Eve Spectrum review: Less is more

The crowdsourced Eve Spectrum 4K 144Hz gaming monitor has been around for some time and entered the market late last year to favorable reviews. I finally got my hands on a test sample, and I have to say this is a pretty good display. It’s not without some drawbacks, however. We’re going to get into the good, the bad, and the ugly, so buckle up.

Priced at $799, Spectrum is a premium product. If you add an extra $99 for the admittedly excellent metal stand, you’ll have about $900 total before tax and shipping. I suppose this puts the monitor a little in line with other 27-inch 4K gaming monitors, and as many PC gamers will lament, $800 is not an unusual price for 4K desktop technology in 2022. on a slightly larger screen sizes, prices can easily exceed $1,000.

My review monitor and stand arrived in separate retail boxes, which suggests how Eve reviewed both items for customers who may want to use the Spectrum with a VESA mount and will therefore only buy the monitor itself.

If you go the mount route, you’re missing out on excellent support. It is very modern in style, with clean lines and a single-foot base that is well-weighted. There’s really no gamer accent to speak of, just minimalist space-age gray simplicity. The stand allows the monitor to easily tilt and change heights, which feels solid, although sadly there is no swivel. This is perhaps the only downside to the stand, aside from the lack of hidden cable management.

The elegant minimalism extends to the screen itself, which also lacks any gamer-style external decor. The panel is quite thin and is interrupted by a single LED at the bottom that is color adjustable (or you can turn it off entirely).

Also, there’s no typical RGB, not even on the back of the screen, as many companies are incorporating these days. A silly addition, when you think about it, because who’s looking at the back of their computer monitor?

Spectrum is practically chock full of connectivity options. The heavyweights are obviously things like the two HDMI 2.1 ports, which makes this a solid option for PS5 and Xbox Series X users who want to get the most out of their consoles’ display capabilities. You also get a single DisplayPort 1.4 for standard PC connections and a 100W USB-C port for powerful laptop users who want to charge their device and use Spectrum as an external display at the same time.

A handy USB-B upstream input completes the main ports, which provide power to a vertical USB hub that adorns the side of the monitor. Here you have two USB-A ports, a single USB-C port, and a headphone jack. There really is no shortage of options in Spectrum when it comes to connecting things.

The only downside to all these extras is that, at least as far as I know, Eve doesn’t include any cables in the box. No HDMI, no DP, no USB. Only a very robust power pack with accompanying power cord is provided. I have to say, for $800, this feels like Eve is needlessly cutting corners. Why offer so many connectivity options without using them right away?

In addition to the ports, a single concave OSD joystick sits behind the bottom of the screen and is quite satisfying to control and click. The whole monitor just feels Good, from the matte plastic finish to the overall weight of the components to the cleverly built-in on/off switch. From a strictly material perspective, Spectrum comes across as high quality, premium and exclusive. Not to mention the well-designed packaging.

Spectrum’s LG Adaptive Sync IPS panel has 98% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space, and when testing the screen with my Spyder X device, that statement seemed to be largely true. I think content creators will be pleased with the color accuracy of Eve’s monitor, and that visual brilliance fits the games very well.

HDR600 is… ok. At least it’s better than some recent HDR400 panels I’ve tested, which is inexcusable for HDR technology. Spectrum is pretty bright for most use cases, so all the HDR nit stuff is kind of nitpicky, to be honest.

I’ve played all sorts of titles on Spectrum, from Cyberpunk 2077 to Halo Infinite, Elden Ring, Borderlands 3, Overwatch, Spyro Reignited Trilogy and Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. In short, the monitor provided 4K at 144Hz for gaming. Granted, if you’re on PC, you’ll need a beastly graphics card to drive this kind of visuals, and if you’re on console, you’ll need to own a PS5 or Xbox Series X | S.

The reliable UFO test did not show any noticeable ghosts, nor did I see them during gameplay. There are a lot of overdrive settings to fiddle with within the OSD, as well as a frame rate counter and crosshairs, but I normally keep all these options off or, in the case of overdrive, I set it to ‘normal’.

Overall, Eve Spectrum does what it initially set out to do: display games very well. Modern titles look amazing in 4K at 144Hz as long as you have the hardware to take the software that far, and the monitor does all that while looking aesthetically pleasing for most desktop setups. For my personal taste, I think 27 inches is too small, both for productivity and gaming, but your mileage may vary.

I’m not sure crowdsourcing was necessary for how little Spectrum deviates from the pack, nor do I appreciate the high price and how little was included in the box in terms of cables. Eve has created a very solid display, no doubt, and it will meet most gamers’ needs, especially in terms of resolution and refresh rate.

But with how quickly competition is releasing rival products that feature the rare HDMI 2.1 ports, I imagine the Spectrum is quickly becoming a hard sell. At least Eve seems to be keeping the monitor up to date with lots of firmware releases. I hope to have some hands-on time with the glossy version soon, so stay tuned for that.

Disclosure: Eve provided review product for coverage purposes.

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