Joined on 10/26/03
Incredibly color accurate monitor
Pros: This is by far the most beautiful monitor I've ever laid my eyes on, period. Let me back that up with some relevant info. My order of priorities for this monitor were #1 photo editor, #2 video editor, #3 gaming. Sometimes this is a difficult mix to achieve. Most quick response-time gaming monitors don't have the range of colors, nor the viewing angle necessary for critical photo editing. I had a very expensive Lacie IPS monitor many years ago, then a Samsung 24" IPS about 8 yrs ago, now this monitor. This blows them all away. If you're not familiar with why people editing photos prefer IPS technology, it's for 2 reasons. TN technology can't display your eyes' full range of colors. IPS gets extremely close. The other reason is "viewing angle." This is a terrible term. Photo editors aren't interested in editing their photos from an extreme angle, so what do we care about viewing angle? The term should be, "color accuracy over viewing angle." Look at a photo on any cheap flatscreen monitor then move your head up and down and left and right. The color hue, saturation, contrast, and brightness all change from different angles. This is totally unacceptable for any kind of consistency. I'll only touch briefly on gaming since I don't do that much. The few games I play looked amazing on this monitor. I see no ghosting whatsoever and I can't notice any response time problems at all. I haven't done many reviews because mostly enough other people step up to the plate. I felt I had to review this because of all the unbelievable reviews below. What the heck are you people talking about? One tip to all (plus the reviewer below). This is new technology and requires a DP (display port) cord and of course supporting hardware to be able to display full 4K at 60 Hz. Maybe I'm behind the times, but I wasn't aware of this when I bought the monitor. I first hooked it up with a DVI cord which I thought was today's monitor cord "standard." Well I can tell you I was extremely disappointed with the results. I saw basically what the reviewer below saw. Small details and fine text looked like you were looking at text through a magnifying glass on an old CRT monitor where you could see bands of R, G, and B. I too tried to fix it in Windows ClearType, but was never happy with the results. Then I realized they shipped this crazy looking cord with the monitor and you were actually supposed to use it! It immediately fixed all my problems. Display now operated at 4K 60 Hz. All fine details were absolutely sharp as a tack. Fine white text was pure white with no color fringing. Another reason I think the reviewer below was messed up was because he contradicts himself on the number of DisplayPorts. On the top of the review it says dual. On the bottom he says there is only one. For the record, there are 2. Matte screen: I have a dark wall behind me, so reflections never really affect me. Looking "through" the matte screen is a joy (non
Cons: It wasn't free
Overall Review: One thing I suggest you keep in mind for a monitor of this resolution is the size and scale of everything. I've seen reviews on the net saying how they set Windows to 125% or 150% size and they just love it. My question to that is, why did you buy a 4K monitor then? When you set Windows to 125% or 150%, it scales everything. This means text, graphics, everything that's on your Windows desktop (that supports that Windows scaling) This means your resolution is actually lower because you're not using each pixel. Of course if you only bought it to use 4K when gaming (likely in full-screen mode), then at least you're using it properly for something. My previous monitor was HD at 24" That means to get everything the same size, a 4K monitor would have to be 48". 4K is twice the size (but 4x the resolution because it's 2x times 2x). 48" wasn't practical for me, so I just had to be OK with moving the monitor closer to get the same apparent size as my old monitor. Make sure your graphics card supports 4K *AND* 60 Hz *AND* this particular monitor. I suspect some of the other negative comments below could also be related to this. Every day that I turn on this monitor, my desktop background shows my family on the beach in Hawaii and I am just in awe of how subtle and accurate the beautiful blue-green hues of the water and the fine detail of the reddish-black-brown lava rocks are to look at. Stunning!
Exactly what I needed
Pros: #1 pro is functionality. There is tons of side to side adjustment, some vertical adjustment, but best of all these brackets could hold up a young teenager. The hinges at the base could hold me! These are way underrated if installed correctly. I wouldn't have a problem putting a 25-30 lb speaker if not sticking out too far away from the wall. They also look great without taking away from the speaker.
Cons: I'm being really picky here, but it could allow for a little more down angle. I used the brackets for surround speakers and mounted them up high, angled down a little.