Conclusions

Nothing in the QNIX took me by surprise when I reviewed it. The menu system, while basic, allows for some adjustments to be made to the display. The monitor stand is like most other entry-level displays and has very little you can adjust on it aside from the tilt. The inputs are nicely side-mounted, which I wish more companies would do. It's not a particularly stylish display, but then we wouldn't expect that from a budget QHD LCD.

The two largest issues in performance are the gamma curve and the uniformity. Since I expect few people to be calibrating a $360 display, the out of the box performance is pretty important and the gamma curve is an issue. Combined with the higher black levels and poor contrast ratios, it leads to a fairly flat, washed out image in comparison to other displays. This incorrect gamma can be corrected by using calibration software, but it only goes so far and you can't completely fix the problem, and there are no user controls to do try to improve the out-of-box experience.

The display uniformity also rules out the monitor from doing serious image editing or other color critical work on it. Even those professionals that have calibration hardware and software will likely want to avoid it because different areas of the screen will display a different image. There are also some color issues but those aren’t large enough to cause me great concern.

So for general use, how is the QNIX? The image is fine, if a bit washed out. The blacks are higher than I’d like them to be as well. For some users the input lag will be a concern, but there are other 27” panels out there that offer 3-13ms lower input lag if you need it. With multiple inputs that support whatever you want to connect, it is certainly more useful than the DVI-only models that came before it.

If you just want a 27" QHD display that has all the inputs you need and lacks any dealbreaker flaws, the QNIX will fit the bill. If you want to hit a really low price point you'll have to make some sacrifices and for the most part, the QNIX made good choices. I do wish the gamma was closer to 2.2 since that would really help image quality. If you want to have higher image quality and color accuracy, spending $100 more for the Monoprice IPS-Glass Panel Pro 27", or getting it on sale, will be a better choice. However, on straight bang for the buck, the QNIX does well for general daily use.

Display Lag, Power Use and Color Gamut
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  • Communism - Friday, April 11, 2014 - link

    The X-Star DP2710 is a Samsung PLS display.
    The one reviewed is an AUOptronics AHVA display.

    Therein lies the difference.
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  • tbonanno - Monday, April 14, 2014 - link

    Where did you hear that? Every site I see the display port version for sale it says Samsung PLS as well. Reply
  • okashira - Friday, April 11, 2014 - link

    Your DP2710LED is superior to the reviewed monitor:
    -better contrast
    -better uniformity
    -better colors
    -overclockable
    -no input lag
    Reply
  • Folterknecht - Friday, April 11, 2014 - link

    Please use metric system for measurements or at least also list them. After all anandtech deals with technical gadgets and not with flour, sugar and wood. Reply
  • Ubercake - Friday, April 11, 2014 - link

    It's funny... Let's use the metric system to talk about a 27" (or should we say 68.58cm?) panel. Reply
  • mr_tawan - Friday, April 11, 2014 - link

    In my case, which I live in Thailand where the standard measurements are in metric system, the screen size in general terms are in imperial. However when reporting the exact dimension of the display, the measurements are in metric. (for example Sony KDL-70W850B is 70" LCD TV, the dimension is 1,586x970x370mm).

    I guess this is the case in many countries as well.

    There are brochures that even has the diagonal screen size in metric system written in parenthesis after the imperial one, but no one pays attention to it.
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  • QuantumPion - Friday, April 11, 2014 - link

    Also note according to the overclock.net forums, only the DVI-only panels can truly overclock refresh rate. The multi-input panels can force higher refresh rate, but they just simply drop the extra frames. Reply
  • cheinonen - Friday, April 11, 2014 - link

    Thanks for pointing this out. I tested this today and it is the case, so I updated the review. Screenshots are included as well. I'll make sure to run that test in the future to avoid this mistake. Reply
  • blackoctagon - Thursday, May 1, 2014 - link

    Sounds like you may want to review another (genuinely overclockable) screen, like the Overlord Tempest X270OC Reply
  • coachingjoy - Friday, April 11, 2014 - link

    Bought a Yamakasi 27" WQHD for ~310 USD. It's great .. except it has a dark speck just to the left of center between the panel and glass. If one concentrates on this imperfection it would drive anyone nuts. I just focus on the 310 USD and everything is fine, every once and awhile though......
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