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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)
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post #81 of 4784
Quote:
Originally Posted by iCrap View Post


Yea, i DID read that wrong. I had to rewrite my post.:rolleyes:


I caved and bought the Catleap... :D

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post #82 of 4784
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I caved and bought the Catleap... biggrin.gif

:O

Im going to wait until i see pics. Also i dunno if i REALLY need this, but i want it.... lol. maybe i need to get rid of one of my monitors first, 4 would be too many.rolleyes.gif
    
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post #83 of 4784
This is ridiculously tempting to buy. I currently have a 19 inch acer at 1440 x 900. This would make for quite the upgrade. But then, not 120 hz gaming monitor.
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post #84 of 4784
Who cares about 120hz if it is TN. Plus your monitors horizontal res matches the vertical resolution of that monitor making it a perfect display to flank vertically.
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subd for pics
   
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post #86 of 4784
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A picture's worth 1000 words, so I'll start there.


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The monitor came just like this: covered in bubble rap.

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The box was inside of all that.

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A Dual Link DVI cable, a Korean power cable, an audio jack, a Korean Instruction book came in the box.

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The power brick seems to be rated for 240V, not 120V. But my voltmeter read 24V DC when the brick was plugged into a 120V socket, and it runs the monitor just fine without heating up much. No step down transformer needed.

Interestingly enough, the power brick uses the exact same connector as my Samsung TV and as my Xbox 360. I have an extra 360 cable lying around, so I didn't even need an adapter.

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The screen is about as big as my old 1360x768 Samsung TV. Out of sheer convenience, I'll be comparing it to this monitor. For shots, I'll be using my trusty Cannon Rebel XS.

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The MASSIVE pixel pitch change hit me when I first turned on the monitor. Zoom in enough, and you can see the individual red, green, and blue parts of each pixel (Sorry if these uploads are owning the server's bandwidth, I compressed everything else). It's easy to tell the Samsung and the Shimian apart.

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Moar screen space. 4x more, in fact.

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I always thought my Samsung TV had some sort of IPS panel, but this monitor has much better viewing angles. Both screens are at the same brightness when viewed straight on.

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AND... drum roll please... NO ANTI GLARE COATING!

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You can see the thick coating on the old Samsung, while the Shimian is as clear as a mirror.

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There's a little backlight bleed in the top, but hardly any on the rest of the screen. This shot was a bit overexposed: subjectively, the Samsung's white halo was more annoying on a black screen, but even that was minor.

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I ran a little monitor test for comparison, but all my shots seemed underexposed doh.gif Once I find my tripod, I'll take some RAWs and post some better pics. Left is the Shimian, right is the Samsung TV.

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Guess which one's which? I'm a believer now: IPS has better color. Photos don't do it justice, and the TN monitor you're watching doesn't either. Sadly, I can't afford/ don't know how use equipment to calibrate the monitor and test color gamut.
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I'll run a more in depth ms test with that TFT review program soon, but the two monitors seemed close.

As far as ghosting goes, results were... inconclusive. First 2 are the Samsung, 2nd two are the Shimian. I'm no hardcore FPS gamer, but Half Life looked just fine (I had some awful driver related tearing issues in Skyrim, BF3 and SWTOR were updating, then I gave up. I'll play some more games later). That block is rapidly moving across the screen, and it's a 1/250 second exposure.
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The stand is probably the worst thing about this monitor. It's cheap, un-adjustable, and almost tippy, but it's also very easy to overlook with a $400 monitor this good. If you need a good stand, this monitor does have wall mount screw holes in the back, which means you can just buy a better stand anyway. The Catleap variant, however, has a very nice stand.


There's a power button, 2 brightness buttons, and two volume buttons on the upper right hand corner of the monitor. Oh, and there are speakers in the back, which I might get around to testing.


All in all, is an AMAZING monitor for the scant $400 I paid for it. You get the same, non AG panel you get in 27" iMacs for less than 1/2 the cost of a Dell u2711. While I wouldn't trust any shipping company or seller that far overseas, shipping was suprisingly fast, packaging was good, and the monitor was exactly what I ordered.

Where to get the monitor test I used:
http://tft.vanity.dk/


Company site, with specs (thank you,windfire)
http://www.achieva.co.kr/product/product_03_lcd.htm?cate1=1222158329&cate2=&cate3=&code=1296293755

Korean review, with specs and better testing (thank you noak)
http://www.slrclub.com/bbs/vx2.php?id=slr_review&no=215

And remember, you're on your own as far as any sort of warranty goes. This monitor's a steal, but it's also very risky.

It's 1:15 AM, and I've got to get up early in the morning. After I play with this monitor a bit more, I'll post my experiences. Good luck to the 4 others who ordered it!

Quote:
Originally Posted by brucethemoose View Post

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The stand feels cheap, but as far as appearance goes, it doesn't look half bad.
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I'll get back to you on shipping.

I'm guessing this does not qualify as an item intended for the US market.
Sorry for not being able to post much. Ever since the review, I've spent about 10 minutes total with this monitor, and I won't have much time until tonight.
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About that...
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I may be missing something, but this is my first monitor with no VGA input. HDMI = DVI + audio though, so an hdmi adapter would be cheap.

And I just tried to use the OSD buttons. They're totally disabled, and feel different than the functional buttons.
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No OSD. Your graphics card can do adjustments if needed, but this is truly a bare bones monitor if there ever was one.
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post #87 of 4784
OP delivered! biggrin.gif
Nice review!
post #88 of 4784
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If there was ever an eBay deal that belonged in the Online Deals section, this is it.

If you want one, be sure to email the eBay seller saying you want these re-stocked.

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OP delivered! biggrin.gif
Nice review!

Meh, I missed alot, but I'm tired. This is simply an awesome monitor, and I'll try to put more up.
Edited by brucethemoose - 2/22/12 at 11:37pm
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post #89 of 4784
What carrier was used? I'm guessing USPS?
And no coverter? That's a nice plus.
post #90 of 4784
Now I really want one.
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