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Poll Results: Vote when your Achieva/Catleap monitor comes in.

 
  • 41% (232)
    Achieva QH270
  • 2% (12)
    Achieva QH270 (DOA / didn't recieve)
  • 8% (46)
    Achieva QH270 (Dead pixel(s) / flawed panel)
  • 40% (224)
    Catleap Q270
  • 1% (8)
    Catleap Q270 (DOA / didn't recieve)
  • 5% (33)
    Catleap Q270 (Dead pixel(s) / flawed panel)
555 Total Votes  
post #11 of 4784
I have an account on gmarket since I order a lot of stuff from there and every monitor I clicked on didn't offer international shipping. I would say contact sellers but language barrier might be a problem. But they probably would understand an email "model #. Shipping to USA?" I'd offer to help but my Korean is awful.

No idea on taxes since I live here.

But anyway I'd personally be worried, what if it arrived doa.
post #12 of 4784
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Just ordered it from ebay, for $397.90.

From some guy on the other side of the world who's been on ebay for half a year... I must be crazy. This is either the best or worst $400 I spent this year. I'll post a review, assuming it gets here.
Edited by brucethemoose - 2/15/12 at 9:09pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by brucethemoose View Post

Just ordered it from ebay, for $397.90.

From some guy on the other side of the world who's been on ebay for half a year... I must be crazy. This is either the best or worst $400 I spent this year. I'll post a review, assuming it gets here.

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post #14 of 4784
Hi guys. I'm new to this forum and coincidentally enough I found this thread through Google search hoping to find a
discussion about this monitor.
I'm from Australia and recently I traveled to Korea with some friends on vacation. I went to a town in Seoul called Yongsan
which is pretty much known for being the electronics capital of Korea.

I've been searching on korean sites for a type of monitor like this for quite a while (as you can see from this
post http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/61939-3-2560x1440-here)
To my luck, I manage to find one vendor who was selling a monitor like this - the ACHIEVA Shimian QH270.
I paid 270 000 KRW (which is approx $240 US) from the seller. The monitor was considerably heavy to carry
around (approx 10kg for the box) so I was against the idea of bringing it as a hand carry. I paid approximately another
$100 US to get it shipped by airmail. It took about 3 days to ship which I was quite impressed with but that just depends
on what type of courier you use.

Ok, pretty much I've checked all the voltages and what not and it seems that it complies with Australian power standards
(230V - DC 24V = 5.0A) Instead of using a transformer, I just used a universal converter so that it plugs in into the power
socket. The monitor itself comes with a power brick instead of connecting the AC adapter directly into the monitor. A
DVI-Dual Link digital cable is included as this is crucial for a monitor to work properly at such a high reso.

When I first turned it on, the monitor worked like a charm. The glossy IPS screen looks really really impressive. I wouldn't
considered myself a pro when it comes to analyzing the fine details of what looks good or not but from a average IT user
point of view I must say it looks better than most screens. Compared to my old Benq 24", the colors are much more vibrant
and the blacks seem more black. I must say, I am quite pleased for being able to get such a nice monitor for only $340! however...

I came across a problem with the monitor. I woke up the next day and when I turned on my monitor, there was artifacts all over
the screen. It pretty much went berserk. After a while, the monitor just stayed blank for the whole time (you can tell it was on
because the back light was on). After changing AC and DVI cables, experimenting with this and that I finally came up with a
solution to the problem. I've realized that if I turn on my monitor before the computer even boots up (before the beep), the
monitor becomes confused and the weird colors occur. However, if i wait about 10 seconds and wait till my PC makes the
beep sound and then turn on my monitor, then its perfectly fine. It hasn't stopped a beat since. Or the other solution was if I
turn on my monitor before my PC and the weird colors occur, I turn off my monitor and turn it back on and its fine. So what I
can say is, this could just be a problem with this specific monitor. Or it could be a universal problem with the other same
models as well. But all I can say is, ever since I found the solution, its been working perfectly. In conclusion even though it
has it's faults, I paid not even half of what the cheapest 27" panel is available on the market in the US and AUS. If you can
live with that, then go for it. I will update this post if any more problems occur in the future

Edit: Sorry, I forgot to post some evidence of my purchase. I apologize in advance for the crummy picture quality that was
taken from my Motorola RAZR.

http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/2661/20120216163347764.jpg

Edit: More updated picture http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/9783/highreso.jpg
Edited by songnari - 2/15/12 at 10:00pm
post #15 of 4784
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Quote:
Originally Posted by songnari View Post

