ViewSonic Announce XG272-2K OLED Monitor with 240Hz and Black Frame Insertion (BFI)

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ViewSonic have today announced their new XG272-2K Gaming OLED monitor. It’s a 27″ sized screen featuring the familiar 2560 x 1440 resolution, 240Hz refresh rate WOLED panel from LG.Display. It has a decent range of features and extras though, including an added BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode, with the screen also being certified under the ‘Blurbusters Verified’ scheme making it an interesting option for gaming enthusiasts.

ViewSonic XG272-2K Specs

The screen is 27″ in size with a flat format WOLED panel from LG.Display. It has a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 150,000:1 contrast ratio spec, 450 nits brightness (SDR), 178/178 viewing angles, 10-bit colour depth and a wide colour gamut covering 97% DCI-P3 (~137% sRGB).

We should add that the screen will feature the standard matte AG coating of the current 27″ 240Hz panels available on the market. The SDR brightness spec will also only be applicable with ABL (Automatic Brightness Limiter) in play and it’s not clear if any uniform brightness mode will be available or not.

The response time is oddly listed as “Up to 0.01ms pixel response time, 0.02 ms (GTG)” so we’re not sure what that is supposed to represent, but either way we would expect the usual true <1ms response times, but probably not really getting quite as low as these specs suggest.

The native 240Hz panel refresh rate is supported by adaptive-sync for variable refresh rates (VRR) from compatible NVIDIA and AMD systems, and the screen has been certified under the NVIDIA ‘G-sync Compatible’ and AMD ‘FreeSync Premium’ schemes.

HDR10 content is supported, and of course the OLED panel offers all the usual benefits of per-pixel level dimming, true blacks and a basically infinite contrast ratio. The peak brightness spec of the screen is not listed, and so we’re not sure at this time whether this is one of the older 1000 nits, or one of the newer 1300 nits panels from LG.Display. We’ve reached out for confirmation from ViewSonic.

Black Frame Insertion (BFI)

Oddly this feature is not promoted in the press release, or on the main product webpage at all, but it is detailed within the user manual. The XG272-2K will feature an added Black Frame Insertion (BFI) mode which offers blur reduction benefits for OLED panels. We’ve recently seen this added to the monitor scalers by Asus for some of their new screens like their 34″ PG34WCDM and 32″ PG32UCDM, although it was very limited in its operation – only being available at 120Hz refresh rate, half the panel’s native. It was also very limited in its other settings and options.

User manual provides details on the BFI settings

ViewSonic have seemingly worked with Blurbusters to introduce a BFI feature on their new screen via the scaler too, and the user manual reveals that settings will be available for setting the minimum BFI refresh rate, which looks like it can be adjusted between 48 and 120Hz. This suggests that there’s still the limit of being able to use this only up to half the panels native refresh rate, but looks like you could also use this for lower refresh rates if you wanted – presumably with a single strobe/frame behaviour. This might be useful for those who like blur reduction modes for 60Hz inputs for instance.

User manual provides details on the BFI settings

There is also a “BFI strength” which is used to adjust the Black Frame length, which should allow you to fine-tune and tweak the levels of perceived blur (at the cost of brightness) a bit, with settings seemingly between 50 and 100 available, in increments of 10.

Connectivity and Features

For connectivity there are 2x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.1 and 1x USB type-C (with DP Alt mode and 15W power delivery, but seemingly no data transfer) connections available. Their website talks about “flawless compatibility for consoles”, although at the moment their console support table doesn’t include this model so we are not 100% sure if Virtual 4K will be supported, or what other HDMI 2.1 features will be included – but we’d expect 4K 120Hz and VRR to be available here.

There are also 3x USB data ports and an audio output. The screen also includes 2x 3W integrated speakers and the stand offers a full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments. A small wireless remote control is also included with the screen.

Pricing and Availability

The XG272-2K is listed on ViewSonic’s USA website at a price of $899.99 USD, and it looks like it’s going to be released around 8 April 2024 in that region. In the UK it will have a RRP of £799 GBP and is expected to be available in May, and it will be around € 920 – 990 Euro in European regions. It is available to pre-order in various regions already from Amazon

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