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Nixeus EDG 34 Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Feb 27, 2020 at 07:25 am
Nixeus EDG 34 Picture
Test Methodology v1.1
7.2
Mixed Usage
6.9
Office
7.7
Gaming
7.2
Multimedia
7.2
Media Creation
6.7
HDR Gaming
Size 34"
Resolution 3440x1440
Max Refresh Rate
144 Hz
LCD Type
VA
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The Nixeus EDG 34 is a decent 34-inch monitor with good gaming performance. The good response time, exceptionally low input lag, and 144Hz refresh rate will make most gamers happy. It supports FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) technology, but only through a DisplayPort (DP) connection, which is unusual for most monitors. The good contrast ratio results in deep blacks when viewed in the dark, and it performs well in a bright room, with good peak brightness and decent reflection handling. Unfortunately, the viewing angles aren't good, so sharing the screen with your co-workers or co-op gaming won't be ideal. On the upside, the 1440p resolution delivers a crisp and clear image.

Our Verdict

7.2 Mixed Usage

The Nixeus EDG 34 is a decent mixed usage monitor. With a 34 inch screen, there's plenty of screen space for productive work, and it gets bright enough for most rooms. The incredibly low input lag, good response time, and 144Hz refresh rate will please most gamers, but you'll need a DP connection to use VRR technology. It has a good contrast ratio, so blacks look black in dark rooms, making it a good TV for watching movies. Unfortunately, the poor ergonomics and inadequate viewing angles make it hard to share work with your co-workers.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
6.9 Office

The Nixeus EDG 34 is a decent office monitor. The 34 inch screen is great for opening multiple windows at once, but with sub-par viewing angles, you won't be able to share your work with your co-workers. Plus, the ergonomics are bad and the stand doesn't allow many adjustments. On the upside, the monitor can get bright enough to combat glare in most rooms, and it has acceptable reflection handling as well.

See our Office recommendations
7.7 Gaming

The Nixeus EDG 34 is a good gaming monitor. It supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology to ensure a nearly tear-free gaming experience, but only with a DP connection. The response time is good, with little motion blur, but there's no black frame insertion (BFI) feature to help reduce motion blur. The input lag is incredibly low, but it's higher when playing at 60Hz. A great contrast ratio means dark scenes in games look good in dark rooms.

See our Gaming recommendations
7.2 Multimedia

This is an okay monitor for multimedia use. The 1440p resolution allows you to see more details, and the 34 inch screen has plenty of room for multiple windows. However, the inadequate viewing angles on the VA panel means the picture quality starts to degrade when viewed from the side or above. However, the great contrast ratio on the Nixeus EDG 34 makes blacks look good in dark rooms.

See our Multimedia recommendations
7.2 Media Creation

The Nixeus EDG 34 is decent for media creation. Most people will enjoy the 1440p resolution, but to get the best out of HDR content, you will need a DP connection. Coverage of the Adobe RGB color space lacks some bright greens, so photographers might be disappointed with that. Unfortunately, the out-of-box color accuracy is bad, so you'll need to get this monitor calibrated if you plan on creating media.

See our Media Creation recommendations
6.7 HDR Gaming

This is an okay monitor for HDR gaming, as it can display a wide color gamut. However, it only supports VRR through a DP connection and not HDMI. The input lag is incredibly low and the response time is good enough to make motion blur seem minimal. Unfortunately, with disappointing viewing angles, the Nixeus EDG 34 isn't suggested for co-op gaming.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
  • 7.2 Mixed Usage
  • 6.9 Office
  • 7.7 Gaming
  • 7.2 Multimedia
  • 7.2 Media Creation
  • 6.7 HDR Gaming
Pros
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Remarkable gray uniformity.
  • Excellent SDR color gamut.
Cons
  • Poor black uniformity.
  • No VRR support with HDMI.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved Yes
Curve Radius 1500R
Weight (without stand)
13.2 lbs (6.0 kg)
Weight (with stand)
15.9 lbs (7.2 kg)

The Nixeus EDG 34 is a 34 inch curved-screen monitor with a simple design. The monitor is mainly built out of metal, but the V-shaped stand feels like it can't support the large monitor. The ergonomics are bad, but the thin bezels are a nice touch.

