This is a review of my monitor I purchased in April 2012 on amazon.co.uk for £270. This monitor product was only released I think during February 2012. I have to say that I am pleased with this monitor despite a few problems that I experienced early on. The monitor whilst high priced, is a super sized screen which I use whilst surfing the Internet on my laptop. I use my laptop keyboard to type and this monitor shows the Internet screen.The colors are really well textured. The design of the monitor is really good because the bezel is quite small and this gives me almost a full viewing experience on this 24 inch monitor. It was very easy to install, but I had to purchase a Startech Mini DisplayPort to Dvi converter to get the full 1080pixels. The lag times are faster than the Samsung Samsung S23A700 and the performance is also better. When using the HDMI cable I can watch in High definition 720p but not full HD. Another selling point of this monitor is that it is 3D vision ready if you have a 3D compatible graphics card as well as the Nvidia glasses. Using this monitor for gaming as well as live sports streaming is good as the screen is responsive with 2ms response time and has an instant motion feature. The monitor is also wide screen.
The box contained the monitor and stand and a nice base. The screen is matte colored and this means that there is not much reflection on the screen at all. This might appeal to some but people who like glossy screens might think otherwise. I received a VGA cable and power cable. The optional extras which people would have to buy separately would be the Mini Display Port cable as well as the HDMI cable. There is a Dual link DVI cable, but my laptop does not have a dual link DVI port. The screen when I placed my VGA cable was really good. I noticed that I could change the settings using the side buttons on the right hand side of the screen. Secondly there is another switch that magnetically stays on the base also enables me to save my settings. The viewing angles could have been better. There is some back light bleeding issues on my second screen but this is a very minor issue.
Features wise being there are a few things to talk about. One is that the monitor tilts from landscape to portrait which is easy to move around. It can also be moved from side to side to make the viewing angle more convenient. The on screen display settings are easy to locate the menu at the side of the screen. It is also possible to store 3 different picture settings and save them to the magnetic switch on the base of the monitor. This allows you to have different picture set ups which allows the user to have a wide ranging viewing experience. You can also rest your headphones at the back of the monitor after you have finished using the screen, as there is a red headphone holder on the stand.
I found this screen easy to set up and install. I did need additional cables to buy though even at 720p was good enough.
This is quite a massive sized screen that is big enough to stream videos and watch movies in Hi definition.
Great colours and contrast, along with the 120hz refresh rate, and fast 2ms response time make this an all round excellent purchase. The screen is customisable and the On screen display settings make setting up the screen easy. I have made numerous changes to the display of the colours, brightness and contrast.
The design is pretty good because the bezel is small. The color contrast and brightness levels are excellent. The screen is easy to use and easy to install. The screen refreshes at a chosen resolution within around 4 or 5 seconds. I managed to find many options, but my graphics card could not go to the 120hz signal at 1080p. Asides from that the monitor is excellent.
The manufacturers set up and instruction manual could be more detailed and easier to set up the monitor.
For a monitor this is reasonably expensive at around £260-300. After a few days I did notice a few dead pixels. which I considered a bit disappointing, though I still find this a really good monitor. The dead pixels are not noticeable from all viewing angles and in the bigger scheme of things is not too problematic.
I invested £13 in a DVI link cable which connected to the Mini display-port from my laptop to the DVI port of the monitor. This enabled me to find extra settings such as the 120hz refresh rate. With the 120hz refresh rate setting I could only access this at 720p and not as expected at full HD 1080p. This is because my graphics card is not fast enough to play games and video at 120 frames per second. Separately I would need to spend another thousand Pounds for a top end graphics computer.
This is a TN panel and not an IPS. The monitor performs well when playing games and watching movies. I really do like this monitor. The screen displays the different colours really well. For performance I am pleased I went for this monitor. For the money paid it is well worth it. There are more expensive IPS screens that have a higher resolution but some of these also have a slower response time. So for performance and price this is a good investment indeed.
During the end of May 2012 my screen had some dead pixels and so I had to return it and get a replacement. The service provided on Amazon.co.uk was first class in terms of getting a replacement or a refund.The replacement screen I have now is perfectly good. I would say that this is an excellent monitor despite needing to have a top end computer to utilize this screen to its full potential.