Feature update early October

Hey community,

Design things are moving along at a rapid pace, and that’s been the meat and potatoes of our recent updates. But since Tom’s Hardware got the scoop and published some new details, I figure there’s no point in holding back this feature update for less eventful times. Enjoy!

Specs & features, updated for early October

(recently confirmed or changed items have been underlined)

Project Spectrum
Panel
Size 27 inches
Resolution 2560x1440 Quad-HD
Pixel-perfect integer-ratio upscaling by pixel duplication for low-resolution input signals
Panel type IPS
Brightness 400 cd/m²
HDR HDR10 Media Profile
VESA DisplayHDR400 certified
Color depth 1.07 Billion colors (8-bit + A-FRC)
Refresh rate Up to 144 Hz native
Up to 165 Hz through overclock
Color gamut DCI-P3 98%
Emulated sRGB mode mapped to DCI-P3
for optimal color accuracy of sRGB content
Response time 1 ms
Ports
(1x) HDMI HDMI 2.0a
(2x) DisplayPort DisplayPort 1.4
Dual inputs or daisy-chain pass-through
(2x) USB Type-C USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gbps)
DisplayPort Alternate Mode (DisplayPort 1.4)

HDMI Alternate Mode (HDMI 1.4b)
Dual inputs or daisy-chain pass-through
1x USB PowerDelivery up to 20V/5A (100 W)
1x power output up to 5V/3A (15W)
(2x) USB Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gbps)
power output up to 5V/2A (10W)
Hub data connection to computer through dedicated
USB Type-B port and/or one of the Type-C ports
(1x) 3.5mm minijack audio-out from video source input
Other Features
Adaptive sync FreeSync 2 certified
G-SYNC Compatible certified
48Hz through 165Hz
Variable overdrive Yes
Backlight strobing Yes
Dual active inputs Picture-in-picture mode
Split-screen mode
Speakers No
Pen-enabled No
Touch-enabled No
Wall-mount compatible VESA Mounting Interface Standard
Power supply External power adapter
Stand
Sold separately Why pay for a stand you won’t need if you use a VESA mount?
Adjustments Height
Vertical tilt

Reconsidered feature

We’ve reconsidered the backlight module. The one we were looking at previously offered 8-zone local dimming. This may provide a slightly better contrast in some images, but will mostly result in light banding on dark screens with one bright element.

Previously we figured that the feature might be disabled, letting the 8 zones work together as a single global backlight. This way users could choose for themselves whether or not they want to use it.

However, our manufacturer has warned us that due to manufacturing tolerances the exact brightness of each backlight zone may not be identical, leading to an uneven brightness across the screen even when local dimming is turned off.

All said, we figure it’s better to provide a great global dimming experience to many users, than provide a mediocre local dimming experience to some.

Feature requests

(recently confirmed or changed items have been underlined)

feature support notes
Hardware
HDMI 2.1 support No No scalars with support available yet. We’re ‘limited’ to HDMI 2.0a, but that is more than sufficient to drive this display and all its supported features.
DisplayPort 2.0 support No We’re ‘limited’ to DisplayPort 1.4, but that is more than sufficient to drive this display and all its supported features.
Second USB Type-C port Yes Second USB-C port will still not support 100W USB-PD, but will support USB3.1 protocol after all in addition to video signals.
Local dimming No* Global dimming is supported (and can also be turned off if the user wants), at this time we can’t offer quality local dimming.
Edge-to-edge cover glass TBD Still being checked with manufacturer
Firmware
Adaptive sync Yes* Contrary to earlier info that both FreeSync 2 and G-SYNC Compatible functions would kick in at 10Hz, our manufacturer now informed us that the adaptive sync range for both is instead 48Hz through 165Hz. This was a misunderstanding on our side, and is caused by limitations of the display panel.
Open-source firmware Yes* Still checking with manufacturer about the exact options available
Pixel-perfect integer-ratio upscaling by pixel duplication Yes This will be the default upscaling method for input signals below native resolution. Still checking with manufacturer into turning it off as an option for those who want ‘traditional’ upscaling
Backlight strobing that works in combination with variable overdrive Yes
Backlight strobing that works in combination with variable refresh rate Yes We will have similar implementation to ASUS ELMB technology
Multiple variable overdrive profiles Yes
Support for storing a 3D LUT calibration profile in firmware Yes* It is possible, but requires flashing the firmware with the updated profile. Like other firmware features, exact details are still being checked with manufacturer.
Picture-in-picture or split-screen support for dual active inputs Yes Both picture-in-picture mode and split-screen mode will be supported. We may be able to get four-quadrant split screen for 4 simultaneous inputs.
Other
Ask assistance from respected specialists like TFTcentral for default tuning Yes* Dependent on them being on board, of course. We have been in contact with journalists and influencers specialized in monitor performance and some have expressed interest in working with us to make sure Spectrum looks its best.
Stand rotation adjustment TBD* Initial polls didn’t show as much demand for this feature, but based on recent feedback we are looking into what we can do to bring portrait rotation to our stand.

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Based on my previous poor experience with V, I’m doubtful on the manufacturing process of spectrum as well.

You supplier informed u recently on the refreshing rate and dimming limitation? Don’t they know their capability at the beginning?

