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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  • ezridah - Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - link

    I saw that you are doing one of the 27" ones. Is it the Glass Panel Pro or the Zero-G?
  • cheinonen - Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - link

    The Zero-G. I believe I'll be getting the Glass Panel Pro as well, though.
  • SeanFL - Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - link

    I bought the higher end 27" monoprice monitor and find it phenomenal. Looks amazing.
  • Daniel Egger - Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - link

    I stopped reading at CCFL...
  • piklar - Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - link

    Good to see another 30" offering out there for reasonable price. Id take a Crossover 30Q5 Pro any day over this for a lot less that cost of this as well, might be a bare bones 30" but least it has 5Ms response times making it far more suitable for gaming..
  • cheinonen - Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - link

    How is the response time measured? Unless they're measured using the same method, it's really hard to compare one measurement to another due to all the factors possibly involved in the measurement.
  • bznotins - Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - link

    Still rocking my 3007WFP from *2006*. Love that monitor, best spend I ever made on a PC component. It's spanned numerous upgrades and keeps trucking. No perceptible input lag. No dead pixels.

    It has only one input (DL DVI) and no OSD. I wish more monitor manufacturers would do this today -- focus entirely on the panel and leave the scaling/processing hardware out.

    I'm giving one of those Korean 27" monitors a try and I'm happy to see that they're just as utilitarian as the Dell. Worried about QC, but for $250 it's worth a try.
  • AnnonymousCoward - Thursday, August 22, 2013 - link

    And sadly, there's been no significant improvement in 7 years and counting.
  • Doomtomb - Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - link

    $730 isn't that cheap. We've already had $500 30" 2560x1600 IPS imports from Korea for a while now. Wake me when it's sub $400.
  • Zap - Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - link

    "Power connects through a power brick to the bottom of the unit."

    Looks as if it uses a normal power cable.

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