- 1920 x 1080 2ms GTG
- DCR 1,000,000:1 (1,000:1)
- D-Sub, HDMI
Good auxillary monitor 12/10/2011
I bought this monitor as an extra display to a work laptop that would be used for mainly for academic purposes (text, email, powerpoint presentations). I had pretty simple needs on this; really just something that would be pleasant to look at and have 1080 resolution. The display is very uniform with minimal aberrations in brightness or color. The response rate is great, and I like that this display attains very dark blacks. I was expecting drab blacks from this with the matte coating but was pleasantly surprised; additionally, there is a very bright window behind this and the anti-glare in the screen has been excellent. Being LED, this monitor is extremely light and does not generate much heat. This is an excellent display for work (for work like mine) or even better gaming. The price was excellent and a key factor in my decision to get this.
Regarding drawbacks, the viewing angle is a mild issue. I did not consider viewing angle in my decision, failing to realize that moving around in my chair at my desk with a giant monitor less than 3ft away from my face could be a problem. This is more of an issue with bigger monitors, because if you are close to the screen and really focused on one area another area on the other side isn't viewable. This might not have been a problem had the stand permitted more mobility. In judging the validity of my criticism, the only other 27 in display that I can compare this to is a $1300 27 in NEC monitor with an IPS panel (these monitors are side by side); thus, this may actually have an excellent viewing angle compared to other LED TN displays. Also, there is no DVI port; I'm using a DVI to HDMI cord that does the job, but a standard DVI port would be preferred.
I spent well over 2 months researching displays. Overall, I would still buy this display again for <$300 and fully recommend it. Compared to my Macbook's display, I find the colors a bit more brilliant with a sharper contrast. The viewing angle is also better on this, though that may not be a fair comparison given the size discrepancy and that the Mac is about 3-4 years older. Compared to the NEC, I have to get a newer computer to utilize the full potential, but at 1080 resolution, this monitor comes fairly close with regards to the overall quality of images. It is thinner, runs much cooler, and has a better response rate. Aside from better resolution, the NEC has a vastly superior viewing angle (and ironically stand mobility), essentially perfect uniformity, and better color accuracy, but given the heat generation, size, and staggering cost difference, it should really be left to specific professional applications. If you are getting a gaming monitor, this LED display would be perfect
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