A picture's worth 1000 words, so I'll start there.
The monitor came just like this: covered in bubble rap.
The box was inside of all that.
A Dual Link DVI cable, a Korean power cable, an audio jack, a Korean Instruction book came in the box.
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.
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.
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.
Moar screen space. 4x more, in fact.
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.
AND... drum roll please... NO ANTI GLARE COATING!
You can see the thick coating on the old Samsung, while the Shimian is as clear as a mirror.
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.
I ran a little monitor test for comparison, but all my shots seemed underexposed
Once I find my tripod, I'll take some RAWs and post some better pics. Left is the Shimian, right is the Samsung TV.
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.
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.
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:
Company site, with specs (thank you,windfire)
Korean review, with specs and better testing (thank you noak)
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!
Originally Posted by brucethemoose
The stand feels cheap, but as far as appearance goes, it doesn't look half bad.
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.
Originally Posted by brucethemoose
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.
No OSD. Your graphics card can do adjustments if needed, but this is truly a bare bones monitor if there ever was one.