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| p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Cheap Korean S-IPS 27" 2560 x 1440 monitors for under $350!? |
I've been looking to upgrade my 24" 1920x1200px Samsung TN monitor to a higher resolution 30" or 27" IPS monitor. But so far it looks like the entrance price is around $1,000 - $1,300 at minimum if I go with a 30" or 27" from Dell or HP and even more if you go with a NEC or other higher end monitor. That is just too rich for me right now.
However, while googling around I came across forums dedicated to cheap S-IPS monitors (S-IPS panels made by LG) that sell for under $400. These montors are relatively "bare bones" (most of them lacking OSD,scalers or more importantly display port inputs) but the picture quality appears to be close to the same as the 27" iMAC which allegedly uses the same panels. However, I doubt there is any long term warranty (besides sending it back along with reverse shipping to Korea) and the monitor stand durability and overall styling is not up to Western standards.
ACHIEVA Shimian QH270-Lite Quad HD 2560x1440 ($339 with free shipping from South Korea)
YAMAKASI CATLEAP Q270 LED SE 27"2560X1440 ($317 with free shipping)
I also found this (ugly looking, !) 27" IPS monitor available at Microcenter for $399. It has a display port connection unlike most of the Korean models I looked at as well as a built-in scaler:
Here is a hardocp forum thread about these monitors: http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1675393&page=120
Browsing the ebay listings I pretty much got lost trying to decipher the different models and their differences. For example, some have speakers, tempered glass covers, 10bit (pseudo apparently), TV tuners etc.. After a while I just gave up and came here looking to see if anybody else has ordered one and what they think of it and what model they recommend. I personally don't care about in-built speakers or TV tuners and would prefer a model with adjustable stand (swivel,tilt) & display port connections (rather than just dual link DVI) for longevity and compatibility reasons. I'm also debating whether to go with 16:9 27" model or 30" 16:10 although the 30" models I looked at were much more expensive at $1,000 which is roughly what one can pickup the HP 30" monitor for here in the states.
These monitors are very tempting due to the price and I'd love to get your opinions on if I should seriously consider purchasing one and which one would be best given my preferences.
Also my current video card is the NVidia 8800GT running Windows 7 on 3Ghz Intel Q6600. Can it drive dual link DVI at 2560X1440? I don't play much games but do need occasionally to be able to drive fullscreen games/simulators at native panel resolution and still enjoy 30fps.
Edited on May 26, 2012 at 07:42 PM · View previous versions