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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  • ganeshts - Thursday, August 02, 2012 - link

    Just confirmed with Nixeus that this is NOT a rebadged Auria/EQD monitor. There are also internal spec differences that I outlined in response to a post from another reader above. Reply
  • sor - Wednesday, August 08, 2012 - link

    Of course it's not a rebranded Auria... It's a rebranded *whatever* that Auria also uses. Reply
  • Studio Guy - Thursday, August 02, 2012 - link

    I've been watching these on ebay for months. Have been hesitant to order a large expensive item from a foreign company and am glad to see these now offered by domestic sellers. My one issue is resolution. I'm currently running SB without a graphics card and am therefore limited to 1920x1200. Have been having a hard time finding a list of supported resolutions for this and other similar models. When I do, I notice that 1920x1200 is NOT supported. If I'm wrong, please point out what I'm missing here... Reply
  • seapeople - Thursday, August 02, 2012 - link

    HD3000 graphics support up to 2560x1600...

    If your computer doesn't let you choose higher outputs than 1920x1200 then you can probably make a custom one yourself.
    Reply
  • wisep01 - Thursday, August 02, 2012 - link

    when I connect my laptop to the auria via HDMI, the max resolution is 1920x1080; If I try to set a higher custom resolution, it says I have exceeded the bandwidth of the connection. Does this mean that either the laptop's or monitor's HDMI is not 1.4? Reply
  • atotroadkill - Thursday, August 02, 2012 - link

    It may be that your laptop's hardware does not support higher than 1920x1080... Only recently new Graphics Cards (GPU) support 2560x1440 - with HDMI 1.4 Reply
  • cheinonen - Friday, August 03, 2012 - link

    HDMI chipsets that support all features of 1.4a, including higher resolutions, are fairly new. Most 1.4 chipsets just added support for 3D formats, but no extra bandwidth as none of the 3D formats required more data than 1080p60 already did. Displays and cards that can do higher resolutions over HDMI are fairly recent, and often don't make this feature clear. Reply
  • Scannall - Friday, August 03, 2012 - link

    I purchased one of the Korean monitors from eBay a month or so ago. I got the $295.00 Qnix because the stand looked better than the Catleaps and Achievas. Best computer component purchase I have ever made. No dead pixels, very little backlight bleed and a reasonable sturdy stand. The picture is gorgeous. I may get a second one to replace my current 2nd monitor. (Gateway 1920x1200). After getting this IPS panel I won't be going back to a TN panel ever again. Reply
  • fastman696 - Friday, August 03, 2012 - link

    I was hoping it would be and I'd be all over it. Reply
  • scootermaster - Friday, August 03, 2012 - link

    It makes me sad that this monitor with its 3,686,400 pixels, would actually be less than my hi-res antiglare 15" MBP (1,764,000) + Dell 2408 WFP (2,304,000). Now, if I can get this to fit on my desk with the laptop too, I'm sold! Reply

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