Driven to its maximum level, the VUE27D can produce over 450 cd/m2 of brightness with a white screen. Even if you are working in a very bright office or have a window behind you, this should be enough. Cranked way up you can hide most reflections that might appear. The lowest level is 111 cd/m2 which isn’t quite the 80 cd/m2 I like to see but isn’t bad.

White Level -  i1Pro and C6

The black levels are very good for the white levels. We see 0.451 cd/m2 at maximum and only 0.111 cd/m2 at minimum. Given our white levels, these are very good results.

Black Level - 1iPro and C6

The combination of white and black levels gives us a contrast ratio of 1000:1. This is very good for an IPS panel and the level that I look for in a monitor today. The difference in contrast at maximum and minimum brightness is really nothing at all, so you can get this contrast performance at any brightness level you select.

Contrast Ratio -  i1Pro and C6

For an LED-backlit IPS panel, these numbers overall are quite good. The Nixeus is very bright, but also has a very nice contrast ratio. It will have plenty of pop for images and movies.

Introduction, Design and Specs Bench Results - sRGB Gamut
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  • cheinonen - Monday, December 23, 2013 - link

    That joint looks like it should tilt, but I just went and tested again and it does not tilt. The specs say tilt, which means perhaps mine is too tight as shipped, but I cannot get it to tilt when I try. I'll update the text to reflect this.
  • DiHydro - Monday, December 23, 2013 - link

    Could you also update the spec chart? I also see that on the manufacturer spec page for the monitor it says tilt.
  • menting - Monday, December 23, 2013 - link

    Chris, can you comment if this model has PWM dimming?
  • Krause - Monday, December 23, 2013 - link

    How is the Refresh Rate and overclockability? The main reason people were importing these 27 inch monitors from South Korea was that the refresh rates weren't locked and would usually overclock 95hz+ no problem.
  • willxiv - Monday, December 23, 2013 - link

    I have no problem with the product images. They show what I want to know about the product (the physical features).

    Perfectly rendered professional product images lend no more credence to a monitor than crappy images. I'm here to read a review, not look at gorgeous photos of a cheap monitor.

    Thanks for the review, Chris.
  • SirZ - Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - link

    Lack of attention to detail in the photography suggests a lack of attention where things matter (ie the meat of the article.) Meticulous attention to detail produces a professional grade appearance, which enhances the inherent trust of credibility the reader has in the author. This is why people don't go to (white collar) job interviews with sweatpants and T-shirts with pizza stains on them. The OP said it perfectly.
  • Wall Street - Monday, December 23, 2013 - link

    Can you please please please request review samples for some faster monitors? I enjoy reading monitor reviews and I get they you probably like photography and care about color accuracy and viewing angles. I don't. It would be great if you could add the ASUS VG248QE (with or without g-sync), the Eizo Foris FG2421 and the BenQ XL2420Z to your lag database. For gamers who play things like Quake Live, Streetfighter or Couterstrike, 20+ ms lag just doesn't cut it.
  • wurizen - Monday, December 23, 2013 - link

    what's up with these ugly ips monitor reviews lately?
  • ZeDestructor - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - link

    Demand. Lots of people want to know how the cheap Korean Catleap/Yamasaki/QNix etc perform. In this case, its particularly interesting to see a no-ISP, DisplayPort-only screen go through the test and give excellent results.
  • SunLord - Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - link

    Are there any good looking monitor outside of maybe apple if you like white anyways?
    They make a slightly better and more use able version of this monitor the Nixeus Vue NX-VUE27 and it looks to be the same screen for it's only $50 more on newegg plus you get dvi and hdmi

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