Eve Spectrum ES07D03 Review: Premium Image Quality and Performance

The best overdrive we’ve ever tested

Eve Spectrum ES07D03
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(Image: © Eve)

Tom's Hardware Verdict

The Eve Spectrum ES07D03 has everything you'd expect from a premium Ultra HD gaming monitor: 144 Hz refresh, Adaptive-Sync, HDR and extended color. It sets itself apart with excellent overdrive, premium build quality and a reasonable price.


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    + Best overdrive ever

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    + Bright, sharp and saturated image

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    + Best HDR short of a FALD display

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    + FreeSync & G-Sync certification

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    + Accurate color from factory calibration


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    No calibration in sRGB mode

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    No local dimming for SDR (yet)

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No matter how good the best gaming monitors are, there will always be enthusiasts who want something more, or at least something different. No display is perfect, and I doubt I will ever proclaim one to be. But what if a company created a monitor born from the enthusiast community? In the world of crowd-funded tech, that's an achievable goal.

Independent manufacturer Eve Devices recently started shipping its latest Spectrum line of gaming monitors. Featuring three 27-inch IPS screens, they are all designed with input from gamers. Two of them run at QHD resolution while the flagship Eve ES07D03 we're looking at here steps things up to 4K. With 144 Hz, FreeSync & G-Sync certification, HDR and extended color, the monitor brings unique features I haven’t seen before. It also has factory-certified color accuracy and premium build quality. Let’s dig in.

Eve Spectrum ES07D03 Specs

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Panel Type / BacklightIPS / W-LED, edge array
Row 1 - Cell 0 16 dimming zones (HDR only)
Screen Size / Aspect Ratio27 inches / 16:9
Max Resolution & Refresh Rate3840x2160 @ 144 Hz
Row 4 - Cell 0 G-Sync: 48-144 Hz
Row 5 - Cell 0 FreeSync Premium Pro
Native Color Depth & Gamut10-bit (8-bit+FRC) / DCI-P3
Row 7 - Cell 0 HDR10, DisplayHDR 600
Response Time (GTG)1ms
Brightness (mfr)450 nits SDR
Row 10 - Cell 0 750 nits HDR
Contrast (mfr)1,000:1
Video Inputs1x DisplayPort 1.4
Row 14 - Cell 0 2x HDMI 2.1
Row 15 - Cell 0 1x USB-C
Audio3.5mm headphone output
USB1x up, 2x down
Row 18 - Cell 0 1x USB-C
Power Consumption38.8w, brightness @ 200 nits
Panel Dimensions WxHxD w/base28.9 x 17.7-22.5 x 9.5 inches (607 x 449-571 x 227mm)
Panel Thickness1.7 inches (44mm)
Bezel WidthTop/sides: 0.2 inch (5mm)
Row 23 - Cell 0 Bottom: 0.4 inch (10mm)
Weight14.7 pounds (6.7kg)
Warranty3 years

The Eve ES07D03 starts with a Nano IPS panel, something I’ve seen in other high-end screens. This latest iteration of IPS works the same from an image standpoint, but has faster response than previous forms of the technology. That manifests in a claimed 1ms GTG time, proving to be very quick in our testing.

The standard feature set seen in premium 4K panels is here: 144 Hz, the current speed limit for UHD; Adaptive-Sync in both forms, with certification from Nvidia & AMD; extended color with over 93% DCI-P3 coverage according to our tests; and HDR with DisplayHDR 600 certification.

If that were it, Eve would be in good shape since the ES07D03 sells for $898 as tested, which is about average for an Ultra HD monitor of this caliber. But wait, there’s more. Eve managed to raise the bar for video processing in a way I could not have foreseen. In the OSD, you’ll find overdrive with fine control. That is, not the usual two or three settings, but 63. Yes, sixty-three; that’s not a typo. And it works brilliantly. Eve has worked with BlurBusters to achieve something exceptional.

Also included is an effective backlight strobe for blur reduction. The pulse width is finely adjustable so the player can achieve an ideal balance between smoothness and light output. The backlight also has a 16-zone dimming option for HDR. It’s not as effective as a full-array unit, but in our tests, the HDR contrast ratio topped 18,000:1, and HDR content looked amazing.

So far, the ES07D03 looks very impressive, and not just as an initial effort. Let’s dive into the details.

