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Originally Posted by b7fLuid View Post

Hey guys,
just wanted to let you all know my crazy little experience with this monitor thus far.
I purchased this monitor on eBay from green-sum...sort of. At first, my brother and I decided to buy the item from him so we contacted him for some info and he asked for ours. I later received a PayPal request on July 21 for the purchase so I authorized and paid it. Now my brother was handling the deal initially and so was the only person corresponding with him. I just asked my brother to use my information and charge it through me as I can write it off as a business expense. I assumed that my brother had discussed the details and started the process. The funny thing was that my brother didn't actually purchase anything - green-sum came to me directly for the purchase! This was really my fault, but I presumed that my brother made the transaction and I was just authorizing a payment!
I began to feel a little insecure with the way the guy was doing business and decided to open a dispute with PayPal just in case things go sour. Part of that process requires me to try and resolve it with the seller so I sent him an email to clarify what happened, to ask when I would receive the tracking info and to ask why the transaction didn't go through eBay. I didn't receive anything the next day so I sent another email, this time a little more terse than the first. I didn't receive anything for 3 days so on the July 25th I escalated the dispute into a formal claim with PayPal. The person I spoke with there indicated that they would be contacting green-sum directly to determine what the issue was, and that I shouldn't worry about the purchase. I even had the chance to cancel the transaction completely and receive a full refund, but I thought, hey, I'm protected no matter what so let's see what happens.
Later that day, I finally I received an email from a Eunglae Cho, who I can only guess to be green-sum, giving me some sad excuse about the time zones being different which caused a delay in the shipping info being provided. Right, and it usually takes 4 days to provide shipping info on an item that is guaranteed to be delivered in 2-5. I found it funny he was able to respond with the tracking info after being contacted by PayPal but not from me. I found it even more funny that he didn't answer either of my questions about why the transaction went directly through PayPal instead of eBay or why he contacted me directly when he should've been dealing with my brother.
Anyways, here's where the story takes a little turn for the better. I'm expecting that the package would get to me the following week since it was late Wednesday when I received the email from green-sum and at best it would take 2 days to get to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The 2 monitors arrived Friday afternoon which is essentially, less than 2 days later! Considering the shipment guarantee on eBay is 2-5 days express, I was shocked to see it arrive so quickly but given that the purchase was made on the 21st (Saturday), it essentially was 5 days. At any rate, I was just happy to get the monitors.
I spoke with the DHL guy and he was telling me how lucky I was with the duties and taxes. I only had to pay $19.02 whereas most other people he's delivered them to had to pay over $70...and I bought two!! Score!! I found it interesting that the DHL guy new so much and asked if him what was up. He told me he knew that the monitor used the same panel as the one made by Apple and that he delivers them all the time. Damn, this gave me some reassurance for my purchase so I was more hopeful that the monitors would be more than just really heavy paper weights.
It was the moment of truth so I opened up both to check for damage before I gave one to my brother. Here's what I found:
Monitor #1
• higher by 1.5cm (2/3") on the left vs. the right side which is consistent with some of the monitors purchased by other people.
• some small scratches under the protective plastic film which is strange because "how do you get scratches under the plastic anyways?".
• some of the plastic wrapping was caught between the monitor shell. This baffled me because the only way this could happen is if the protective plastic film is on when they attach the outer shell together. You'll need to loosen the screws holding the front and rear bezel if you want to make sure all parts of the plastic film is removed.
• no dead pixels - woot!
Monitor #2
• perfect except for the plastic wrap issue above.
Once everything was connected I fired it up and was glad to see both monitors turn on. Here's what I think about it thus far:
• The Catleap is a 2C =(
• Works with Sapphire AMD 6950 1gb
• Works with XFX AMD 6950 2gb
• Works with Sapphire AMD 7850 2gb
• Does not work in conjunction with a 120hz monitor attached. A little more about this later.
• Great colour - night and day compared to my BenQ XL2410T. A lot better with whites and just looks more vibrant. My high resolution photos look amazing on this screen.
• Default is a little too bright but luckily you can lower the brightness from the front panel buttons.
• I hate that the power LED blinks green when in standby (***?). It's red by the way when off so I turn it off when not in use.
• The stand is really horrible. It's plastic and you can blow on it and it'll move. Okay, not that bad but it's bad.
• There's a green-sum instruction sheet included in the box??!?! Why? did he open it and slip it in or does he have a relationship with the maker so that he can do this? If not, then it must've been opened up before being sent to me. It is slightly useful but nothing that couldn't have been placed in the description on eBay.
• My monitors have a slight problem with colour uniformity. Some whites on the screen look yellowish, but barely noticeable. Very similar to comments made on other Korean monitors by The Tech Report in their review. http://techreport.com/articles.x/23291
• It's smaller than what I was expecting. The pixel pitch is actually probably too small...Is that possible? I've worked on a 30" monitor and the Catleap doesn't have the same presence. I'm sure some of you will not be bothered by this.
• Would've preferred a taller stand. I still have to look downwards for this monitor. My BenQ can be raised so the middle of the screen is at eye level or higher.
• You can tell the difference between the North American standard and the Korean's. I don't think people would buy this monitor here if we could walk into a store and test it ourselves. I'm sure the price might entice you but the build quality is noticeable when comparing it to a Dell or an HP, never mind an Apple monitor.
• Gaming isn't as smooth, but then again I'm used to the 120hz BenQ. I have to say, it does look sweet in games like Stalker where the extra real estate is pleasing on the eye.
• The AMD 7850 holds its own, but I have to disable the second monitor every time I game competitively.
• I don't have professional calibrating software so I've just tuned it the way I like. I'm a little colour blind so if it's off, I won't know anyways!
Now, I mentioned that a couple of issues that I want to discuss a remedy for.
• The stand sucks, but a number of people have mentioned purchasing the stand from Monoprice. I've also done so and will receive it this on Aug 3 2012. When I get it and try it out, I'll let you guys know how it is. http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=&cs_id=1082808&p_id=5970&seq=1&format=2
• I've also purchased from Monoprice a mini displayport + USB to dual link DVI adapter in hopes that I can use both the Catleap and the BenQ together with the BenQ at 120hz. I like the Catleap, but I prefer the smoothness of the 120hz over the extra screen size. It's a big chance at $69, but since the monitor is $320, I'll take the risk. http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10428&cs_id=1042802&p_id=6904&seq=1&format=2
• Both items together come up to $135.88 US with 1 day shipping included.
Final Thoughts
The monitor with the additional purchases from Monoprice comes up to $447.88US which is still a lot less than a dell or an HP monitor of the same size. Overall, I'm happy with the monitor despite the silliness with the purchaser. It came with a lot of hassles, but I did gain some experience dealing with non-USA International retailers and their shipping policies. I personally wouldn't buy another product from this seller again but it's not because of the product itself, it was because of the way he handled the transaction. I just don't deal with people again who mess around with me. I give you one chance and that's it. There's no room for mistakes. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice...To tell you the truth, it's not much different than dealing with sellers here in Canada. I can think of numerous times where I've purchased questionable things from less than honourable people, and other times when I've been outright scammed. It's no different here than it is over there. Of course he might be great with you, but for me the harm's done.
If I were to do it again I'd probably check out the Auria EQ276W at Microcenter that has all the features of the Catleap without the risk and also includes VGA and HDMI connections at $399. http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0384780
If something doesn't work from monoprice you can return it pretty easily biggrin.gif I drive by there warehouse every so often to so for me I could even just just pickup and drop off there.
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Quick question about tracking my monitor via DHL

