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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  • dqniel - Friday, August 3, 2012 - link

    120hz is most certainly useful for things other than 3D.
  • Destiny - Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - link

    Based from what I read - they don't work at 120Hz right out of the box and you may have to do some tweaks or modifications to overclock the PCB to make it work - there is also no information on the life of Monitor PCB due to overclocking... Also I cannot find any information about LG IPS Display panels natively supporting 120Hz.
  • Destiny - Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - link

    Unless, it officially comes from LG Display regarding a specific IPS panel models supporting 120Hz - I'm not going to believe specs listed on a website created a month or two ago... plus if it does work by overclocking the PCB, it may not really be 120Hz on the IPS panel or it may degrade the IPS panel due to out of specs tinkering.

    Reason why I am saying this is because my friend got suckered into buying a Catleap on ebay claiming 120Hz and it doesn't do 120Hz even with the tinkering.

    Also my friend had to fill out a FCC Form 740 to get his Catleap to clear customs - Apparantly the Korean Ebay Monitors are not approved for sale and distribution in USA because they are not certified by the FCC...
  • Olaf van der Spek - Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - link

    Is this one glossy?
    AG coating is the reason I'm not buying a Dell or HP.
  • Sabresiberian - Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - link

    The Korean units most people are buying for around $300 or so do not have any glass, so there is no need to worry over reflection or heavy-handed antiglare effects.

  • sleekblackroads - Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - link

    microcenter has been selling the same monitor for a few months under the 'eqd' 'auria' name for $399.

    they look to be using a different stand.

    i've had some dud's (one with a bright stuck pixel and one that had an input board failure within the 30 day return window) but also have 2 that are running solid.
  • ganeshts - Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - link

    I am not fully sure they are the same.. Just checked up EQD Auria - 1000:1 contrast instead of 1500:1, 100W power consumption instead of 72W, and HDMI doesn't seem to advertised with the capability of carrying 2560x1440 resolution, while the Vue's port is HDMI 1.4 compliant.. (as per the information we received from Nixeus)
  • sleekblackroads - Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - link

    ahh must be using some different internals.

    looks like the same panel and case. case must be generic because it looks like the pcbank brand is the same case as well.

    also for the guy asking about glossy.. the auria's at least are straight glossy. no ag. i guess not sure if nixeus went with ag or not but i'd say not likely
  • abakshi - Saturday, August 4, 2012 - link

    The Auria does support 1440p over HDMI, and it looks identical to this (the only visible differences are the Nixeus logo and the stand). EQD's specs list "<100W," leaving just the contrast ratio-- but then again, the specs don't even mention that the monitor has a DisplayPort input, which it does. Most likely the same screen.
  • Sabresiberian - Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - link

    Didn't see a mention of warranty, which is the thing that will set this unit apart from the Korean ones that generally have a "14 day return policy, exchange only, you pay $120 shipping."

    The other thing is - the panels are "A" panels, but they need to clarify what that means. Dead pixels? Stuck pixels? Backlight problems? What IS an acceptable reason for return, and what isn't?

    I am very hopeful here and wish them all the success they can stand. We need a shake-up in the price-fixed monitor market stuck in providing us with low standards. The Korean units selling on eBay for around $300, shipping form S. Korea included, breaks that story wide open. Sure, they aren't built like an Apple Cinema display with A+ panels, but take away that $120 shipping cost form S. Korea and you end up with the same panels as used in the Apple Cinema in a retail package costing $180 that has a very good chance of providing an image quality equal to the Apple screens.

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