Menu Layout & Observations
Menu Layout & Observations
If there is one area which highlights the budget-oriented roots of the Nixeus NX-VUE27P, it is the OSD. Rather than offering a full list of in-depth display options, this is more like a brief list of options that you can adjust to varying degrees of success. It isn’t all that great, but luckily you won’t need to access it all that much once the initial setup process is complete. You can forget all about 6-color axis adjustments or pre-calibration and you can even forget about advanced features such as energy saving options. This is a barebones interface that meshes quite well with the frugal price.
If you are the type who likes to obsessively adjust their monitor to 'perfection' via the OSD, look elsewhere. On the other hand, if you are a more typical user who will either use an inexpensive colorimeter to adjust gamma and colors or do so by eye alone, expect to be satisfied.
As to the actual features included in the OSD, when you hit the menu button (the second leftmost button labeled “Menu”) and enter the OSD you will be greeted with a very small and simple list in a standard left/right configuration. On the left side are the four main sections and the right half will change depending on which section you choose.
The first main area is the 'Picture' section, and this is where most people will spend a few seconds adjusting options which impact the colors and on-screen presentation. Specifically, you have Brightness, Contrast, Gamma, and DCR. Brightness and contrast are self-evident in what they do, and pressing either brings up another menu with a bar that goes from 0 to 100 which roughly translates to percentages.
The DCR or Dynamic Contrast Ratio is off by default, and once again we recommend you leave this setting alone. DCR is nothing more than the monitor 'dynamically' playing with the contrast levels to make it appear as if the contrast ratio is wider than it really is.
Missing from this section is any fine grain Gamma adjustment abilities and that – just like the missing 6-axis color adjustment features – is quite conspicuous by its absence considering this is considered by Nixeus to be a 'Professional' monitor.
The next main section is labeled Image, and it allow users to adjust the image positions and aspect ratio. As such, this section can be safely ignored.
The third is called Color, and as the name suggests it allows users to adjust the color profile. This monitor comes with four preset profiles (5400K, 6500K, 9300K, and sRGB) as well as a User Defined mode. This last mode allows you to individually adjust the Red, Green, Blue color settings.
The fourth deals with the On-Screen Display (OSD) itself, and its location on the screen, how transparent it is, and how long it will stay on the screen before timing out and disappearing. The default is for the bottom right corner and 15 seconds. We strongly suggest you increase the time to its maximum of 1 minute.
The last is the 'Setup' section, and it allows you to adjust the built-in speaker volume (we recommend turning these off and using real speakers), the OSD language, and reset the monitor to factory defaults.
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