The Finnish company has created a range of monitors designed for PCs and consoles, with interesting specifications in relation to the price.
Eve Technology is a little known company in Italy, founded in 2013 in Finland and rose to the headlines of the global news with the notebook 2 in 1 Eve V. This laptop was the protagonist of a very successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo: the initial goal was to reach € 67,000, in the end, the fundraising exceeded one million euros.
Now though it is the Eve Spectrum monitors that ended up in the spotlight, thanks to their specifications, which look not only to the PC world but also to PS5 and Xbox Series X, and at a price at first sight balanced by the features offered. From HDMI 2.1 to support at high resolutions, nothing really seems to be missing, even if some renunciations have inevitably been made.
Eve was good at picking up gamers’ wishes, both on PC and console. Spectrum monitors, in fact, contain inside them, at least on paper, everything a player could want from a monitor. The three models, all 27-inch, differ in resolution, refresh rate and peak brightness, limited in the basic variant, called Model 1. In this case, the IPS panel has a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels, an 8-bit colour depth (10 bits thanks to A-FRC) and a native 144 Hz refresh rate, but it can go up to 165 Hz thanks to overclocking. The peak brightness is 450 Nit, however, it depends on the settings used (the company declares that normally 400 Nit are reached during use).
The Model 2 variant improves peak brightness (750 Nit, typical 650 Nit) and brings the refresh rate to 240 Hz. Finally, there is the top of the Model 3 range, with 4K resolution and 144 Hz refresh rate, this too capable of reaching 750 Nit peak.
Already at this point, the specifications show interesting products, but it is not finished here, because these monitors seem almost like Swiss knives, thanks to the compatibility with a large number of different standards. All variants integrate HDR10, G-Sync and FreeSync, while HDMI 2.1 is only available on Model 2 and Model 3.
These are therefore compatible with ALLM, the automatic game mode, and with VRR, a technology similar to G-Sync and FreeSync but designed for televisions. Each variant is equipped with an HDMI and a DisplayPort, while the declared response time is 1 ms.
The price starts from $ 399 for the basic model up to $ 649 for the more advanced ones, to which, however, another $ 100 must be added for the table stand, sold separately. Availability is expected by the end of the year for Model 2 and Model 3, Model 1 instead should arrive within the first three months of 2021.
To remain in an attractive price range for the public the Full Led backlight was sacrificed, to which a more classic Edge Led was preferred. A sacrifice was necessary to reduce costs, which would have abundantly exceeded € 1000, although the combination of IPS panel and Edge Led backlighting sets evident limits in quality.
The fact remains that for features and prices these Eve Spectrums are really interesting monitors, both for PC gamers and for future buyers of next-gen consoles, but they will have to be tested in the field to understand their true potential.