Nixeus NX-VUE27P 1440P IPS Monitor Review
Unlike CRT displays, the manner in which LCD panels create an image can result in one large weakness: the image can lose contrast when viewed off angle. While we do not recommend watching an LCD at anything besides perfectly straight on, the reality is this cannot always be done.
To help give you a glimpse of what a panel will look like when seen from either above the horizontal or vertical plane we have taken pictures at fairly extreme angles.
Just as expected the NX-VUE27P has wide viewing angles. By that same token, if you do view this monitor at extreme angles expect the colors or the gamma to start to go sideways. Unlike most IPS-based monitors, this model gives very little warning and at one angle things look OK and the next they go way off the rails. Most likely, this is because the panel is not as perfect as we have become accustomed to with ‘professional’ monitors. Some of this issue can be laid at the feet of the rather glossy anti-glare coating, which does exacerbate viewing angle hiccups in all but darkened rooms.
Maximum Contrast Ratio
While manufactures love to throw around “maximum” contrast ratios in the millions, the fact of the matter is that to get these high numbers they have to use “dynamic contrast” which – at best – results in overly optimistic specs. With DC turned off, the number of shades between purest white and blackest black a given monitor can display is usually in the low hundreds rather than the thousands.
The higher the contrast ratio, the better the monitor will display shades of dark and light. For IPS monitors, anything below 450:1 is unacceptable, with 500:1 or above being considered optimal. For TN panels, anything above 120:1 will be considered “good enough” for most users.
We are of two minds on these results. On the one hand, while not the absolute highest numbers that we have seen, it is pretty darn close. On the other hand, we were expecting even better as this is a ’10-bit’ IPS monitor and should have the contrast ratio to match its pedigree. As such, these results are still good, but not outstanding.
To obtain the maximum power consumption number, we set the monitors brightness to 100% and the contrast to 100%. The calibrated results are taken at 120 cd/m2, with the contrast set to the default level.
Considering that this is a professional grade monitor, the power consumption is quite decent. Obviously, this is because the internal circuits are not as demanding compared to some other professional monitors. In either case, the average user will like these results as it does mean a few less cents per month on their power bill.