 1.2, one 3.5mm back for external speakers or headphones, and one USB Type-B port (with two USB 3.2 Type-A ports) that let you use the monitor as a USB hub. As for audio, there are two 3watt internal stereo speakers, but I wouldn’t consider them as suitable replacements for external audio setups or headphones. They sound tinny and will grate on your ears before long.
Perhaps the most “gamer” thing about the XG2431 are the two rubberized hook swings just under the front bezel that help with cable management and reducing desk clutter. I also really appreciate the control panel on the bottom right where physical buttons and straightforward UI navigation is king.
Versatility is also worth noting since the XG2431 can be flipped horizontally and vertically with the included stand, along with the usual swivel and height adjustments. The ability to change tilt orientation is typically seen on workstation monitors where graphs and spreadsheets rule, but it’s nice that the XG2431 has it too.
240Hz Gaming: Smooth As Silk
But I’m talking about gaming prowess here and as an entry point for either budgeted gamers or serious eSports the XG2431 rarely disappoints. Obviously, the prospect of that 250Hz refresh rate is the main draw and on a display with a native peak 1080p resolution, which means that most gamers can take advantage of this monitor on PC builds with a mid-grade GPU (think AMD Radeon RX 570, RX 5500 XT, Nvidia RTX 2070, RTX 3060).
Sacrificing pure resolution for performance has its upsides, and they look pretty dang great on the XG2431’s Full HD display. Thanks to all those performance-enhancing goodies you can expect silkier than usual FPS on even more graphically intense blockbusters like Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5, Death Stranding, and Grand Theft Auto V. Of course, results will vary with your own hardware, but my current HTPC setup is paired with a Ryzen 1800X and MSi GeForce RTX 2070 with VRR support through AMD FreeSync Premium enabled and I was pleased to see between 80-120FPS without a hitch.
You can also expect maximum performance from less graphically intensive hits like League of Legends, DOTA 2, Counter Strike:GO, and Final Fantasy XIV at their highest graphic presets or with minimal customization. Clearly, this is a display built for intensive eSports and MMORPGs where bigger screens don’t necessarily mean better.
It’s looks like ViewSonic listened to the criticisms and didn’t cheap out where hue, sharpness and wider viewing angles count. The usual ViewMode and various color temperate/space presets and are accounted for and can be changed on the fly via OSD menu, and there’s a surprising amount of picture options to finetune. Even stock presets the XG2431 are incredibly vibrant and neutral in temperature to the point you can immediately tell that it’s an IPS display, almost to the point that the colors might be too exaggerated and bleed a little when viewed in standard range (SDR).
Thankfully, this is where certified DisplayHDR 400 comes in and dials back the hues and brightness extremes to respectable levels, making it useful – if not essential – for streaming video. Once again, despite being limited to 1920x1080p resolution, the XG2431 displays extremely sharp, crystal clear video with vibrant colors that look great from every angle.
Good news for console gamers, at least Microsoft gamers, as this monitor is also a good companion for the newer Xbox Series X|S consoles, or the older Xbox One X, since it can utilize AMD’s FreeSync technology – another notch in its favor that adds to an already great package.
Conclusion: High Refresh FTW
Within their current “XG Gaming” lineup ViewSonic’s XG2431 240Hz Gaming Monitor is the smallest, most affordable, no-frills option that never skimps where it matters most – and that’s great performance. The Full-HD IPS panel is perfect for fragging and Netflix marathons, while that 240Hz refresh rate and FreeSync enhancements give it a competitive edge. Admittedly, it does look like belongs more in a cubicle, and there’s nothing that truly screams “GAMER!” on the outside, it’s what inside that counts – and there’s a lot inside here to like.