Spectrum specs and Q&A - May update

It’s been a while since our last Q&A on Spectrum. Since then, we’ve unveiled a new design for two of the models and started the electronic engineering phase of the project. Because of this, more and more specifications and features are being locked down. Of course you’ve also sent us plenty of questions about Spectrum since then, in the community, through support, and on social media. It’s time to update our Q&A with some new answers!


Spectrum’s measurements were an example of specifications that were still missing.
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! As is custom on the internet, here’s a banana for scale.

Specs & features, updated for late May

Spectrum Model 1 Model 2 Model 3
Size
monitor size 27" diagonal 27" diagonal 27" diagonal
display area 597.7mm x 335.7mm 597.7mm x 335.7mm 597.7mm x 335.7mm
aspect ratio 16 : 9 16 : 9 16 : 9
Image quality
native resolution 2560 x 1440
Quad-HD
2560 x 1440
Quad-HD
3840 x 2160
Ultra-HD ‘4K’
pixel pitch 0.2334mm 0.2334mm 0.1156mm
pixel density 109ppi 109ppi 163ppi
brightness 400cd/m² typical
450cd/m² peak
450cd/m² typical
750cd/m² peak
450cd/m² typical
750cd/m² peak
HDR HDR10 Media Profile
VESA DisplayHDR400 certified
HDR10 Media Profile
VESA DisplayHDR600 certified
HDR10 Media Profile
VESA DisplayHDR600 certified
displayable colors 1.07 billion 1.07 billion 1.07 billion
color gamut 98% DCI-P3
100% sRGB
98% DCI-P3
100% sRGB
98% DCI-P3
100% sRGB
color depth 10-bit (8-bit + A-FRC) 10-bit (8-bit + A-FRC) 10-bit (8-bit + A-FRC)
contrast ratio 1000 : 1 typical 1000 : 1 typical 1000 : 1 typical
viewing angles 178° horizontal
178° vertical
178° horizontal
178° vertical
178° horizontal
178° vertical
surface treatment Low-haze, 20% anti-glare Low-haze, 20% anti-glare Low-haze, 20% anti-glare
Speed
response time 1ms 1ms 1ms
frequency range 48Hz – 144Hz 48Hz – 240Hz 48Hz – 144Hz
adaptive sync G-SYNC Compatible certified
FreeSync Premium Pro certified
G-SYNC Compatible certified
FreeSync Premium Pro certified
G-SYNC Compatible certified
FreeSync Premium Pro certified
Technology
panel technology Nano IPS a-Si TFT LCD Nano IPS Oxide TFT LCD Nano IPS Oxide TFT LCD
backlight technology Bottom edge-lit KSF LED Bottom edge-lit KSF LED Bottom edge-lit KSF LED
backlight dimming Yes (global dimming or 8-zone local) Yes (global dimming or 16-zone local) Yes (global dimming or 16-zone local)
curved panel No No No
touch-enabled No No No
pen-enabled No No No
Ports
HDMI 1x
HDMI 2.0a video input
2x
HDMI 2.1 video input
2x
HDMI 2.1 video input
DisplayPort 2x
DisplayPort 1.4 video input
DisplayPort 1.4 video output for daisy-chaining
1x
DisplayPort 1.4 video input
1x
DisplayPort 1.4 video input
USB Type-C 1x
DisplayPort (1.4) Alternate Mode video input
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
DisplayPort (1.4) Alternate Mode video input
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
DisplayPort (1.4) Alternate Mode video input
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)
USB Type-C 1x
USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gbps) downstream
power output up to 5V / 3A (15W)
1x
USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gbps) downstream
power output up to 5V / 3A (15W)
1x
USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gbps) downstream
power output up to 5V / 3A (15W)
USB Type-A 3x
USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gbps) downstream
power output up to 5V / 2A (10W)
3x
USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gbps) downstream
power output up to 5V / 2A (10W)
3x
USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gbps) downstream
power output up to 5V / 2A (10W)
3.5mm minijack 1x
headphone / speaker output from video input source
1x
headphone / speaker output from video input source
1x
headphone / speaker output from video input source
USB Type-B 1x
USB 3.1 upstream connection to computer
1x
USB 3.1 upstream connection to computer
1x
USB 3.1 upstream connection to computer
HDCP Yes (HDCP 2.2) Yes (HDCP 2.2) Yes (HDCP 2.2)
Features
simultaneous active inputs Picture-in-picture (PiP) mode
Split-screen mode
Picture-in-picture (PiP) mode
Split-screen mode
Quad split-screen mode
Picture-in-picture (PiP) mode
Split-screen mode
Quad split-screen mode
VESA mount compatible Yes (VESA Mounting Interface Standard 100mm x 100mm) Yes (VESA Mounting Interface Standard 100mm x 100mm) Yes (VESA Mounting Interface Standard 100mm x 100mm)
variable overdrive Yes Yes Yes
backlight strobing Yes Yes Yes