 

My package arrived to Istanbul Turkey and it says Clearence delay, but 30 mins later it is processed at istanbul and then departed facility.

 

Does clearence delay mean that they held it in the Customs? and than no problems happened and the package was released? 


Edited by iARDAs - 8/2/12 at 2:32am
post #7153 of 11297
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Originally Posted by BrianBuilds View Post

Is the Q270 the only model that has the VESA mount without having to disassemble? I really want a white version but the Q270 doesn't seem to be in white. Also, is the Q270 only with tempered glass? IIRC reading in here the glass somehow shows a better picture (?), and does the glass models commonly have dust stuck under it? I've tried reading the who;e thread but 700+ pages is a lot!

No, I have the 2703 LED variant of the monitor, which also has tempered glass. I still had to disassemble the monitor in order to remove a little attachment that they had, which would attach to the OEM stand base. It's really not that hard to open up though.

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Originally Posted by zagreus123 View Post

Hello everyone
I've been following this thread quite a bit, and I haven't really been able to find this issue in any posts (didn't check all 700 pages or more, but i got close!). So, my first Catleap I ordered through Green-Sum didn't work at all, it powered on, but no image, just a green light. Their service was great, and I returned the monitor without issue, they checked it, and offered to send another one. So, this is my 2nd Q270, in any case, I recently built a new comp as well. The comp had a number of issues, I traced most of it back to the mobo, so I changed that out, most issues were resolved. I had a funky issue with this monitor in the image below (it happened with or without new mobo). I figured it might have been the video card, since i was having issues with my 22inch Samsung monitor (4 years old), I RMA'd the card, and got a new one. I'm using a GTX 670 FTW from eVGA, and this issue throws me off.
The issue is:
So when I go to sleep or leave for work, I usually leave my computer running (it is set to sleep, but doesn't always do so), and I always turn off the monitors when I leave or anything. When I get home, and turn on the monitor, I get the below screen. For a week of having the new video card, it didn't have any issues, but as of yesterday, the issue came back. I have no idea what it is, and I can't really find what the issue is. It can't be the video card since I've replaced it, and I've used different ports, and different dual link cables. I doubt its power supply related since I haven't had any lock-ups, reboots or anything since the mobo was replaced.
Oh yeah, in order to get the monitor to fix itself or well reset itself...I just take out the DVI plug from either the computer or monitor, or just restart the computer (if i can somehow find the button when the monitor doesn't show anything at all really).
Any suggestions on this? I just messaged Green-Sum again and let them know that I'm having different issues now, and what's up with this?! On a side note, I just ordered 2 2703s, and should be here by Friday or Monday smile.gif. Basically, when this monitor works, my god....i want to bathe in the light.

