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Title: Clarity and Vibrancy: The Last Of The Plasma Deposition Coated 2560x1440 IPS
Post by: NCX on June 18, 2019, 06:54:31 pm
I'm not sure why, but I did not give the Plasma Deposition Coated (Steemit article with glossy photo comparison photos (https://steemit.com/monitors/@ncx/glass-glossy-matte-and-plasma-deposition-coatings-part-1)) Nixeus PRO VUE27S and Planar PXL2790MW (Fall 2013 release) the attention they deserved, but am now since both are still available in North America. Europeans can look for the iiyama XB2779QS (review links (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-27'-2560x1440-ahvaipspls/msg293/#msg293)) which is very similar to the Planar.

Nixeus NX-VUE27S Review by Tom's Hardware (https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nixeus-pro-vue-27p-27-inch-ips-qhd-monitor,4894.html)

Planar PXL2790MW Review by Tom's Hardware (https://www.tomshardware.co.uk/planar-pxl2790mw-review,review-32836.html)

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Table of Content
Plasma Deposition Coaitng (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/display-improvement-advice/clarity-and-vibrancy-the-last-of-the-plasma-deposition-coated-2560x1440-ips/msg736/#msg736)
Image Quality: Nixeus versus Planar (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/display-improvement-advice/clarity-and-vibrancy-the-last-of-the-plasma-deposition-coated-2560x1440-ips/msg737/#msg737)
Gaming? Input Lag (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/display-improvement-advice/clarity-and-vibrancy-the-last-of-the-plasma-deposition-coated-2560x1440-ips/msg738/#msg738)
5K? 5120x2880 Plasma Deposition Coated IPS (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/display-improvement-advice/clarity-and-vibrancy-the-last-of-the-plasma-deposition-coated-2560x1440-ips/msg739/#msg739)
Conclusion: Planar Superiority? (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/display-improvement-advice/clarity-and-vibrancy-the-last-of-the-plasma-deposition-coated-2560x1440-ips/msg744/#msg744)

Best Reviewed Flicker Free 27" 1440p AHVA/IPS/PLS (http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-27'-2560x1440-ahvaipspls/)
Title: Plasma Deposition Coating
Post by: NCX on June 18, 2019, 07:52:36 pm
Plasma Deposition Coating
Matte versus PDC versus Glossy

(https://live.staticflickr.com/4617/25424887827_62ac07ac38_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EJHcmX)
BenQ BL2710PT vs Crossover 2755AMG vs Qnix QX2710 (https://flic.kr/p/EJHcmX) by Dr NCX (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/), on Flickr
 (https://flic.kr/p/M5kgow)sdadad (https://flic.kr/p/M5kgow) by Dr NCX (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/), on Flickr

Plasma Deposition coating is an anti-glare treated edge-to-edge glass fused to glossy IPS panels, and is the clearest, most vibrant and least reflective glossy coating. However, PDC is not flaw-less since the glass can be chipped and broken, and because PDC coated monitors have a glass covered black bezels which vastly reduces the perceived black depth.  The perceived black depth can be increased with bias lighting (light placed behind the display) or by placing non-stick silver tape tape on the black bezel.

Two years ago I bought a Planar PXL2790MW with a broken panel and put a spare PDC coated panel from a Korean monitor (Crossover 27QW HDMI) in, and used grey duct tape to hold it together, and vastly improve the perceived black depth.  Planar PXL2790MW photo gallery. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/albums/72157691277543810)

The panel I put in the Planar was not as accurate, so I was only able to achieve either 2.1 average gamma (resulting in slightly washed out color and shades) with the 2.2 menu setting or 2.3 average gamma (resulting in slightly too dark color and shades) with the 2.4 Gamma menu setting versus the nearly perfectly linear 2.2 gamma of the Nixeus and original Planar.

