Joined on 12/09/08
Too good to be true?
Pros: What more could you want? 26" LCD for $300! What you get is a stylish and functional monitor with enough built-in quality to suite the needs of all but the most demanding user. Screen: Ultra bright--you'll have no trouble viewing this bad-boy even in direct sunlight. There is no ghosting, no haze or distortion, and no odd effects. Controls: Once you take the time to learn the nature of the menu, they are as easy to navigate as a satellite receiver. Style: A clean, black, slim design with hidden integrated speakers makes for a sleek addition to your desk. Extras: Included are VGA and DVI cables. Stand: It's metal!!! Shipping: I bought from Newegg and the shipping was free and ultra fast. The monitor ships in a retail box, that usually signals trouble, but it is very well protected.
Cons: If I nit-pick I can find a few drawbacks. A large monitor will take some getting used to. The first thing I noticed is that the color default setting is "cool"--way too blue. Some have recommended "warm". I found that setting too yellow. My advice is to adjust the brightness from retina blinding down to normal (I used 48), and the contrast to 40. Then choose "native" for color. Adjust the colors small amounts until your satisfied. I was happy the default setting of 100 for each. Navigating the menu is NOT intuitive. But if you are patient it will become easy. Sound: The speakers are high and tinny. But they are also probably only 2 inches to be hidden in the bottom. Screen: There is only the tiniest of gray wash in the corners of the screen due to the large viewing area. Figure on moving your head more with such a large screen. Stand: It is the smallest size necessary to support this monitor. Don't use it where it could be bumped into.
Overall Review: Hints: Press and hold the "down" volume button for mute. To un-mute, press it again quickly AFTER the mute icon has disappeared! Give yourself 30 minutes to adjust the color and learn the menu. 20 hours and no dead pixels. I've had some eyestrain and viewing vertigo due to the large size of the screen. You will end up moving your head to "look around" a lot. Either set the monitor farther from your chair or use smaller window to "anchor" you view.