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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  • Octavean - Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - link

    I have a Auria EQ276W 2560x1440 LED IPS monitor I bought from Microcenter as well. From what I can see of the Nixeus NX-VUE27 above, it looks to be the exact same product as the Auria EQ276W from Microcenter. The only difference is the brand name on the front, model number and shape of the base of the stand (hight adjust). The Microcenter Auria EQ276W is available now though and for $30 less at ~$399.99 USD. Also I believe Microcenter will ship this one so no need to have a store near you. They also have a 30 day no hassle money back guarantee.

    You can see better pictures of it here:

    And here:

    And yes it's an excellent monitor that looks amazing with a 1 year warranty.

    As for the Korean monitors off eBay, they typically only have one input and if you need to take advantage of the warranty you would have to ship it back to Korea (on your dime). Also on some models you would have to partially disassemble the unit just to remove the stand.
  • atotroadkill - Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - link

    I calculate price, tax and shipping...

    Nixeus Vue:

    Comp-u-plus = $430 shipped and no tax for me
    AMAZON = $450 shipped two day and no taxt for me

    Auria EQ276W 2560x1440 from Microcenter:

    $399+ $17 shipping + $31 tax = $447

    Plus the Nixeus Vue has a stand that can pivot 90 degrees, height adjustable, and can turn left or right...

    Please correct me if I am wrong that the Nixeus Vue is actually a better deal...
  • monitorsrock - Saturday, August 11, 2012 - link

    Overlords are going to be $360 + $20 shipping - tax only if your in cali, plus complete panel check with pixel perfect and warranty.

    That's going to be the best deal out there.
  • Farkus - Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - link

    My Dell 2407 fwp (or whatever). Had nearly the same power button sticking problem. except it was stuck in the 'off' position. grrrrrr. The replacement from Dell is now gong bad with funny smudges on the panel. If two out of two didn't go bad, I'd say it's a nice monitor. But it is when it works. We have a Viewsonic 27" here in IT we mess around with. This is really the perfect size of monitor, though we all have different tastes. It's only 1080p though. I have a 30" HP that has so much detail the Viewsonic looks a little no-so-sharp ....sometimes. Like playing racing sims.
    I think any 27" 1440 monitor is really a sweet spot.
  • Wellsoul2 - Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - link

    "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."

    I just bought the 2703 Catleap from Ebay for $295.

    It shipped to me by DSL in four days.

    It has only Dual Link DVI but who only need to hook it up once.

    Anyway if you live in the USA you don't pay anything else.

    These are all 295-330 on Ebay with express shipping free.
  • hcforde - Friday, August 31, 2012 - link

    First, most people do not understand how manufacturing works. This is not a rebranded Auria or a renamed unit from the company that rebranded the Auria. This unit has different electronics and has a "Grade A panel". since all 27" 2560*1440 are made by LG you can choose the casing and bezel you want to put that panel into. You can also get custom electronics with different grades of components to put on a PCB to control the panel. Therefore you can build a custom unit that may look like another unit but it is quite different. Tooling molds to create a custom injection molded casing will only add to the cost. This has the look and feel of a quality build. I received mine Tuesday and I am VERY pleased with it.

    I am not coming from a TN panel usage. I have been using 6 24" 1920*1200 PVA panels for the last 3 years for work and gaming. Long story short, I will be getting at least 2 more of these in the near future. The next order will arrive on Sept 15th and as soon as I finish here I am going to pre-order. WHY, because I really think that when the word gets out(legitimate reviews) on these they will be back-ordered for months. I think more people will be more comfortable with buying from a stateside supplier than trying to buy directly from Korea. I personally do not have the time for the potential issues that may happen with customs, OR, down time if there is a warranty issue.

    The picture is bright but perfect, I will probably calibrate this to get all out of it that I can. The speakers are loud, clear, and the best I have ever heard on a monitor. I have only gamed on it with Crysis 2 but was amazed at the clarity, this is a whole new game now. This particular monitor is also rated at 75HZ. I am not sure if they all are or if that is the official spec. I will be trying out some other games this weekend. I also may attempt 3D through AMD, HDMI, & TRIDEF.

    Their pixel policy seems to be very good.
  • RAINFIRE - Saturday, September 1, 2012 - link

    I ordered the ($309 total shipped) Matrix 27" from EBAY member id bigclothcraft in Hong Kong area and IT'S PERFECT. It came with 220 cord and 110v power adapter and DVI-D Cable. Even though many of the Ebay Ads for 27" monitors say they will work only with DVI-D Dual Layer - this Matrix Model worked perfectly with the DVI-I Dual Layer port on my Nvidia GTX 460 (DVI-D is digital only while DVI-I is digital and analog). Perfect, no dead pixels. It looks like they sell these with no glass for $299, IPS LCD and with Tempered Glass models for $10 extra which is what I prefer and got. Ordered on Monday and came by Thursday from China to Houston. They will ask you after purchase if you are ok to mark as gift for customs and customs amount and confirm shipping address after purchase, so watch for that email. Monitor is supposed to be of Korean manufacture, but I can't confirm. They also make more expensive models with DP Ports and HDMI for $419, but I think only the DVI-D and HDMI ports support the highest resolution of the monitor.
  • RAINFIRE - Saturday, September 1, 2012 - link

    Sorry, meant to say from Korea to Houston in 3-4 days. Didn't come from Hong Kong, China.
  • pijin - Thursday, September 20, 2012 - link

    Opened my Nixeus box to find no instructions, no base and ,although the post was there, it came with no screws to attach to the monitor (and even if it did, with no base for the post it wouldn't stand up.)

    After 15 minutes of running I'm experiencing frequent jitter and blips. It's not the lamp, but appears that the video processor is buggin' out.

    To top it off, this is labelled on Comp U Plus's site as a new monitor, but there are wear signs on the post and mount points of the back of the monitor. This definitely feels like an open box product. Hope your experience is better.

    Also, I can't figure out how to get my MacBook Pro to push the resolution to the max. Looks like 1680x1050 is the max output of my notebook. I could live with this, but the display anomalies and missing hardware are enough of a warning sign to put me off this brand.

    Definitely looking to return this one.

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