Kensington lock compatible No No No
built-in speakers No No No
Adjustment
controls 1x Power button
1x 4-Way joystick (OSD menu controls)
Controls are centered on the bottom edge and back of monitor
1x Power button
1x 4-Way joystick (OSD menu controls)
Controls are centered on the bottom edge and back of monitor
1x Power button
1x 4-Way joystick (OSD menu controls)
Controls are centered on the bottom edge and back of monitor
status lights 1x User-adjustable power indicator light
(default behavior: solid white when on, pulsing white when stand-by)
1x User-adjustable power indicator light
(default behavior: solid white when on, pulsing white when stand-by)
1x User-adjustable power indicator light
(default behavior: solid white when on, pulsing white when stand-by)
OSD adjustments ¹ Select video input source (DisplayPort 1 / DisplayPort 2 / USB-C / HDMI / auto switch input), Select USB hub source (USB-B / USB-C), 3.5mm output volume (increase / decrease), Presets (load default / load user presets / save user presets), Brightness (increase / decrease), Color space (DCI-P3 / emulated sRGB), Contrast (increase / decrease), Color temperature (cool / normal / warm / user defined), Gamma (increase / decrease), Max refresh rate (144Hz / 165Hz), Variable refresh rate (on / off), Overdrive (off / normal / high / user defined), Backlight strobing (off / short / medium / long / user defined), Backlight dimming (local / global / off), Aspect control (pixel-perfect / interpolated / 1 : 1) Select video input source (DisplayPort / USB-C / HDMI 1 / HDMI 2 / auto switch input), Select USB hub source (USB-B / USB-C), 3.5mm output volume (increase / decrease), Presets (load default / load user presets / save user presets), Brightness (increase / decrease), Color space (DCI-P3 / emulated sRGB), Contrast (increase / decrease), Color temperature (cool / normal / warm / user defined), Gamma (increase / decrease), Max refresh rate (200Hz / 240Hz), Variable refresh rate (on / off), Overdrive (off / normal / high / user defined), Backlight strobing (off / short / medium / long / user defined), Backlight dimming (local / global / off), Aspect control (pixel-perfect / interpolated / 1 : 1) Select video input source (DisplayPort / USB-C / HDMI 1 / HDMI 2 / auto switch input), Select USB hub source (USB-B / USB-C), 3.5mm output volume (increase / decrease), Presets (load default / load user presets / save user presets), Brightness (increase / decrease), Color space (DCI-P3 / emulated sRGB), Contrast (increase / decrease), Color temperature (cool / normal / warm / user defined), Gamma (increase / decrease), Max refresh rate (120Hz / 144Hz), Variable refresh rate (on / off), Overdrive (off / normal / high / user defined), Backlight strobing (off / short / medium / long / user defined), Backlight dimming (local / global / off), Aspect control (pixel-perfect / interpolated / 1 : 1)
Eve Spectrum Stand
vertical tilt ² Yes (8° down, 24° up) Yes (8° down, 24° up) Yes (8° down, 24° up)
horizontal swivel ² No No No
pivot ² Yes (90° landscape to portrait rotation) Yes (90° landscape to portrait rotation) Yes (90° landscape to portrait rotation)
height adjust ² Yes (130mm) Yes (130mm) Yes (130mm)
stand removable ² Yes (with quick-release button) Yes (with quick-release button) Yes (with quick-release button)
Size and Weight
dimensions (W x H x D) ³ 615mm x 363mm x 44mm without stand 607mm x 351mm x 44mm without stand
607mm x 576mm x 227mm with stand (landscape, highest)
607mm x 446mm x 227mm with stand (landscape, lowest)
351mm x 714mm x 227mm with stand (portrait, highest)
351mm x 618mm x 227mm with stand (portrait, lowest)
607mm x 351mm x 44mm without stand
607mm x 576mm x 227mm with stand (landscape, highest)
607mm x 446mm x 227mm with stand (landscape, lowest)
351mm x 714mm x 227mm with stand (portrait, highest)
351mm x 618mm x 227mm with stand (portrait, lowest)
Electrical and Operating Requirements
power supply External power adapter External power adapter External power adapter
power input 110V - 240V, 50Hz - 60Hz 110V - 240V, 50Hz - 60Hz 110V - 240V, 50Hz - 60Hz

Product is still in development, specifications may be subject to change. | ¹ Other OSD features still to be announced | ² Stand sold separately | ³ Measurements based on design files

Changes to the 240Hz and 4K models

For ease of reference, we’ll refer to the 144Hz QHD model as Model 1, the 240Hz QHD model as Model 2, and the 144Hz UHD ‘4K’ model as Model 3, as listed in the spec table above.

