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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 #4641 of 4784
Quote:
Originally Posted by JLX-Jon View Post

Thought I'd add my voice to the crowd. Just received my Achieva Shimian QH270-Lite from seller red-cap today and... it's FABULOUS!!!
I did pay the extra $20 for the "perfect-pixel" version but despite this, my monitor has 1 stuck pixel in the lower-right. Although I'm very picky about image quality, this one stuck pixel is *tiny* and while (barely) noticable, it's really no big deal.
I suspect (although I'm only guessing) from reading the reviews here and elsewhere, that the defect level is very low and it's not common to get a significant amount of problem pixels. So, I think they may ship the "perfect-pixel" and normal ones out just the same and because most are have perfect pixels, they just make an extra $20 from those of us who are nervous. Although I haven't contacted red-cap about it yet, their policy is that they won't take a return on the perfect-pixel version even if it has defects, but they will refund you the difference ($20). My recommendation would be to just save the $20 from the start and get the standard one.
I have had a very good experience with Red-Cap and would definitely recommend them. The monitor was shipped *immediately* and arrive in Canada 4 days later (late on Xmas eve). I got delivery on the 27th due to FexEx holidays. Duty was about $22.
Finally, I decided on the Shimian over the Catleap when I saw the Catleap prices starting to rise towards the cost of the Crossover. I'd also heard reports that the monitor stand on the Shimian was a bit flimsy but I don't find that at all. It doesn't swivel like the Catleap but I think it looks nicer/plainer and is sturdy/functional enough and does tild fwd/back.
For anyone sitting on the fence... JUMP! You'll be glad you did :-)
P.S. Without asking, red-cap included an adapter for the power cord to allow it to be plugged into standard North American 110V plugs and the transformer itself works fine.

That's great to hear.

I thought they do an extra checking step for those who ordered the pixel perfect version. Maybe they didn't notice the hot pixel at the bottom right corner. Hot pixels tend to be fixed after a few weeks of usage anyway. Hot pixels still receive power.
post #4642 of 4784
Quote:
Originally Posted by JLX-Jon View Post

Thought I'd add my voice to the crowd. Just received my Achieva Shimian QH270-Lite from seller red-cap today and... it's FABULOUS!!!
I did pay the extra $20 for the "perfect-pixel" version but despite this, my monitor has 1 stuck pixel in the lower-right. Although I'm very picky about image quality, this one stuck pixel is *tiny* and while (barely) noticable, it's really no big deal.
I suspect (although I'm only guessing) from reading the reviews here and elsewhere, that the defect level is very low and it's not common to get a significant amount of problem pixels. So, I think they may ship the "perfect-pixel" and normal ones out just the same and because most are have perfect pixels, they just make an extra $20 from those of us who are nervous. Although I haven't contacted red-cap about it yet, their policy is that they won't take a return on the perfect-pixel version even if it has defects, but they will refund you the difference ($20). My recommendation would be to just save the $20 from the start and get the standard one.
I have had a very good experience with Red-Cap and would definitely recommend them. The monitor was shipped *immediately* and arrive in Canada 4 days later (late on Xmas eve). I got delivery on the 27th due to FexEx holidays. Duty was about $22.
Finally, I decided on the Shimian over the Catleap when I saw the Catleap prices starting to rise towards the cost of the Crossover. I'd also heard reports that the monitor stand on the Shimian was a bit flimsy but I don't find that at all. It doesn't swivel like the Catleap but I think it looks nicer/plainer and is sturdy/functional enough and does tild fwd/back.
For anyone sitting on the fence... JUMP! You'll be glad you did :-)
P.S. Without asking, red-cap included an adapter for the power cord to allow it to be plugged into standard North American 110V plugs and the transformer itself works fine.

I've been obsessing over those monitors for several days now, especially the Shimian from red-cap which seems to be the lowest price atm (there are others which are cheaper: Qnix, irun, etc, but I couldn't find enough reviews to back them up). I think I'm finally going to get one after so many positive reviews.

Just one question, I'm also in Canada and a bit worried about duty fees. You say it was $22; was that all, or was that in addition to sales tax? I'm in Ontario, so should I expect to pay 13% HST + duty fees. Did red-cap put the actual price on the package, or a reduced price? Was it marked as a gift or not? Sometimes FedEx delivers the package without collecting fees upfront, but they would send you a bill later.

EDIT: Also, I have a Zotac GT220 card, which is listed as supported. However, the card has a Dual Link DVI-I slot (the other is D-Sub). I've read in this thread that some people had problems getting the monitor to work in a DVI-I slot, and they had to switch to a DVI-D slot. This is weird, since DVI-I is just DVI-D + analog, so not sure why it wouldn't work. Can someone confirm that they have the monitor working in a DVI-I slot?

Thanks.
Edited by khaledh - 12/28/12 at 5:56pm
post #4643 of 4784
Quote:
Originally Posted by khaledh View Post

Just one question, I'm also in Canada and a bit worried about duty fees. You say it was $22; was that all, or was that in addition to sales tax? I'm in Ontario, so should I expect to pay 13% HST + duty fees. Did red-cap put the actual price on the package, or a reduced price? Was it marked as a gift or not? Sometimes FedEx delivers the package without collecting fees upfront, but they would send you a bill later.
Thanks.

My remembered $22 for duty was mistaken - it was taxes. The total was $26.72 broken down as follows:

Customs Duties $0
SIMA Assess $0
Excise Tax $0
GST/HST $15.42
PST $0
RODFEE $10
GST/HST (on RODFEE) $1.30

The "value for currency conversion" was $120 and the "value for duty" $118.60.

That was it. Hope that helps.

