Spectrum has launched, and so far it has been a great success thanks to your input and support! It’s been a while since we had a spec update post, and with two completely new models of Spectrum in development it’s time to lay out their provisional spec sheets. Also, with the tremendous amount of questions we have received of late, it’s time to update our Q&A with some new answers!
The biggest and most obvious change is of course that we are now offering three models instead of one. It took us longer than intended to finalize the design, but that turned out to be a lucky thing. LG called us and suggested that because of when Spectrum is slated to ship, we could be the first to market with these two brand-new panels.
Since the internal dimensions are near-identical we can leverage the tooling we have developed so far, meaning we can offer more choice to our end users without any hindrance to our project time line. You can read more about the launch, new panels, and the design challenges we’ve had to overcome, in our previous announcement.
For everyone who’s kept up with the project so far, the base model is still as discussed before. The goals haven’t changed, we now simply have the option to offer more to those who want it in the form of two additional models: a faster monitor offering up to 240Hz refresh rate, and a higher-resolution monitor with an Ultra-HD ‘4K’ panel.
It is very important to keep in mind that because these two new panel options were only recently made available to us, we are still working out what changes to the electronics are required to support them. Expect things such as the ports on these two models to change – For example, there will still be two DisplayPorts, but if DP 1.4 is not sufficient to drive the panels these two panels may use DP 2.0 instead. This seems to be the most common question we’ve received so far, and we will update you all as soon as we know something more concrete. Until then, please rest assured that if upgrades to the supporting electronics are required to get the most our of these awesome panels, we’ll take care of it. We do not intend to ship crippled displays.
Specs & features, updated for early February
(As always, recently confirmed or changed items have been underlined.)
|native resolution||2560 x 1440
|2560 x 1440
|3840 x 2160
|HDR||HDR10 Media Profile
VESA DisplayHDR400 certified
|HDR10 Media Profile
VESA DisplayHDR600 certified
|HDR10 Media Profile
VESA DisplayHDR600 certified
|frequency range||48Hz – 144Hz native
48Hz – 165Hz overclocked
|48Hz – 240Hz||48Hz – 144Hz|
|adaptive sync||G-SYNC Compatible certified
(48Hz – 165Hz)
FreeSync Premium Pro certified
(48Hz – 165Hz)
|G-SYNC Compatible certified
FreeSync Premium Pro certified
|G-SYNC Compatible certified
FreeSync Premium Pro certified
|panel technology||nano-IPS a-Si TFT LCD||nano-IPS Oxide TFT LCD||nano-IPS Oxide TFT LCD|
|display area||597.7mm x 335.7mm|
|aspect ratio||16 : 9|
|contrast ratio||1000 : 1 – 1300 : 1 typical|
|viewing angles||178° horizontal
|displayable colors||1.07 billion|
|color gamut||98% DCI-P3
|color depth||10-bit (8-bit + A-FRC)|
|surface treatment||Low-haze, 20% anti-glare|
|response time||1ms (GTG)|
|local backlight dimming||No|
|(1x) HDMI*||HDMI 2.0a video input|
|(2x) DisplayPort*||DisplayPort 1.4 video input
DisplayPort 1.4 video output for daisy-chaining
|(1x) USB Type-C||DisplayPort (1.4) Alternate Mode video input
DisplayPort (1.4) Alternate Mode video output for daisy-chaining
USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gbps) downstream
USB 3.1 upstream connection to computer
power output up to 20V / 5A (100W, USB PowerDelivery)
|(1x) USB Type-C||USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gbps) downstream
power output up to 5V / 3A (15W)
|(3x) USB Type-A||USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gbps) downstream
power output up to 5V / 2A (10W)
|(1x) 3.5mm minijack||headphone / speaker output from video input source|
|(1x) USB Type-B||USB 3.1 upstream connection to computer|
|HDCP||Yes (HDCP 2.2)|
|pixel-perfect upscaling||Integer-ratio upscaling by pixel duplication for low-resolution input signals|
|emulated sRGB mode||Mapped to DCI-P3 for optimal color accuracy of sRGB content|
|simultaneous active inputs||Picture-in-picture (PiP) mode
|VESA mount compatible||Yes (VESA Mounting Interface Standard 100mm x 100mm)|
|variable overdrive||Yes (multiple profiles)|
|Kensington lock compatible||No|
|controls||1x Power button
1x Pre-set button (default function: switch between active inputs)
1x 4-Way joystick (OSD menu controls)
Controls are centered on the bottom edge and back of monitor
|status lights||1x Power indicator light (solid white when on, pulsing white when stand-by) ¹|
|OSD adjustments ²||Global dimming (on / off)
Select USB hub source (USB-B / USB-C)
|Eve Spectrum Stand|
|vertical tilt ³||Yes (8° down, 24° up)|
|horizontal swivel ³||No|
|pivot ³||Yes (90° landscape to portrait rotation)|
|height adjust ³||Yes (130mm)|
|stand removable ³||Yes (with quick-release button)|
|Size and Weight|
|dimensions (W x H x D)||615.2mm x 363.3mm x 40.4mm without stand|
|Electrical and Operating Requirements|
|power supply||External power adapter|
Product is still in development, specifications may be subject to change.
