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Pros: Outstanding color presentation and blacks presentation. Absolutely top notch. A lot of technology and adjustment capability in this monitor. If you do your research you'll find settings that will reduce both ghosting and tearing to very minimal levels. No, it's not to the point of eliminating these factors like they do on the 144 Hz capable panel but unless you put these side by side on the same signal you won't notice.
Cons: The price. But, all things considered, you won't find a better value on 2560 x 1440. Especially when you take into account the quality of the picture and the relatively low response time and lag.
Overall Review: For all those single monitor users who run single video cards with over 2GB of GDDR; there is finally an affordable reason to justify your purchase. Running the highest graphic capable titles with everything juiced up will push the 2GB threshold. I myself and not big into multi-panel gaming. I value a single panel at the best resolution & picture quality I can get. My keen eyes soak it all up! Keeping it simple yet pro.
Pros: -Excellent viewing angles
-Sharp text, even small print is very readable
-Excellent adjustable stable stand that works great and looks nice.
-Uses a Samsung PLS panel (similar to IPS)
-Comes packaged with every cable type and connection
-Great 3 year warranty shows they most likely use quality parts 1 year bright pixel policy.
-Uses real buttons instead of the the annoying touch buttons.
-Small bezel around the screen.
-1:1 Display option at 1080p resolution. It can be useful despite what some people claim.
-Designed by Asus, a well known name brand company that puts out quality products.
Cons: - Expensive, although cheaper than some other brands.
Overall Review: ** I purchased this from another store due to having a gift certificate there at the time. **
I have been very happy with this monitor. My previous monitor had horrible viewing angles and it drove me crazy. I notice no flicker or buzzing at all. I don't see any backlight bleed on mine.
Games play great with this monitor. My CPU is an Intel 3570K and my video card is an AMD 7950 (3GB). Neither are overclocked, and I mostly play Guild Wars 2, but have tried a few other games like Battlefield 3 and they all play great, much better than I expected.
I do have two tiny stuck pixels on the far left of the screen, but they are so tiny I can't even see them unless my eye is a few inches away and its a totally black screen. A person is being unrealistic if they are expecting a monitor with this many millions of pixels to be perfect.
Pros: > The monitor looks great. The look is strictly business and I mean that in the best way possible. No see-through plastic, accent colors, or gloss finish.
> The menu and adjustment buttons are ACTUAL BUTTONS. Coming from a monitor with touch-senor buttons, these make navigating menus much easier.
> Assembly is incredibly easy. No tools required. Slide monitor into base, screw in using supplied tab, adjust, plug up cables, and you're good.
> Zero dead pixels on mine plus ASUS has a great warranty on this product.
> Colors pop like fireworks. Blacks are black and whites are white. What this means is that game environments have a lot of depth and really draw you in.
> Huge resolution. I wasn't sure just how much more I could do coming from 1080p, but man was I impressed.
> Comes with required cables, don't buy them! I used DVI-D cable and it works great.
Cons: > You will probably notice some tearing with fact-paced FPS games. Is this the ideal monitor for gaming? Probably not if you like fluid, fast motion. For me, though, the large resolution, vibrancy, and sharpness of detail is a great compromise.
Overall Review: I'm a pro photographer so the decision to get this was 50% business, 50% personal. Editing photos has been much more enjoyable. Many gamers will look at this because of the resolution and vibrant colors. As a gamer, I can see I am without a doubt enjoying it more than my last LCD monitor. Light up a torch in Skyrim, explore the countryside at night with the Aurora Borealis overhead and you'll see just what vivid and beautiful colors this monitor can produce.
You will get a MINIMAL amount of reflection on the screen with lights nearby, but its barely noticeable. Pair this with amBX Cyborg lights and you'll be drawn in like never before.
Pros: *** Minor additions to the review after several months of use
Let me start off and say: the clarity of 2650x1440 compared to 1920x1080 is amazing. The pixelation of text and edges look much softer and much easier on the eyes, making using my PC easier to use for an extended period of time without getting eye fatigue. To get an idea of how much sharper it really is, this monitor is 3686400 pixels, versus full HD's 2073600 pixels. That's 77.8% more screen space!
