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I didn't want to hate you! I swear!
on October 15, 2010
I pride myself in very rarely having any issues with items I purchase due to my thorough research based upon professional and consumer reviews. So far this has left me with very few product issues throughout my life... until now.
First let me start off by stating that 1) I work in the computer industry 2) I'm a gamer and hardcore PC user 3) I only make purchases with positive reviews 4) I own an ASUS product that I love and couldn't live without (Eee PC 1005 netbook) and 5) Despite utilizing everyone else's reviews, I've never given back to the community by reviewing my product... well that is about to change.
So how could I go wrong with 4 ½ out of 5 stars with 5 reviews on Amazon (at my purchase time), countless EXTREMELY positive reviews on that "newer" egg site, and coupled with the fact that I own an ASUS product and it has worked wonders for me?
Well I could go wrong by buying this monitor and I'm now on my third (second from Amazon) monitor which is currently packed up ready to ship back.
First monitor I purchased worked despite a significant amount of light bleed and so I returned it to the brick and mortar store because I thought I might get a monitor with less light bleed and Amazon was SOOOO much cheaper, especially in California where you have to pay a hazard fee of $16 on top of taxes and donate your first born to the State (I made that last part up... for now).
What a mistake that was, or maybe a blessing in disguise in the long run to avoid future problems?
The first monitor I got from amazon actually had significantly less light bleed then that from the brick and mortar store, had no dead pixels, and worked fine despite being delivered via UPS in a box that looked like it had fought in Vietnam or more likely tied via rope to the back of the UPS truck and dragged to my house for 10 miles. About 3 weeks later, during work, the monitor turned off. Before you freak out and ask did I try a new cable, or perhaps video drivers, etc.? Yes I tested it all and my second monitor on hand worked fine with the same DVI cord, power cord, power on, bla bla.
The display ports... all of them weirdly enough... decided to die. So I promptly called Amazon and they offered to send a new monitor out and gave me a shipping label which I promptly slapped on that monitor and sent away.
New monitor (second from Amazon) arrived and set it up and turned it on and "Holy dead and stuck pixel batman". The left side of the screen looked like someone had keyed my monitor's pixels and then for good measure they decided to sprinkle stuck red and green pixels all over the left-bottom half of the screen for jolly good Christmas measure. There are also several grouped dead pixels on the top edge of the screen as well although less "in your face".
About ¾ of the red and green pixels have now gone unstuck after running countless programs to aid in that issue but the dead pixels remain, obviously, as they are dead and not just stuck. The backlighting is also horribly uneven. Use a plain background as your screen saver, such as red, and the top is dark red and the bottom is light pink.
Sigh... back she goes and I'm done with ASUS.
While I package this baby up, I'm writing from my P2770H monitor which typically I think this current brand is overpriced and overrated but it's working GREAT and looks, in my aesthetic opinion, much sleeker and performs so much better. Yes the brightness on the Samsung is like staring into the sun, but you can easily turn that brightness down.
Frustrated as I must be to be that one out of a million guy that not only got one bad monitor, but three, I must regretfully have to rate this monitor very low.
So final suggestion? It's Buy at your own risk knowing that most are happy and perhaps I'm a fluke but maybe you will be too..