¹ RGB option still being explored
² Other OSD features still to be announced
³ Stand sold separately
* The QHD240 and UHD144 panels have only recently become available, and the electronics and port selection will be updated for these models as required to utilize the panels properly.
We received many questions after our recent update, and more questions have come in through our support department. We also have updated answers for some of the questions from our previous Q&A session. So if you’ve got a question about Spectrum, we might just have your answer here!
Most popular questions
I prefer spec X over spec Y, can we still change that?
At this time, many physical properties such as the panel, size, design, port selection and control placement are already locked down. This means that some specifications can no longer be changed. We’re not at the finish line yet though, and we are still looking to decide some of the specifications and features.
Refer to this topic for specs that have been locked down and specs still up for discussion.
It could be that this is not the monitor you’re looking for. Maybe you would have preferred a bigger one, or a smaller one, or one with a different panel type or port selection. That’s okay! Spectrum is the first monitor Eve developed, but there may be many more in the future. Just stay tuned, and let your voice be heard when next we start a monitor project!
Will these ports suffice?
We get many questions about HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 2.0. In the past, the answer has been simple: No, but that’s not a real limitation. With the arrival of the two new panel options (240Hz Quad-HD and 144Hz Ultra-HD), the situation changes, at least for these new models.
The base model (144Hz Quad-HD) will ship with HDMI 2.0a and DisplayPort 1.4. Because the panel doesn’t require any signal beyond what these connections can provide, those are more than sufficient to drive this display and all its supported features. No current or future functionality will be lost because of this.
The other two models may require the newer port versions simply to function as they should, in which case they will be equipped with it. If the ports as they stand can’t properly drive the new panels, then those models will have their ports upgraded, and we will update the specifications accordingly.
Does VESA DisplayHDR400/DisplayHDR600 certification add to the cost or not? What does it really mean?
The key requirements for these certifications are high enough brightness and covering 95% of the DCI-P3 color space. It’s not the same HDR experience that some TVs offer today with 1000 nits brightness, and it doesn’t offer OLED’s contrast ratio. But in return for a relatively small one-time certification fee, customers can be assured that our monitor offers at least this level of image quality.
Does Spectrum support Dolby Vision?
Spectrum does not have the 12-bit color depth that is a main requirement for Dolby Vision. It does however support HDR10, which is based on a 10-bit signal.
Do contrast ratios on the new oxide panels differ from the base model?
Based on our tests so far, the contrast ratios do not differ between panels.
Will Spectrum be factory calibrated for color accuracy?
We are still looking into factory calibration. More information will be made available as development continues.
Is a Delta E calibration of <1 possible off the assembly line?
Yes, but we are evaluating the additional cost and the time it will take. Currently, most monitors are calibrated for white point only.
Will Spectrum be able to store a 3D lookup table (3D LUT) calibration profile?
It is possible, but requires flashing the firmware with the updated profile. Like other firmware features, exact details are still being determined.
Will Spectrum use chroma subsampling?
Spectrum will take a chroma 4:4:4 signal, as all PC monitors should. That said, much modern content (not only streaming services but even Blu-ray discs) makes use of 4:2:0 subsampling. If that is the video source, then of course we can’t magically make the missing pixel data reappear. Luckily, the difference is negligible when dealing with high-resolution video content.