When I'm working I like to tile my windows so I don't have to switch between every time time I needed to see something else. Before this monitor, I had a second monitor in place to take on windows that didn't fit well in my multitasking. With this (huge) resolution I no longer need that second monitor and have gained the space on my desk back. *** I've since mounted on a desk arm and am constantly considering adding a second because of just how spectacular this monitor is. I still don't need more screen real estate, so will save for another tool- a Wacom CintiQ 13HD, perhaps?
The stand is very nice. Adjusting the height glides easy, while not being loose, and the tilt is of the same caliber. The plastic on this is thick enough it doesn't bow in like some monitors do. If you're accustom to TN panels, you'll really appreciate the feel of quality you'll find in this monitor.
This monitor has some real heft to it. I can pick up my other monitors with one hand, flip it around, and carry it across the the room. This one needs more care, not because it's more expensive, but rather it's 20 lbs.. Takes me back to the 90's, where heft was a good sign it was expensive.
Gaming for me is smooth on this monitor (Radeon HD 7850). I did lose quite a bit of frames per second because of the high resolution, but not to the point of being unplayable. If need be, I could switch the games to the lower 1920x1080 and still enjoy the games the same as I did before. I used to swear that I wouldn't buy a monitor with anything longer than a 2ms response time, but now that I've had this monitor (5ms) I don't find it to be as much of an issue. Most TV's I've played on have an 8-12ms response time and it didn't bother me then, so I don't really know why I was so against it for my PC. *** See Cons
Watching movies is very nice, however full HD movies look small now. Going full screen with a full HD movie is akin to what 720 looks like on 1080. While you're not getting the pixel for pixel ratio it's still enjoyable, if not slightly blurred. I have my desk set up so I can get away from the chair and sit on my couch instead when I'm watching movies, and from that distance I can't tell the difference.
***The color accuracy is very satisfying. I've done some minor adjustments, and comparing image to print from my Canon PIXMA PRO-100 is only slightly muddied in the dark colors. I've experienced far worse in TN panels, and this is definitely a breath of fresh air.
Cons: *** After using this monitor for 3 months I have noticed some ghosting while gaming or watching movies, but it disappears so quickly I hardly have time to process it. I couldn't stress enough that this minor occurrence is nothing compared to the overall quality of this monitor.
Overall Review: I use my computer for everything from entertainment to work. It's worthwhile for me to have something nicer being as I don't need anything else (no TV, no game console, no cable box, etc.). Where I would have spent thousands on the "ultimate entertainment space" in the living room I've condensed into my office and made a spectacular multipurpose space for art, movies, games, music, and general processing.
I entirely recommend this monitor. The price is very right compared to monitors in it's same class. For someone who uses their computer often (or if you're an Apple refugee to Linux or Windows), you'll greatly appreciate this monitor.
** I originally wrote this review 3 months on a competitor's website because they, at the time, offered a better deal. 99/100 times I go Newegg, but this round they did not win out.
Pros: Great color accuracy
I did not notice any ghosting
I love the ergonomics!
Speakers are loud
Cons: Speaker quality could be better
Overall Review: I've been looking for a new monitor for a while to go with the new pc I built. I stumbled upon this beauty for just $230. An IPS display, matte panel, and epic ergonomics just makes it awesome. What even makes it better is that it has a displayport for it's pricing. I was reading many reviews of the predecessor, the pa238q, before I purchased this. Common complaints were about the bleeding. From what I see, Asus fixed it with this model because on my monitor there is absolutely no bleeding, atleast from what my eyes can tell.
Pros: - Crisp image
- Great for movies or gaming
Cons: - A little difficult to get cables plugged in
- DisplayPorts only lasted 4 years
Overall Review: I have 3 of these monitors and have been very happy with them until now. I purchased them new 4 years ago and within the past couple months 2 of them have stopped receiving signal on DisplayPort. I swapped cables, swapped ports on the graphics card, and swapped monitors around until I narrowed down the issue to the monitors' DisplayPort. This is particularly frustrating since the warranty only lasts 3 years and these monitors are an expensive purchase. There is an expectation for them to last longer. I just checked about repairs and they quoted me $270 each. With all the planned obsolescence practices being exposed these days, it certainly makes you wonder.
