• Panel Type: VA
  • Display Size: 27-inch
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Connectivity: 2x HDMI, 1x VGA, 1x Audio-in, 1x Headphone jack
  • Refresh Rate: 144Hz
  • Response Time: 1ms
  • Viewing Angle: 178°(H), 178° (V)
  • Dimensions: 611 x 437 x 192 mm
  • Weight: 4.25kg
  • Pros:
  • Curved screen
  • 144Hz
  • Cons:
  • Lacks height adjustment

The Everyman’s Curved Screen

The rush for super high refresh rate monitors has slowed down and now, we just want to see good monitors at affordable prices. So, it’s great that our friends at ViewSonic got around to sending us the VX2758-C-mh, a monitor with a lot to offer for those without deep pockets.

Having thin bezels is now a key design trend and the VX2758-C-mh monitor is the same with thin bezels on the top and sides. Once again, ViewSonic went with a plain design – a piano black finish, glossy plastic body and a metal stand. The metal stand has a fish-tail design that looks thin, but it’s made of solid metal and the monitor isn’t as heavy as other 27-inch gaming monitors, so it holds up well. However, its has limited ergonomic adjustments and can only tilt.

A mix of the legacy VGA and newer HDMI ports can be found

A mix of the legacy VGA and newer HDMI ports can be found

Considering that the display is 27 inches diagonally, the size of the VX2758-C-mh is actually not that large. It’s a curved display too, with a 1800R that’s ideal for improving visual depth on the sides for better immersion in movies and games.

The I/O at the back of this monitor is a decent mix, with two HDMI to go with the lone VGA port for legacy PCs, as well as two audio jacks for headphones and audio input. Of course, the VGA port won’t have as much bandwidth and will be limited to 60Hz refresh rate. There’s also a joystick controller at the back that is used for the OSD. It’s quite easy to use and though it is slightly loose, you’re unlikely to mess up with it once you become familiar with its use.

During our games and video viewing tests, we found that the monitor has good performance. Since it’s equipped with a VA panel, we got average brightness levels and a decent colours gamut – good enough for games and movies. And while some may consider it a placebo effect, the curved screen does seem to provide slightly better visual depth on the sides. As for the audio performance, the audio is stereo 2.0 and the max volume is not too bad, but it lacks the wide soundstage and bass that’s preferred for gaming.

The joystick for the OSD

The joystick for the OSD

The 144Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync support are also available, allowing for stutter-free gaming while the Bluelight filter was useful for reducing eye fatigue when working on Word documents for hours on end. An Eco mode that will adjust for optimal brightness level helped to further reduce eye fatigue.

CHIP CONCLUDE: This is a curved display with little bells and whistles, but it has decent performance and a price tag that is easier on the wallet.

(to be published in issue November 2018)