Will Spectrum feature edge-to-edge cover glass?
Though we really wanted to offer edge-to-edge cover glass, we were not able to get the display panel coating required to enable this option. As such, we’ll have a non-glossy panel with a low-haze anti-glare coating.
Don’t IPS panels typically max out at 4 ms response time?
1ms is a response time that was previously unthinkable in an IPS panel, and that is part of what makes these panels so awesome. LG’s own 27GL850 is already on the market, if you want to look into what tests and reviews have been done of their 1ms IPS panels.
Will Spectrum support adaptive sync?
Spectrum will be G-SYNC Compatible certified. This allows nVIDIA 10-series graphics cards and newer to make use of its variable refresh rate features, without the monitor requiring a specific nVIDIA G-SYNC module that would drive up the cost.
Spectrum will also be FreeSync Premium Pro certified. This standard was formerly known as ‘FreeSync 2’.
Will there be a G-SYNC or G-SYNC Ultimate version of Spectrum?
No. G-SYNC modules add a lot of additional cost, and our current solution offers a variable refresh rate experience to anyone, whether they have an AMD graphics card or a recent nVIDIA card.
What is Spectrum’s frequency range for adaptive sync?
Both FreeSync and G-SYNC will kick in over 48Hz, which is in line with other monitors currently on the market. This means that the frequency range will be 48Hz through each monitor’s maximum refresh rate.
Can Spectrum be used to display content at lower frame rates?
Limitations of the technology used make 48Hz the minimum. However, Spectrum supports low framerate compensation (LFC), and can emulate lower refresh rates. For example, to display 30 frames per second, it will run at 60Hz and refresh twice per frame.
Spectrum is not showing up on the website of Certification Company X. Is it really certified?
Since the monitor isn’t out yet, it won’t show up on anyone’s list of certified devices. By the time it ships it will have been tested and certified as described (though it can take time for these lists to be updated).
Is the 240Hz Spectrum flicker free?
The electronics to drive the panel are still being designed, we will share new information as development and testing continues.
Is the base model of Spectrum using the same panel as the LG 27GL850?
Yes, our monitor is using same panel as the recently announced LG 27GL850 monitor and will enjoy the same super fast response time of 1 ms. The only differences in the panel itself is that we are using a brighter backlight module and a different polarizer, resulting in a brighter image with higher contrast.
What is the difference betweeen a-Si and Oxide IPS panels?
a-Si and Oxide refer to the material that makes up one of the layers of the IPS panel. a-Si stands for ‘amorphous silicon’, and has been the most common IPS technology in recent years. The Oxide panels use a new material that allows for improved performance.
How many backlight zones does Spectrum have?
One. Full-array local dimming (FALD) was considered, but the only implementation we could achieve would have been a paltry eight zones. That’s not a great experience, and turning it off would make for an uneven global backlight. We opted for a great global dimming experience instead of a bad local dimming one.
Will Spectrum be affected by IPS glow and backlight bleed?
We’ve gone into detail on the causes of IPS bleed back in June. What it comes down to, is that nobody wants bleed, but a choice will always need to be made in quality control about what is acceptable, to keep the costs in check. More information on this will likely follow as production nears. That said, it’s not magic. It’s an IPS panel, so expect it to behave like an IPS panel.
Will there be a pen- or touch-enabled version of Spectrum?
We would love to, but after investigating it we realized it would increase the cost substantially. So we will keep it in mind as a possible future product. Anything is possible!
Does Spectrum have a fan?
We know that some high-end monitors require active cooling. There are no fans in Spectrum. Even so, there seem to be a lot of fans of Spectrum!
Does Spectrum have a KVM feature?
To drive the built-in USB ports, users can choose either the USB-B or a USB-C port for the upstream connection to the computer, and choose which of the two is active from the OSD menu. We didn’t plan on it, but with this option to choose we’ve effectively built a KVM feature into the monitor.
How are the downstream USB-ports prioritized?
We intend to have Spectrum switch inputs automatically based on which input is active, as the default behavior. We will work out the details with our community as development continues.
Can I drive all the features of Spectrum with a single cable?
