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 - Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - link

    I can push 2560x1600 at 75Hz to my FW900 over VGA. How can any modern display not hit 60Hz? Reply
  • nagi603 - Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - link

    If I read it right, it is not the whole display itself, but its HDMI connection that is to blame... On the DVI/DP port, it shouldn't cause any problem. Reply
  • Kevin G - Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - link

    HDMI up to v1.3 have a bandwidth limitation that prevents resolutions over 1920 x 1200 at 60 Hz. v1.4 increases the clock speed and thus bandwidth to enable 2560 x 1600 at 60 Hz and 3840 x 2160 at 30 Hz.

    DisplayPort and DL-DVI should be fine for driving this display at 2560 x 1600 at 60 Hz.
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  • nathanddrews - Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - link

    I guess that's what I meant. How can any modern display not have 1.4? Like yesteryear's RAM, you'd think it more expensive to use an older 1.3 controller than a mass produced 1.4. 2.0 will be upon us soon... Reply
  • Darkstone - Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - link

    HDMI 1.4 optionally increase the bandwidth. For example, the GTX 680 supports HDMI 1.4a but no resolutions over 1200p (using the HDMI port). Reply
  • Kevin G - Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - link

    nVidia actually lists 4096 x 2160 as the maximum resolution over HDMI according to their spec sheet. It doesn't list the refresh rate though it is 30 Hz

    http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/gefor...

    PCPer managed to get ahold of the Seiki 50" 4K resolution TV and got the Geforce GTX 680 to run at that resolution.
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  • Kevin G - Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - link

    Quick correct, maximum refresh at 4096 x 2160 is 24 Hz, 3840 x 2160 is 30 Hz by HDMI spec. Reply
  • cheinonen - Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - link

    Because CRTs and LCDs work differently. You can get 120Hz LCDs, but they're of the TN variety (another review coming up soon of one). People can overdrive their IPS panels, but they don't ship with beyond 60 Hz as a standard option.

    For the HDMI thing, I'd imagine that's a combination of two things: It's cheaper to have an HDMI 1.3 chipset than a 1.4a chipset, and the vast majority of HDMI sources out there can't do 2560x1600, while almost all DisplayPort and DVI sources can. That probably causes extra support headaches, though I'm guessing it's more due to cost.
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  • DanNeely - Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - link

    I'd add that the reason why HDMI 1.3 is cheaper is that it can be shared in the controller with the DVI-D decoder since the two ports have identical video transmittal/encoding formats. Reply
  • Nixeus Technology - Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - link

    Hi Chris,

    You are correct in your analysis. Both the NX-VUE27 and NX-VUE30 can support the full resolution via HDMI 1.4/1.3 connections - however due to the numerous hardware configurations and varibles of the quality of HDMI cables in the market(some HDMI 1.4/1.3 do not meet stated HDMI specifications) that may cause sync or flickering issues, we choose to omit the supported feature for the full 2560x1600 resolution for the HDMI input.
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