After the wave of cheap 27” monitors from South Korea hit Ebay, a number of vendors started to offer their own inexpensive models. One of the first models to hit the US, and one that I reviewed here, was the VUE27 from Nixeus. Now they have released their newest version, the VUE27D. Stripping the input selection down to a single DisplayPort input, the VUE27D reaches for an even lower price point than before. With all the changes in the display marketplace over the past year, how will the VUE27D fare today?

The display that the VUE27D resembles most is the HP zr2740w. Like that model the VUE27D offers no on-screen display at all, only controls for brightness with no indicator for level. Combined with a single DisplayPort input there really is nothing at all to adjust on the VUE27D. There is a reset button to take the brightness level back to the original setting, but that is it. There are extra buttons that do nothing as well, as it appears Nixeus uses generic off-the-shelf parts.

Compared to the other VUE monitors from Nixeus, the VUE27D is very thin. Most of the screen is very narrow except for the center where the inputs and stand are located.  Part of this is managed by using an external power supply to cut down on internal bulk. I’m still not a fan of external power supplies, but it helps keep a display cooler and makes it easier to sell around the world.

The back of the VUE27D is a fine diamond texture as opposed to the flat plastic we usually see. Almost no one will see it because it's on the back of the display, but it is a nice look.

The stand offers height adjustment along with swivel, and you can rotate the display to use it in portrait mode. This is more flexibility than any of the other affordable displays to come my way and makes setup much easier. The specifications indicate there is tilt available, but the model that I have does not tilt at all. The joint might just be adjusted too tight, as I've seen this on other review samples, but in my case it doesn't work.

The anti-glare coating works fine and doesn’t cause the degradation in image quality that people often worry about. Beyond this there isn’t much to comment on for the design of the VUE27D. It drops anything non-essential and only keeps what you need.

Nixeus VUE27D
Video Inputs DisplayPort
Panel Type IPS
Pixel Pitch 0.231mm
Colors 16.7 Million
Brightness 380 cd/m2 maximum
Contrast Ratio 1000:1
Response Time 6ms GtG
Viewable Size 27"
Resolution 2560x1440
Viewing Angle (H/V) 178/178
Backlight White LED
Power Consumption (operation) 72 Watts
Power Consumption (standby) < 1 Watt
Screen Treatment Anti-Glare
Height-Adjustable Yes
Tilt No
Pivot Yes
Swivel Yes
VESA Wall Mounting 100mm x 100mm
Dimensions w/ Base (WxHxD) 25 5/8" x 24 3/8" x 8 3/8"
Weight 16.6 lbs.
Additional Features NA
Limited Warranty 2 Years
Accessories MiniDP to DP cable, DP to DP cable
Price $430 MSRP ($450 online)


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  • Drasca - Monday, December 23, 2013 - link

    I like his reasoning, because "location ahs been overrun with wrapped presents". Happy Holidays!
  • Gunbuster - Monday, December 23, 2013 - link

    Is that a crackerjack in the background? Maybe vacuum before the next floor based photo shoot.
  • ws3 - Monday, December 23, 2013 - link

    It looks like a sprinkle from a cupcake or donut is over in the corner too. Maybe the monitor doesn't work unless there are a few snack leftovers on the ground nearby.

    Additionally, the bottom of the window casing could use some paint, but I'm not actually complaining; my floors are dirtier.
  • cheinonen - Monday, December 23, 2013 - link

    The joy of kids. Clean the floors every day, something new appears from them. I'd fix the window if I owned the house, but it's a rental.
  • ws3 - Monday, December 23, 2013 - link

    That's why my floors are dirtier.
  • Krause - Monday, December 23, 2013 - link

    How is the Refresh Rate and overclockability? The main reason people were importing these 27 inch monitors from South Korea was that the refresh rates weren't locked and would usually overclock 95hz+ no problem.
  • blackoctagon - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - link

    (real) overclocks in the range you cite have only ever been possible on (certain) models that have DL-DVI only, not DisplayPort
  • YazX_ - Monday, December 23, 2013 - link

    mmmm, no thx, Qnix and X-Star are better. i'm happy with my Qnix although no OSD and two DVI ports, but why would i need more than that, and lack of OSD is not that painful, you can manage fine without OSD
  • cheinonen - Monday, December 23, 2013 - link

    The VUE27D is specifically aimed at people that need DisplayPort and not DVI.
  • DiHydro - Monday, December 23, 2013 - link

    Chris, you mention this monitor not having tilt, yet in picture 3, it shows a joint that seems like it should be able to tilt? I am hoping for some clarification on this, as it seems strange for a monitor to not have a tilt function.

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