- 2560 x 1440 (2K) 6ms
Dead on arrival 02/18/2014
This review is from: "Glossy" 27" MONEX M27QSM 2560x1440 QHD SAMSUNG PLS Panel Computer Monitor
* Looks nice
* simple setup, screw the base to the arm and insert the arm into the unit
* No useless extras like speakers
* buttons for power, +/- brightness (and 4 dummy buttons. wut)
* Panel nonfunctional on first power-on
* Panel had a large static charge immediately on unwrap. Lots of things can contribute to this but the most likely is manufacturing processes.
* Did not come in a protective sleeve, just bare styrofoam, another possible contributor to static buildup
* I've found 2 dead pixels so far, there are probably more but I can't get it to actually display anything.
I adequately grounded myself before touching it, like I always do when opening and dealing with electronics. Grabbing a metal water tap with the water running is the best way, it puts you in contact with a gigantic chunk of copper, cast iron, and water, many hundreds of feet of which is buried directly underground.
I'm glad I didn't plug the DVI cable into the computer first, there was probably enough juice to fry most or all of the components there too. I didn't even get it all the first time: I re-grounded myself, and it shocked me _again_.
Regardless, the monitor has never displayed anything other than a continuous mask of red and green bars that sometimes change gradually with what the computer is pushing to it. To be honest, I'm not sure whether it died when it shocked me, or when it was shipped, or if it even made it out of the factory with a charge like that on it. If it were like a typical computer case, the metal support structures would be grounded and would protect the guts from stuff like this, and it looks an awful lot like impact damage to me.
No point in lying about the static thing. I'm quite sure I followed standard electronic handling practices, I've never once had an issue of this sort with any other piece of hardware I dealt with, monitor or otherwise, in all the years I've been buying stuff from newegg. I've had a hard drive arrive DOA, but shipping companies ruin those all the time. I will give this thing ONE more chance if they let me RMA it, and the next one I get will be tested with a multimeter against a solid ground, on video, before I even get it out of the box.
I hate to give 1 star reviews for things like DOAs that are often brought on by poor shipping, especially in this time, given the circumstances. If it wasn't the shipping that killed it, it was almost certainly the electric mishap. I'm quite sure I was electrically neutral, leaving only the option that the monitor wasn't. Newegg needs an option to post a review without giving an egg count, I don't want to ruin the score of what might turn out to be an OK deal, assuming shipping doesn't run it over with a barge on the way.
I'm not that upset because it was really cheap, and frankly, I wouldn't have bought it if I wasn't ready to deal with something like this, I'd have opted for something more local.
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