When last we updated our Q&A, Models 2 and 3 had only just been revealed, and it was still very early on in their development. Now, we have a lot more information about them available. And with Model 3 being the first to go into production, those specifications are now even the most polished. Let’s go over the changes!

Design


In our recent post, we showed off the new design for Models 2 and 3. As they do not have electronics sticking out from the bottom of the display panel, they don’t need the ‘chin bar’ to cover it up. All in all, this leads to a much sleeker design!

HDMI

We also mentioned the switch to HDMI 2.1 for these models. The added bandwidth over HDMI 2.0 allows for higher resolutions at higher refresh rates, which allows you to drive these panels at the best possible image quality. Since the new spec also includes support for variable refresh rates, you’ll be able to make optimal use of the power of the upcoming graphics cards and, of course, the next-generation of consoles.

Scaler

To even to drive these panels at all, we’ve had to upgrade the scaler for these models. Think of the scaler as the monitor’s CPU: It does the thinking. It takes the video input signals, performs processes like scaling, adds things like an OSD overlay, and generates the signals the LCD panel and backlight unit need to actually display the image. Needless to say, it’s an important component, and though it largely determines what the monitor is capable of, it also largely determines what the monitor isn’t capable of.

DisplayPort

One such limitation is support for only two DisplayPort 1.4 input signals. We’ve pushed really hard for inclusion of DisplayPort 2.0, but according to our suppliers it will be well into 2021 before we see the required components to properly support it. With Display Stream Compression (DSC) as part of the DisplayPort 1.4 standard, driving these high-resolution, high-refresh rate panels should pose no issue.

The USB Type-C port also uses DisplayPort as its protocol. That means the scaler only has room for one more DisplayPort. To compensate for the loss of this second DisplayPort (and the daisy chaining option that came with it), we’ve doubled up on the HDMI 2.1 port, meaning we still offer plenty of modern high-performance connectivity.

Split screen

A feature that we considered but couldn’t offer before is also made possible by the combination of two HDMI signals and two DP signals: quad split-screen. If you connect all display inputs on the monitor, you can effectively view all four images at once, each in their own quadrant of the screen.

Local dimming

We strongly feel that local dimming is great when using a full-array of hundreds if not thousands of individual zones, and based on community feedback we’re not the only ones. Because these premium backlight solutions are well outside the price range of our monitor, we intended to offer a solid global dimming experience instead. Everything we’ve tested so far ended up harming the image quality, bringing us back to a backlight module LG designed for this panel that does use local dimming. We did make sure that it can be disabled, allowing for no-, global- or local dimming, with global dimming being the default setting out of the box.

Pre-set button

We had hoped to include a button for quickly performing, well, whatever the user wanted it to perform. Due to limitations of both the hardware and the firmware, sadly we are unable to add this awesome button. We hope to revisit it in future generations of Spectrum!

Indicator light

Finally, some good news for those who don’t like white power LEDs. We can now confirm that the indicator light will be RGB and user-adjustable!

Q&A

We have combined the questions from previous Q&A session with new questions from the community, support, and social media, and have updated the answers. 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, physical properties such as the panel, size, design, port selection and control placement are already locked down. This means that many specifications can no longer be changed, as engineers are already hard at work designing the electronics that will make up Spectrum, as well as the tooling that will manufacture it. We’re not at the finish line yet though, and we will still call on our community to make sure we get the details just right.

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, and whether the port selection we have is suitable for our high-end panels.

Model 1 sports 1x HDMI 2.0a and 3x DisplayPort 1.4 (one of these over USB Type-C). Because the panel doesn’t require any signal beyond what these connections can provide, those are more than sufficient to drive this display at its native resolution and maximum frequency. The only thing HDMI 2.1 might add, is adaptive sync support over HDMI, which would be great for next-gen console users. The scaler upgrade required to make this possible will add a lot to the cost, bringing the price more in line with Model 2, which does already support this.

