how it's made

#1 DEVELOPED IN THE CROWD

First, we asked our community what kind of display and features they wanted. Based on the poll results, we ended up with important specs like the size, resolution, high refresh rate and color accuracy. After that, we kicked off the next stage of the project.

#2 DESIGN CONCEPTS

Our community wanted a monitor with powerful gaming performance which doesn't look out of place in a professional environment. We chose a panel from LG Display and began the industrial design stage with our design partner, Propeller. We designed 5 different concepts of the monitor, Blade, Blocks, Float, Lamp and Stationery. We asked the community which concept looks best, and they chose Blocks as the winner.

#3 BUILDING THE STAND

An iconic display is only complete with an iconic stand. So, how do we make the perfect monitor stand? We listened to what our community wanted. The most common requests we got were for adjustable height, rotation, and tilt. We made Spectrum VESA compatible giving you the option to use the monitor mount you already have at home. To get the ultimate Spectrum setup, we recommend to pair it with its original custom stand.

#4 FINAL DESIGN REVEALED

Early 2020, we shared the big news with everyone. Project Spectrum gets announced to the world, and the name, as with everything else, is chosen by the community. We revealed Spectrum’s final design, and 3 available models including the 4K version. Our product team and partners joined forces to make sure that our monitor not only looks amazing but also is highly functional. After a few months of development, the first Spectrum prototype was assembled and turned on for the very first time.

#5 ENGINEERING VALIDATION

The purpose of the Engineering validation testing phase (EVT) is to make sure all the parts of the monitor fit together as intended. We carefully inspected the samples and tested the ports, stand, joystick, and checked the paint finish. In addition, we also developed the firmware to test the basic functions of the monitor. All feedback was then passed on to our manufacturer to improve the product and its user experience.

#6 DESIGN VALIDATION

Enter the design validation test stage. This is where we start building DVT samples using the same machinery that will be used in mass production and adjust the equipment if necessary. We focus on the assembly process, calibrating the machines and training the technicians. Within the first production run, we assembled 80 units that represent the final product. From these, samples were sent to third parties for further testing and certification.

#7 COMMUNITY TESTERS

Now that we have early production samples, we decided to do what no other hardware company has done before. We sent prototype units to 9 community members to test and find potential bugs, collaborating closely with our product team. Spectrum is now equipped with features like 4K, 144 hertz, HDMI 2.1, single cable connection with Type-C, user-upgradeable firmware and factory calibrated colors. We made sure all features were tested thoroughly before moving on to the next stage of development.

#8 PRODUCTION VALIDATION

At this stage, we are only one step away from mass production. Here, we test the stability of the production line, fix any outstanding issues, finish reliability tests, and confirm the final quality standards for the production. The cool part of this stage is that we sign a “golden sample”. This is the 1 unit that all parties agree to be final. All mass production units need to match the quality of the golden sample. After all these tests are done, we’re ready to produce Spectrum at scale.

#9 CREATING THE PACKAGING

It feels good to unbox a nice package every once in a while, and Spectrum customers deserve nothing less. When we designed Spectrum’s packaging, we yet again listened to our community who wanted an environmentally friendly material. That’s why instead of Styrofoam, we designed a box with 80% recyclable cardboard that is sustainably sourced, and only used some foam to reduce vibrations during shipping. Fun fact: the wallpaper featured on our modern packaging was developed by a talented community member - @jozedwardo.

#10 MASS PRODUCTION

On June 2021, we began the mass production of the Spectrum 4K model. The panel and motherboard are assembled inside the frame, and each unit is individually color calibrated. Other quality checks and a third-party quality control inspection also take place to make sure there are no defects when you use it. After the monitor passes through all the quality checks, it’s packaged and boxed, ready to be picked up for shipping all across the world.

#11 THE FIRST-EVER GLOSSY GAMING MONITOR

During the development of the Spectrum monitor, we explored other available coatings for the polarizer. While the industry standard remains to be the anti-reflective matte coating, our findings show that glossy coating provides better-perceived colors, deeper blacks and sharper texts. Our community welcomed the idea, and we developed the first-ever glossy gaming monitor. Thanks to your feedback, we continue to improve our products to ensure that we keep powering your passion.