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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  • atotroadkill - Thursday, August 2, 2012 - link

    On the OCN & AnandTech threads and on the Nixeus Forums shows 1 year warranty. They are also not a fly by night company like some people think - they've been in business for almost 3 years and have numerous Authorized Re-Sellers including NewEgg, AMAZON, Comp-u-plus, J&R Computers and some retail = so they may be the real deal when it comes to these monitors.
  • Sabresiberian - Thursday, August 2, 2012 - link

    Thanks :) Good to hear.
  • LGrill - Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - link

    Check your microcenter. Look at 2560x1440 monitors. Open box items are $329. they let you take a look at them before buying and have 30 day return policy.
  • IlllI - Thursday, August 2, 2012 - link

    more inputs = more input lag, true or false?
  • atotroadkill - Thursday, August 2, 2012 - link

    I am currently using a multi-input WQHD display... if I turn on V-Sync you notice the input lag... but I play without V-Sync, and there is none or I don't notice the input lag when I turn off V-Sync... I rather deal with the screen tearing...
  • cheinonen - Thursday, August 2, 2012 - link

    Having more inputs should not directly cause an issue. The display I just finished with has only 1-2 ms of input lag, and it has multiple inputs. The panel lag was a far bigger delay that the input lag. You can easily have a single input display that does a lot of video processing (color adjustments, etc...) and has a lot of lag because of that design, and a display with lots of inputs and much faster processing that exhibits very little lag. The number of inputs really doesn't matter.
  • Wkstar - Thursday, August 2, 2012 - link

    WQHD (2560x1440) are selling for $ 270.oo delivered. Why anyone would Want to spend an extra $ 160.oo makes No sense to me. Both of my screens are Perfect ! ! Ordered on Sunday, They were at my door on Tuesday. If that is a hassle,
  • atotroadkill - Thursday, August 2, 2012 - link

    Those monitors and at that price are still a great value if people are willing to take the gamble and get luck. But some people including myself are not.

    From my research and from what I've read, several reasons why people may choose this model/brand and pay more:

    1) Warranty and Support, some people are not comfortable having to deal with service or warranty from over seas. These include one year warranty from a local USA brand.

    2) Most of the over sea brands are using A- Grade LG Panels or may be even lower panel grades... the Nixeus Vue are guaranteed A Grade LG Panels so they cost a bit more...

    3) These are Multi-Inputs using HDMI 1.4 and Display Port 1.2

    4) These include an OSD (On Screen Display) so you can use the monitor to calibrate instead of Windows OS or your GPU software.
  • Mr Perfect - Friday, August 3, 2012 - link

    Those are all good reasons! I'm glad to hear these screens have OSDs. It might be something you only use once during initial setup, but it's pretty important.

    Any idea if these are standard gamut displays? I bought a wide gamut display, and it screws up color rendering in games(since they ignore color profiles).
  • cheinonen - Thursday, August 2, 2012 - link

    A simple reason for me? My laptop only has DisplayPort output and using one without a DP input means an active adapter which costs more money and takes up a USB port instead of just a single cable. I'm also out of DVI outputs on my video card on my desktop, but have DisplayPort outputs to spare right now, so using those is a benefit to me as well.

    That's just me, but I'm certain there are others with their own reasons as well.

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