Assembly and Accessories for the Eve Spectrum ES07D03

Eve sells the monitor and stand separately at $799 and $99, respectively. The panel has a 100mm VESA mount, so you can save a few bucks if you plan on wall mounting, or already own a stand. The mount includes fasteners, which is a nice touch. My sample package included the panel in a box with packing made almost entirely from cardboard. Only a small amount of strategically placed flexible foam is used, with no crumbly stuff. The stand was similarly packaged, and everything is wrapped in fabric, which adds to the feeling of quality. The contents are clearly marked with unpacking and assembly instructions in an envelope labeled “Start.” I also found a calibration report, which was matched by my tests, and a sheet of Eve decals. The only cable in the box is an IEC power cord to go with the large external power supply. You’ll have to source your own video cables.

Product 360: Eve Spectrum ES07D03

The ES07D03 is a no-nonsense design with simple styling, flat surfaces and square corners. The bezel is the thinnest one I’ve seen yet: 5 mm around the top and sides and 10 mm at the bottom, flush-mounted. The only protrusion is a power LED in the center. Its behavior and color can be controlled in the OSD. The control joystick is also in the center, about an inch up in the back. It toggles power and navigates all monitor functions.

The stand is an all-metal affair that assembles with a single captive bolt. It features a 4.8-inch height adjustment, 7/23 degrees tilt and a 90-degree portrait mode (but no swivel function). It creates a very solid package with no extraneous movement once you’ve found the right position. The panel can be placed very high, which is great for those, like me, who want a vertical placement with the center of the screen at eye level.

The side view doesn’t look thin in the photo, but the panel is only 1.7 inches deep. With a flat back, the ES07D03 will be right at home on a wall mount. The side of the rear bulge houses two USB-A and one USB-C port, along with a headphone jack. There are no internal speakers.

You’ll find a USB-B upstream port plus a video-capable USB-C input, along with two HDMI 2.1 and one DisplayPort 1.4 underneath. All inputs support the latest signal formats, including variable refresh and low latency for consoles via HDMI.

OSD Features of the Eve Spectrum ES07D03

The ES07D03’s OSD should be a benchmark for all monitors. I make this bold statement because Eve has done something I’ve long wished for: There are no picture modes. You won’t find FPS or RPG or Movie or anything like that. Instead, there are three memory slots into which the user can simply create settings and save. I also like how simple and clean the menu is. There are no graphics or icons, just three columns of text with eight logically arranged sub-menus.

Normally, there’s little to say about input selection. But the ES07D03 gives you complete control over the HDMI and USB ports regarding version, bandwidth and power usage. Since there are two USB-C ports, you can use one as a single cable solution to your PC, with control over how the USB-A outputs are used.

The Gaming menu has two enhancements, a crosshair and a frame counter. The crosshair is actually a tiny white dot with no additional options and one of the only weak points I encountered. It’s tiny enough to be nearly invisible. And its white color doesn’t change, so you won’t see it at all against bright scenery. The frame counter is large, green and sits in the upper left of the screen.

The Presets menu can save up to three settings configurations or reset everything to factory defaults with the first option.

The picture menu contains all calibration controls, not that you’ll need them. The ES07D03 has a factory calibration and does not need adjustment. The first option, Color space, toggles between DCI-P3 and sRGB. You can calibrate DCI but not sRGB; selecting that one locks out the remaining controls. There are five gamma presets, three color temps and a very precise user mode with RGB sliders. The backlight dimming options are not active for SDR at this time, but the feature automatically engages for HDR signals. Eve plans to add SDR dimming in a future firmware update.

The Performance menu contains some seriously cool magic. The overdrive has three presets, or you can adjust it with a 63-step control. I could dial in a perfect level using BlurBuster’s UFO pattern to where there was no ghosting and very little motion blur. You can do the same thing with the Backlight Strobe and its pulse width adjuster, but you first must turn off Adaptive-Sync.

The ES07D03’s only lighting feature is the power LED, but you get a myriad of options for it. Both power-on and standby behaviors can be controlled for color and effect.

Calibration Settings for the Eve Spectrum ES07D03

The ES07D03 can only be calibrated in the DCI-P3 color space. This isn’t an issue because both modes are free of visible errors. Eve adjusts each monitor before shipment and verifies the results with a data sheet. My sample matched the sheet nearly perfectly. If you want to tweak it, I managed to improve the numbers using the settings below.

HDR signals automatically switch the monitor over and gray out all image controls. But, HDR color accuracy is equally good.