Design
Stand
Width
23.4" (59.5 cm)
Depth
8.8" (22.3 cm)

The footprint is wide, but you can still place objects in front of it. Unfortunately, the stand doesn't support the monitor well, as most of the weight is concentrated to the edge of the feet and there's a wobble to it.

1.7
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
N/A
Switch Portrait/Landscape No
Swivel Range No swivel
Tilt Range -10° to 5°

The EDG 34 has terrible ergonomics. There's minimal tilt adjustments, no height or swivel adjustments, and you can't switch the monitor to portrait mode. The NX-EDG34 variant comes with a height-adjustable stand.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 75x75

The back of the monitor has a gamer-friendly look with a simple design, but it won't stand out in an office environment either. It can be VESA-mounted, plus the stand has a quick release and a headphone holder. There's no cable management available.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.4" (1.0 cm)

The borders on the Nixeus EDG 34 are thin on three sides, so they aren't distracting.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
9.5" (24.1 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
5.0" (12.8 cm)

This monitor is fairly thick because of the curved screen.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

Okay build quality. There's a lot of metal on the monitor itself, but the stand is weak, and it feels like the monitor's about to fall off.

Picture Quality
8.2
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
3610 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

As with most VA monitors, this monitor has a good contrast ratio. This helps when gaming or watching dark scenes in a dark room, as blacks will appear as they should.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

There's no local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.

8.0
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
363 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
290 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
356 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
356 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
356 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
356 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
290 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
356 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
356 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
356 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
356 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.014

This monitor has good peak brightness, so it should be bright enough to overcome glare in most rooms. There's no difference with varied content, except with a 2% window, which has lower peak brightness. This is only a problem when there are bright highlights that appear on the screen for a short time.

6.4
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
360 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
274 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
329 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
329 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
329 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
329 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
274 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
328 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
329 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
329 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
329 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.012

The Nixeus EDG 34 has decent HDR peak brightness through HDMI. According to the manufacturer, the HDR support is only supposed to work through a DisplayPort connection, but we can only test HDR peak brightness through HDMI at the moment.

5.5
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
23 °
Color Washout From Right
28 °
Color Shift From Left
35 °
Color Shift From Right
41 °
Brightness Loss From Left
25 °
Brightness Loss From Right
31 °
Black Level Raise From Left
15 °
Black Level Raise From Right
20 °
Gamma Shift From Left
15 °
Gamma Shift From Right
21 °

Like most VA panels, this monitor has inadequate horizontal viewing angles. When viewed from the side, people will notice a significant decrease in picture quality. This isn't a good monitor for co-op gaming or sharing work with your co-workers.

5.3
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
26 °
Color Washout From Above
28 °
Color Shift From Below
45 °
Color Shift From Above
54 °
Brightness Loss From Below
26 °
Brightness Loss From Above
28 °
Black Level Raise From Below
13 °
Black Level Raise From Above
11 °
Gamma Shift From Below
12 °
Gamma Shift From Above
11 °

Like most VA panels, the vertical viewing angles on the Nixeus EDG 34 are disappointing. This will affect picture quality at the top and bottom of the screen if you sit close.

8.9
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.351 %
50% DSE
0.095 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.822 %
5% DSE
0.049 %

The NX EDG34S has excellent gray uniformity. The sides and bottom of the screen appear slightly darker than the rest, but the overall uniformity is still remarkable. You'll be happy about this if you watch sports on your monitor.

4.3
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
3.154 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The monitor has poor black uniformity. There's noticeable blooming around the center cross and there's significant clouding around the screen, especially near the top and bottom. This should only be a problem when watching dark scenes in a dark room.

4.2
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Photo
Luminance
260 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
80
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
Warm
Gamma Setting
2.2
Color Temperature
6205 K
White Balance dE
6.56
Color dE
4.84
Gamma
2.32

The NX EDG34S has poor out-of-the-box color accuracy. Most colors are inaccurate, and the lower color temperature will make most of the colors look closer to red and yellow. The gamma curve is a bit high, so some scenes will appear darker than they should.