If you fixed the problem by pulling the DVI cable out and then replugging it, then it definitely sounds like a DVI issue. I would try replacing the OEM DVI cable. I had a problem with the OEM DVI cable too, where my monitor would show red artifacts occasionally, and sometimes, the display would disappear, but the monitor would still be on. The only temporary fix would be to replug the DVI cable again, only to have it happen again, sometimes within a matter of seconds. A new DVI cable fixed the issue.

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snip

Jesus, you type a lot. I read through all of it though, lol. Glad that you were able to get it worked out. I too am a bit wary of Green-sum. After reading all the negative reviews on their Ebay page, I ended up going with BCC instead.
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Update: seller found the payment. I have another seller shipping me a monitor. Already here in nashville actually. I am at a loss as to getting a full refund from seller, turns out ebay canceled not him, or have him send a monitor and I sell it when it gets here.
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No driver needed for ATI , I just used the CRU tool to add custom refresh rates, reboot and select one- That was it

So you don't need to do any of that stuff to overclock with Nvidia or ATI. Reads like an epic tragedy.

"We can overclock this monitor, all we need is to build some custom drivers, figure out how to get Windows to recognize them, then install them in test mode. After that, it's just a matter of creating a custom screen resolution and it's done! It won't take many hours to make a detailed tutorial and a YouTube video so guys can follow along."

"Or you can just set your resolution in the control panel and reboot."

"We'll do that!"
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Hi! I scanned the past 30 pages, and the OP but I couldnt find the answers I'm looking for:

1. None of the monitors out there ATM currently offers any valuable overclocking? (past 67Hz..)
2. Is this because they changed the PCB, and has there been any news about getting the "old" PCB with possibility to overclock?
3. The SE edition is just the regular monitor without speakers?

Thanks guys!
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Holy crap. My monitor its already here. Pics when I get home.
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Hello everyone
I've been following this thread quite a bit, and I haven't really been able to find this issue in any posts (didn't check all 700 pages or more, but i got close!). So, my first Catleap I ordered through Green-Sum didn't work at all, it powered on, but no image, just a green light. Their service was great, and I returned the monitor without issue, they checked it, and offered to send another one. So, this is my 2nd Q270, in any case, I recently built a new comp as well. The comp had a number of issues, I traced most of it back to the mobo, so I changed that out, most issues were resolved. I had a funky issue with this monitor in the image below (it happened with or without new mobo). I figured it might have been the video card, since i was having issues with my 22inch Samsung monitor (4 years old), I RMA'd the card, and got a new one. I'm using a GTX 670 FTW from eVGA, and this issue throws me off.
The issue is:
So when I go to sleep or leave for work, I usually leave my computer running (it is set to sleep, but doesn't always do so), and I always turn off the monitors when I leave or anything. When I get home, and turn on the monitor, I get the below screen. For a week of having the new video card, it didn't have any issues, but as of yesterday, the issue came back. I have no idea what it is, and I can't really find what the issue is. It can't be the video card since I've replaced it, and I've used different ports, and different dual link cables. I doubt its power supply related since I haven't had any lock-ups, reboots or anything since the mobo was replaced.
Oh yeah, in order to get the monitor to fix itself or well reset itself...I just take out the DVI plug from either the computer or monitor, or just restart the computer (if i can somehow find the button when the monitor doesn't show anything at all really).
Any suggestions on this? I just messaged Green-Sum again and let them know that I'm having different issues now, and what's up with this?! On a side note, I just ordered 2 2703s, and should be here by Friday or Monday smile.gif. Basically, when this monitor works, my god....i want to bathe in the light.

here was mine Yamakasi 2703


It happened to me when I moved my monitor to a different stand. I found out I had actually bent the DVI cable too much(the one that came with the monitor). I also noticed the PCB where the DVI connector on the monitor is has to have no pressure applied to it, IE the cable should be as straight as possible. The DVI connection behind the monitor is kind of filmsy so be careful. Needless to say I swapped out the cable to a monoprice one and all is well. Unfortunately though my Asus GTX 670 just died, so a replacement is on the way.
Edited by silver8 - 8/2/12 at 7:31am
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I just noticed a dead pixel on my 1st monitor frown.gif . Near the center lower right. Just one. I guess I can live with it for now. I'm surprised I didn't notice it over the first few days.. .I wonder if it just got dead or was always there.
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I had zero problems with green-sum. I read the wall of text but when you use a 3rd party using your info you can only expect problems. Also why did you contact them for payment info? They probably thought that was irregular. You just go to their eBay listing and hit buy it now, click the PayPal link and send the funds, then wait for a confirmation. It took me about 2 minutes and I never needed to email anyone. My tracking came via email after about 24hours and the monitor arrived in 4 days. I see people causing their own issues and delays but blaming the seller. The seller is trying to be careful too. Next time don't let someone else use your info and use the eBay page.
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