Over the past 18 months, we’ve all been happy to watch as the price of 27” 1440p monitors has steadily fallen. With cheaper import panels becoming available, the cost of moving up to a high resolution panel has fallen considerably. I reviewed the Nixeus VUE 27 last year as it was the cheapest way at the time to get a 1440p panel while still getting a US warranty. Now Nixeus is back with a 30” monitor, the Nixeus VUE 30. With the 16:10 aspect ratio that commenters continually ask for and an IPS panel, will this mark the shift of a downward trend for 30” monitor prices as well?

The design of the VUE 30 is similar to the VUE 27 that I previously reviewed. The controls for the display remain in the lower-right and it has the same OSD interface of its predecessor. Since the OSD was one of my faults with the VUE 27 I was hoping to see this improve but it did not. A welcome change, which I also saw on the ASUS PQ321Q, is locating the inputs on the left side of the display and not the bottom. This makes them far more accessible for quickly hooking up a device like a laptop. As the VUE 30 is so large due to the screen size, it has plenty of space to connect cables without them sticking out the sides of the display.

The connections options consist of DisplayPort, DSub, DVI, and HDMI, along with an audio output for headphones. The HDMI port is listed as 1.4a but it does not support 2560x1600 resolutions; if you want the full 2560x1600 resolution you will need to use a DVI-DL or DisplayPort connection. The back of the display is very solid and metal, but the front is a glossy plastic bezel that I would prefer be matte.

As with the VUE 27 the stand for the monitor screws together with some small screws and not with captive screws or a tool-free mechanism. Compared to the VUE 27 the packaging has greatly improved. Parts are well laid out in the package, and there are no cheap boxes or labels that look like it was transferred straight from a foreign assembly line. The initial feeling of opening the VUE 27 was one of my complaints, as it felt cheap and rushed. Nixeus has learned from that and the packing and presentation of the VUE 30 is much improved.

The stand is also improved from the VUE 27 model. It allows for an easier swivel but lacks any height adjustment and is not as solid as a Dell or ASUS stand would be. The VESA mounting holes are a less common 200mm x 100mm pattern, so aftermarket stands might require an additional adapter to be used. The external power brick and its custom connector have been replaced with a standard IEC port, reducing desk clutter.

One key difference with the VUE 30 from other affordable displays is the use of a wide gamut CCFL backlight. This allows for a gamut that goes well beyond the AdobeRGB gamut, as the testing will show later, and is not common to find except in displays aimed at graphics professionals. The displays that target graphics professionals also tend to have sRGB modes to reign in that gamut but the Nixeus does not. We will see in our testing the behavior that this causes.    

Nixeus VUE30
Video Inputs DisplayPort 1.2, DVI-D DL, HDMI 1.4a, Dsub
Panel Type IPS
Pixel Pitch 0.25mm
Colors 1.07 Billion
Brightness 350 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio 1000:1
Response Time 7ms GTG
Viewable Size 30"
Resolution 2560x1600
Viewing Angle (H/V) 178/178
Backlight CCFL
Power Consumption (operation) 130W minimum
Power Consumption (standby) None Specified
Screen Treatment Anti-Glare
Height-Adjustable No
Tilt No
Pivot No
Swivel Yes
VESA Wall Mounting Yes, 100mm x 200mm
Dimensions w/ Base (WxHxD) 27.5" x 22" x 3"
Weight 22 lbs.
Additional Features 3.5mm Output, stereo speakers
Limited Warranty 1 Year
Accessories DVI-DL Cable, Power Cable
Price $730

With an IPS panel, the viewing angles on the VUE 30 are what you expect. Unless you try to sit perpendicular to the display you should be just fine. There is a bit of contrast wash-out at the extreme angles, but nothing you will see in daily use.

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  • Impulses - Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - link

    Been hearing the same thing about OLED for years now... At this point I don't have any hope for it outside of small scale specialized usage cases (phones, electronic viewfinders on cameras, media players, mayyybe tablets).
  • sonny73n - Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - link

    Oh, please! Please make a 24 inch 2560x1600/1440 IPS monitor. Please, somebody, I'm begging you.
  • DanNeely - Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - link

    Don't hold your breath. That'd be ~125DPI; high enough that at anything beyond hunched over your laptop viewing distance windows controls are going to be squinty at native resolution; but not high enough to use a linear scaling mode. What you should be lusting after in that size bracket is a quadHD panel: ~180 DPI for software that supports it and relatively clean 2:1 scaling at 90dpi when it doesn't.
  • ZeDestructor - Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - link

    I run 1920x1200 on my 15.4" laptop without any scaling, and so do my friends on the even smaller 13.3" 1920x1080 ultrabooks.

    At 24", 2560x1600 is perfectly fine, but I'd rather skip straight to 3840x2400 myself....
  • seapeople - Saturday, August 24, 2013 - link

    I speak for those of us with adequate vision insurance or other means by which we have used to correct our vision: Stop talking.
  • geok1ng - Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - link

    I think the review gave correct advice about this monitor: it is a cheap and valid alternative for those that want adobe RGB coverage. For gaming it is just about as bad as many other 30" and certainly not better for gaming than a 27" 2560x1440 LED panel. For productivity i believe the price is a bit off, since you are better served by a 39" 4k Seiki TV for the same price, with better colors at sRGB. These are the last remnants of a dieing breed of CCFL monitors.
  • JarredWalton - Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - link

    I've been gaming on a 30" HP LP3065 for something like six or seven years. I love it, and sadly I think the introduction of scalers to 30" displays simply made them more laggy. I'll be sad when I eventually have to replace this display!
  • ZeDestructor - Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - link

    Wait till the eDP panels show up. Then everyone and their dog will be doing bypasses to skip the electronics entirely and pipe DP signals straight into the eDP panel. For reference, people have done that to use iPad retina displays or test the newest batch of 13.3" IPS displays :D
  • eric appla - Sunday, December 29, 2013 - link

    I fully agree, I also have HP3065 and can't fault it for gaming and daily productive work, the only downside is power consumption.
  • DParadoxx - Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - link

    How could you not measure input lag at the native resolution? Nothing else matters.

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