Nixeus NX-VUE24A 144Hz FreeSync Monitor
With the advent of technologies like G-SYNC, FreeSync, 4K and curved panels, the PC monitor market is evolving at a breakneck pace. Unfortunately, as those advances have been rolled out, users who may want access to them have been faced with rapidly increasing costs. This is where the Nixeus NX-VUE24A steps into the equation; it offers a fast 144Hz TN panel and support for AMD’s FreeSync at a price that undercuts the competition by a significant amount.
While they may not be a household name among gamers, companies like Nixeus offer up an excellent alternative for users who want a high level feature set but don’t want to pay the premium “top-tier” brands like ASUS, Dell and Acer demand. There may be some sacrifices in after-sales support but after some of the horror stories we’ve heard of tier-one manufacturers and their warranty service, the true benefits of higher priced alternatives may be minimal.
Let's face it; we don’t live in a perfect world, for if we did every monitor would have not only be capable of 144Hz refresh rates, use 10-bit IPS panels, come with some form of adaptive sync support, but do all that without a budget-busting price tag. Obviously we don't live in a perfect world and instead manufactures have to decide upon which features they want to include in order to meet a certain MSRP - as they are not going to build a widely available monitor that is a loss leader.
In the case of the all new Nixeus NX-VUE24A funds have been directed towards offering the best possible feature set rather than pumped into a marketing juggernaut. It may not use IPS technology, but it does make use of a good TN panel with specifications that rival some of the better 21:9 monitors we have recently looked at with a 72% NTSC color gamut. This will certainly will make the NX-VUE24A less enticing to professional's interested in photo-editing, but considering this monitor’s low $320 price point, it has obviously been targeted towards gamers who want low response times without paying a fortune.
Before going any further, we have to put the NX-VUE24A into context of what it offers and what it doesn’t. It is a straight-up gaming monitor and it doesn’t have a ton of add-on features that end up adding to its overall cost. Consider it a bare-bones offering for a market niche that is expanding at a breakneck pace.
When taken at face value, the 1080P resolution and 24” size are pretty basic and the panel may not offer the ability to reproduce 1 billion colors, but its 144Hz refresh rate will likely be a huge selling point. This alone put the Nixeus NX-VUE24A a step above the typical monitor in this price range since most cost the same and feature 60Hz or 120Hz rates.
On top of the gaming-friendly refresh rate Nixeus has also included AMD’s FreeSync which is a huge benefit. While we can talk all day about the benefits and limitations associated with FreeSync and its positioning against G-SYNC, the motion fluidity it brings to the table will be hugely beneficial for gamers sporting AMD graphics cards. Provided you have a Radeon GPU capable of feeding more than 60FPS to the NX-VUE24A, you’ll see a massive difference between this monitor and one that doesn’t include FreeSync. In addition, unlike the original crop of AMD-backed monitors, this one has a FreeSync refresh rate "zone" of 30Hz to 144Hz so we shouldn't see the telltale stuttering which plagued monitors like BenQ's XL2730Z.
On the aesthetics side of the coin the Nixeus is not what you would classify as a stand-out product. Remember, you aren’t paying a premium for sexy looks. Instead this is an understated design without any of the tacky acrylic, racing stripes, or faux chrome bezels some companies think gamers want.
Backstopping its impressive (for the price) features is a very capable stand is a stand. Usually in this price range you can expect to get a 'stand' that offers height and tilt adjustment abilities while a full swivel would be considered a very nice bonus. On the other hand the Nixeus not only offers 15° tilt (+5 to -10), 4-inches of height adjustment, and swivel abilities but also a handy landscape mode. This in conjunction with its VESA mount compatibility makes this stand quite unique for its price range.
The input selection may not be quite as spectacular but covers all the bases nicely with a single DisplayPort 1.2, single HDMI 1.4, DVI-D, and even a VGA port. Considering the very limited selection offered on some G-SYNC monitors, this is a breath of fresh air. Just remember that FreeSync is only available through the DisplayPort input.
Another interesting addition here is a full 3 year warranty which is something of a rarity for inexpensive monitors from second tier manufacturers. When you combine that with the $320 price point, the Nixeus NX-VUE24A appears to be tailor made for consumers craving value but who are also not willing to sacrifice performance.
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