9.2
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Standard
Luminance
98 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
5
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
47-48-52
Gamma Setting
2.2
Color Temperature
6497 K
White Balance dE
0.86
Color dE
1.34
Gamma
2.17

Post calibration, most colors appear as they should, besides the color blue, but this shouldn't be noticeable for most people. The gamma curve is improved from pre-calibration, so most scenes will have the correct amount of brightness.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and shouldn't be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model, due to manufacturing tolerances.

8.7
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
95.4 %
Adobe RGB xy
77.6 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Standard
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Standard

The Nixeus EDG 34 has an outstanding color gamut. It covers nearly all of the sRGB color space used in most content, except for a bit of blue, and has decent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, which is used for professional photo editing, but the limited coverage might disappoint some people.

9.3
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
98.4 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
86.7 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Standard
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Standard

This monitor has amazing SDR color volume, but like most LED monitors, it can't produce bright blues. With its good contrast ratio, it's able to display dark, saturated colors.

6.5
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
67.8 %
Rec. 2020 xy
63.0 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
HDR Mode
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR Mode

Although this is a 10-bit panel, the HDR color gamut is only decent. The coverage of the DCI P3 color space, which most content is displayed in, is okay.

6.2
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
59.7 %
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
64.1 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
HDR Mode
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR Mode

The HDR color volume is decent. It has trouble displaying blues in HDR content.

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR After 0 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 2 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 4 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 6 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 8 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 10 Min Recovery
0.00 %

There are no issues with temporary image retention or permanent burn-in.

9.4
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The EDG 34 has excellent color gradient, but this was tested through a HDMI connection. For a 10-bit signal, a DP connection is needed.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.001 %
Pixel Column Error
0.001 %

There are no visible signs of color bleed on this monitor.

7.2
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.3 %
Indirect Reflections
3.3 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.6 %

The Nixeus EDG 34 has okay reflection handling. The matte finish diffuses light well, and most of the light is concentrated in the top left corner in an average-lit room.

6.5
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

The text clarity is mediocre. It can be improved using ClearType (top photo), which makes the diagonal lines on the letters R and N clearer.

Motion
7.9
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Middle
Rise / Fall Time
6.0 ms
Total Response Time
14.4 ms
Overshoot Error
2.1 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
11.5 ms
Dark Total Response Time
21.9 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %

Mode Response Time Chart Motion Blur Photo Response Time Table
Off Chart Photo Table
Low Chart Photo Table
Middle Chart Photo Table
High Chart Photo Table

The Nixeus EDG 34 has a good response time at the maximum refresh rate. The monitor performs best on the 'Middle' overdrive setting. There's hardly any overshoot, resulting in clear objects during fast motion, and dark objects don't have any overshoot on the 'Middle' setting. The 'High' setting results in serious overshoot when there are bright objects moving across the screen.

7.7
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Middle
Rise / Fall Time
4.9 ms
Total Response Time
18.5 ms
Overshoot Error
7.2 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
7.1 ms
Dark Total Response Time
16.9 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
5.2 %

Mode Response Time Chart Motion Blur Photo Response Time Table
Off Chart Photo Table
Low Chart Photo Table
Middle Chart Photo Table
High Chart Photo Table

This monitor has a good response time at 60Hz. Like the response time at the max refresh rate, it performs best at the 'Middle' overdrive setting, although there's some overshoot here. There's major overshoot and ghosting when on the 'High' overdrive setting.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The Nixeus EDG 34 has a flicker-free backlight.

0
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
No BFI
BFI Maximum Frequency
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
N/A

The Nixeus EDG 34 doesn't have a black frame insertion feature.

8.8
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (Tested)
VRR Maximum
144 Hz
VRR Minimum
48 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort

Excellent refresh rate. The native VRR is FreeSync, but it's G-SYNC compatible as well. It has a wide VRR range, but only through a DP connection. When the refresh rate falls below 40Hz, the screen becomes blurry and there's obvious ghosting. The max refresh rate with HDMI is 100Hz.

Inputs
9.5
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
4.3 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.2 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
4.5 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
9.3 ms
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
N/A

The input lag is incredibly low. It's slightly higher at 60Hz, but performs nearly the same with VRR enabled.

