It’s no use packing your rig with the best gaming CPU and graphics card if you don’t own a screen that can keep up with the amount of frames they push, but high refresh rates usually come with a resolution tax. After a lengthy head-to-head with Asus to be the first to bring HDMI 2.1 ports to market, Eve now has one of the fastest UHD panels out there with its crowdfunded Eve Spectrum 4K gaming monitor.
Yes, you read that right; Eve’s latest venture tapped into the PC community hivemind to design the ideal display. In fact, there are three of them, as there’s a 1440p version at 144Hz, another at 240Hz, and the 4K version I’m testing here. It’s easy to be wary of Kickstarters – and even Eve itself after an infamous crowdfunding campaign resulted in some backers of the Eve V 2-in-1 tablet not receiving their device – but the Eve Spectrum is a very real product that’s already complete and on its way to your favourite third-party retailers.
While it isn’t the first 3840 x 2160 resolution display that can hit the coveted 144Hz refresh rate, the Eve Spectrum ticks almost all the boxes a gamer could want from a 27-inch gaming monitor. It packs a beautiful LG nano-IPS LCD panel that’s bursting with colour, adjustable latency, adaptive sync, and more ports than you can shake a stick at. The only thing that lets it down is its struggle with HDR, which we’ll touch on later.