Compare the plasma deposition coated panel in the Planar to many others all brightness matched and menu calibrated with a colorimeter in my The Order 1886 Comparison Gallery (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/albums/72157688253984751). Here are examples of each time of coating:

Glossy SubGear AD27
(https://live.staticflickr.com/4753/25885050948_20b452aca6_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FrnDPS)
SubGear AD27 (https://flic.kr/p/FrnDPS) by Dr NCX (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/), on Flickr

Low Haze/Almost Glossy Qnix UHD32R
(https://live.staticflickr.com/1840/43797203291_1f3556d5ee_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/29Jd7EF)
Qnix UHD32R The Order 1886 Statue (https://flic.kr/p/29Jd7EF) by Dr NCX (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/), on Flickr

Matte ViewSonic VP2780-4K
(https://live.staticflickr.com/4631/25880675178_253ca9ce7b_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FqZe4y)
Viewsonic VP2780-4K TO LON 10s (https://flic.kr/p/FqZe4y) by Dr NCX (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/), on Flickr

Plasma Deposition Coated Planar
(https://live.staticflickr.com/905/28372876938_a0c2144a5f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/KedpPq)
Planar PXL2790MW The Order 1886 2.1 Gamma (https://flic.kr/p/KedpPq) by Dr NCX (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/), on Flickr

Semi-Glossy HP 24Envy
(https://live.staticflickr.com/4750/26540020918_fffa599c03_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Grfxzy)
HP 24 Envy The Order 1886 Statue (https://flic.kr/p/Grfxzy) by Dr NCX (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/), on Flickr

Title: Image Quality: Nixeus versus Planar
Post by: NCX on June 18, 2019, 07:53:26 pm
Image Quality: Nixeus versus Planar
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48111194992_e804a60f46_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2giqs6W)
Nixeus NX-VUE27S versus Planar PXL2790MW Colorimeter Preset Accuracy Measurements by Tom's Hardware (https://flic.kr/p/2giqs6W) by Dr NCX (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/), on Flickr

The Nixeus is less accurate than the Planar, even when set to the User mode: Nixeus (https://img.purch.com/r/711x457/aHR0cDovL21lZGlhLmJlc3RvZm1pY3JvLmNvbS9UL0YvNjQ1MTcxL29yaWdpbmFsLzI3UC1ncmF5LXVzZXIuanBn) versus Planar (https://img.purch.com/planar-pxl2790mw-qhd/o/aHR0cDovL21lZGlhLmJlc3RvZm1pY3JvLmNvbS9BLzQvNDA2MDEyL29yaWdpbmFsL1BYTDI3OTBNVy1wcmUtZ3JheS5qcGc=) RGB Level Measurements by Tom's Hardware

The Nixeus also has less accurate, but still excellent preset gamma versus the Planar: Nixeus (https://img.purch.com/r/711x457/aHR0cDovL21lZGlhLmJlc3RvZm1pY3JvLmNvbS9UL0QvNjQ1MTY5L29yaWdpbmFsLzI3UC1nYW1tYS11c2VyLmpwZw==) versus Planar (https://img.purch.com/planar-pxl2790mw-qhd/w/605/aHR0cDovL21lZGlhLmJlc3RvZm1pY3JvLmNvbS9BLzIvNDA2MDEwL29yaWdpbmFsL1BYTDI3OTBNVy1nYW1tYS5qcGc=) gamma measurements by Tom's Hardware.
Title: Gaming? Input Lag
Post by: NCX on June 18, 2019, 07:56:41 pm
Gaming? Input Lag
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48111115751_b52af16707_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2giq3xH)
Nixeus PRO VUE27S versus Planar PXL2790MW Tom's Hardware Lag Measurements (https://flic.kr/p/2giq3xH) by Dr NCX (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/), on Flickr

The Nixeus has high input lag (around 27ms if measured with the Leo Bodnar device) for a modern (2019) 1440p monitor since most have <3ms delays, however, 27ms is acceptable for casual gaming, as well as a decent result in the TV realm since the fastest TV's have 10-30ms delays. 

I tested the Planar and measured a 20ms delay with the Leo Bodnar device while Tom's Hardware, using their own testing methodology, measured 88ms for the Nixeus (https://img.purch.com/r/711x457/aHR0cDovL21lZGlhLmJlc3RvZm1pY3JvLmNvbS9TL1ovNjQ1MTU1L29yaWdpbmFsLzIwLWFic2xhZy5wbmc) and 81ms for the Planar (https://img.purch.com/planar-pxl2790mw-qhd/o/aHR0cDovL21lZGlhLmJlc3RvZm1pY3JvLmNvbS85L0wvNDA1OTkzL29yaWdpbmFsLzE5LWFic2xhZy5wbmc), which is a 7ms difference, hence my 27ms estimation for the Nixeus. 