Models 2 and 3 sport 2x HDMI 2.1 and 2x DisplayPort 1.4 (one of these over USB Type-C). HDMI 2.1 is brand new and these will be some of the first —if not the first— panels to market with this feature. DisplayPort 1.4 supports Display Stream Compression (DSC), which applies what VESA describes as a ‘visually lossless’ compression to the images being sent to the monitor to make better use of the available bandwidth, enabling the high resolutions and refresh rates Spectrum offers. Though we’ve pressed for a scaler that supports the new DisplayPort 2.0 standard, these parts are simply not available yet.

Image quality

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.

What kind of backlight does Spectrum use?

The backlight module uses white LEDs and is coated with a nano-particle layer (hence ‘Nano IPS’) that further filters out unwanted light frequencies. This allows for a wider color gamut and more accurate colors. In Spectrum, this coating is based on potassium hexafluorosilicate (K2SiF6), which leads to the more common name ‘KSF LED’ for this type of backlight solution.

Will Spectrum be factory calibrated for color accuracy?

Spectrum will be calibrated for white point. We are still looking into further factory calibration, and 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. The current estimate is that Delta E calibration will add eight to ten minutes per monitor, which about doubles the total time each monitor spends on the factory line. This reduces production rate and increases cost, which is why most monitors are calibrated for white point only.

Will Spectrum be able to store a color calibration profile?

Yes, Spectrum will be able to store a color calibration profile. We are still working out the exact formats supported.

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.

Speed

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, samples will have been sent out, tested and certified as described (though it can take time for these lists to be updated). We have already been in contact with some of the bigger companies responsible for these certification tests, and expect no issues.

Is the Spectrum flicker free?

The electronics to drive the panel are still being designed, but we are aiming to meet TÜV Flicker Free requirements. We will share new information as development and testing continues.

Technology

Is Spectrum Model 1 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. We do use 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 the improved performance of Models 2 and 3.

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!

Connections

Does Spectrum have a Keyboard/Video/Mouse (KVM) switch 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 switch into the monitor.

How are the downstream USB-ports prioritized?

We had hoped to have Spectrum automatically switch USB inputs based on which input is active. Sadly the hardware does not support this, and you’ll have to switch between USB-B or USB-C input manually.

Can I drive all the features of Spectrum with a single cable?

With a single cable, Spectrum can power your device, receive a video signal from your device, and enable the use of the other USB ports on the monitor for your device. This requires your device to have a USB Type-C port that supports USB-PD power input, DisplayPort Alternative Mode or Thunderbolt 3 Alternative Mode, and regular USB data. Examples of such devices include the Eve V and MacBook Pro.

What cable do I need to connect Spectrum to my device?

Spectrum can be connected to any DisplayPort port with a DisplayPort cable. To ensure all the monitor’s features are available, make sure the cable is certified ‘DP8K DisplayPort’.

Spectrum can be connected to any USB Type-C port that supports DisplayPort Alternate Mode or Thunderbolt 3 Alternate Mode. Please make sure the cable supports data transfer, as some cables are meant to charge devices only. If you want to charge your mobile device through Spectrum, your cable also needs to be rated for at least the maximum power draw of your device. In this case, it is also not recommended to exceed 2m of length.

Spectrum can be connected to any HDMI port with an HDMI cable. To ensure all the monitor’s features are available, make sure the cable is certified ‘Premium High Speed HDMI’ for Model 1, or ‘Ultra High Speed HDMI’ for Models 2 and 3.

Are there any negative side-effects to daisy-chaining monitors?

For Spectrum Model 1, daisy-chaining a second monitor through the first will limit the refresh rate of both to 60Hz.

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 3-enabled device. You may incur limitations to for example resolution or refresh rate. If your Thunderbolt 3 port also specifically supports the DisplayPort Alternative Mode, then there should be no such penalties.

Will Spectrum support display stream compression (DSC)?

Model 1 supports DSC 1.2 as part of the DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 standards. Models 2 and 3 support DSC 1.2 as part of the DisplayPort 1.4 standard, and DSC 1.2a as part of the HDMI 2.1 standard.

Special Features

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.

Adjustments

What features will the OSD have?

We’ve discussed ideas for the OSD with our community and have already received many suggestions, including frame rate counters, crosshairs, in-depth color- or performance-tweaking options. We’re not done developing it yet, so be sure to add your two cents!

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?

