A well-built 24-inch, 240 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, and HDR gaming monitor

For today's top gaming monitors, refresh rate must take precedence over pixel density for achieving the highest level of gaming performance. Even the top 4K gaming monitors have a 144 Hz limit, and even if you have a lot of graphics processing power, you still won't be able to go beyond it (although upcoming models are finally doing so). Additionally, 240 Hz QHD panels can be quite pricey. An FHD monitor running at 240 Hz or greater is the finest method to add speed and value to the desktop. 

ViewSonic's XG2431 is ideal for gamers seeking for a fast monitor which is 24-inch IPS panel with FHD (1080p) resolution, a refresh rate of 240 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR, and superior build quality.  

ViewSonic XG2431 Specs

Panel Type / BacklightIPS / W-LED, edge array
Screen Size / Aspect Ratio24 inches / 16:9
Max Resolution & Refresh Rate1920x1080 @ 240 Hz
Row 3 - Cell 0FreeSync: 48-240 Hz
Row 4 - Cell 0G-Sync Compatible
Native Color Depth & Gamut8-bit (6-bit+FRC) / sRGB
Row 6 - Cell 0HDR10, DisplayHDR 400
Response Time (GTG)1ms
Brightness (mfr)350 nits
Contrast (mfr)1,000:1
Speakers2x 3w
Video Inputs1x DisplayPort 1.2
Row 12 - Cell 02x HDMI 2.0
Audio3.5mm headphone output
USB 3.21x up, 2x down
Power Consumption17.6w, brightness @ 200 nits
Panel Dimensions WxHxD w/base21.3 x 17.1-20.5 x 9.4 inches (541 x 434-521 x 239mm)
Panel Thickness1.9 inches (48mm)
Bezel WidthTop/sides: 0.2 inch (6mm)
Row 19 - Cell 0Bottom: 0.7 inch (19mm)
Weight15 pounds (6.8kg)
Warranty3 years

IPS panels are now used in nearly all gaming monitors due to their excellent viewing angles, and the XG2431 is no exception. With a reported GTG response time of 1ms, it can satisfy the most proficient gamers while remaining reasonably priced for those on a budget. Adaptive-Sync is available in both forms, with AMD FreeSync being the native technology, with frequencies ranging from 48 to 240 Hz. G-Sync also works flawlessly, however the XG2431 has yet to be validated by Nvidia. With HDR, the full 240 Hz is available via DisplayPort and HDMI. It will immediately adjust to support HDR10 with a peak output of over 500 nits and dynamic contrast that provides a wide dynamic range. The only thing lacking from the image equation is extended color, which is not a feature found on most FHD monitors. The XG2431 supports the entire sRGB gamut and is fairly accurate right out of the box. 

Assembly and Accessories

To keep your mouse and keyboard wires organized, two little rubber guides that fold down from the input panel are available. The absence of a lighting element is really the only thing on the monitor's outside. The XG2431, though, is all about performance, and it excels at it.

The XG2431 is delivered in three sections and requires no tools to assemble. The finished bundle is far more robust than its price would imply. Because the power source is internal, you get an IEC power cord as well as DisplayPort and USB cables. To help with wire management, a tiny plastic ring clamps onto the upright. You can also route mouse and keyboard wires through the guidelines that pull out from the bottom edge of the panel.

The XG2431 features ViewSonic's signature no-frills design, with a thin flush-mounted bezel of just 6mm across the top and sides and a 19mm strip across the bottom. It has the ViewSonic logo in the center and a set of OSD control keys on the right. The power LED is located above a prominent toggle button and lights orange in standby and blue when the power is turned on. The base is coated with a brushed texture to simulate metal. It has a metal core but is wrapped in durable plastic, as is the upright.

The input panel includes two HDMI 2.0 ports and one DisplayPort 1.2 port. All support 240 Hz HDR operation. G-Sync requires a DisplayPort connection, but FreeSync can be used with either interface. Up to version 3.2, USB is supported by one upstream and two downstream ports. Two three-watt speakers with down-facing grilles play smoothly in the upper midrange at reasonable volumes. If you want to use headphones, a 3.5mm jack is included.


OSD Features

Instead of the joystick that has become more widespread, the XG2431's OSD is controlled by five keys. If you're used to joysticks, like me, the buttons are a little clumsy. However, I quickly grew accustomed to them. Fortunately, the power button is positioned higher than the other keys, so I did not accidently turn off the monitor.