Pros: This is great monitor for $489
chose $10 shipping and arrived in 2 days
No Dead Pixels, Clear , Crisp and brilliant color 2560x1440
4 Inputs- VGA,DP,HDMI, and DVI Dual-link with all cable provided
Monitor swivel, tilts, height, and pivots portrait mode
I bought this for an upgrade for my 5 year old 27inch 1920x1200 Hanns.G monitor!
Cons: I'm coming from a 1920x1200 27inch and the Desktop icon and Fonts were just the right size!
Going to 2560x1440 you gain far more Desktop Real Estate with the down side of everything being a little smaller!
Enlarging the Fonts in Windows looses a little of the sharpness of fonts!
Not the fault of the monitor, The implementation From Windows OS
Overall Review: Having 4 different inputs on monitor is convenient !!
Pros: This thing is great. Here's a list of what I like about it:
First of all, it's gigantic. It's almost shocking to see my desktop icons, so evenly distributed on a 1080p monitor, packed into the upper left corner of the screen. It's got really high pixel density too, so it's only a little physically larger than the other monitor. Still fits on the table!
It's also insanely bright. I might just be unused to it because I kept the brightness on my old one quite low, but it's like ... stunningly bright.
Don't bother buying any cables (unless you're me, and your graphics card has only mDP ports) because this thing comes with all of them. Even an HDMI cable.
The built-in speakers sound about as good as the pair of small speakers I have laying around for listening without headphones. I.e, they're acceptable. You should know not to base your purchase of monitor on how well it sounds, but this one sounds ok. Also has a headphone jack on it.
The panel itself is free of defects, dead pixels, crosshatching, blobs of backlight bleed, edge defects, and everything else I know to look for.
If you're an avid writer of code like myself, you can flip it into portrait mode and probably fit like 400 lines of code on the screen. It's adjustable in other ways too. It also has a rotating foot and padded edges, so you can spin it around without lathing a circle into the top of whatever you put it on. The joints are springy and don't feel like they were designed for a lighter monitor.
As far as I can see, there is nothing misleading on any of the packaging and no weird difficulties with swapping out mounts or anything else the details say you should be able to do with it.
Cons: The viewing angle is best from straight on, about 2 feet back. if you deviate too far from this, the contrast will suffer (though the color balance does not suffer much). The VH242H has a slightly wider horizontal viewing angle so this seems weird to me, but I'll get used to it.
I didn't buy one a year ago. Don't be like me. I was doing it wrong.
Overall Review: This is the first day I've had it. It's amazing. I'm replacing (augmenting? whatever) an ASUS VH242H (one of the 24" 1080p ones) with a matte finish. This monitor is a little better quality than that one, which had some backlight bleed issues. I like the finish on this one better too, though it probably wouldn't work out well in brighter light.
Asus is a solid brand of monitor, and you basically can't go wrong with a WQHD one for this cheap. I was reading through the reviews when picking and decided I'd much rather go with the brand I knew well than the korean one with no reviews that was $100 less. Especially because I hear that getting a defective unit replaced is a time consuming, expensive process.
It weighs a ton. Be careful when assembling it. You have to screw the monitor to the base via a screw on the bottom, which means you have to somehow have it upside down. I recommend laying it on its face on top of the foam plastic thing it comes in.
It has built in speakers, though you'll probably be more excited about the headphone passthrough. I don't plan on using them, but for the purpose of the review I turned them on. They're a bit tinny, but I think they sound about as good as the other pair of small speakers I have laying around that I play music through when not using headphones.
I plan to follow this up in an indeterminite amount of time (anywhere between a month to a year) with another review with second thoughts and some performance reports after having had it for a while. So expect that sometime around ... early next year.