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Pros: Inordinate amount of desktop real estate! Switched to this unit after having used a Dell 22" lower-end LCD for about 3 years. Dreamed of owning a 30" and had finally pulled the trigger. 2560x1600 looks GREAT - you can have multiple full windows open at a time without squinting - its great. Games look super clear, can play Bluray WINDOWED and still native resolution of the video. This display has changed the way I compute - I used to alt+tab like a mad man (and still do.. but..) but now I can have two full web pages open, outlook/web page, etc. The color is VERY nice. The touch buttons are neat and you can turn the power LED on/off as well as whether or not the devices "beeps" when you press a button. Brightness is easily adjusted from the front panel. Excellent monitor all in all.
Cons: 2560x1600 - how is this a con? I had to build a new PC in order to be able to game at this resolution! I was using a Q6600 on an EVGA 780i SLI w/ a EVGA 8800 GTX card - not a slouch but not bleeding edge. I had to build a Core i7 on EVGA X58 Classified, with two EVGA GTX 295s in Quad SLI in order to play games at this resolution. This shouldn't really be considered a "con" but more of a "reality". No HDMI - but that doesn't offer much really.
Overall Review: Its 30" - which is BIG. However, its got a resolution appropriate for a desktop computer viewing-distance. What I mean is that although it is 30" a lot of people think it'd be ideal for giving presentation and such. This isn't exactly true - the display itself is large but 2560x1600 means that your text is similar to a 22" 1680x1050 display... except theres more display. I had to convince someone at work that at a 30" 'monitor' is not what he wants to present to 15 - 20 people and that a 42" 'tv' with an HDMI would be better. Just keep that in mind - this is a desktop monitor so at 2560x1600 your font/windows/text are the same physical size as on a 22", theres just more room.
Pros: Its a nice sized monitor, good response time. The colors are very nice, much better priced then other brands.
Cons: Came with 30+ stuck pixels. Had to send it back, I am going to give 5 stars because I do like the monitor. Poor Newegg customer service, they actually told me to contact LG after I told them about the problem, I asked "If this thing was on fire would I still need to contact LG or would you know that wasn't normal?" They then finally gave me an RMA
Overall Review: Newegg didn't post my first review of this monitor. Which was basically the same as this one. Censorship :( I suppose they don't like someone knocking their customer service. I did contact LG anyway, and yes its defective. They did say its very rare for them to receive calls for stuck pixels for this panel. So buy away!
Pros: S-IPS. Beautiful reproduction of color after calibration. Flesh looks like real flesh tones, and high res photos look amazing. Backlight was fairly even. Very good contrast, but wish I could lower the backlight even more for a better black level.
Cons: Design isn't the prettiest. Anti-glare screen has poor off angle viewing for dark scenes. Because the screen is so big, at a viewing distance of two feet the edges will look hazier than the center on dark images. It is such a shame because this is such a nice panel. Uncalibrated, the monitor is greenish. The screen is really bright. The brightness control/backlight will only go down a little bit, and limits the ultimate lowest black level for calibration. This is most clearly visible on a totally black screen.
Overall Review: I received a defective monitor. The signal would flash in and out on certain values, it went completely dark when I open a dark gray window. I don't know if the defective monitor had an impact on the viewing angles, but I doubt that it did. Don't get me wrong, it is a nice IPS panel. However, the viewing angle due to the anti-glare coating and backlight limitation were big cons.
Pros: - Bright, crisp picture
- HUGE display area, best bang for the buck compared to the other 30" displays out there
- Vivid, consistent color, from edge to edge
- Decent viewing angle, easily viewable from 30 degrees off to either side.
- Nice response time, no visible "ghosting", or "lag" of any kind - BF:BC2 is AMAZING on this thing! (Heh, pretty much anything I play on it is...)
- 4 USB ports on the monitor, standard, but nice.
Cons: - Given the nature and size of the display - if you're not familiar with it - you may notice a very slight "rainbow" or iridescence on very bright and lighter colors/greys. As others have said, it's only noticeable if you are looking for it, or if you are close to the screen.
- This LCD does indeed run a bit much on the GREEN channel, so you will need to change your color settings, via your video card, to compensate for it. I lowered my GREEN channel brightness by 7% or so, and it looks perfectly fine, regardless color calibration is almost a must with this monitor!
- Also, be advised that some games will not adhere to a custom color profile when playing full-screen, mostly on Nvidia graphics cards and in Vista & Windows 7.
- This monitor gets pretty warm, nothing out of the ordinary, just make sure you're in a cool place.
- VERY minimal controls on the monitor, one for brightness control, and one to turn off the blue LED light that surronds the ON button.
