Originally Posted by Sensai
Hey guys. Been reading/watching the thread for a while and finally had to sign up to ask a question:
I'm pretty ready to jump on the bandwagon and order up one of these things, but I don't know which seller to purchase from. greensum and bigclothcraft seem like the two best choices, but I'm not sure from which to buy. I notice that BCC has, in his pictures, a bit about 'free express' and then, in the description, a bit about 'checking monitor before shipping for free.' I assume that the former is just 'it'll arrive sooner rather than later' and the latter is NOT the equivalent of the Perfect Pixel. What, then, is the latter? He just turns it on to make sure that it functions? I suppose that might be worth the extra bang for the buck. Speaking of spending extra cash for reassurance, how much is the 'perfect pixel' deal really worth? I saw earlier in the thread that just because it has that does not mean that it will come without dead/stuck pixels, just makes it more likely that it'll be clear. I'm wondering if saving the extra 50 is worth taking the risk.
Another question: as someone who's not huge into tweaking monitor settings, how worried should I be about the backlight bleeding/lack of OSD? I'm OCD about a lot of things, but the monitor I'm using now, I'm fairly sure, is a POS. Surely this would be a step up in every single way.
Finally, my last question: how many 'hidden fees' are there for shipping it to the US? I've seen some reports of there being none (yay!) and others of it being upwards of $80 (boo!). Can someone give me an approximation?
Thanks for your time and here's hoping I can join the club soon.
You'll hear different opinions as of which seller. I'd say greensum but doesn't matter. All sellers have free express shipping I believe and they will all check the monitor if you get perfect pixel, and yes I think that means he will check if it functions. I went with perfect pixel and there are no dead pixels. The more annoying issue with these monitors is backlight issues, and Greensum said he checks for any major backlight bleed and fade it you get perfect pixel.
I actually prefer the simple brightness adjustment rather than a full OSD with tweaks. Nice thing is that it actually changes the brightness like you do on a phone or iPod, unlike most TN displays that just adds sort of a white mask to the picture when increasing brighness. There are lots of way to tweak via software too if you need to.
I don't think there are any fees for the US except for the UPS "brokerage" fee if your monitor is shipped via UPS. I think they ship through a Korean shipment company which passes it along to DHL, UPS, or others. I wouldn't expect any fees but don't be surprised if you're dinged like $20 at the door. I was and I'm in Canada. It arrived from DHL.