The Nixeus NX-EDG27 is designed to offer cutting edge performance plus essential features for a competitive price. This product looks more like a typical office monitor when you compare it to its overdesigned competition, but the company’s focus lies in its compelling spec sheet. The Nixeus NX-EDG27 is a promising product if you want to upgrade your display while leaving a few bucks free for an RX Vega purchase, making a perfect pair for a fantastic graphic experience.
Nixeus NX-EDG27 Specifications
- Screen Size: 27 Inches
- Resolution: 2560 x 1440 2K QHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: In Plane Switching (IPS)
- Refresh Rate: 144Hz
- Response Time: 4ms
- Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 300 cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: Yes
- Stand: Height – Yes
- Stand: Tilt – Yes (-5°/+15°)
- Stand: Swivel – Yes
- Stand: Pivot – Yes
- VESA Compatibility: Yes 100 x 100
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 2.0 x 1, HDMI 1.4 x 1, DVI-DL x 1,3.5mm Audio Jacks x 2 (In/Out)
- Weight: 15 lbs
Design and Features
The Nixeus NX-EDG27 comes in a matte black-clad plastic exterior which is industrial in design, making it look more like the monitors you see at the office. The simple design helps towards savings in manufacturing costs, which is then passed on to the retail price. The bezels are more or less an inch thick which is unattractive, but against a 27-inch screen, they shouldn’t matter much.
The cabinet is reasonably thin with a minimal bulge which apexes towards a smaller rectangle at the center. Build quality is decent, and the plastic doesn’t feel brittle or weak, but it certainly is different from what we are used to from expensive brands. But on a positive note, the matte surface feels nice to the touch, and it doesn’t attract dust, scratches or fingerprints.
The Nixeus NX-EDG27 comes with a detachable ergonomic stand for your convenience. The mechanism offers height, tilt, swivel, and pivot adjustments, making almost any configuration possible and easy to achieve. This part comprises of a thick metal-reinforced upright and a boomerang-shaped base which is almost similar to the Acer Predator design, but it only comes in black.
While the stand doesn’t feel smooth and it is rather stiff at times, it does provide excellent stability to the product. The weight plus the reaches of the arms on the base is enough to hold the whole product without wobbles or unwanted movements. If for some reason you don’t like this feature of the Nixeus NX-EDG27, you can remove it to reveal 100 x 100 VESA holes.
Since the Nixeus NX-EDG27 is a FreeSync based monitor, it doesn’t come with connectivity restrictions G-Sync adds to its partner products. The I/O layout includes a DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0 and HDMI 1.4 ports, DVI-DL connector, plus audio jacks. There is a pair of speakers and 3.5mm audio jacks to match, but it does sound tinny when compared to a dedicated set.
Display and Performance
The Nixeus NX-EDG27 features a 27-inch IPS panel with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, 4ms response time, and 1000:1 contrast ratio. From these specs alone we can already determine that users can expect eye-popping color and visuals thanks to the vibrancy and wide angles of the screen tech. The kicker here is that this model uses the same AU Optronics module you can find on prominent models like the Asus MG279Q and the Acer XB271HU.
Testing proves the pedigree of the Nixeus NX-EDG27’s panel, as it has an sRGB coverage of 105% and a Delta E of around .91, which is relatively excellent for a budget monitor. Gamma sits at a Delta E of 2.15 which is fairly close to the ideal 2.2, so both bright and dark images are visibly clear. On the other hand, we measured a contrast ratio of 1250:1, which brings this model closer to VA spec territory.
These numbers achieved by the Nixeus NX-EDG27 are thanks to the panel’s true 8-bit interface, which enables it to display 1.07 billion colors. Tweaking settings was a breeze on the well-designed OSD, but as always, we recommend users to stay at 20% to 30% brightness and experiment with the RGB sliders to get the best results.
Panel uniformity is superb as well, with deviances of only 13% at maximum towards the corners. Thankfully there isn’t any color or contrast shift in these areas of the display, but there is a little back light bleed on the upper edges. Although it wasn’t enough to ruin the screen, always remember that the IPS lottery concept applies, and results will always vary from unit to unit.
The Nixeus NX-EDG27’s color performance makes it suitable for basic photo or video editing, but the product is focused on gaming more than anything else. The FreeSync implementation in this model is the best in its class, with a functional range of 30Hz-144Hz. To compare, the Asus MG279Q can only do 35Hz to 90Hz by default.
For those sensitive to delays, the Nixeus NX-EDG27 clocks in at only 9.5ms of input lag, making it responsive enough for competitive gaming. There are faster models, but most of the time you have to spend more or less a hundred dollars more for a small advantage in timing. 9.5ms is like two frames worth of delay, so we reckon it won’t affect your gaming unless you are extra sensitive.
The Nixeus NX-EDG27 is one hell of a gaming monitor in both capabilities and value. It can outmatch its more expensive competitors in its output capabilities, and it can do it well for a much lower price. Of course, there were shortcuts made which resulted in an industrial-looking page which won’t attract fans of gaudy designs, but does that really matter?
It would be difficult to appreciate the aesthetics of a gaming monitor if you are in the heat of battle, so it would be best to look at clarity and responsiveness more than anything else. The Nixeus NX-EDG27 is fully equipped to aid you in your conquest for victory, and it should be number one on your list if you are looking to upgrade and save a bit of cash.