ViewSonic XG2401 FreeSync Monitor Review
Much like in gaming scenarios, there needs to be some expectation management before consumers will be truly impressed with what the ViewSonic XG2401 can offer in movies. Also like the gaming scenarios, this amount of lowered expectation is par for the course when it comes to inexpensive solutions like the XG2401. No one should expect a $300 monitor – no matter how good for its class – to be as capable as a substantially more expensive alternative.
On the positive side, many users would be hard-pressed to tell the difference between this $300, 24” 1080P and a significantly more expensive TN-based competitor. Put simply, for its price the ViewSonic XG2401 is rather impressive in movie scenarios and really can compete against similar options that cost much more. Of course this goes off the rails as soon as you compare it to IPS, PLS, or MVA based models, but for very little money anyone can get a very decent, bordering on great monitor for multimedia scenarios.
With that said there a lot of wasted potential until the monitor is color corrected. Put bluntly the XG2401 is absolutely abysmal in its out of the box state, and only with the help of a colorimeter or a lot of patience will consumers be able to turn what is a true sow’s ear into the silk purse it can be.
Even though factory calibration is frog marched out the nearest airlock, the moment MSRP dips into this equation the fact of the matter is ViewSonic’s XG2401 becomes well worth the time invested to calibrate its colors. So much so that we would never in good conscience recommend the XG2401 to consumers unwilling or unable to correct to color profile but if they do, there should be preparation for a pretty awesome experience.
It is also worth noting that a lot of this monitor’s major selling features – FreeSync, 144Hz refresh rate – are wasted in movie scenarios. Unless someone knows their way around certain advanced software solutions, anything beyond 60Hz is never going to be used as movies are mostly filmed at 29.97 and 59.94 frames per second. By that same token, thanks to its 16:9 form-factor and 1080P resolution this monitor will create images that never look stretched. Instead it will faithfully reproduce in 1:1 format Blu-Ray and other high definition movies.
Things also do get a little more complicated when dealing with 720P as this monitor’s upscaling abilities are truly abhorrent and users will want to use software interpolation to upscale rather than rely upon the monitor’s algorithms.