ViewSonic VP2768-4K review: Beautiful UHD picture with precise color accuracy

A 4K monitor with a feature set fit for professionals.

ViewSonic VP2768-4K
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Professional monitors generally offer high resolutions and superb color reproduction across multiple color spaces, as well as a bunch of presets that make it easy to get the picture just right for the task at hand. They're also usually significantly more expensive than your run-of-the-mill monitors, so buying one shouldn't be taken lightly.

ViewSonic's VP2768-4K checks a lot of the boxes that pros look for, and it does it all while looking great on your desk. Is it worth a buy, and is it right for you? Here's our review.

What you'll love about the ViewSonic VP2768-4K monitor

The ViewSonic VP2768-4K has a 27-inch display that's surrounded by a minimal bezel, delivering a picture that almost stretches from edge to edge. Using it in a multi-monitor setup isn't a problem, especially thanks to the sturdy and accommodating stand. It adjusts for height, tilt, and swivel, and it can pivot 90 degrees clockwise and counterclockwise, making it easy to plug into ports no matter how your desk is set up. You shouldn't have many issues connecting it to your peripherals, as there are plenty of ports for legacy and modern devices, and there's lots of space so you don't have to make any sacrifices. The display is also compatible with VESA mounts, so it doesn't have to live on a desk.

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Size27 inches
Resolution3,840 x 2,160 (4K)
Refresh rate60 Hz
Response time14 ms
Brightness350 nits
PanelIPS, anti-glare
Aspect ratio16:9
Static contrast1,300:1
Dynamic contrast20,000,000:1
Colors1.07 billion10-bit with FRC
PortsDisplayPort 1.2aMini-DisplayPort 1.2aTwo HDMI 2.03.5 mm audio jackUSB-B (upstream)Four USB-A 3.1 (upstream)

This is an LCD display with an IPS panel for wide viewing angles and superior color reproduction, and it has a 3H coating to help keep it from being damaged when sitting in a busy workspace. It is technically "anti-glare," though I did notice some reflection when the sun was behind me.

The display hits upwards of 350 nits brightness, which is enough to combat everything but direct sunlight, but it also drops down to a low light that's ideal for working after hours without burning your retinas. ViewSonic has gone to lengths to ensure brightness is uniform across the entire display, and I really did not notice any part that was brighter or darker than the rest.

Straight out of the box on the default picture setting, the VP2768-4K looks great, if only because of the UHD resolution and 14-bit, 3D look-up table (LUT) that provides a much larger color palette. Everything is crisp and vivid, and once you get into the on-screen display (OSD) controls, there's a lot to tweak to get it set up for your specific needs.

ViewSonic's VP2768-4K pro UHD monitor comes with near-perfect color calibration and a deep set of OSD controls.

A ViewMode menu lets you pick from a bunch of presets based around activities and mediums, like gaming, movies, text, web, and photography, and while these are suitable for a quick pick when not in a professional setting, there's also a robust Color Adjust menu where you can fine-tune brightness, contrast, color format, and which gamut you'd like to be calibrated for, whether 99 percent sRGB, 99 percent EBU, 99 percent Rec. 709, or 100 percent SMPTE-C. Going even further, you can set everything up yourself without the need for an extraneous calibration tool thanks to a deep custom picture menu.

All VP2768-4K models come with a three-year warranty, as well as a three-page printed report about your specific monitor's factory calibration. This specific model, unfortunately, does not come with ViewSonic's CS-XRi1 Colorbration kit, though color accuracy is so precise from the factory that it might not be worth the extra $235.

What you'll dislike about the ViewSonic VP2768-4K monitor

It's tough to dislike a professional display that comes ready to use right out of the box, which is what the VP2768-4K ultimately is. If you're working in the sRGB, Rec. 709, EBU, and SMPTE-C color gamuts, you shouldn't have any issues, though the display is lacking when it comes to AdobeRGB and DCI-P3 gamut coverage.

You're also not getting support for HDR10 content here, which might be a sore spot for some. If you're willing to spend a significant amount more on a pro display with those features, this is probably not your best choice.

So should you buy the ViewSonic VP2768-4K monitor?

If you're looking for a display that's truly future-proofed with a full DCI-P3 gamut and HDR10 content support, you'll no doubt have to spend a significant amount more — something like the ViewSonic VP2785-4K would be a better choice in this case — than the sub-$600 price for the VP2768-4K that we have here. What you do get for the price is impressive, and the fact that the monitor comes so accurately calibrated from the factory means you'll spend less time getting it set up and more time working in front of it.

If you're a professional in the photography or design realm who sticks mainly in the sRGB and Rec. 709 color gamuts and want to move into UHD territory, this is an outstanding display. It's built with a light but durable body, the stand is adjustable, it can be VESA mounted, and the bezel is thin enough that it can be comfortably used in a multi-monitor setup. The back edge is stocked with ports, including a USB-A 3.1 hub, for easy connectivity, there are a ton of preset color modes in the OSD, and it's all wrapped up with a three-year warranty.

Not quite what you're looking for? Be sure to have a look at our picks for best gaming monitors and best 27-inch monitors for many more options.

Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt brings to Windows Central more than eight years of experience writing about laptops, PCs, accessories, games, and beyond. If it runs Windows or in some way complements the hardware, there’s a good chance he knows about it, has written about it, or is already busy testing it.