It seems that the larger the panel on a display I review, the brighter the display can get. I always expect the opposite, as lighting more screen would take more and more power. So far, that has not been the case. The VUE 30 is plenty bright, but not as blindingly bright as many other large displays. When I crank the brightness to maximum I measure 277 cd/m2 of brightness on a pure white screen. Moving the brightness to minimum drops this down to 77 cd/m2, which is below the 80 cd/m2 I like the minimum to fall under. This should provide plenty of range for most users.

White Level -  XRite i1Pro and i1DisplayPro

With a black screen, we see a black level of 0.126 cd/m2 with the backlight at the minimum level. With the backlight to maximum this jumps up to 0.45 cd/m2. This level is very much in line with other computer monitors. I won’t fault Nixeus for this, but I’m always surprised at the level of black that is accepted with PC monitors that isn’t acceptable with TVs. Modern plasma displays can produce black levels of 0.006 cd/m2 under the same test conditions, and modern LCDs can hit 0.05 cd/m2 as well. I understand why plasma isn’t used for a PC display, but I’d like to see all vendors work on their black levels going forward. Basically, this panel seems similar to the 30" IPS displays we tested over five years ago; it's just half the price now.

Black Level -  XRite i1Pro and i1DisplayPro

These numbers provide us with a contrast ratio of just 610:1 on average. This falls well behind the Dell U3014 and ASUS PQ321Q displays, which are the most recently reviewed 30”+ displays I have data for. Those both cost a lot more, but being close to 600:1 is a disappointment to me.

Contrast Ratio -  XRite i1Pro and i1DisplayPro

With those basic measures out of the way, it was time to see how accurate the VUE 30 is.

Introduction, Design and Specs sRGB Measurements
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  • 1Angelreloaded - Thursday, August 22, 2013 - link

    Personally this should be mainstream in the pc world by next year otherwise we are looking at antitrust situations again. Smartphones are already at unbelievable resolutions which is a complete waste considering the size of the panel, I really don't buy into the fact that a technology that is decades old like IPS monitors warrant a price tag comparable to industry standards like Adobe RBG, meaning the smart phone 1080p or higher screen that is touché technology sells for less than the overall unit being 800$ unlocked, or tablets and ultrabooks in the similar situation, that hover at the 1k mark yet we pay that for a non touché IPS 2560x1600. The PC monitor is simply a scam for resolutions and outdated tech once again they are stifling the industry in order to marginally larger profits over the long term of minimal upgrade similar to an Iphone disposable subscription plan.
  • AnnonymousCoward - Thursday, August 22, 2013 - link

    2 points:
    -30ms is too much lag. <16ms is a must.
    -Google Shopping is a better price reference than NewEgg.
  • araczynski - Thursday, August 22, 2013 - link

    would make for a great programming monitor, once its half the cost :) one thing I would say though, is that many of these high bang/$ monitors tend to put most of the cost into the visible part (the screen) and skimp on components/circuitry that makes that screen work well for a long time. whether inferior caps or lights, on average their lifespan is definitely shorter than if you went with something 'better'.
  • godrilla - Thursday, August 22, 2013 - link

    Monoprice has a 30 inch ips monitor for 20% off back to school sale for $570
  • Wwhat - Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - link

    Having audio arrive sooner than an image isn't good for video either.

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