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Easy multi-function power button/control nub
Power delivered via barrel connector
Rich colors (once adjusted)
Sharp, crisp, steady HD/QHD (2K)/4K video
Strong, steady base & stand
Audio out (via 3.5mm jack - not tested [I use a USB headset])
Software controls available for monitor settings adjustment
Cons: Power brick
Fine-tuning takes a few hours
4k @ 60Hz not supported over HDMI
FreeSync over DP only
Heavy (base and stand are about 5kg)
No video-in securement (like with D-Sub/DVI)
Other Thoughts: I'll start off with a disclaimer that my video card currently only has D-Sub (15-pin VGA for non-technical people - the blue connector), DVI-D, and HDMI, so I couldn't put this to the limits testing as I have other hardware I've reviewed (that's worked anyway). It's an XFX Radeon R7 240.
I made the mistake of trying to set the color and sharpness of this monitor to the one it replaced, which didn't seem too hard as the sister-monitor was still on my desk, relegated to Monitor-2 status. That was mistake one. After installing the software from the included DVD, I was able to set a base color profile in Windows and adjust monitor settings via LG's OnScreen Control program. I have color, black adjustment, gamma, and everything set properly, and even a screenshot that's 1920x1080 looks crisp at 4K (3840x2160).
Games that can run 2K (for me Final Fantasy XIII2 & Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns, Left 4 Dead) run mostly smooth and VERY detailed. It's a vast improvement over standard HD (1080p). So far with games that max out at 1080p like the Dead Space Trilogy run without ANY lag or tearing. There's an increase of detail even over my old HD 1080p monitor.
Video is AMAZING! For videos up to 1440p60 (2K), motion is smooth and the video is crisp. I've tried video at 4K, but a combination of poor streaming service and only 30Hz for 4K, it wasn't smooth and frames tore between the segments buffered.
Other than how bright the control nub is at night & how long it took to get the settings fine-tuned, I have nothing negative to say about this monitor. It's almost everything I want (I'd prefer a 21:10 aspect ratio, but I'm spoiled by only replacing my monitors from 2004 two years ago), but implemented much better than I had thought of. While I can't keep this set at 4K all the time (combination of non-20/20 vision and still using a secondary 1080p monitor), I'm happy to have this great device start my journey into 4K. While I may not want to delve back into LGs' mobile device world, I have no problem recommending this display to anyone looking for a gaming monitor (for the few people who would also have an ATI video card to make use of FreeSync).
Pros: Been mistaken for a Surface
Comes with a magnetic keyboard cover
Speakers are excellent (but underpowered)
Can take microSDXC to 128GB
Cons: Charging is wonky (won't keep trickle-charging when battery is full)
MicroUSB port is for charging (doesn't come with a MicroUSB wall charger)
WiFi has major issues changing networks
Static in speakers when CPU/Flash is tasked beyond 50%
microSD card is permanently stuck in Read-Only status
Originally listed as WiFi+3g
No way to turn off screen without cover
Power button does NOT act as a Screen Lock
Front camera only works 1/5 times
Other Thoughts: While I like this device, I DON'T like the fact the 32GB internal storage is 1) that low and 2) fixed. I cannot update the tablet beyond the version of Windows 10 Home that came with it (tagged 27-APR-2016). The amount of RAM is sufficient, but the CPU can handle 64-bit instructions (it could take 64-bit Windows/OS).
The fact there was a period of marketing where it was advertised as having 3g built into the WiFi chip. That was cleared up by iRulu. I was not happy with that.
The near-constant static from the speakers when I'm trying to play a movie/game/youtube page is almost ignorable, but it's still something that doesn't happen with my Android phone or tablet.
Cortana is difficult to use without a bluetooth device but it is possible. She's actually pretty accurate.
The cover's touchpad is VERY wonky. Half the time it thinks I'm swiping from the right, which brings up Notifications/Messages. Most of the time you'll want to use the screen to scroll as the touchpad can't seem to figure out when you lift up and touch a different part of it. It DOES have a dedicated "left click" and "right click" area, but again, wonky.
These are a fault of Windows, but it could be a deal-breaker for many people:
The Camera isn't designed for low-light. Unless you're in a brightly lit room (strong artificial or daytime), the image quality is VERY poor. The front camera shouldn't be relied on as it seems no one at Microsoft can figure out HOW to have two cameras in one machine, or WHY anyone would want to have two cameras.
There is absolutely NO WAY to make even a single file on the SD card NOT read-only. Clearing the attribute does nothing as it's put right back. My account is an Administrative account. This is an issue whether it's formatted as exFAT or NTFS.
The screen is going to be scratched HEAVILY no matter how you use the device. I haven't taken off the second layer of film, and I'm glad I haven't. It is scratched to the point that it looks like I've had the thing for years when it's off, and it's only been used for just a few days (my Drive Manager didn't get me home on time, but I got home IN time). Invest in the company's Glass protector. Actually, buy them two/three at a time. The screen is great and shouldn't be blemished.
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Originally stated WiFi + 3g. I can't see that as a simple "error"
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Even cheap 'disposable' phones have trickle-charging. This device should as well
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There should be a workaround to treat the SD card as a SSD. This way we can actually use it to store apps on it and not fight the "read-only" war every time we try to install a program or store a document on it. The camera issue is a SERIOUS oversight if we're going to use this for videoconferencing or video calls. Perhaps having them detected as two separate devices would help?
If you go through my review history, I don't normally 'slam' items, but this one is just so... disappointing. If my last egg could be addressed, I'd be able to recommend this product to others. As the device is now, I simply can't.
Easy to migrate
Tools are useful and easy to figure out
Other Thoughts: I am using this drive on a board with only SATA 3.0Gbs (SATA v2.0), and the tested speeds are exactly half of the listed (275MB/s read, 250MB/s write).READ FULL REVIEW