ViewSonic XG2401 FreeSync Monitor Review
Non-Colorimeter Tweaking and Results
In a perfect world either every monitor would come factory calibrated to perfection or every single consumer would own a decent colorimeter. We don’t live in such a world and as such most consumers simply use the old Mark 1 Mod 0 eyeball to fix any imperfections with the stock colors of their new monitor.
In order to gauge how easy this is to do for a given monitor we have included a new set of tests. These tests will be carried out before any of our standard tests and will consist of us using a combination of the free online LCD Monitor Test Images (found here LCD monitor test images) and then if necessary the free Hex2Bit Monitor Calibration Wizard (found here Hex2Bit – Software by Mike Walters). The goal of these tests is to not only gauge how easy it is to accurately calibrate a given monitor using only the onboard monitor tools, but to see how closely we can come to what a Spyder3 Elite can do.
To obtain these results we did the following:
-Used “User Color” mode
-Adjusted the brightness to 41% (which resulted in a 121.6 cd/m2)
-All other settings left to default levels
This is not a monitor that you will want to manually color correct unless you have a lot of experience in doing so or you have a lot of time on your hands. This is not a user-friendly monitor to work with either, and is certainly not novice friendly.
One thing users will really want to manually adjust is the brightness as it is too bright in default level, even for a brightly lit room. Thankfully this is a simple procedure that will only take a few moments. With that being said if someone is especially tenacious and does not mind spending an entire day futzing with their new monitor the XG2401 can be manually corrected to something approaching acceptability.
The On Screen Display may be annoying and outdated but it can get the job done. The same holds true of the input buttons. They may feel fragile and offer poor tactile feedback but they do work and will allow you to adjust the colors.