8.7
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution 3440 x 1440
Aspect Ratio 21:9
Megapixels 5.0 MP
Pixel Density
109 PPI
Screen Diagonal 34.1 inches
Screen Area 415 sq inches

The size and resolution of the Nixeus EDG 34 are excellent. The ultrawide screen provides enough space to open multiple windows at once, and the 1440p resolution allows you to see more details when gaming.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 2 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 2 (HDMI 2.0)
DVI No
VGA No
DisplayPort Out No
USB No
USB C No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Microphone In 3.5mm No
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply Internal
Features
Features
Additional Features
RGB Illumination
Presets
Speakers
No
HDR10 Yes
Multiple Input Display
No

There aren't extra features, but the monitor's LED light has one color, which is red, and you can make it static, off, or flicker.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

There are five buttons underneath the screen to navigate the on-screen menu.

Features
In The Box

  • DisplayPort wire
  • Adapter for VESA
  • Power cable
  • Manual

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

Nixeus offers this model in different sizes and resolutions, which you can see in the table below, but our unit was the NX-EDG34S. The only difference between the NX-EDG34 and the NX-EDG34S is that the EDG34 comes with a height-adjustable stand.

Model Size Resolution Refresh Rate
NX-EDG24 24" 1080p 144Hz
NX-EDG27v2 27" 1440p 144Hz
NX-EDG274K 27" 4k 144Hz
NX-EDG34 34" 1440p 144Hz
NX-EDG34S 34" 1440p 144Hz

If someone comes across a different type of panel, or if their Nixeus EDG 34 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, such as the gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.

You can see the label for our Nixeus EDG 34 here.

Compared to other monitors

Most gamers will enjoy the large screen and high resolution on the Nixeus EDG 34. In terms of overall performance, it doesn't compare to other gaming monitors, such as the MSI Optix G27C4, which has a higher refresh rate. Check out our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best 144Hz monitors, and the best ultrawide monitors.

LG 34GK950F-B
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B&H

The LG 34GK950F-B is a much better monitor than the Nixeus EDG 34. The response time is significantly better and there's a BFI feature to help reduce motion blur as well. The LG has an IPS panel, so the viewing angles are much better, but this comes at the expense of a good contrast ratio - which is quite disappointing on the LG. The Nixeus has a slightly better input lag and better gray uniformity as well.

Dell Alienware AW3420DW
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Newegg.com

The Dell Alienware AW3420DW is better than the Nixeus EDG 34. Build quality and ergonomics are much better on the Dell, and its IPS panel has much better viewing angles. The Dell also has a faster response time and better color accuracy; however, the Nixeus has a significantly higher peak brightness and better contrast ratio.

Dell S2719DGF
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B&H

The DellS2719DGF and the Nixeus EDG 34 are very similar monitors in terms of overall performance. The 27 inch Dell uses a TN panel so it has a much better response time, resulting in clearer motion, and it has a wider range of refresh rates. However, the VA panel on the 34 inch Nixeus provides much better picture quality with great contrast ratio, fantastic gray uniformity, and unlike the Dell, it displays a wide color gamut. The Dell is more suited to gaming, while the Nixeus performs better for everyday use. 

Samsung CHG70
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B&H

The Samsung CHG70 is a much better monitor than the Nixeus EDG 34. The Samsung is available with a 32-inch screen, and even though it has a VA panel like the Nixeus, the viewing angles are slightly better. There's VRR support through HDMI on the Samsung, but it doesn't have as good of a contrast as the Nixeus. The response time at 60Hz is also significantly better on the Nixeus.

MSI Optix G27C4
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Newegg.com

The MSI Optix G27C4 is a slightly better monitor than the Nixeus EDG 34. It's a smaller monitor with a higher refresh rate and has a better response time too. Unfortunately, the 1080p resolution is lower than the 1440p resolution on the Nixeus. The EDG 34 also has HDR support but works best with a DP connection.

Dell U2718Q
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Newegg.com

The Dell U2718Q is a better monitor than the Nixeus EDG 34. It has 4k resolution, outstanding ergonomics, and good viewing angles, so the Dell is a good monitor for in-office use. However, the Nixeus is a slightly better gaming monitor with a higher refresh rate and VRR support, plus the VA panel makes blacks look better than the Dell in dark rooms.

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