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Color SpaceDCI-P3
Brightness 200 nits34
Brightness 120 nits13
Brightness 100 nits8
Brightness 80 nits2 (min. 73 nits)
Color Temp UserRed 255, Green 253, Blue 254

Gaming and Hands-on with the Eve Spectrum ES07D03

If you’re looking for a 27-inch 4K monitor for general use, the ES07D03 is a great choice. In Windows’ productivity apps like Word and Excel, it renders sharp jaggie-free text that pops out nicely from its white background. Contrast is excellent with rich color and a super-clean image. Thanks to the accurate factory calibration, browsing the web and watching videos is a pleasure. My tweaks only made a very subtle improvement; adjustment is not necessary.

If you want to use HDR for normal Windows operations, that’s fine here. The image gets slightly brighter but looks largely the same unless you play HDR video. Then, the image becomes very impressive. The ES07D03 has the best HDR I’ve seen short of a high-end FALD display like Asus’ PG27UQ. And it is certainly the best HDR I’ve seen for the money.

Moving on to Doom Eternal, I made a few tweaks in the game’s HDR calibration menu to make sure all detail was rendered in shadow and highlight areas, and color was fully saturated without looking overblown. The resulting image was stunning and improved by the ES07D03’s overdrive. The fine control it offers means perfect motion processing with no hint of ghosting. I can’t say enough about the quality here. No monitor I’ve reviewed can touch Eve’s overdrive implementation, period. This translates to very high motion resolution. That means when you move quickly through the game environment, all fine detail remains sharp and focused. The only way it could be better is if the refresh rate were higher than 144 Hz.

Checking out other video processing features, I had no issues running FreeSync or G-Sync with HDR. Overdrive was active and equally effective on both platforms. The backlight strobe is also very effective, though I had to give up Adaptive-Sync to use it. But it does function up to 144 Hz and its adjustable pulse width means you can balance brightness and blur reduction to taste. Ultimately, I chose overdrive with Adaptive-Sync as the best option.

In Call of Duty WWII, I tweaked the HDR calibration to make sure all detail was perfectly rendered and was greeted with a super bright image, at least in the sunlit parts of the game. Highlights and reflections actually made me squint. Of course, this can be toned down in the menu, but I enjoyed the effect. You'd certainly have to squint at times in the bright sun on the battlefield.

Colors were beautifully rendered in all the games I played, whether the palette was hot and hellish like Doom Eternal or cool and lush like Call of Duty WWII. When accuracy is this good, everything looks natural and correct, even in environments that don’t actually exist.

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. Christian began his obsession with tech when he built his first PC in 1991, a 286 running DOS 3.0 at a blazing 12MHz. In 2006, he undertook training from the Imaging Science Foundation in video calibration and testing and thus started a passion for precise imaging that persists to this day. He is also a professional musician with a degree from the New England Conservatory as a classical bassoonist which he used to good effect as a performer with the West Point Army Band from 1987 to 2013. He enjoys watching movies and listening to high-end audio in his custom-built home theater and can be seen riding trails near his home on a race-ready ICE VTX recumbent trike. Christian enjoys the endless summer in Florida where he lives with his wife and Chihuahua and plays with orchestras around the state.

  • Gillerer
    The review has no mention - never mind cautioning potential buyers - of the less-than-stellar reputation Eve has when it comes to delivering products....

    Taking preorders for the "first high-end high resolution monitor with high refresh rate", then taking months to fulfil the orders, by which time other manufacturers have released and actually started selling similar models; Buyers would have been better off waiting and getting the name brand option.

    EDIT: And no, I'm not talking about kickstarter backers, but actual retail orders after the product was supposedly released.
  • 10tacle
    I am so tired of 27" 4K monitors. Can we PLEASE get 32" 4K straight up 16:9 for those of us with older eyes who like gaming but think that 1440p at that size is just not enough pixel density for the size? The large older flight simulator community will thank whoever creates one with business.
  • TimeGoddess
    This reads more like an ad than a review
  • Trevor_lb
    You should be ashamed. How can encourage your readers to throw away $1000 on a product you know perfectly well they will never receive. I hope you were paid a lot.

    If you're considering patronizing this fraudulent company, PLEASE read google reviews, TrustPilot, and the subreddit first.
  • IAmMrBongo
    Only 2 cons?

    The biggest con isn't mentioned, it being that the monitor is a con and will never arrive.

    Been waiting since May. The monitor isn't real. There is no monitor. Buy an existent one instead.