With the ability to deliver up to 100W of charging power through its USB Type-C port on top of its own power needs, it was unfeasible to use an internal power supply. It would add to the size of the monitor, and the added heat generation would necessitate adding a cooling fan to the design.

Because of this, Spectrum uses 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 strive to provide pixel-perfect panels to all our customers and have no plans for additional pixel defect warranty at this time.

Design

How thick will Spectrum’s bezels be?

Spectrum’s display panel is only bounded by a thin frame to keep it in place, with Model 1 having an additional aluminium bottom bezel. There is a thin edge around the active display area. This combined ‘bezel’ measures approximately be 6mm left and right, 8mm on the top, and 20mm at the bottom for Model 1. For Models 2 and 4 these measure at approximately 5mm left and right, 7mm on the top, and 8mm at the bottom.

Why does Spectrum Model 1 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 many display panels, including the one used for Model 1, have electronic parts that aren’t completely behind the display panel itself. The bottom bezel is there to hide them from view.

Different mounting points on the new panels required us to re-design some parts of the housing. Because of this, a separate part would have to be produced anyway, so we took the opportunity to implement a common request from our community to remove the bottom bezels on Models 2 and 3.

What materials is Spectrum made of?

The housing of Spectrum is made of high-quality plastics. Model 1 features an aluminium outer frame and bottom bezel. Due to the way the display panel is mounted in Models 2 and 3, the outer frame is part of the housing and therefore also made of high-quality plastic. Spectrum’s stand is made of aluminium.

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.

How can I get my hands on those awesome renders of Spectrum?

We’ll try to post as many pictures as we can so that you can download, ogle and share them to your heart’s content. That said, if we put everything out there all at once, we won’t have anything new left to share…

Third Parties

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.

I’ve placed an order for Spectrum, can I still change it to a different model?

Yes, you can. Just contact our support team through the contact form on our website. They will be able to adjust your order for you.

Will there be a crowdfunding campaign for Spectrum?

We’ve decided not to go this route. Development has already been funded, and unlike the initial launch of the V, we now have our own system in place for reservations and orders.

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!

I’ve placed an order for Spectrum, how do I make any changes to it?

If you need to update your order information, change or cancel your order, or add or remove something from your order, please contact our support team through the contact form on our website. They will be able to adjust your order for you.

When will Spectrum ship?

At this time, the Models 2 and 3 are slated to ship in Q4 2020, with Model 1 following in Q1 2021. It is already possible to reserve the monitor on our order page!

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I think the answer to “Will Spectrum support variable overdrive?” will mislead people. Typically Variable Overdrive refers to Overdrive changing on-the-fly as the Variable Refresh Rate varies to ensure a good Overdrive for any given Refresh Rate (at least Nvidia refers to on-the-fly changing Overdrive as Variable).

Your answer seems to imply Overdrive will be a constant and won’t vary in real-time as conditions (Refresh Rate) change.

Please consider updating this answer to make it clearer what is meant by Variable Overdrive.

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Great update. While DP 2.0 is unfortunate it does not surprise me. I suspected the technology is just not there yet to provide it in 2020. Like I said in the other thread I suspect we will get DP 2.0 to HDMI 2.1 cables next year that can be used on next gen GPUs.

As always you guys have provided very detailed and transparent answers on the status and can’t wait to receive mine!

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Can the model 3 (4k 144hz) be used with QHD resolution increasing refresh rate?

I just hope that first production batch does not have any quality issues and and all batches have same quality. This is one of the concern for me, because of which I am stuck about ordering or not ordering spectrum 4k model

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No dude, buy the 240hz version.

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The 144hz are perfect. It was just to know if it was possible.

I’m wondering if my laptop will throttle trying to push out at 4K 144hz if TB3 has DP altmode 1.4 active.

The 4K panel will still have 3840 x 2160 pixels to drive. By displaying it at 2560 x 1440 you are just using multiple 4K pixels for each 1440 “pixel”.

Is there a reason why monitors 2 and 3 no longer have the metal frame? Seems kind of a shame that an updated design means losing out on the nicer materials that the cheapest option has.

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Was the red phosphorous problem resolved? @BlurBusters what do you have to say about this update? sorta worried about the backlight strobing feature. @Konstantinos

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Good question.
This is purely from construction standpoint. borderless design requires to use plastic as the frame can be molded in a very thin line with a hook that attaches to the back. Metal has limits to the shape it can take. But rest assured are using premium high performance plastics that are not cheap and feel great to touch and eye.

