The ViewSonic VP2776 is a perplexing yet attractive monitor with hybrid specifications for both gamers and professionals. It boasts Pantone Validated color accuracy and high-end prosumer bits but has a 165Hz refresh rate dual Adaptive Sync compatibility. It’s expensive, so let’s check out if its real-world performance is worth the investment.
ViewSonic VP2776 Specifications
- Screen Size: 27 Inches
- Resolution: 2560 x 1440 QHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: In-Plane Switching (IPS)
- Refresh Rate: 165Hz
- Response Time: 5ms
- Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 400 cd/m²
- Speakers: Yes (2 x 3 Watts)
- Stand: Height -Yes
- Stand: Tilt – Yes
- Stand: Swivel – Yes
- Stand: Pivot – Yes
- VESA Compatibility: Yes (100 x 100)
- Connectivity: HDMI 2.0 x 2, DisplayPort 1.4 x 1, USB-C PD90W x 1, USB 3.0 x 3, 3.5mm Jack x 1
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 24.2” x 22.42” x 9.2”
- Weight: 18.5 lbs
Design and Features
The ViewSonic VP2776 has a modern and minimalist aesthetic that makes the older models look blocky. It has a matte black finish which looks clean and sophisticated, meaning it won’t stick out too much from your setup. The display has a three-sided bezel-free design, so the screen looks bigger than most 27-inch models.
It’s not a gigantic monitor by today’s standards so that most standard desktops can accommodate it easily. It only weighs 18.5 inches, so it’s easy to move around without asking for an additional set of hands. It only needs 9.2 inches of depth, unlike some of the brand’s older models with massive bases.
Build quality is excellent even if the monitor seems fragile because of its very slim neck. The plastic panels are thick and sturdy, plus there were no cosmetic defects like gaps on their parts. The stand is firm and stable, so the screen won’t sag or shake when the device is in use.
One of the things that make the ViewSonic VP2776 unique is its ColorPro Wheel. It lets you manipulate the OSD or navigate around in the Adobe Creative Suite, but you can also use to calibrate the monitor with ViewSonic’s Colorbration+ software. The monitor still has the standard joystick, but the wheel is too much fun to use compared to it.
The stand included in the package offers tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustments for your comfort and convenience. This is essential for users so they can get a posture that will not induce neck or eye strain. You can use VESA mounts, but they are only necessary for select instances.
Another standout characteristic of the ViewSonic VP2776 is its connectivity layout. You get the usual DisplayPort and dual HDMI 2.0 combination, but there is also a 90-watt USB-C with DP Alt mode in there. There is also three USB 3.0 ports for accessories and data upstream, and a 3.5mm jack for earphones.
It even includes a pair of speakers, but it’s one of the aspects that could have been upgraded. They only have 3 watts of power per channel, so you can only rely on them for basic tasks. Games and movies will require something much better, like headsets or a desktop set.
Display and Performance
The ViewSonic VP2776 sports a 27-inch IPS panel with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, a 165Hz refresh rate, and a 5ms response time. The backlight has a 400 cd/m2 output, while the contrast is listed at 1000:1, like most IPS panels. This model qualifies for DisplayHDR 400 certification, but we all know how little that means regarding HDR performance.
1440p isn’t as popular now in the prosumer market, but it still sells like hotcakes in the gaming department. It doesn’t offer the most space or sharpness, but it is considerably better than a 1080p display. You can also get great gaming performance with the more modest GPUs, so we think this model hits the right spot.
The ViewSonic VP2776 covers 100% sRGB, 96% DCI-P3, and 90% Adobe RGB for stunning colors in any type of use. The monitor’s default accuracy is excellent, with a dE average of 1.31, although its DCI-P3 and Adobe RGB scores were at 3.11 and 2.23, respectively. That’s not bad for a monitor at this price range, but it needs some tweaking for creating HDR content.
Calibrating the monitor was easy thanks to the ColorPro wheel, which also doubles as a colorimeter. So in truth, this monitor’s value is fantastic at its high price since you don’t have to buy an external gadget to tweak it. There will be some variances between the wheel and an aftermarket colorimeter, but the necessity depends on you.
The ViewSonic VP2776’s backlight reached 389 cd/m2 at 100%, and it peaked at 424 cd/m2 when it is HDR mode is active. It can fight off glare, but that’s insufficient for high-end HDR outputs. Its contrast was less impressive at 981:1 at 50% brightness, telling us that it’s incapable of deep blacks and true HDR performance.
Panel uniformity for the test sample didn’t have any major issues like backlight leaks. There is some variance in the backlight’s spread, but it’s not noticeable except when the screen shows pitch-black images. This can vary between every unit, so there are specimens with worse or even better results in this regard.
The ViewSonic VP2776’s pixel response time appeared much better than what most professional monitors can offer. After all, it has a 165Hz refresh rate, so its motion clarity is much better. You don’t need to apply too much overshoot since it barely shows any trails or persistence.
The ViewSonic VP2776 is also compatible with both FreeSync and G-Sync, so it’s a prime specimen for gaming. VRR is essential, so having both in case you switch to another GPU brand is nice. Input lag sits at 4ms at 165Hz, so it’s just as lag-free as its pure gaming counterparts.
Thoughts on the ViewSonic VP2776
We’re very happy with the ViewSonic VP2776 since it bridges two distinct monitor categories in a single swing. It’s accurate, and it has the tools to maintain or improve that o the fly without having to spend more. Its aesthetic has also improved drastically, so it won’t be an eyesore in a studio or gaming environment.
We understand the high price, but what’s disappointing here is its poor HDR performance and lack of speakers that match the whole attire. Most would expect the essential bells and whistles at this price. But to be fair, the ViewSonic VP2776 is doing something that’s not as common as it should be today, so it’s a must-have for enthusiasts and professionals.
- Attractive and Functional Design
- USB-C with 90 Watts
- Excellent Color Performance
- Intuitive ColorProWheel with Built-in Colorimeter
- Poor HDR Performance
About the Author: Paolo has been a gaming veteran since the golden days of Doom and Warcraft and has been building gaming systems for family, friends, and colleagues since junior high. High-performance monitors are one of his fixations; he believes that every citizen’s right to enjoy one. He has gone through several pieces of hardware in pursuit of every bit of performance gain, much to the dismay of his wallet. He now works with Monitornerds to scrutinize the latest gear to create reviews that accentuate the seldom explained aspects of a PC monitor.
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