Updated: The article's title has been updated at 9:45 PM on 28th May, 2013 to reflect the fact that the monitor has a CCFL backlight. Apologies for the confusion.

In August 2012, Nixeus launched the VUE27, a 27" WQHD (2560x1440) S-IPS LED monitor with a $430 price tag. By providing US-based service / warranty, they managed to win over quite a big segment of the market which was being served by eBay sellers based in Korea. In addition to undercutting the price, the Nixeus unit also provided a wider variety of input ports. Our review found it to be a very decent performer for the price.

This year, Nixeus is launching the 30" WQXGA (2560x1600) version with a similar range of input ports, based on a LG panel, as usual. However, the main competition this time around is from Monoprice, and not from the eBay sellers. Monoprice has been selling a 30" WQXGA monitor with HDMI and DP ports (in addition to the standard DL-DVI) for quite some time at a price point of approximately $800. Nixeus is planning to beat that by a full $100, pricing their offering at $699.

The claimed specifications of the NX-VUE30 are as below:

  • Display Size: 30"
  • Resolution: 2560*1600 @ 60 Hz
  • Aspect ratio: 16: 10
  • Brightness: 350 cd/m2
  • Contrast Ratio: 1000: 1
  • Response Time: 7ms (Gray to Gray)
  • Viewing Angle: 178(H)178(V)
  • Display Color: 1.07 billion
  • Stereo Speakers
  • Connectivity: VGA, HDMI, DL-DVI, Display Port 1.2
  • Power Power Consumption: <130W
  • Operation Voltage: 100-240V AC 60/50Hz
  • Accessories: DL-DVI Cable, Power Cord, User Manual, 3.5mm Audio Cable
  • Product Dimensions (L x H x D)
    27" x 19" x 2.5" w/o Stand
    27" x 22" x 2.5" w/ Stand

One of the issues with the NX-VUE27 was that the HDMI port wasn't able to drive the full resolution at 60 Hz (Clarification: Only DL-DVI and DP are guaranteed to drive 2560x1600 at that refresh rate). Unfortunately, it looks like the NX-VUE30 will also have the same limitation. It is a bit disappointing since the latest AMD and NVIDIA cards have 4K enabled HDMI ports (and Haswell boards are expected to join that league when they launch).

The unit will launch on June 5th June 18th, 2013 and will initially be available for order on Amazon. (Update: Ship date set for June 18th due to FCC clearance delays, Comp-U-Plus also has a pre-order sale running for $650 with free shipping)

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  • nathanddrews - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - link

    So you're saying it can, but it can't. ;-)
  • tnynyn - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - link

    My Dell U3011 is like this also. It is due to the HDMI chipset limiting to 1080p resolution while othe inputs can do the full 1600p. Sounds like a nice monitor, can't wait to read the reviews.
  • Mumrik - Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - link

    My FW900 isn't dead yet either. I hate that display tech has moved so little when it comes to refresh and resolution in all that time. The era of LCD was a massive setback in that regard.
  • Sunrise089 - Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - link

    Props on still running an FW900. I owned two, but one was pretty darn dead and the other wasn't too much better. Dell 24" IPS now is OK, but I still miss true blacks and variable resolutions.
  • nathanddrews - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - link

    I've held onto it expecting a comparable quality high resolution, high refresh display technology to arrive, but so far nothing. Ever since SED/FED died, I've kind of lost hope. My FW900 has been a champ. It's over 10 years old, and it still calibrates to near perfection. The few 120Hz LCDs I've tried recently haven't been anywhere close to it. I'm hoping that 4K OLED can bring about a revolution, but only if we have a connection capable of 120Hz+ to eliminate the motion blur... and then we'll need GPUs capable of pushing games over 120fps at 4K res...

    Yeah, I'm asking for the world.
  • shompa - Friday, May 31, 2013 - link

    VGA = analoge. DVI (and so on digital). You need over 8Gbps bend with to get over 60Hz.
  • This Guy - Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - link

    Can you do a GPU review with three of these please?

    Maybe around when AMD release their crossfire stutter fix?
  • 8steve8 - Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - link

    the title "Nixeus NX-VUE30 30" : A $699 WQXGA (2560x1600) IPS LED Monitor" refers to this as an LED backlit display, but I can not find a source for this.

    I would bet it's actually CCFL
  • Nixeus Technology - Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - link

    Hi Steve,

    You are correct. Thank-you for catching the mistake. This version of the NX-VUE30 is a using a CCFL backlight LG Panel.
  • scuffmcduff - Thursday, May 30, 2013 - link

    I suppose I can use this on my Mac with a Mini Displayport to Displayport cable?

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