Monitors with resolutions greater than 1080p have always commanded a premium. While 1920x1200 monitors have become rare, 2560x1440 (WQHD) and 2560x1600 (WQXGA) continue to have a steady, but costly, presence in the market. Even brands such as Doublesight (which don't command the same recognition as, say, Dell or Samsung) price their WQHD offerings around $1000. Under these conditions, budget consumers looking for their high resolution fix have had to resort to Korean brand units from eBay. We had a cursory look at one such unit, the Achieva Shimian QH270, earlier this year.

Many consumers are not entirely comfortable ordering expensive gadgets off eBay. The absence of a budget offering from a US-based company in this space has been disappointing, but Nixeus is now stepping up to fill this void with the Nixeus Vue 27" S-IPS WQHD (2560x1440) LED monitor. Nixeus is not new to the consumer electronics game. They started off with media players (such as the Nixeus Fusion HD and the Fusion XS) and have since expanded to HDMI cables and now, high resolution monitors.

The claimed specifications of the NX-VUE27 are as below:

  • Display Size: 27" widescreen
  • Panel Type: LG S-IPS panel, A grade
  • Resolution: 2560*1440
  • Aspect ratio: 16: 9
  • Brightness: 380 cd/m2
  • Contrast Ratio: 1500: 1
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.2331mm*0.2331mm
  • Response Time: 6ms (Gray to Gray)
  • Viewing Angle: 178(H)178(V)
  • Display Color: 16.7M, 8-bit, high color accuracy
  • Stereo Speakers
  • Connectivity: VGA, HDMI 1.4, DVI Display Port 1.2
  • Power Power Consumption: <72W
  • Operation Voltage: 100-240V AC 60/50Hz
  • Accessories: DVI Cable*1, Power Adapter*1, User Manual*1, 3.5mm Audio Cable*1

We find that the monitor has a number of connectivity options which are not available in the Achieva / Catleap / Yamakasi units (which just use DL-DVI). Nixeus indicated that all the inputs except for VGA would support the maximum resolution of 2560x1440. This means that your Kepler or GCN GPU should be able to drive full resolution to the unit over HDMI itself.

With a price of $430, it is sure to attract a number of users who have been on the fence about ordering one of the Korean monitors off eBay. The unit is slated to go up for pre-order on Comp-U-Plus within a few days. Our display editor, Chris, should be getting hold of a review unit prior to the August 21st launch date. We will post our hands-on evaluation of the monitor soon.

UPDATE: Comp-U-Plus is accepting pre-orders right now.

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  • Sabresiberian - Thursday, August 2, 2012 - link

    Believe it or not, some people actually have a different opinion than you do about what looks good.
  • dqniel - Friday, August 3, 2012 - link

    So you think the majority of people would prefer how this monitor looks to how a matte black, uniformly thick bezel looks? I doubt it.
  • GokieKS - Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - link

    The inclusion of rotation adjustment and DisplayPort input makes this well worth the cost over the eBay models, though I'd like to know what the seller's policy for dead/stuck pixels are.
  • abrowne1993 - Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - link

    I recently ordered a Crossover 27Q from dreamseller for $340 on ebay. The monitor arrived fairly quickly and there were no shipping costs to me.

    This monitor is pretty amazing considering the price. The build quality is exceptional; the monitor's chassis is almost all metal. The only downsides to the monitor are the lack of connectivity options. The Nixeus Vue seems like it might be good for those who need the extra options or a set of speakers, or are wary of buying an expensive item like this on ebay, but for those who just want a really nice looking, well built monitor with DVI connectivity I'd really recommend the Crossover.
  • abrowne1993 - Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - link

    I should have added, my monitor arrived without any dead or stuck pixels. The screen is very vibrant and bright. I'm certainly not qualified to make any professional judgments on the quality and color reproduction, but to me it looks as good as the Samsung IPS displays I've seen.
  • Olaf van der Spek - Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - link

    Samsung doesn't use IPS panels
  • ImSpartacus - Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - link

    Then I guess his statement isn't a terribly strong one...
  • hechacker1 - Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - link

    Nice for support, but what about input lag and 120Hz capability?

    I would personally choose the 120Hz model and take my chances with support.

    That, and adding scalers probably means this has more input lag than most.
  • cheinonen - Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - link

    As nothing in the literature I've seen says 120 Hz, and IPS doesn't typically do 120Hz, I'd assume it's a 60Hz panel. Additionally with the panels that people were getting and running faster then 60Hz, almost all of those were early panels, and they were running past the rated frequencies. I also don't think anyone got 120Hz, but I didn't follow it that closely. I don't believe that anyone that is buying an import panel now is getting one that can do 120Hz.
  • jkostans - Thursday, August 2, 2012 - link

    There are IPS panels that will do 120Hz, the manufactures just don't care to implement it on the PCB side of things.....

    The industry is still locked into 60Hz is good enough, and 120Hz is only useful for 3D.


    2560*1440,S-IPS, 120Hz
    Unfortunately not available right now but based real working catleapish monitors

    Driver support (For AMD, I think nvidia has better out of the box hi-res 120Hz support)

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