For our pre-calibration measurements we target 200 cd/m2 of light output, the sRGB gamut, and a gamma of 2.2. On the VUE 30 there are color temperature settings you can use for the grayscale and the warm setting was found to produce the most accurate image.

I’m also going to approach this review differently than before. The charts for all these measurements will be available in individual galleries. There is a table at the top of the page that summarizes the pre and post calibration measurements to easily see how well the monitor does before and after calibration. This should make it easier to read, and allow me to better focus commentary about the monitor performance on the areas that need it.

  Pre-Calibration Post-Calibration,
200 cd/m2
80 cd/m2
White Level 201.78 195.562 77.6183
Black Level 0.3214 0.3197 0.1388
Contrast Ratio 628:1 612:1 559:1
Gamma (Average) 2.2552 2.2406 2.5132
Color Temperature 6657K 6593K 6452K
Grayscale dE2000 4.0657 0.7705 1.3304
Color Checker dE2000 5.7431 4.0627 4.3305
Saturations dE2000 4.6853 3.7814 4.1323

The major improvement that we see is for the grayscale and gamma. On our 200 cd/m2 target calibration, those both come out nearly perfect. There is a small gamma spike at 95% but nothing really bad at all. The overall dE2000 is so low as to be unseen. When targeting 80 cd/m2 and the sRGB gamma curve, the Nixeus doesn’t perform quite as well. The gamma has a little more variation and the dE2000 is somewhat higher, though still very low. The loss of contrast ratio is the larger issue here.

Both grayscale results highly improve upon the original, which is slightly warm and has a very large error level as you approach peak white. The problem with the Nixeus VUE 30 lies with color reproduction. The errors for both the 96-point color checker and the saturations measurements improve, but not by a huge degree. Most of that improvement can be tied back to the grayscale improving since those numbers are a large part of these later tests. The default 6-point gamut chart is dropped here as the saturations chart covers that, and that dE2000 average is too heavily impacted by the grayscale data.

What we see is a wildly oversaturated gamut where green, cyan, red, yellow and magenta all fall far outside of the sRGB gamut boundary. With Green even the 60% saturation value is outside the sRGB gamut, which leads to very over-saturated colors. Even post-calibration we see that green dE2000 errors are past 5 from 40% on, and approaching a dE2000 of 10 by 100%. Aside from a few select colors in the Color Checker pattern, and the grayscale, almost all the colors have a large visible error.

The Nixeus lacks an internal LUT to fix this, and only so much can be done through the video card. A large gamut is nice, but just like with an OLED smartphone, we don’t want that gamut to be wildly oversaturated and push the color way outside of their boundaries. For any sort of color-critical work, or even just browsing photographs, the wild gamut of the VUE 30 will likely be a bad choice for those people after accurate colors. If you like a big, punchy image, you’ll probably like it.

Since we can’t control this gamut, perhaps using AdobeRGB as a target will lead to a better result? I decided to give it a try and see if that improves things at all, or if it was still an issue.

Brightness and Contrast AdobeRGB Calibration
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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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