Spectrum 4K Glossy made me ditch matte gaming monitors

Why haven’t we seen a glossy gaming screen yet? It’s a fair question considering that The best gaming monitors Matte panels dominate it, especially when you consider glossy displays like Apple’s ProDisplay XDR and LG UltraFine 5K. Matte color may be the norm for gaming monitors, but it’s new Dough Spectrum 4K Glossy Proves that it’s time to break up the gaming screens.

Before getting into the matter, I need to clarify the entire dough/Eve case. Eve is now known as Dough, but the Spectrum 4K Glossy is the same screen The company announced earlier this year. It’s kind of weird rebranding since the company just launched a new screen, but here we go.

The shining elephant in the room

Guardians of the Galaxy runs on a Dough Spectrum Glossy 4K display.
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Apart from the glossy screen, this new screen is almost identical to Eve Spectrum 4K We reviewed it last year, and all of our testing is nearly identical to what we found in mid-2021. It packs all the features you’d expect from a high-end gaming monitor — 4K at 144Hz, HDMI 2.1, and G-Sync/FreeSync support — but now with a glossy screen . It makes a world of difference, to the point where I plan to use the Spectrum 4K Glossy as my main gaming monitor going forward.

Matte screens aren’t bad, which is the norm for good reason. They reduce eye strain, have much less glare, and can resist things like dust and fingerprints. If reflections push you up a wall or you’re sitting in an especially bright room, you’ll want a matte screen. Glitter makes glare a problem.

The Spectrum 4K Glossy has a brighter glow than a traditional matte screen, but it’s not as bad as you’d expect. It’s much less noticeable than an OLED TV, and in some cases, glare is even less important than a matte screen.

Bright window on Dough Spectrum Glossy 4K.
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The dough not only took off the matte coating and called it a day. In fact, the company had to work directly with its panel supplier (LG, in case you were wondering) to re-calibrate its assembly line to accommodate the manufacturing of the new monitor. This additional research and development time also went into making a coating to deal with potential glare issues. And it works.

You don’t actually see more glare. It’s more direct and not as diffused as what you’d find on a matte screen. You end up with a better viewing experience in dark rooms, as small light sources only cause a small area of ​​glare – not the extended, diffuse glare you find on a matte screen. This is a plus especially in color scenes.

Although you’ll notice the glare more in dark scenes on the Spectrum 4K Glossy, it almost completely disappears when you have a lot of color. The screen gets so bright (720 nits, based on my testing) that it combats most issues in dark rooms too. You don’t have to position the Spectrum 4K Glossy against a bright window, but most people won’t notice much glare at all — certainly not enough to be a huge problem.

HDR is bad on paper, beautiful in practice

Dough Spectrum 4K Glossy sitting at a desk with RGB lights.
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Dough Spectrum 4K Glossy shouldn’t have great HDR. It is only certified for DisplayHDR 600, and includes only 16 vertical local dimming areas. This is identical to pirate xenon 32 And much less than the recently released Sony InZone M9. On paper, the Spectrum 4K Glossy shouldn’t have HDR quality as well.

But from the moment I booted Fate 2 It was clear: This is the best HDR picture I’ve seen on screen. This should show how strong the screen finish is on the final product. Contrast is deep and choppy, colors pop out of the screen in a way I’ve never seen before, and brightness is rivaled only by a screen like Alienware 34 QD-OLED.

Although there are only 16 local dimming zones, it makes a huge difference in Spectrum 4K Glossy. Without a matte finish, the areas that are turned off give the effect of looking at an OLED screen as there is pure black at one end of the screen.

I’ve been looking for a screen that can deliver an OLED experience, but the Spectrum 4K Glossy is the first that came close.

On the other end, you can see the opacity areas more clearly, unlike the smaller areas available in Sony InZone M9. This is a fair trade-off for me. Outside of a custom local dimming test, I’ve never been able to select an area that transitions to another when playing a game or watching a movie.

I’ve been looking for a monitor that can deliver anything close to the experience of playing a game on a console using LG C8 OLED (I know I’m a little behind the OLED curve) for nearly four years. The Spectrum Glossy 4K doesn’t match the experience, but it’s the first screen that comes close.

More than just ending

It’s easy to write off the Spectrum 4K Glossy as just a different screen look, especially considering the screen alone Watches at $1100 ($1,200 if you want the stand). The finish makes a huge difference in how light and color interact with the screen’s outer layers, though, which brings together the points around color, contrast, and glare you mention.

TftCentral Take a look at the screen in March, and snap some microscopic photos to see the differences between the finishes. The glossy version has better clear image and text, because sub-pixels are not filtered by a blurry matte finish. Instead of each of the red, green, and blue sub-pixels blowing slightly over their neighbors, each color is evenly separated.

Left: glossy, right: matte TftCentral

This makes a huge difference in how vibrant colors look and how clear images and text are, especially on a 4K screen. The Spectrum 4K Glossy might be the same screen as the matte version on the spec sheet, but make no mistake – it looks like a whole different beast with massive picture quality and HDR benefits.

Glossy gaming screens aren’t the norm, but the Dough Spectrum 4K Glossy is an argument it should be. Glossy screens shouldn’t replace many of the matte options you can buy right now, but perhaps Dough will launch a trend where glossy panels are at least an option.

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