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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  • radium69 - Thursday, August 2, 2012 - link

    I also have two 27" IPS LED monitors from Crossover (korean) and they are almost flawless.
    The stand and bezel is much better then this Nixeus. Also the Crossover comes with a nice metal backplate and feels very rigid. I bought the tiltable version which sold for $340 usd. (Only DVI-D input)

    Anyhow, I'm quite happy with them. There is some slight light bleeding to due cheap manufacturing. Also some 'dust' rainbow pixels on black (at the side) but when using it you don't notice it at all.
    Also I prefer the glossy look which is easier on the eyes. And there are very little options if you want to have a glossy panel :( Most review sites don't even mention them at all)
    But for the price it is a very nice monitor! You might want to do a korean monitor roundup ;)
    Also it looks a bit 'modern' and sleek, instead of the catleap and nixeus monitors.

    Makes my Iiyama prolite x24 (1920x1080) at work feel absolute shite and grainy.
  • ebolamonkey3 - Thursday, August 2, 2012 - link

    Is this basically the Catleap monitor with more ports? Will there be a matte version?
  • HisDivineOrder - Thursday, August 2, 2012 - link

    ...lower pricing on monitors in the 2560x1600/1440 resolution. This should have been the "ordinary" for PC monitors a long time ago, but greedy companies started milking their consumers and just wouldn't stop.

    Unbelievably, it took Steve Jobs forcing the higher resolution display into an iPhone to get the ball rolling and still, look how long it took for that ball to reach the PC.
  • cheinonen - Thursday, August 2, 2012 - link

    This is an area where I don't like labeling the companies as being greedy just because they want to make a profit. Apple can afford to put a high resolution display into a phone because they buy millions of them, and because it is part of an ecosystem where they will make up the money later on apps and other purchases.

    A good place to look is the TV industry, where almost every company is now losing billions of dollars because they've had to send prices to the bottom so fast no one can really afford decent innovation anymore. Plasma technology is stuck where it was when Pioneer got out of the market, because the profit margins five years ago weren't enough to keep going. Does paying $1,000 for a display suck? Sure, but paying that also pays for the development costs of better displays. OLED displays this year are the first real improvement in TVs in years and years and will be $8,000 or so, but that's the cost of new technology. It's not being greedy, it's the fact that if they were to lose money making it, they wouldn't bother developing it.
  • BMNify - Thursday, May 9, 2013 - link

    Samsung has no issues with this and they don't continually have a massive margin; this is perhaps why their stock is at $1,500 and the company you reference at ~$400.

    They're the ones coming out with super high res LCD and SAMOLED displays, massive quad core phones, 3D TVs, Smart TVs, S Health related paraphenlia, washers, dryers, fridges, etc.
  • BMNify - Thursday, May 9, 2013 - link

    Uh... Most phones were already hitting the 240-280dpi ranges by the time the idevice came out for years (and the only reason why they weren't 300+DPI is because most screens were 4" or greater, not a puny 3.5" screen). A slight bump to 314? That matched the Sharp Aquos 308SH, which is about 306DPI... in 2005. LOL

    Phones are now reaching 450 dpi. Thanks to everyone else who didn't stick with 320x480 (CGA resolution) for 4 years or even a lowly 900x600 or some weird combination like that.

    To give proper credit, at best, we'll give him the credit for a 7" monitor with a reasonably high res.
  • policy11 - Thursday, August 2, 2012 - link

    Any word on HDCP support?
  • ganeshts - Thursday, August 2, 2012 - link

    Yes, there is full support for HDCP
  • monitorsrock - Thursday, August 2, 2012 - link

    Just saw over on articles about a new US-based Overlord Computer that is hand checking all their units, providing grade A panels, and warranty etc from California. Pricing is lower than this one - i think the posted something like $360 - aviailble in september. pixel perfect guarantees and warranties on that - they look like they will trock compared to ebay models out now.

    the options are stacking up in our favor!
  • MrCrash - Thursday, August 2, 2012 - link

    This is just a rebadged Auria/EQD monitor with a nicer stand. If you don't care about having a stand that moves around, you can save $30 buying it at Microcenter. I got mine for $400 a couple months ago.

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