|27” IPS BEZEL-LESS DISPLAY||4K3840x2160|
|144HzREFRESH RATE||1MSRESPONSE TIME|
|AMD FREESYNC PREMIUM PRO||VESA CERTIFIED ADAPTIVESYNC||NVIDIA G-SYNC COMPATIBLE|
|VESA DISPLAYHDR 600750 NITS PEAK BRIGHTNESS||10 000 000:1DYNAMIC CONTRAST RATIO|
OUT OF THE BOX
Your favorite retro games will also be upscaled pixel-perfect. No blur, no artifacts, just like the good old days.
|CROSSHAIROVERLAY||FRAME RATE COUNTEROVERLAY|
EVERYTHING YOU NEED,
NOTHING YOU DON'T
Got my glossy 4K monitor last week from DHL. Paid everything (duties/taxes) in advance so no issues. The box was fully intact, no scratches, marks or anything. Handled perfectly.
Everything present in the box (power brick and cable). Even some vintage Eve stickers.
Hooked the monitor up to my M1 Mac Mini (macOS 12.2.1) with a USB-C cable I got with an LG monitor back in 2018. Connected it, my Mac recognised it, instantly got full 4K resolution with variable 48-144 Hz refresh rate and HDR options. Not a single problem or hick-up. Absolutely perfect.
I downloaded and now use MonitorControl, a Mac app which allows you to control monitor brightness with the brightness controls on Apple keyboards. Works flawlessly. Monitor gets plenty bright and reflection are not a problem at all, but I knew/checked this beforehand.
Display performs beautifully, no issues (yet). Hopefully I don’t jinx myself but so far so good. 10/10 recommend for creative/productivity work and gaming. It really is an all-round beast. Such a shame the company is still clouded by its rep and logistics issues.
I got my monitor! I’ll post more pictures and updates about it when I hook it up. Here’s my timeline for those interested, 8-9 month wait, also I wasn’t asked to pay any tax fees or anything of the sort that people have been stating on here:
Details: 4k Matte order
Ordered in November 2021
Payed in full December 2021
Confirmed my address on July 20, 2022
*Received an email stating a delivery scheduled by UPS from “SHIPBOB” on August 12, 2022
Received Monitor on August 13, 2022
|display||monitor size||27" (diagonal)|
|Image quality||native resolution||3840×2160 pixels
|HDR||HDR10 Media Profile
VESA DisplayHDR600 certified
|displayable colors||1.07 billion|
|color gamut||98% DCI-P3
|color depth||10-bit (8-bit + A-FRC)|
|color accuracy||Individual factory calibration
D65 white point, average ΔE 0.6 (typical)
|contrast ratio||1000:1 typical
10 000 000:1 dynamic
|viewing angles||178° horizontal 178° vertical|
Low-haze anti-glare matte coating (model ES07D03)
Low-haze anti-reflective glossy coating (model ES07DC9)
|Speed||response time||5ms (gray-to-gray) typical
1ms (gray-to-gray) overdrive
|frequency range||48Hz - 144Hz|
|adaptive sync||VESA AdaptiveSync Display certified
NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible certified
AMD FreeSync Premium Pro certified
|Technology||panel technology||Nano IPS Oxide TFT LCD|
|backlight technology||Bottom edge-lit white LED with KSF nano-particle layer|
Global or no dynamic dimming in SDR mode
16-zone local dimming in HDR mode
HDMI 2.1 video input
DisplayPort 1.4 video input
DisplayPort 1.4 video input.
SuperSpeed+ USB (USB 3.1 Gen 2, up to 10Gbps).
Upstream connection to computer.
Power output up to 20V 5A (100W)(USB PD 3.0).
SuperSpeed+ USB (USB 3.1 Gen 2, up to 10Gbps).
Power output up to 5V 3A (15W).
SuperSpeed+ USB (USB 3.1 Gen 2, up to 10Gbps).
Power output up to 5V 2A (10W).
|3.5mm audio jack||1x
Analog audio output from video input source.
SuperSpeed+ USB (USB 3.1 Gen 2, up to 10Gbps)upstream connection to computer.
|Features||simultaneous active inputs||Split-screen mode|
|VESA mount compatible||VESA Mounting Interface Standard 100x100mm|
|Kensington lock compatible||Yes|
|Pixel-perfect upscaling using integer-ratio pixel duplication for low-resolution input signals maintains the iconic look of pixel art and keeps retro games looking crisp.|
|A crosshair overlay assists your aim and gives a competitive advantage.|
|A Frame rate counter overlay shows you how well your system performs and helps pick the right settings for any game.|
|The pre-sets have been tuned by Blur Busters for great performance straight out of the box.|
|User-upgradable firmware allows development to continue to tweak existing features and unlock new ones.|
|Adjustment||controls||1x Power button
1× 5-Way joystick (OSD menu controls and quick actions).
