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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  • JMS3072 - Wednesday, August 01, 2012 - link

    I ordered a Catleap model of the Q270, but there was enough of a hassle around importing it that I'd be glad to pay a premium on a second copy to avoid all that- plus, the DP input is nice! Reply
  • Bateluer - Wednesday, August 01, 2012 - link

    I was looking at a Catleap Q270 myself. This model looks much better. Little more expensive, more ports. Reply
  • JMS3072 - Wednesday, August 01, 2012 - link

    Yeah, if I were getting this, it'd be for the ports. Monitors like this are best on a VESA stand, so that's not a factor.

    By the way, the Catleap has been one of the best value upgrades I've ever put into my computer.
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  • peterfares - Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - link

    Hassle importing? Which country? I'm in the U.S. and it just got delivered straight to my door like a normal domestic shipment. Didn't have to do anything other than press buy and send payment. Reply
  • ksherman - Wednesday, August 01, 2012 - link

    Excited to see a review of this monitor. I'm changing jobs next week so I'll have to trade down from the 27" panel in my work iMac for something smaller. I'd love to pick up a 27" with this resolution on the cheapish! Reply
  • davepermen - Wednesday, August 01, 2012 - link

    And I'd buy it, instantly.. But I try to force myself into not buying any screen that I'd regret later for not having touch.. Reply
  • sansenoy - Thursday, August 02, 2012 - link

    You still haven't heard, I guess :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d6KuiuteIA
    Reply
  • Lonyo - Wednesday, August 01, 2012 - link

    Can't say much for the aesthetic design though, looks pretty tacky, although I guess that's what you get from a low end monitor.

    The stand looks good though, considering it has rotate on such a cheap monitor.
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  • ImSpartacus - Wednesday, August 01, 2012 - link

    Yeah, I don't understand why companies can't just put a uniformly sized matte black plastic bezel around their displays. Dell does it.

    Do these companies have no taste or is there a technical reason for ugly monitors?
    Reply
  • Flying Goat - Wednesday, August 01, 2012 - link

    While I agree in concept, I find my Dell 2412M extremely cheap looking (Though suppose the monitor was pretty cheap...Hmm...).

    I think my Dell 2407 wfp (fpw? pfw? pwf?) on the other hand, is really nice looking. Unfortunately, its power button broke, stuck in the on position... But at least it's a nice looking broken button.
    Reply

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