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Will prefer bigger bottom border with a metal outer frame, it being plastic is a big let down

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The product page says:

650cd/m² typical
750cd/m² peak

For the 1440p 240hz and the 4k versions. Now that i look here it says 450cd/m². Which one is right and if the reserve page is wrong can you update it :slight_smile:

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Hi I have a couple of questions

How will the HDMI 2.1 auto low latency mode work with the eve spectrum?

What will be the minimum brightness? - for working in a dark room or in low ambient light

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Additionally, how come the native refresh rates are lower now (48Hz - 200 Hz and 48Hz – 120Hz).

As far as I can tell from displayninja, the LG panels that are used should be 240 Hz and 144 Hz native. The comparable 4K offering directly from LG (https://www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-27gn950-b-gaming-monitor) has a 144 Hz panel with a 160 Hz OC, and not a 120 Hz native panel with a 144 Hz OC. Please could you clarify this.

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Oh man, I really wish you guys could have gotten all the bezels on the model 2 and 3 to be the same size. Even if that meant that all the bezels would end up being 8 mm thick, after all it’s an insignificant increase that adds a lot more aesthetics to the already nice design…

I want buy a model2 monitor this monitor need to 4k downscaling for ps4 and ps5 users

The lower refresh rates are factory settings. The refresh rate we use in our marketing, website, etc, are indeed a form of overclocking. But there is a difference between manufacture overclock. We guarantee that every screen will work at their advertised refresh rate without significant ghosting or other artifacts. In fact, the 4k panel, which has a factory setting of 120Hz, is also being used in the LG 27GN950 ( https://www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-27gn950-b-gaming-monitor ). So I would like to stress that this is normal and is being done to all monitors you can buy. We are just one of the few that actually open that information up.

As you might have noticed, we also added backlight dimming zones. The dimming zones do adjust the typical brightness due to how it’s measured. With some areas darker (because that’s possible with dimming zones) the typical brightness of the average screen, which has dark parts, will be lower. It’s also important to note that typical brightness is a measurement. The way it is measured varies wildly from factory to factory, and thus the answers we get is not necessary aligned with our competition.

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I made a detailed summary of all noticeable changes from the February Q&A to the Late May Q&A.

  • A change in typical brightness of the 240Hz & 4k models (from 650cd/m2 to 450cd/m2);

  • Confirmation of the bottom edge-lit KDF LED backlight technology;

  • The addition of local dimming (8-zone for the base model, 16-zone for the higher tier models; can be disabled; default global dimming);

  • (With scaler upgrade) 2 * HDMI 2.1 & 1 * standalone DP 1.4 video input for the higher tier models;

  • Confirmation of DSC 1.2 (through DP 1.4 & HDMI 2.0) for the base model, and DSC 1.2 (through DP 1.4) & DSC 1.2a (through HDMI 2.1) for the higher tier models;

  • DP 1.4 Alternate Mode video output for daisy-chaining through USB Type-C is gone;

  • Update detailed display cable requirement;

  • Confirmation of manually (not automatically) switch between USB-A or USB-C input;

  • Quad split-screen mode for the higher tier models;

  • Pre-set button (default function: switch between active inputs) no longer present due to hardware & firmware limits;

  • The power indicator light is now user-adjustable;

  • Update detailed OSD adjustments (still under development);

  • The depth of all models (without stand) increased by about 10% from 40.4mm to 44mm;

  • Deduction in both width and height of the higher tier models (without stand) from 615.1mm * 363.3mm to 607mm * 351mm;

  • Update detailed dimensions of the higher tier models (with stand);

  • Update estimations of the bezel size of the higher tier models (about 5mm left and right, 7mm on the top, and 8mm at the bottom);

  • Update the power input requirement;

  • Confirmation of no internal power supply;

  • Confirmation of factory calibration for white point;

  • Confirmation of the ability to store a colour calibration profile (the exact formats are being explored);

  • Confirmation of contact with companies responsible for certification tests;

  • Aim to meet TÜV Flicker-Free requirements with the electronics to drive the panel;

  • An illustration for pixel-perfect integer-ratio upscaling;

  • Update detailed information of housing materials of the Spectrum;

  • “No plans for additional pixel defect warranty at this time”;

  • Shipping time update: “At this time, the Models 2 and 3 are slated to ship in Q4 2020, with Model 1 following in Q1 2021.”;

  • Confirmation of the method to adjust orders for Spectrum: contact support;

  • Confirmation of no crowdfunding campaign.

I hope you find it helpful! :smiley:

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