If you are a hardcore gamer, playing on a PC is typically the best way to go. Sure, some of the big releases like Red Dead Redemption 2 might be console-only at launch, but when games do make in onto PC, they look better than ever before. High-end graphics cards, more powerful CPUs, and large amount of RAM contribute to performance, but the monitor you’re viewing it all through is one of the most important factors. ViewSonic’s new 24-inch gaming monitor may not be the largest out there, but with built-in RGB lighting, it may be one of the most intriguing.
RGB lighting peripherals
Gaming PCs are well-known for often having colorful lights. Clear tower cases encourage users to pick a variety of components that shine bright neon colors and make their computer an immediate attention grabber.
This is simply the beginning though, as there is a whole market out there for peripherals that pack RGB lighting. Keyboards, mice, and even headphones can work together using software to be a matching colors and even change from one to another without missing a beat.
ViewSonic’s new ELITE XG240R gaming monitor is yet another RGB-lighted option that customers will have to choose from when setting up their desk. Although most RGB lighting is typically configured using companion software, ViewSonic’s new monitor does not require users to fumble with that.
While this certainly sounds neat, ViewSonic has not provided any details regarding the technology used to help the monitor stay synchronized with other gear. Perhaps there are built-in light sensors, or somehow it gathers your preferences from other existing software configurations.
The ViewSonic ELITE XG240R packs an 1080p display with a 144Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync. Its brightness clocks in at 350 cd/m2, so it is not quite as high as some of the others out there, but will not likely be a problem for the majority of gamers.
Ports included on the monitor are two HDMI 1.4, one DisplayPort, two USB 3.0, and one 3.5mm auxiliary output for connecting wired headphones. It also has a built-in speaker, but it is probably a good idea to hook up some dedicated speakers to your PC.
Pricing and availability
The ViewSonic ELITE XG240R is officially priced at $272.99 on the ViewSonic’s product page, but pricing is slightly higher at Amazon. This likely is because it is new and the dust hasn’t quite settled. It is showing up as available when ordering direct from ViewSonic, but is currently out of stock on Amazon.