Controls are centered on the back of the monitor.
|status light||1x User-adjustable power indicator light (Default behavior: solid white when on, pulsing white in standby).|
English, Chinese, Spanish, German, French, Japanese.
|Stand||The Dough Spectrum Stand (ES07D04) is sold separately.|
|material||Cast aluminum alloy|
|vertical tilt||7° down, 23° up|
|pivot (portrait/landscape)||90° left, 90° right|
|removable||Yes, with quick-release button|
|Size and weight||dimensions, monitor with stand (WxHxD)||607×571×227mm landscape, highest
607×449×227mm landscape, lowest.
351×707×227mm portrait, highest.
351×617×227mm portrait, lowest.
|dimensions, monitor only (W×H×D)||
696×446×137mm with box.
|dimensions, stand only (W×H×D)||
532×212×135mm with box.
|weight, monitor with stand||6.7kg|
|weight, monitor only||
7.9kg with box
|weight, stand only||
2.9kg with box.
|ELECTRICAL AND OPERATING REQUIREMENTS||operating conditions||
0 – 35°C
20 – 80% RH
-20 – 60°C
20 – 80% RH
|power supply type||External power adapter|
|power supply input||
110 – 240V 3.5A
50Hz - 60Hz
|LIMITED WARRANTY||3 years limited warranty|
|'Zero bright dot' pixel policy|
|For warranty details or instructions, please refer to the warranty policy.|
|IN THE BOX||Dough Spectrum.
Quick start guide
Color calibration report
|Feature available pending firmware update.|
Currently we have a total of 5 different Spectrum models, ranging from different resolutions and refresh rates. The monitors come with matte screen finish as default, however you can opt for glossy finish instead. Keep in mind that glossy panel option is only available on 4K model and QHD 280Hz model.
Are the glossy variants share the same model number as their matte counterpart?
Although they are very similar with only difference in panel finish, Spectrum glossies have their own model number. ES07DC9 is the model number for Spectrum 4K glossy, and ES07DCA is the model number for Spectrum 280Hz glossy. This is important to keep in mind to distinguish the models apart for troubleshooting purposes and especially when choosing which firmware update package to use.
How do I update the firmware?
Spectrum features user-upgradable firmware. Updating the firmware may resolve issues and may improve or add new features. You can download the latest firmware updates from the Downloads section of our support page at https://www.dough.tech/pages/downloads. Currently, the firmware update can only be performed on devices running Windows OS. Mac users may use Parallels to perform update. Special instructions may be included, so keep an eye out for instructions.pdf included on each install package.
Remember that firmware update is a risky process. Please do not proceed if you are uncertain. We recommend only installing firmware update if you are experiencing issues or intend to use the new features it adds. Make sure that the monitor is connected to a reliable power source.
The new firmware doesn’t work well for me. Can I rollback?
You certainly can. Simply download the firmware package of the version you want to rollback to and proceed with installing as normal. Follow the installation instruction included within the firmware package.
My monitor refuses to turn on after running the update. Am I missing something?
If you have given ample time for the updater to process everything, then a prompt to restart the monitor will appear. However, there are a few instances when the monitor refuses to function properly after restart. When this happens, you will have to do a full power cycle (turn off the device and unplug the power cord for about 15-20 seconds) before turning on the device again. You may have to perform the power cycle several times before the monitor functions normally.
I need help with my device, what should I do?
We have a robust community filled with other members who own a Spectrum and are more than willing to help you should you encounter any issue! Feel free to go to https://dough.community/ and you will find many different topics and discussions. Become a member and you can contribute as well! Alternatively, should you encounter issues that our community cannot assist you with, you can reach our support team by filling the form at https://www.dough.tech/pages/support
I just got my Spectrum and I noticed that my firmware is currently on version 100. Does that mean I am using a legacy firmware?
That depends on what Spectrum model you have. Spectrums that came later in the development comes shipped with version 100 but already equipped with the latest features and bug fixes. Always double check your model number with the firmware you install. Installing wrong firmware to the wrong model can cause issues to the monitor.
My Spectrum kept on blanking when used with my PS5
Implementation of PS5 VRR post Spectrum development caused the function to not being able to be tested properly before the units reach the hands of our customers. This caused the screen to not be able to process the image properly, which results in screen blanking and flickering. To fix this, you will have to update your firmware to at least version 107 (for ES07D03 model). All other Spectrum variants are already shipped with the latest firmware available, which means that firmware update is unnecessary to fix this issue.
My Spectrum doesn’t perform as expected; some resolution options are not available and exhibits blanking/flickering.
There are a few things you can check; start with the cable used. Running a monitor with high resolution and high refresh rate requires a good cable. We always recommend using our Dough branded cables which has specifications to be able to facilitate the monitor’s maximum functions. Another thing to check is your connected hardware. Make sure that the video card supports the resolution you are after. Always keep all drivers updated! Spectrum also has firmware updates which enables certain resolution options and bug fixes.
My Spectrum refuses to be detected as a FreeSync Premium Pro supported device. Is this an error?
In the OSD (On Screen Display), there is a setting which toggles AdaptiveSync option. This needs to be toggled on in order for your device to detect the feature.
#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.
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