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Good (for the money)
on December 7, 2014
I bought this from local Costco.
0. The Price.
1. The monitor is blindingly bright. It actually hurt my eyes when I first set it on and turn on. (Max bright factory setting) I use 20% brightness and 50% contrast for day and night.
2. Also color is very pleasing. Pictures feels like pop out of flat panel even compared to other IPS monitors I work with.
0. Only two input, HDMI and VGA. Lack of displayport is no problem for its resolution is HD.
1. VGA connection with PC gives crisp picture. I didn't tried HDMI, but I feel no need to do.
2. Lack of angle/height adjustment. There is no adjustment at all. Lack of Up/Down tilt is sometimes dis-satisfactory, but thanks to wide viewing angle, I don't feel much need after a few days. (EDIT: It tilts up and down. I found out from the response from manufacturer. Then this should go to "Good" because of minimal design of the backside.)
3. Game Mode. It is useless. Sharpness is fixed too high so it produce too much artifact to enjoy.
4. No sound. I don't like crappy monitor speakers. So no problem for me.
5. Lack of mount.
6. Cheesy design. I actually hesitated buy this monitor because of the look. But after turn on I don't care.
0. Wobbly. Like other review, this monitor is wobbly although manufacturers defies. It is not assembly error. It is stand by only one transparent blue pillar, but the the pillar itself is not solid enough. So it wobbles left and right (but less front and back). I think the design is not good enough for horizontally long monitor like this. I wonder even If they made it with more solid meterial, it would wobble. It was annoying when you adjust setting of your monitor (They are touch sensitive buttons!) and it wobbles. I put my speakers under both side and now it stopped wobbling.
1. Corner uniformity issue. Left and right column corner (close to edge) is look a bit darker vertically than other area. It is mostly from viewing angle since if I move to side it is less. But it still happens when I moved to left and right side. Actually right side is a bit more affected (darker) than the left side. I actually considered return this monitor because of this issue. But it is not more than the place for the scroll bar. (So by Chrome scroll bar looks a bit rounded--gradation-- than flat.) But it is unnoticeable in most cases if I let it go. I think it is a sacrifice from narrow bezel design in this model. But I should admit that I have quite sensitive eyes. I just hope that it is not get worsen.
Verdict: Good (for the money)
*Addition after about 1 month of use:
Generally, I think this is good monitor. I found if I look carefully, many wide monitors I work with also show not uniform brightness on both side ends. (But this monitor is more noticeable)
But wobbling can be a real deal-breaker. I tested with other monitors and they wobble a bit, but they are all absorbed within 2~3 second. I noticed this monitor keep wobbling a lot longer than other monitors. It can be annoying because you can get nauseous when try to focus on wobbling small texts. Furthermore, it can accumulate vibration (If not installed on heavy platform e.g. cheap desk), so it can even wobble from keystokes. But as I said, I put speakers below and they are okay for me. It may be acceptable for TVs, but not for monitors because you need to focus on small texts.
One more thing I regret now is lack of 120 Hz support because recently I am considering 3D display. But I should admit that this starts from the good picture quality of this monitor, and too much expectation for the price.
*Addition after about 2 month of use:
I returned it to Costco. I decided spend another $100 for better product. I considered using it as second multiple display but didn't do it because of wobbling.