Excellent color and grayscale performance. Advanced calibration settings. Stylish no-bezel design. Lots of connectivity ports. Fully adjustable stand.
Pricey. Slow pixel response.
- Bottom Line
Our top pick for midrange monitors, the ViewSonic VP2768 is a feature-loaded 27-inch IPS display that delivers excellent color and grayscale performance, and is hardware-calibration ready.
Designed for professionals who require consistently accurate colors, the 27-inch Viewsonic VP2768 ($529.99) uses a WQHD In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel to deliver stellar color and grayscale performance with wide viewing angles. It also offers advanced color settings, hardware calibration, and a generous selection of video ports, including a DisplayPort output for connecting multiple monitors. Throw in a fully adjustable stand and a USB hub and you've got our latest Editors' Choice for midrange big-screen monitors.
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Design and Features
The VP2768's black zero-bezel cabinet gives it a sleek minimalist look while making the 27-inch screen appear larger than it is. It is supported by a stand that provides tilt, swivel, height, and pivot adjustments, and it has four VESA-compliant holes for mounting the cabinet on a wall using an optional mounting kit. I/O ports are plentiful and are all positioned at the rear of the cabinet, facing downward. Here you'll find two HDMI inputs, two DisplayPort inputs (one full size and one mini), a DisplayPort output for daisy-chaining up to four monitors, a USB 3.0 hub with one upstream port and four downstream ports, and an audio output. Also at the rear of the cabinet, on the right side, are a power switch and five function buttons for navigating the settings menus.
The 27-inch IPS panel has a 2,560-by-1,440 resolution, a 350 cd/m2 peak brightness, a 1000:1 native contrast ratio, a 16:9 aspect ratio, a 60Hz refresh rate, and a 14-millisecond (gray-to-gray) pixel response. It uses a 14-bit LUT (Look Up Table) for precise color management and is hardware-calibration ready, but you'll have to supply your own colorimeter and calibration software solution such as ViewSonic's CS-XRi1 ($279.99) which bundles an X-Rite colorimeter with ViewSonic's Colorbration profiling software.
You get significantly more picture adjustments with the VP2768 than you do with the BenQ PD2710QC. In addition to Brightness, Contrast, and Sharpness settings there are eight color space presets including sRGB, EBU (European Broadcasting Union), SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers), REC709 (HDTV), DICOM (medical imaging), and three CAL (calibration) presets.
Advanced color settings allow you to select one of six Color Temperature presets, adjust Gamma and Black Stabilization levels, change red, green, and blue Gain and Offset values, and adjust six color Hue and Saturation levels. Other adjustments include a Blue Light Filter setting to help ease eyestrain, Aspect Ratio, and six application-specific ViewMode presets for gaming, watching movies, surfing the web, reading text, and viewing photographs. There are also three ECO modes (Standard, Optimize, Conserve) and four power-saving Sleep modes (30, 45, 60, and 120 minutes).
ViewSonic covers the VP2768 with a three-year parts, labor, and backlight warranty. Included in the box are a USB upstream cable, a mini-DisplayPort cable, a resource CD, and a factory calibration report.
The VP2768 aced our color, grayscale, and viewing-angle performance tests. As shown on the chromaticity chart, red, green, and blue colors (represented by the colored dots) match up perfectly with their ideal CIE coordinates (represented by the boxes). Colors appeared well saturated in my test photos and while viewing an episode of Stranger Things on Netflix.
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The WQHD panel provided a sharp, highly detailed picture with excellent shadow and highlight detail thanks to its outstanding grayscale reproduction, as evidenced by its ability to cleanly display every shade of gray on the DisplayMate 64-step Grayscale test. Viewing angle performance was also very good, with no color shifting or dimming while viewing the screen from an extreme top, bottom, or side angle.
The panel's 14-millisecond pixel response isn't ideal for gaming, but since the VP2768 isn't designed for thie purpose, this shouldn't be a deal breaker. There was noticeable motion blur on our Crysis 3 (PC) and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Sony PlayStation 4) gaming tests as well as minor screen tearing. Still, input lag, as measured by a Leo Bodnar Lag Tester, came in at a very reasonable 10.3 milliseconds. The Lenovo L27q and the BenQ SW2700PT are our leaders with a score 9.5 milliseconds each.
The VP2768 consumed 28 watts in testing while set to the Standard ECO mode, 23 watts while in Optimize mode, and 18 watts while in Conserve mode. The BenQ PD2710QC used 27 watts while set to the Standard preset and the Philips 279X6QJSW used 24 watts with the Standard preset, but neither offer power-saving modes.
There's a lot to like about the ViewSonic VP2768. Not only is it a sharp-looking monitor, but it delivers highly detailed WQHD imagery, precise color accuracy, solid grayscale reproduction, and wide viewing angles. Its 14-bit LUT and advanced color settings allow you to keep the panel perfectly tuned with up to three custom calibration presets, and it's chock full of features, including a fully adjustable stand, a four-port USB hub, and four digital video ports. At $529.99 it's priced on the high side, but it's still a bit more affordable than the BenQ PD2710QC and offers more picture settings and is hardware-calibration ready. As such it earns our Editors' Choice for midrange big-screen monitors.
By John R. Delaney Contributing Editor
As a Contributing Editor for PCMag, John Delaney has been testing and reviewing monitors, TVs, PCs, networking and smart home gear, and other assorted hardware and peripherals for almost 20 years. A 13-year veteran of PC Magazine's Labs (most recently as Director of Operations), John was responsible for the recruitment, training and management of the Labs technical staff, as well as evaluating and maintaining the integrity of the Labs testing machines and procedures. Prior to joining Ziff Davis, John spent six years in retail operations for… More »
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