Hi guys. I'm new to this forum and coincidentally enough I found this thread through Google search hoping to find a discussion about this monitor.
I'm from Australia and recently I traveled to Korea with some friends on vacation. I went to a town in Seoul called Yongsan which is pretty much known for being the electronics capital of Korea.
I've been searching on korean sites for a type of monitor like this for quite a while (as you can see from this post http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/61939-3-2560x1440-here)
To my luck, I manage to find one vendor who was selling a monitor like this - the ACHIEVA Shimian QH270. I paid 270 000 KRW (which is approx $240 US) from the seller. The monitor was considerably heavy to carry around (approx 10kg for the box) so I was against the idea of bringing it as a hand carry. I paid approximately another $100 US to get it shipped by airmail. It took about 3 days to ship which I was quite impressed with but that just depends on what type of courier you use.
Ok, pretty much I've checked all the voltages and what not and it seems that it complies with Australian power standards (230V - DC 24V = 5.0A) Instead of using a transformer, I just used a universal converter so that it plugs in into the power socket. The monitor itself comes with a power brick instead of connecting the AC adapter directly into the monitor. A DVI-Dual Link digital cable is included as this is crucial for a monitor to work properly at such a high reso.
When I first turned it on, the monitor worked like a charm. The glossy IPS screen looks really really impressive. I wouldn't considered myself a pro when it comes to analyzing the fine details of what looks good or not but from a average IT user point of view I must say it looks better than most screens. Compared to my old Benq 24", the colors are much more vibrant and the blacks seem more black. I must say, I am quite pleased for being able to get such a nice monitor for only $340! however...
I came across a problem with the monitor. I woke up the next day and when I turned on my monitor, there was artifacts all over the screen. It pretty much went berserk. After a while, the monitor just stayed blank for the whole time (you can tell it was on because the back light was on). After changing AC and DVI cables, experimenting with this and that I finally came up with a solution to the problem. I've realized that if I turn on my monitor before the computer even boots up (before the beep), the monitor becomes confused and the weird colors occur. However, if i wait about 10 seconds and wait till my PC makes the beep sound and then turn on my monitor, then its perfectly fine. It hasn't stopped a beat since. Or the other solution was if I turn on my monitor before my PC and the weird colors occur, I turn off my monitor and turn it back on and its fine. So what I can say is, this could just be a problem with this specific monitor. Or it could be a universal problem with the other same models as well. But all I can say is, ever since I found the solution, its been working perfectly. In conclusion even though it has it's faults, I paid not even half of what the cheapest 27" panel is available on the market in the US and AUS. If you can live with that, then go for it. I will update this post if any more problems occur in the future


Welcome to OCN!

And you made my day. Seeing these for ~$250 (the price of a cheap 27" TN here) on GMarket was suspicious to say the least, but I forgot how cheap good technology is in S. Korea. If it gets here in one piece, and "Dream Seller" doesn't send me a box full of bricks, I'll see if mine has the same quality and the same minor issue. This'll blow my 720p TV out of the water.

EDIT: Also, can you tell if this panel has an AG (anti-gloss) coating? I wouldn't mind it since I'm next to a window, but alot of people here on OCN would kill for a 1440p panel with no AG coating.
Edited by brucethemoose - 2/15/12 at 9:53pm
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post #16 of 4784
I'm feeling jealous already. I just ordered a 23" dell IPS for $230. I'm anxious to know how it turns out for you!
post #17 of 4784
I was quite skeptical at first as well but seeing that I actually went to Korea and saw a display model with my own eyes it was easier to believe. Finally I am not alone in the english speaking world who has this monitor as well! I am very curious to find out if this problem is just me or someone else too

Edit: The monitor reminds me of the Apple screens. Definitely a steal!
post #18 of 4784
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Quote:
Originally Posted by songnari View Post

I was quite skeptical at first as well but seeing that I actually went to Korea and saw a display model with my own eyes it was easier to believe. Finally I am not alone in the english speaking world who has this monitor as well! I am very curious to find out if this problem is just me or someone else too
Edit: The monitor reminds me of the Apple screens. Definitely a steal!

Apple screens have no AG. We may be pioneers, but at this price point, I have the feeling this screen is about to get very popular once word gets round.

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post #19 of 4784
Ok, I've stumbled accross this ebay sale too.

If this is a actual monitor and is the real deal, what would it require to run in the US off a regular outlet?

What adaptors would I need to buy?
post #20 of 4784

This is not only happening in S. Korea but also in China as well.  Relatively cheap 27'' monitors with 2560x1440 and S-IPS panel are also available. This panel is the same LG panel used in iMac27 and so its quality is assured.

 

Below are 2 examples which are just variations of the same theme as the Achieva Shimian QH-270. Fairly cheap at equiv US$350-400.

 

http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=13280402857&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fsearch8.taobao.com%2Fsearch%3Fatype%3Db%26filterFineness%3D2%26unid%3D0%26mode%3D63%26pid%3Dmm_14507416_2297358_8935934%26q%3D2560%2Bx%26loc%3D%258FV%2596%257C&ali_trackid=2:mm_14507416_2297358_8935934,0:1329438953_4z3_1201386910

 

http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=15049448763&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fsearch8.taobao.com%2Fsearch%3Fatype%3Db%26filterFineness%3D2%26unid%3D0%26mode%3D63%26pid%3Dmm_14507416_2297358_8935934%26q%3D2560%2Bx%26loc%3D%258FV%2596%257C&ali_trackid=2:mm_14507416_2297358_8935934,0:1329438721_4z6_508409263

 

Note there are different models within the QH-270 series (with various variety of inputs).

The highest model IPSTDP has all kinds of inputs while the most basic model has only DL-DVI.

 

Regarding the adapter/converter, I think all one needs is a plug converter for your American wall outlet.

power connection.JPG


Edited by windfire - 2/16/12 at 5:26pm
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