With a single cable, Spectrum can power your device (if it supports USB-PD power input), get a video signal from your device (if it supports DisplayPort Alternative Mode or Thunderbolt 3 Alternative Mode), and enable the use of the other USB ports on the monitor for your device (if it supports regular USB data). If your device supports all these standards (examples of such devices are the Eve V and MacBook Pro), then you do not need additional cables between your monitor and computer.
Are there any negative side-effects to daisy-chaining monitors?
For the base model of Spectrum, daisy-chaining a second monitor through the first will limit the refresh rate for both at 60Hz. Daisy-chaining the two higher-specced models may incur limitations to, for example, resolution or refresh rate.
Does Spectrum have a Thunderbolt 3 port?
Spectrum does not have a Thunderbolt 3 port. It serves no purpose for the display itself, at best it would allow for more extensive docking options for peripherals. Sticking to the USB, DisplayPort and HDMI standards allows Spectrum to work with as broad a range as devices as possible.
Will Spectrum work on my Thunderbolt 3 device?
Because the Thunderbolt 3 Alternative Mode spec encompasses DisplayPort 1.2, you should be able to use Spectrum on your Thunderbolt-enabled USB Type-C port, though you may incur limitations to for example resolution or refresh rate. If your Thunderbolt 3 port also specifically supports the DisplayPort Alternative Mode, then at least for the base model of Spectrum there should be no penalties.
Will Spectrum support display stream compression (DSC)?
At this time no implementation of Display Stream Compression is planned, but we’ll look into what is possible. We will work with our manufacturer to ensure that we get the most out of these screens.
Will the monitor support pixel-perfect integer-ratio upscaling?
Yes. This will be the default behavior for input signals below native resolution, but it can also be turned off in the OSD. This will be a popular feature with retro gamers, keeping their pixel art from being blurred!
How will spectrum handle input signals at higher resolutions than native?
We’ve talked in the past about how to handle input resolutions lower than native, but we’ve not yet discussed input resolutions higher. We don’t expect problems here, but we will look into it and keep you informed.
Will Spectrum support variable overdrive?
Yes, with different overdrive profiles. No defaults have been decided yet, so please specify what kind of profiles you are interested in. We want the control over overdrive to be as granular as possible, so you can tweak it to your heart’s content.
Can Spectrum simultaneously use backlight strobing and variable refresh rates?
We intend to offer backlight strobing at variable refresh rates with a consistent overall brightness, similar to Asus’ ELMB technology. Now that we’re on to the electrical engineering stage, we should be able to start testing more and more of these features to ensure they meet our standards.
Will Spectrum’s firmware be open-source?
This is a planned feature, but the exact details are still being worked out. We’re very interested in your input about what features you would like to see!
Will there be a version of Spectrum with built-in speakers?
Not this time around. When we discussed speakers before, there were a few people who really wanted them to keep a clean desk. Most however, seemed to agree that the sound quality of built-in monitor speakers generally leaves much to be desired, and preferred using higher quality external speakers or headphones.
I already have a monitor arm, will that work?
We are selling the monitor and its stand separately. That way, people who want to use a VESA monitor arm to mount their monitor don’t have to pay for a part they don’t need. Mounting follows the VESA Mounting Interface Standard 100mm x 100mm.
What features will the OSD have?
OSD features will be discussed with our community, of course. We’ve already received many suggestions, including frame rate counters, crosshairs, in-depth color- or performance-tweaking options. But we haven’t covered development of the OSD in our community yet, so keep an eye out. You’ll be able to provide plenty of feedback when we come around to that part of the development!
Size and Weight
How much does Spectrum weigh?
We understand that this is an important specification for people who want to use a third-party monitor stand or arm to hold up their screen. As we are still working on the final tooling of Spectrum it’s still too early to provide an exact weight, but expect it to in line with other 27 inch monitors.
Electrical and Operating Requirements
How is Spectrum powered?
Spectrum has an external power adapter, that connects to the monitor using its own plug so it does not take up any of the monitor’s ports. We are looking for an adapter that is suitable for use around the world, accepting input ranging from 100-230V, with the wall plug on a replaceable cable using a C5, C7 or C13 plug or other such industry standard.
