My name is Tom (ReignDespair) I’m sure you have seen me around the community. I feel extremely privileged to have been one of the lucky few selected to take part in the Spectrum prototype testing!
Not only that, but the Eve team have also offered me the opportunity to join the Team as a Community Moderator! I am prompted to participate, because I’m so passionate about everything Eve.
I love taking part in the active discussions, and reading/understanding other peoples opinions; here on the community. I find the community announcements are also a great insight into the type/amount of RND (Research, and development) that goes into creating a product like the Spectrum!
When I get my personal order for the Spectrum. I will mainly be using this for gaming on the PS5, but I will have various other use-cases for the Spectrum which I will be testing, and demonstrating during my time with the prototype. Also just to clarify that this will not be a review of the Spectrum. The device we have been sent is a prototype, and should be acknowledged as such.
For my testing I will mainly be focusing on the user experience, and how the Spectrum performs with my chosen use cases.
|Gaming||Ps5||Demon Souls, Immortals Fenyx Rising, Call of duty Warzone, Call of duty Black Ops Coldwar, Astro’s arcade|
|High Resolution Clip||Ps5||Youtube|
|Dual monitor setup show casing multitasking example: Watching YouTube guide while gaming.||Lenovo ideacentre (AIO touchscreen desktop)||Oldschool RuneScape, Firefox(for YouTube)|
|Dual monitor setup show casing multitasking example: Watching film, while code editing||Lenovo ideacentre (AIO touchscreen desktop)||VLC, notepad++, MSSQL management studio|
|Watching 4k film||T95 max+ tvbox||VLC (The guardians of the galaxy 2)|
|Mobile gaming using monitor as display||Red Magic 5g||Call of duty, Genshin impact, Bloons TD-6|
|Audio output||FX-AUDIO-FXD03J||Optical Output through USBDAC using USB-C|
We have all been sent the prototype Spectrum, and stand in an un-printed version of the box. The box is of good design; reinforced with Cardboard as apposed to using polystyrene. Which is great; this means most of the packaging is recyclable! Both boxes feel very sturdy, and I’m confident if it had been dropped in transit, the Spectrum would have been protected.
In the main box was the Spectrum covered with a dust cover. Inside of the lid of the box is a smaller box that pulls out like a drawer; containing the power brick, and cable.
This is where the cables were stored. Very clever design!
The stand came in a separate box (Refer back to the 1st pictures.) Stand inside was protected with dust cover, and much like the Spectrum box is reinforced with Cardboard.
The stand is of an extremely high quality brushed metal design. Easily the most premium feel stand I’ve had the experience of using. There are 2 very strong grips on the bottom of the stand; this ensures the Spectrum doesn’t slide on the service it’s placed on. These grips also reduce the potential damage to said surface.
Easy assembly: Using the cleverly designed screw (No screwdriver required); The stem of the stand is attached to the base.Then the monitor is easily slotted onto the stand stem, and assembly is complete! It was as simple as that.
The stand’s maneuverability in short is incredible.
The stand as the ability to turn the Spectrum a full 360 degrees in both directions, as well as tilt the screen. Although not its intended use I found this extremely useful to turn the screen 90 degrees to easily insert cables into the ports located at the bottom rear of the Spectrum. Later on in my testing I will be using the Spectrum in a vertical position to demonstrate coding in this orientation. All throughout testing the stands maneuverability, the Spectrum always remained sturdy in place; with no threat of it falling away from the stand.
Another thing to note about the stand is that there is a nicely placed cable tidy; subtly shaped like the Eve logo. Putting all cables through this will result in a tidier work station.
Now what you’ve all be waiting for; Let’s talk about my initial impressions of the Spectrum:
From the moment of unboxing I knew I was in possession of something special; The Spectrum is a beautiful demonstration of what a premium monitor build quaility should be. I just rewatched my unboxing (My eyes only sorry) my exact words when I excitingly removed the monitor from it’s protective dust cover are: “That’s bloody beautiful!”
The Spectrum is accurately described; The King of ports. It’s rockin’:
- 2x HDMI 2.1
- 1x Display Port 1.4
- 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C (1 capable of a power output 20V/5A 100w, and the other 5V/3A 15W)
- 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A (Capable of power output of 5V/2A 10W)
- 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-B
Upon connecting the Spectrum up to the power supply. I needed to update the stock firmware to enable features like HDMI 2.1, and HDR, and to fix the problematic OSD. You have a choice of Type-C, and Type B when updating. I chose Type-B, because I didn’t read the update instructions correctly; I didn’t manually enable Type-C on the USB HUB Source through the OSD. Nonetheless the update process was very straight forward, and the update was completed within a few minutes. Very simple; I’m confident most users will be able to accomplish this with no issues.
Once the update was complete I immediately proceeded to connect the Spectrum up to the PS5, and I was sure amazed at the quality image the Spectrum produced, and how silky smooth the screen responds to a quick test of Call of duty: Black Ops Cold War in 4k at 120hz!
The OSD’s functionality is fairly pleasant (after the update); there is still a little work to be done in this area in-regards to some of the picture customisable settings, and the selection of Cross-hair, and frame-rate counter is a little bugged, but luckily there is a nifty little shortcut for these; right direction on the joystick for Cross hair, left direction for the frame-rate counter. The frame-rate counter can also be moved to each 4 corners of the screen. I thought this was a pretty cool feature. Just a reminder that this is a prototype, and these issues will be ironed out before shipment.
The Joystick controls are pleasant, and responsive, and can easily navigate through the various OSD options.
Overall, apart from a few hiccups (My PS5 malfunctioned, and I had to factory reset my PS5) The Spectrum is by definition a perfect example of a premium monitor. It’s beautiful, and from what I’ve seen so far: The display quality is excellent, and offers a silky smooth experience.
Here is a picture of my current setup with the Spectrum in place of my budget Viewsonic monitor.
I will be updating my test results, and experience using the Spectrum on this thread. I will do this with photo, and video demonstrations where applicable. So be sure to check back regularly!
If you have any questions be sure to reply below, and I will respond in kind.
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