Dough Spectrum ES07D03 Glossy 4K Gaming Monitor Review: Class Leading Processing, Stunning Image

The Dough Spectrum ES07D03 Glossy is a 4K gaming monitor with a glossy screen coating, 144 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR 600 and extended color.

Dough Spectrum ES07D03 Glossy
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In the television world, glossy screens are common, especially in premium models. The optical advantages are that you can see the pixels more clearly, so contrast seems greater, and color seems more saturated. And image detail is cleaner and sharper. It is true that the room must be considered when installing a glossy display. Lamps, overhead fixtures and sunny windows can have a deleterious effect on that stunning picture. But if you have the right conditions, a glossy screen provides a significant improvement.

Dough, formerly Eve Devices, impressed me with its original Spectrum 4K display last year. Not only does it have a stunning image, but its video processing is second to none. Though it hits the same 144 Hz as other 4K screens, the superb overdrive makes it seem to be running at a higher frame rate.

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The Spectrum Glossy delivers the best gaming performance I’ve seen from any 4K monitor. Until we see higher refresh rates, and video cards capable of exploiting them (perhaps with the RTX 4090), 120fps is the practical limit for now. Ideally, a monitor’s overdrive must be precise and accurate. It can’t over or undershoot the mark. The Spectrum Glossy not only includes a preset that’s near-perfect, but it also lets you tweak a fine-resolution slider to make it even better.

It also has the best backlight strobe feature I’ve ever seen. Very few monitors present a blur-reduction option that I actually want to use. The Spectrum Glossy is one of those few. Since I can precisely control the pulse width and phase, I can eliminate the artifacts typically associated with this technology, namely phasing and a dim picture.

My only complaint about the Spectrum Glossy was its need for calibration. The Matte version I reviewed previously was visually perfect out of the box. But the Glossy needed some adjustment to its RGB sliders. For me, this is a minor issue that is easily offset by its mesmerizing image and performance.

If you want to play at 4K resolution, the Dough Spectrum Glossy is easily the best choice if you weigh video processing equally with image quality. There are a few more expensive screens that are brighter and have larger color gamuts, but nothing can touch the Spectrum’s video processing. As a gaming monitor, it has no true equal.

That said, it's worth pointing out that the company has had problems in the past (back when it was called Eve) shipping products to buyers in a reasonable time frame. But as of this writing, the product page for the Spectrum claims the an estimated time of October 2022 and comes with a 14-day "risk-free trial."

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Christian Eberle
Contributing Editor

Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors.

  • Kridian
    $949!?say 'no' to drugs kids.
  • Co BIY
    Kridian said:
    $949!?say 'no' to drugs kids.

    Agreed. Nice to know these things exist but not for me at this price. 27" seems a little small for 4k.
  • Starsweep
    To all consumers out there considering buying this monitor BEWARE doughs business practices are shady at best and downright illegal at worst they changed their name from Eve devices but it's still them I had a monitor ordered in December last year after we reached June with no updates even when asked I requested a refund. It is now basically October and I have received neither my monitor or my refund, and I'm not the only one Dough has been scamming people for years if your interested please look here to see others who have been scammed by them
  • OdinA
    To anyone reading this please research Dough Tech (formally Eve Devices) before you purchase...
    I (and hundreds maybe thousands more) have had absolutely horrible experience with this company. I made the mistake of not doing my due diligence and got into a situation with Dough on terms of getting my refund back. Long story short, I placed a pre-order for the original 1440p Spectrum monitor in 2019 (going into 2020). After 2yrs and some change, I asked for a refund for they were "stalling" or kept delaying the 1440p monitor shipping. They have "delayed" the monitor about 3 or 4 times before I asked for the refund on April 8th, 2022. At the time of writing this, I still have yet to receive my refund. At this point, any inquiries referring to my cancelled order are being ignored and even a chargeback has been issued via my card issuer. Dough Tech/Eve Devices continue to advertise their monitors and mostly sending out their 4K monitors to reviewers, tech sites, and social media influencers. Im sure some have received them (with questionable quality in both build and functionality) but the majority are left with money being taken and no product to be delivered. Below I've included as many links as I can relating to Dough Tech/Eve Devices being incompetent in fulfilling orders, issuing refunds, and even flat out ignoring inquiries. One of the links is Dough's own discussion forums which has many users frustrated about this same situation. If you are even more curious, look at the user comments on the posts made by their insta ( and twitter (@DOUGHtechnology). There are many users facing this issue and it should be voiced out despite all of their questionable reviews given by other Tech News sites.

    Dough Tech Reddit PageEve Devices Reddit PageTrustPilot Reviews about Eve Devices (now known as Dough Tech)Piunika Article about Eve Devices/Dough issues with buyersON MSFT Article about Eve Devices issues with customersDough Tech Discussion Forums relating to fulfillment issues and shipmentEngadget Article about Eve Devices not refunding consumers for Spectrum monitorsTheVerge Article about Eve Devices "rebranding" to Dough TechTheVerge Article about Dough Tech OLED monitor
  • meulengracht
    I wish Tom's team would do a little bit of research and adjust the rating accordingly. This review gets linked so often on retail sites that people need to know that it's extremely risky to buy anything from Dough (formerly known as Eve). They ignore all support requests, refuse to pay refunds for orders they didn't even complete. New posts on their forums are banned. This is a very bad company, not just a small startup.