Warranty and Service
What is Spectrum’s warranty like?
The current warranty policy for Eve products can be found on our website. But as we near the shipping date we will add more Spectrum-specific terms, including things like the pixel defect policy. Expect our warranty to be in line with other monitor vendors.
Can I pay extra for a perfect pixel guarantee?
We do not exclude the possibility, but have no concrete plans right now. We strive to provide pixel-perfect panels to all our customers.
How thick will Spectrum’s bezels be?
From the edge of the display area to the edge of the housing, the bezels will approximately be 6mm left and right, 8mm on the top and 20mm at the bottom.
Why does Spectrum have a bigger bottom bezel?
We would love to see completely bezel-less monitors, as the trend has been with for instance smartphones. However, the market for desktop panels has not caught up to this yet, and at this time there are some electronic parts of the display panel that aren’t completely behind the panel itself. The bottom bezel is there to hide them from view.
Will Spectrum or its stand be available in different colors?
At this time, just the color scheme as shown. That said, we are open to suggestions for the future.
Will Eve call on external monitor experts like TFTcentral or RTINGS for tuning advice?
Totally – 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. We will ask them to test prototypes and ask for feedback about tuning and changes. This will not just happen after release, but during the development process already.
Will Spectrum be sent to reviewers?
We can tell you it’s awesome, but we’re biased. And specs rarely paint a complete picture. So as we have done in the past, we will definitely make sure our monitor ends up in the hands of many of your favorite testers and reviewers. As we can’t do this until we actually have monitors, expect this to be closer to the shipping date.
Logistics and Timelines
Where will I be able to buy Spectrum?
The main point of sales for will be our own web store. That said, we will also look into sales partners such as Amazon as we have done for the V, and are reaching out to physical retailers around the world to carry our products. (It is already available for pre-order today at major Finnish tech retailer Verkokauppa!) This will give customers a physical point of contact and enables things like seeing the product before you buy it.
What is Spectrum’s price?
We have decided on a pricing model where the price increases dynamically based on sales. This has a number of benefits: we keep manufacturers and investors happy with high initial volumes, give our team peace of mind about the demand for our product, provide additional revenue later on to cover marketing, distribution and support, and reward our community of crowd-developers and early adopters with the best possible pricing. You were here first, and you deserve the best deal!
We don’t want to be perceived as a discount house making ‘cheaper products’. In fact, we feel our crowd-developed products are better than our competitors, using premium materials and packing all the extra features you want that improve the user experience. We always look to offer the best experience and the best value, not necessarily the lowest price. But if you also like low prices, you don’t have to wait for a sale to get a good deal: the best time to reserve your own Spectrum is always now!
Can I pay using anything other than a credit card?
We’ve heard your requests to be able to pay through PayPal, debit card, Klarna or others. We would like to offer as wide a variety of payment options as possible, but at this time we are limited to credit card payments only. We hope to offer more payment options in the future.
Will there be a crowdfunding campaign for Spectrum?
We haven’t decided yet. A crowdfunding campaign can offer great visibility for Spectrum, which helps us reach new customers and take care of existing ones. What do you think, would you like us to?
What has been done to ensure setbacks from previous projects won’t affect Spectrum?
We’ve changed our business model and the way sales are handled, to avoid a number of issues that have plagued us in the past. More details about what changed can be found in this topic.
How much will it cost to ship Spectrum?
Shipping fees will differ based on country, duties, taxes, and other factors. At this time, we estimate the price of shipping to the continental US at $ 15, and shipping to countries within the European Union at € 20. More details will be released as we have them.
From where does Spectrum ship?
Shipping will be done regionally to most countries. For example, if you ordered from the EU your package will come from a regional warehouse in Germany or the UK and therefore duties and taxes will already be included in the product price. The same goes for the US and other major regions.
Will there be import taxes or similar fees?
Import taxes vary and depend on the region you are importing to. You may want to contact your local customs office to get more information on taxes and import fees as they apply to you. Alternatively, you may be able to pick Spectrum up in a physical store near you: let us know where you want us to offer our products in this topic!
When will Spectrum ship?
At this time, the base model is slated to ship in Q3 2020, and the two higher end models in Q4 2020. It is already possible to reserve the monitor on our order page!