Both monitors have good overdrive or pixel response time performance for 60hz non-TN panels, and the Planar's pixel response time settings are controlled by the Over Drive settings which is preset to 60 and consists of six settings, those being 0, 20, 40, 60, 80, and 100 (https://www.tomshardware.co.uk/planar-pxl2790mw-review,review-32836-3.html). The default setting (60) causes a bit of overshoot while 20 is completely overshoot free, and 40 offers a nice balance between speed and overshoot with the panel I tested.
Title: 5K? 5120x2880 Plasma Deposition Coated IPS
Post by: NCX on June 18, 2019, 07:57:45 pm
5K? 5120x2880 Plasma Deposition Coated IPS

iiyama (XB2779QQS) and Planar (IX2790) sell 5K or 5120x2880 resolution AH-IPS with Plasma Deposition Coating, but they use semi-wide gamut panels which over-saturate the colors of SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) content, including games, by more than 25%.  Belgium Hardware reviewed the iiyama XB2779QQS (https://be.hardware.info/reviews/7955/retina-van-iiyama-iiyama-prolite-xb2779qqs-5k-monitor-review) which has a 27.6ms delay (top screen Leo Bodnar device measurement), marginally too low preset gamma (https://be.hardware.info/reviews/7955/7/retina-van-iiyama-iiyama-prolite-xb2779qqs-5k-monitor-review-kleurweergave) (2.11 average) and disappointing preset RGB level accuracy (https://content.hwigroup.net/images/products_xl/423146/7/iiyama-prolite-xb2779qqs.jpg), for the price.

Title: Conclusion
Post by: NCX on June 22, 2019, 06:52:40 pm
Conclusion: Planar Superiority?
(https://live.staticflickr.com/1797/29019642047_f8752ee462_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/LdnfxZ)
HP 24 Envy TO 1886 Statue Tape Off vs Tape On (https://flic.kr/p/LdnfxZ) by Dr NCX (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/), on Flickr

Neither of these monitors will likely appeal to non-casual gamers due to their 20-27ms delays and 60hz refresh rates, but I think they are some of the best monitors around for casual gaming, media viewing and text, especially if non-stick perceived black depth increasing grey or silver tape is put on the bezel.  I use this silver Scotch tape (https://www.londondrugs.com/3m-scotch-expressions-washi-tape/M0004730.html?dwvar_M0004730_color=Silver&cgid=homelifestyle-hardwareandhomeaccessories-householdglueandtape) on a few fake border or frame-less monitors I own such as the HP 24 Envy (with and without tape (https://www.flickr.com/photos/97364704@N08/29019642047/in/dateposted-public/)) and Acer G257HU. I've removed and re-taped a few monitors after a few months and not had issues with residue, however I must warn that adding tape to a monitor may void the warranty.

Lastly, it may seem that the Planar is the outright superior monitor since it is more accurate, has lower input lag and higher contrast (1100:1 measured by Tom's Hardware (https://img.purch.com/planar-pxl2790mw-qhd/o/aHR0cDovL21lZGlhLmJlc3RvZm1pY3JvLmNvbS85LzcvNDA1OTc5L29yaWdpbmFsLzA1LW1pbmNvbnRyYXN0LnBuZw==) versus Nixeus <800:1 measured by Tom's Hardware (https://img.purch.com/r/711x457/aHR0cDovL21lZGlhLmJlc3RvZm1pY3JvLmNvbS9TL04vNjQ1MTQzL29yaWdpbmFsLzA2LW1pbmNvbnRyYXN0LnBuZw==)), however, it has one flaw which some may deem fatal which is the very high minimum brightness of 174cdm/2 (https://www.tomshardware.co.uk/planar-pxl2790mw-review,review-32836-5.html) versus the Nixeus which can dim down to 58cdm/2 (https://img.purch.com/r/711x457/aHR0cDovL21lZGlhLmJlc3RvZm1pY3JvLmNvbS9TL0svNjQ1MTQwL29yaWdpbmFsLzA0LW1pbndoaXRlLnBuZw==) when the menu brightness is set to zero.