Overall Review: So far, I'm very pleased with my purchase, though I was nervous at first. I was coming from a slightly smaller Samsung LCD, and I can easily say that this was worth the investment.
I do not do much graphic/photo editing, so I can't say if this screen is best for a professional, but for general/gaming purposes, this screen is a perfect fit.
Pros: Image that cannot be beat and extremely simple setup. I installed this monitor on my Window 7 64 bit system - and it just worked! No dead pixels / no stuck pixels / absolutely no problem.
Color is spot on; picture is beautiful and text is enjoyable. 30" @ 2560 x 1600 is the way to go!
Cons: Stand mounting system is weak. Be careful when you assemble the base to the mounting arm - it's very easy to cross-thread the small screw that holds everything together. The base contains a captive screw and it's difficult to line it up with the metal it screws in to.
Overall Review: I ordered this monitor on a Monday, at 2:00 p.m. and it was delivered the next day - with a UPS charge pf $9.99!
Thanks & a Great Job, NewEgg! Any wonder you are my "go to guys" for anything electronic.
Pros: I decided on this monitor after watching prices and reading reviews of a number of different 30" monitors. I chose this one because the response time seems to be a bit better than the Samsung 305T (I play games sometimes), and it is $500 cheaper than the Apple display and the Dell 3008WFP (which had its price lowered a bit recently).
Besides cost, I'm very happy with the response time, Far Cry 2 doesn't have much noticable lag or ghosting, and looks great at 30". Regarding back-bleeding: this monitor has the least amount of back-bleeding than any LCD monitor I've ever owned or used. It's really that good. Another reviewer said LG used a large number of back-lights and it seems to have paid off: the lighting is very even and widescreen movies viewed from my couch look great when I used to notice the back-bleeding whenever there was a dark scene.
Lastly, no dead pixels! Always the most frightening thing in buying a new monitor is that it will show up with 7 dead pixels.
Cons: The colors are a little weird. They were worse when I first turned it on, but after about half an hour or so (while I was fiddling with calibrating it) I noticed they got better. After running it for a week, the default calibration seems to be "good enough", and the monitor seems to have broken in.
Additionally, if you read on some forums, etc., you can see that this panel suffers from some strange shimmering, especially for whites. That is, if you move your head back and forth on a white window, it looks like it's shimmering. While I can notice this problem, it's worse up close and I've got the monitor sitting far enough back from my keyboard it's not too bad, but a clearer white would have much been better.
Overall Review: Given how much cheaper this monitor is from other current generation 30" monitors, it's a good deal for a gamer/casual user. Somebody doing graphics design work might want one with no shimmering, but since I use this monitor and my PC as my television (since I don't have one), it suits my needs perfectly.
You notice a lot of people complaining about the lack of HDMI or requiring a dual link DVI, but do your research and understand what you're buying before you drop $1k on a monitor and you'll minimize your risk of disappointment.
Pros: The resolution, obviously. The size. The colors just pop out at you. When I play Oblivion, it's like a freaking window into another world. Monitor response time seems quite fine (note: I like my Oblivion/HL2/Fallout3, but am not an FPS junkie). I don't see any input lag (it's supposed to be there, but fairly small, since there is no hardware scaler). I don't see any stuck pixels. I like the thing.
Cons: The backlight appears to be slightly bleeding in couple places (I can only tell that it does on a completely black background). I could use the second DVI-D input, but will survive with one.
Overall Review: If you want to play games -- bring serious video hardware to the table (and then it's glorious). If you want to do color-sensitive work -- calibrate (and then it's good). If you are a "professional FPS gamer" this might not be for you at all. On balance, I believe it is quite decent monitor. I did some research into 30-inchers that have good picture and are usable for casual PC gaming, and ended up buying this one for three main reasons: latest IPS panel from LG (shared with DELL WFP3008 and the 30" NEC), no scaler (as opposed to the DELL and the NEC), and it costs a little over 1K (both NEC and DELL are quite a bit more expensive).
Final word of warning: this monitor is not going to work with anything but a dual-link DVI-D output. Check your video card's spec. Pretty much all recent 3D accelerators will be fine, but neither XBOX, nor PS3, nor any blu-ray players are going to work.
Pros: Everything good said about this monitor is true. It shows all the 2560*1600 resolution. Naturally too. It expanded color gaumet is wonderful as it can actually display cherry-red.
This is important!!
For best picture quality set the RBG range to Full (0-255), NOT Limited(16-235), as photographs and video turns out way better.
For Nividia, right-click on desktop then select Nvidia Control Panel. Then select Adjust video Color Settings, then Advanced tab. Change dynamic range to Full(0-255).
Enjoy the SOTA picture quality!
Use a USB HDTV tuner (<$50) works nice too.