The Eve Spectrum is a crowd-sourced gaming monitor that is designed and developed by over 4000 gamers, devs, and designers. The Spectrum comes in three flavors which include a 144Hz QHD, 240Hz QHD, and 144Hz 4K model all of which have a 27-inch screen while using IPS technology. All of these models will be great for gaming, but the focus sticks to the UHD model which wants a share of the next-gen console market.
The 4K 144Hz Eve Spectrum monitor plans to achieve this by adding HDMI 2.1, which as of this time, is absent on currently available and many upcoming gaming monitors. The 240Hz QHD variant will also get the HDMI 2.1 implementation, but the 144Hz model will skip it since the scalar that supports HDMI 2.1 is expensive. Adding HDMI 2.1 to the 144Hz variant will increase its price to almost the same level as the 240Hz option which will defeat its salability without adding anything beneficial since HDMI 2.0 is sufficient for it.
It has been previewed that the upcoming PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X will support a 4K 120Hz output, but its yet to be answered which connector the two companies will use. It’s highly unlikely that DisplayPort will come into play since these devices are made for consumer TVs which only normally use HDMI. If the two gaming devices will indeed use HDMI 2.1, then we’re seeing massive success for this company and its products.
The Eve Spectrum monitors will also support variable refresh rates and adaptive sync which are crucial for today’s gaming experience. All three models will be work with FreeSync Premium Pro and G-Sync compatible mode so both sides can enjoy buttery smooth frames. Adaptive Sync is also part and parcel of the next-gen consoles, so it’s a win-win for all gamers.
The Eve Spectrum monitors also have particularly interesting specifications in both its design and IPS panel. The latter is rated with 98% DCI-P3 and 100% sRGB coverage, along with DisplayHDR 400 certification for the 144Hz QHD model and DisplayHDR 600 for the 240Hz and 144Hz 4K offerings. We can’t wait to test it out for ourselves to see how accurate these claims are, but many variants are now capable of such outputs.
Another interesting bit we spotted about the Eve Spectrum monitors is they will all include a USB-C slot for DP Alt Mode that can provide up to 100 Watts of power delivery. Of course, DisplayPort 1.4 and USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectors are part of the layout, along with the HDMI 2.1 connector for the 240Hz QHD and 4K 144Hz models. These standards when combined offer the best and most flexible solution, allowing owners to use the monitor with various devices such as the two aforementioned consoles, a powerful PC, and a USB-C laptop like the MacBook Pro.
Unfortunately, we’re not getting our hands on these monitor tech advancements since the company is holding its release dates for the Eve Spectrum monitors. The 240Hz and 4K 144Hz variants are scheduled for a Q4 release this year, but the recent pandemic most probably affected every part of their respective timelines. All of the panels used for the entire line are supplied by LG while manufacturing is handled by Lehui, and both have limited resources due to the outbreak.
The Eve Spectrum 144Hz QHD, 240Hz QHD, and 4K 144Hz gaming monitors are priced at $389, $529, and $629 respectively. This project is crowd-sourced and funded, so you can buy-in right now to support the company and its development of these advanced display products. However, you shouldn’t worry about your deposits and losing them in case of more delays, since according to the CEO, they are completely refundable.
About the Author:
Paolo is a gaming veteran since the golden days of Doom and Warcraft and has been building gaming systems for family, friends, and colleagues since his junior high years. High-performance monitors are one of his fixations and he believes that it’s every citizen’s right to enjoy one. He has gone through several pieces of hardware in pursuit of every bit of performance gain, much to the dismay of his wallet. He now works with Monitornerds to scrutinize the latest gear to create reviews that accentuate the seldom explained aspects of a PC monitor.