P.S. The monitor is SO much better than my old one (an ancient SyncMaster 191T) that I didn't even notice the slight backlight bleed on the bottom part of the monitor the first day. It's subtle but you can notice it on pure black. These monitors are supposedly rated A- so in theory there is at least *something* that merits that designation. Despite this and the one stuck pixel the monitor looks fantastic! Had I been shown the monitor I have and an A+ version for $400+ more I would have easily picked the one I have now. However, it's worth noting for anyone thinking of paying the extra $20 for the "pixel perfect" version.

Despite the noted imperfections, I am very happy. Although I didn't receive the notice Koehler and others did from Dream Seller that seems to confirm they do actually open the box and check the monitor before shipping. I want to be clear that my suspicions about red-cap not opening the boxes first is JUST A GUESS! I am NOT saying they do not check, but as I did get a stuck pixel and considering their refund-the-difference rather than exchange policy I'd say it's at least an *informed* guess ;-)

Cheers.
Edited by JLX-Jon - 12/29/12 at 8:41am
post #4644 of 4784
Quote:
Originally Posted by Koehler View Post

That's great to hear.
I thought they do an extra checking step for those who ordered the pixel perfect version. Maybe they didn't notice the hot pixel at the bottom right corner. Hot pixels tend to be fixed after a few weeks of usage anyway. Hot pixels still receive power.

I hope you're right Koehler, it would be nice if that pixel started towing the line like it's 3686399 siblings. I can imagine the little bugger just screaming to itself: "I just gotta be ME!!!!" ;-)
post #4645 of 4784
One more thing... here is a handy website to check for dead pixels. Not hard to do on your own I know but if Jason Farrell has been kind enough to do the work for us - why not?
post #4646 of 4784
Quote:
Originally Posted by khaledh View Post

I've been obsessing over those monitors for several days now, especially the Shimian from red-cap which seems to be the lowest price atm (there are others which are cheaper: Qnix, irun, etc, but I couldn't find enough reviews to back them up). I think I'm finally going to get one after so many positive reviews.
Just one question, I'm also in Canada and a bit worried about duty fees. You say it was $22; was that all, or was that in addition to sales tax? I'm in Ontario, so should I expect to pay 13% HST + duty fees. Did red-cap put the actual price on the package, or a reduced price? Was it marked as a gift or not? Sometimes FedEx delivers the package without collecting fees upfront, but they would send you a bill later.
EDIT: Also, I have a Zotac GT220 card, which is listed as supported. However, the card has a Dual Link DVI-I slot (the other is D-Sub). I've read in this thread that some people had problems getting the monitor to work in a DVI-I slot, and they had to switch to a DVI-D slot. This is weird, since DVI-I is just DVI-D + analog, so not sure why it wouldn't work. Can someone confirm that they have the monitor working in a DVI-I slot?
Thanks.

Gifts or not, you will be assessed sales tax on the monitor. only if you can get it marked as a gift under $60 will tax not be assessed.... maybe if Customs doesn't assess their own value on it. No duty. If you get assessed duty, that's wrong - finished monitors have no duty in Canada. I somehow got my $400 monitor past customs without duty or taxes oddly enough without requesting anything special, but this was back in march. See if you can get your seller to mark the shipping seperate from the actual cost. I am not going to suggest that you lie about the value of your monitor though.

DVI-I vs DVI-D is irrelevant. If it's dual link, it'll work. Certain AMD cards have single link DVI ports with dual link pinout, so that may be the source of the confusion.
post #4647 of 4784
Quote:
Originally Posted by kevinsbane View Post

Gifts or not, you will be assessed sales tax on the monitor. only if you can get it marked as a gift under $60 will tax not be assessed.... maybe if Customs doesn't assess their own value on it. No duty. If you get assessed duty, that's wrong - finished monitors have no duty in Canada. I somehow got my $400 monitor past customs without duty or taxes oddly enough without requesting anything special, but this was back in march. See if you can get your seller to mark the shipping seperate from the actual cost. I am not going to suggest that you lie about the value of your monitor though.
DVI-I vs DVI-D is irrelevant. If it's dual link, it'll work. Certain AMD cards have single link DVI ports with dual link pinout, so that may be the source of the confusion.

I think marking the shipping separate from the actual cost won't help. I believe taxes and duties on imported goods are calculated on the total cost, including the cost of bringing in the goods from outside the country. I don't intend on asking the seller to declare a lesser value, but just was wondering about the fees other paid and what it was based on.

Thanks for the tip about DVI-D vs DVI-I. I just made sure that my card does have a dual link DVI-I port, and not single link with dual link pinout. So hopefully it will work without problems.
post #4648 of 4784
Ok so, After having my Achieva Shimian QH270-Lite for a few days,

I have 3 issues with it,
1- The monitor stand is on an angle by 5-10mm
2- The top left of my black bezel is not in as far as the rest of the screen
3- THE POWER SUPPLY BUZZES/FEINT HUM WHEN THE MONITOR IS NOT IN USE!

My biggest issue is 3, Due to my battle station being in my actual bedroom. At night, Or anytime I walk into my room an my room is quiet I can hear this damn power supply faintly humming/buzzing.

This is almost enough for me to on-sell my Achieva Shimian mad.gif

I haven't been able to sleep without unplugging the power brick every night.

Cheers
Mat
post #4649 of 4784
these are cheap Korea monitors that now over priced on ebay. you really cant be picky. i think you best bet is get a ips dell
post #4650 of 4784
IPS Dells suck for gaming, multiple inputs, response time, etc
... great for gfx design ppl due to color pallet perfection or whatever its called.


What I want to know is when I can get my Overlord 120hz god damnit
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