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
Post-Calibration,
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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  • mrbobmcbob - Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - link

    Can you comment on this display working with a MBP/Air and DisplayPort? I know that there has been issues with other panels in the past (and not just with adapters to Active DVI). Thanks! Reply
  • tokyovigilante - Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - link

    These seem fixed as of 10.8.4/10.[REDACTED]. My Dell U2713HM is correctly using RGB mode out of the box with a minDP 1.2->DP 1.2 cable with my 2011 11" Air. Reply
  • GonzaloMin - Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - link

    Love my job, since I've been bringing in $82h… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I'm making it online. (Home more information)
    http://goo.gl/AU6aRF
    Reply
  • jigglywiggly - Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - link

    lol 30ms of input lag, how is that even useable? Reply
  • Sancus - Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - link

    it's the same as every other 30 inch IPS monitor out there, and most if not all 27s as well. As you can plainly see in the graph. People buying these monitors care about image quality and color accuracy, they don't care about shooter motion clarity. Reply
  • ZeDestructor - Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - link

    > they don't care about shooter motion clarity.

    YES WE DO!
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  • blackoctagon - Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - link

    Then you shouldn't be buying "these" monitors to begin with!!! Reply
  • Samus - Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - link

    I have no issues playing BF3 on my HP ZR2740w IPS Reply
  • 1Angelreloaded - Thursday, August 22, 2013 - link

    I was going to say I have had no issues with the 30' Dell IPS 2560x1600. Reply
  • blackoctagon - Thursday, August 22, 2013 - link

    The fact that you're 'not experiencing issues' doesn't mean that you're experiencing ideal motion clarity. You're not obliged to seek out monitors that have the best motion clarity for shooters, but if that's the road you choose to go down please think twice before claiming that you 'care' about motion clarity Reply

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