Of all the bleeding edge tech available in today’s gaming monitors, one of the most exclusive is Mini LED. While typical LCD backlights consist of LEDs arrayed at the edge of the panel or a grid of LEDs behind the TFT layer with up to 512 dimming zones, Mini LEDs are tiny light sources that boost peak output and sport as many as 1152 dimming zones. With this many zones, contrast can be much broader, making both SDR and HDR content richer and more dynamic.

The downside to Mini LED is cost. You’ll pay well over $2,000 for a 32-inch Ultra HD Mini LED gaming monitor. I’ve already checked out Asus’ version, the ROG Swift PG32UQX, which sells for around $2,900. Now we have the ViewSonic Elite XG321UG, which is a shoo-in to be featured among the best gaming monitors. It has the same basic specs: Ultra HD resolution, Mini LED 1,152-zone backlight, 144 Hz, HDR with 1,400 nits peak, Nvidia G-Sync Ultimate and a super-wide color gamut. ViewSonic adds the latest G-Sync Processor features with Nvidia’s Reflex Latency Analyzer, and the price is a tad lower, $2,499 to start.

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ViewSonic Elite XG321UG Specs

Panel Type / Backlight IPS / Mini LED
Full array, 1152 dimming zones
Screen Size / Aspect Ratio 32 inches / 16:9
Max Resolution and Refresh Rate 3840×2160 @ 144 Hz
G-Sync Ultimate
FreeSync compatible
Native Color Depth and Gamut 10-bit / Rec.2020
HDR10, DisplayHDR 1400
Response Time (GTG) 3 ms
Brightness (mfr) 400 nits SDR
1,400 nits HDR
Contrast (mfr) 1,000:1
Speakers 2x 5w
Video Inputs 1x DisplayPort 1.4 w/DSC
3x HDMI 2.0
Audio 3.5mm headphone output
USB 3.1 1x up, 3x down or None
Power Consumption 65.5w, brightness @ 200 nits
Panel Dimensions WxHxD w/base 28.6 x 18.8-23.5 x 10.4 inches (726 x 478-598 x 265 mm)
Panel Thickness 3.5 inches (88 mm)
Bezel Width Top/sides: 0.3 inch (8 mm)
Bottom: 1 inch (25 mm)
Weight 24 pounds (10.9 kg)
Warranty 3 years

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