We try to review a wide variety of monitors at Tom’s Hardware; both from mainstream and from smaller manufacturers. Often times, the latter are the ones to make big moves in price and performance and that’s certainly what Nixeus has done here. The NX-VUE24A leaves out a few minor features but it certainly gets FreeSync right and does so up to a stable 144Hz.
For those concerned about the TN panel used here, remember that we’ve reviewed plenty of TN-based gaming monitors, some of which are quite expensive. While our favorite screens use IPS or VA technology, TN is still the mainstay in the gaming category. The only performance area where it consistently lags behind is in viewing angles. There just isn’t a way to improve upon that metric. But as long as you keep the screen size to 27 inches or less and face the panel correctly, it’s a minor issue.
If you look back at previous Tom’s monitor reviews you’ll see that there are no problems with contrast, color accuracy, brightness, clarity or uniformity inherent to TN monitors. In some cases, they perform even better than more-expensive IPS screens.
So we don’t think that you should dismiss the NX-VUE24A solely on that basis. As of this writing it is the least-expensive FreeSync monitor available and it beats some of its competition by offering a 144Hz refresh rate and frame-rate-matching up to that level.
For the gamma issue we don’t have an ideal fix. As shipped, the image looks a bit dark and drab but by turning Gamma On and setting the Color mode to User, you can enjoy the monitor’s full brightness along with color accurate to an error of 2.13dE, grayscale tracking at a low .89dE and a maximum output of around 224cd/m2.
Selling for under $300 at this writing there are only two things we’d like to see improved. A firmware fix for the gamma tracking issue would further improve image quality and it would make color even more accurate. Second, the stand while functional and secure could benefit from a little lubrication. Even after several weeks our sample moved only with effort. It’s a minor nitpick but also an easy fix.
The NX-VUE24A isn’t perfect but it does the important stuff right. FreeSync and 144Hz all work without issue and that’s the reason to buy a monitor like this. At this price, other companies will hopefully be compelled to follow suit. IPS and VA screens are still selling at the premium level but Nixeus is offering a solid alternative. For that reason we’re giving it our Tom’s Editor Approved Award.