Hello, first post on the Catleap Club!
Let me start by telling you that I received excellent service from BigClothCraft. Very kind, polite, kept me in communication and shipped the monitor from Korea to Virginia in 2 days (after testing). I was very surprised that the monitor could arrive in two days, maybe in a big hub city like Atlanta or California, but it reached me here in Virginia Beach in only 2 days! =)
As you can see the Catleap came very well packaged and padded! Thank you BigClothCraft!
I took a risk and wanted to try out the new White version!
Now, I know this has been mentioned before, but let me just verify, the stand and bezel for this Q270 is not of high quality, maybe even low quality would be appropriate to say. I wouldn't argue that the Q270 model probably has the worst of the stands available and is indeed a wobbly stand. But, I knew this and am still VERY satisfied and would purchase this again.
It does the trick if you have a sturdy desk and doesn't wobbly or anything of the sort during gaming or everyday computing. In other words, this cheaper plastic bezel and stand is far from a show stopper in my opinion.
Another picture of the built in stand... It does the trick. One thing I noticed in some reviews (and my own personal experience) is that the stand tilted slightly to the right. I was able to play with the two fastening screws at the bottom of the stand and keep reattaching them until I had a somewhat level monitor. So, if you do experience a stand that isn't level, I believe this can be remedied quite easily by removing the base and reattaching it being careful to pay attention to any tilt that might occur if that makes sense. I had a pretty dramatic tilt, but as you can see this is no longer noticeable. Still the stand is not the best and I find myself not too comfortable moving it closer or further away as often as I would like. I usually do this depending on how I am sitting to get the right depth. With this stand the monitor is heavier and isn't as easy. Again, not a deal breaker, and still very happy!
The sticker on the right side left a slight residue, be careful on removing this and cleaning the residue off. All other stickers, plastic came off quite easily.
So let me review the monitor quickly. Again the plastic case and stand is of the lowest acceptable quality. I have no generic computer parts, and this is my first "generic" product to go with my system. Even with the low quality it is MORE than acceptable due to the quality of the display! Again the bezel and stand will fade once your monitor is on...
I did notice a slight 'blueish' tint to the display, however I still think it a wonderful picture. I didn't notice any backlight bleeding (possibly there is some, but I didn't notice, and won't be trying to notice any either, haha). Also, I didn't notice any dead pixels! This was a regular (NON Pixel Perfect) monitor purchased from BigClothCraft, I couldn't be happier. I was expecting a few dead pixel perhaps, but I couldn't notice any! (again, it is possible there is a dead pixel or two in the 3.68+ million pixels, but again I have 20/20 vision and didn't notice any!)
This looks very good for a monitor at this price point. After removing the bezel to access the VESA mount, I found out why!
As you can see, I noticed in the bottom left corner of a label on the back of the display, this is indeed an LG Display! This might be one of their B or A-, screens but still, I'm not noticing! I would pay $300 for this part alone.. =) The plastic casing and stand is a bonus... haha.
Ok, so lets go to part two of my story. I decided to mount this on a Monitor Arm.
Let me start part two by telling you where I purchased my Monitor Arm. I bought it from ErgoLCD.com. I couldn't find any reviews of this seller anywhere. And the few reviews that were there I couldn't be sure how legit the reviewer was. After much time spent researching the company and talking with a kind lady on the phone. I felt that this could be a legitimate company. I don't know if they are authorized reseller of the product (warranty may not be honored in some cases), but they had an excellent price. And as most of us Yamakasi Catleap owners know, we are looking for value. So I took the risk.
I received my new Monitor Arm in 2 days after placing the order (1 day after order left ErgoLCD to reach my home in Virginia Beach.) Very pleased with the service. Thank you ErgoLCD!
I haven't seen any reviews on this Monitor Arm either, but I'm familiar with the HumanScale company. They make high end chairs. I went with the HumanScale M2 Monitor Stand with Clamp. This Model number is M2WC (M2 Silver and White with Clamp). They have bolt on versions as well, and a silver and grey version. They also make an M8 version. The M2 supports 20 lbs and the M8 supports 40 lbs. I believe the Yamakasi is rated at about 15-16 lbs. Maybe less without the stand. In my case the M2 worked wonderfully, I'm glad to be the guinea pig! But, before you jump with this Catleap/Monitor Arm solution, please read on!
So the hard part begins. Disassembling the Yamakasi Catleap. Now here if I may do so politely, I will have to disagree with Scribby's comment about it being "very easy" to remove the stand. In my case it wasn't. The plastic is VERY soft. I even used two guitar picks and it took me over an hour because I wanted to be very careful.
This wasn't very easy at all. And as careful as I was, the soft plastic did crack on me. As you can see in the second picture while trying to unclip and pull the bezel off, the top part of my bezel cracked into a straight line. Pop! I had to continue, hoping nothing else would crack. For this reason, I kind of recommend you looking at other models as well, because there is a slight danger due to the frailness of the low quality plastic. But the story still ends well. The crack is perfect center on the top only. And is not noticeable. Maybe like a piece of thin hair, if even that. I'm still very happy.
Also reassembling the panel it didn't quite sit perfect. So just understand this isn't a perfect bezel, but still wonderful if that makes any sense.
I'd like to add also to the stand removal instructions that I didn't quite understand clearly is that the front bezel is removed, not the back so you have to lay it down as I have in the picture. I used some clothes to keep the weight off the plastic silver Yamakasi backing while prying apart the bezel. I took a few shots of the bezel clips as well to assist with Scribby's dis-assembly instructions. I still couln't quite understand what was 'hooking' these pieces together so the bezel removal part was foreign feeling to me. It can be done and it does give if you believe in it.
And let me go ahead now and take the time to thanks Scribby for sharing those instructions with us. It was very, very helpful. Thank you!
The cables inside seemed very easy to remove, I barely had to pull on it, I used a flashlight to reattach the cables later. I have very happy the monitor turned back on after assembly!
Now I can adjust my Yamakasi Catleap (LG LED IPS, hehe) very easily and it looks great. I highly recommend a monitor arm (of any type) for users of a 27 inch screen, the default stand only had tilt adjustments. I've included some pictures in the different heights angles with my new monitor arm! All screws and needed hardware were included with the M2 Monitor Arm I purchased from ErgoLCD.
Thank you Scribby for the thread, and for the instructions!
Thank you BigClothCraft for the excellent customer service and safe shipping!
Thank you ErgoLCD for the best price on the Humanscale M2 Monitor Arm!
I'd rate my Yamakasi Catleap a 10/10 (maybe 9/10 for the stand/bezel quality)
I'd rate the HumanScale M2 Monitor Arm a 10/10 (maybe 9/10 due to a slight limitation of angles)
Overall I'm very happy and would easily purchase these two items again from these two sellers!
Some final pictures for you! Thank you!
-LSB1Edited by LSB1 - 8/25/12 at 12:34am