Scene1: yes, they told me just now. Ok, good luck
Scene 2: no, I hold the info in order to bloat features to attract more potential customers and prevent them from purchasing competitors. Ok, shame on u

I expect more amendments/ poor performances on features. Hope Eve can prove me wrong and be smooth process from manufacturing to shipping out (again, I’m not optimistic)

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@Ho_Yi_Lee as for the dimming we have seen real life demo and while 8 zone dimming is possible it is not practical at all as the end result is that big parts of backlight go on and off quite frequently because of content displayed in them. After reviewing only full array backlight dimming with at least 250 zones makes sense form the end user perspective

As for the range of adaptive synch it was a misunderstanding from our side as scalar can start at 10Hz but panels minimum is 48hz.

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  1. The increase in the minimum variable refresh rate from 10hz to 48hz is a bit disappointing, but probably more in line with the technology currently available in the market (outside of nvidia’s custom gsync module). LFC should make up for this in the event the refresh rate drops below 48hz.
    Could you confirm that the monitor supports LFC?
  2. Re: local dimming, the criteria for the ability to turn off local dimming (to be determined…) is probably redundant since there will be none.
  3. When the details re: strobing working in conjunction with variable refresh rate is clarified, could you also clarify whether strobing will work in conjunction with both variable overdrive and variable refresh rate simultaneously?
    Ideally, all three of these features should be able to be turned on or off, and work, independently of each other according to user preference.
  4. Also, I had a question before about the possibility of a dead pixel guarantee service. Any more details on the intent here?
    Thanks
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  1. What made us state the wrong number previously us that the scalar(module) itself supports frequency of 10Hz+ but panel itself can support 48Hz+. You are totally right and FLC is supported

  2. Removed it :slight_smile:

  3. We will implement similar technology to ELMB from ASUS to handle strobing in combination with overdrive and adaptive synch. In this case especially having a bit brighter panel helps!

  4. For sure an interesting option and we will investigate it a bit closer to production date!

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It’s good to keep track of features we’re not implementing as well as the ones that we are. If anything, it may keep people a week from now posting “Can it have HDMI2.1, DisplayPort2.0 and local dimming?”

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Thanks for the update!

The article mentions production is poised for Q1 2020, and later adds that production and shipping are scheduled to start Q2 2020. Can you please clarify which is correct?

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I’d love to know too, I really need a new monitor! :slight_smile:

I was aware of the changes in specs, but all the dates in the article were new to me. Maybe someone from HQ will know?

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Absolutely wonderful. That’s such a strong selling point!

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Do we know in what price range this monitor will fall
the asus one with the ELMB+sync is at 500€ here so if your monitor cost like 600€ i will have a more hard time justifying the price to my wallet

For the zonal dimming ability, there are already numbers of products with this feature, that as a consumer and a company owner, SHOULD HAVE KNOWN the benefits and weaknesses. And u just claimed, “oh i saw it from supplier. It’s not good”.

It’s been BAD since the beginning. I’m frustrated by Eve decision making. “No, the feature was chosen by forum users, that’s why we try to impliment as hard as we could”. Again, you already know the market capability on the feature. Give rationale on why not to use it.

When a product cycle begins with ‘we’ll let people pick from a list what kind of products we’ll create’, you can’t be experts in every field. That’s why we have polls and questionnaires.

The manufacturer offered a feature. Honestly, that means that if it were up to the manufacturer we’d have 8-zone local dimming. Because someone went through the effort of designing, engineering and manufacturing the feature. I’d say that requires some level of expertise in the field – and yet whoever they were, they thought it was a good idea.

To me personally this feature didn’t seem appealing at all, but as long as it doesn’t hurt people who don’t use it, it’s not bothering anyone. And we got similar feedback from the community: ‘hey, as long as we can turn it off I don’t mind it’s there’.

When it turned out that turning it off isn’t really an option, well, now it does hurt people who don’t use the feature. And so we’ve decided to scrap it.

No, Eve is not an experienced monitor company. The team has to learn new things every day, and that’s okay because Eve is a crowd-development company and we’re not alone in this. I have faith that Spectrum will turn out great, because when manufacturers suggest stupid features the community is there to point at them and say ‘hey, that’s a stupid feature.’

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Thanks for the update! There are many things I love here, and none that I will miss so far.

  1. Increased brightness is great.
  2. 2x USB type C is also great.
  3. Removing local dimming makes a lot of sense if it can’t guarantee a uniform brightness across the screen when disabled and can’t provide an outstanding experience when enabled.
  4. Split screen (even four quadrant!) sounds awesome!
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All said, we figure it’s better to provide a great global dimming experience to many users, than provide a mediocre local dimming experience to some.

Meh, like you wrote, local dimming with 8 zones was always more of a technical curiosity than anything great by default. Good global one > poor local one, so that’s not a terrible change.

We have been in contact with journalists and influencers specialized in monitor performance and some have expressed interest in working with us to make sure Spectrum looks its best.

That’s amazing to hear : ) Good for you!

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Wasn’t final design said to be the 18th in Toms scoop?

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Actually not sure where that came from :slight_smile: we are making some refinements still as it’s a bit of a back and forth with engineers to make mechanical design work :slight_smile:

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Check the view sonic nano IPS gaming monitor features

I would like to know the scheduled/ planned warranty of the monitor. Like I said, quite a number of LG panels had problem of red corners after 1 year of use. I don’t want to invest into uncertainty of deteriorating after 1/2 years without warranty guarantee.

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I found a photo of my preferred screen coating (glossy af) https://flic.kr/p/FrnDPS

Has screen coating been confirmed yet?

Feature update mid November :thinking:

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