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Layo seems quite bitter.

I have had my Catleap q270 for months now. Around 5 I think. Pretty flawless little screen. My stand doesn't even lean. Certainly nothing "faulty" about that. I forget who I bought from, but they were plenty easy to deal with. I got charged 30 for duty, and they even offered to reimburse me the 30 dollars. Can't get much better than that.

If I had a complaint it would be the glossy screen. I don't like the reflections, I prefer a matte finish, but it's usually not an issue unless it's a real dark image i'm forced to view in the middle of the day.
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Layo seems quite bitter.
I have had my Catleap q270 for months now. Around 5 I think. Pretty flawless little screen. My stand doesn't even lean. Certainly nothing "faulty" about that. I forget who I bought from, but they were plenty easy to deal with. I got charged 30 for duty, and they even offered to reimburse me the 30 dollars. Can't get much better than that.
If I had a complaint it would be the glossy screen. I don't like the reflections, I prefer a matte finish, but it's usually not an issue unless it's a real dark image i'm forced to view in the middle of the day.

Glossy screens have better image quality than matte screens.
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Glossy screens have better image quality than matte screens.

I'm sure that I have heard that plenty and don't care. It's kind of a moot point when the superior quality image is blinding me with horrible reflections.

I've always thought matte displays looked fine and dandy (I have a 19 inch Acer beside my catleap right now, and while it pales in comparison, I still love it), and a WQHD OLED display Matte or Glossy is going to be absolutely wonderful.
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So, I've been doing more research, and I'm wondering if the issue I have is the same one that mac users have been having for awhile: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-20055828-263.html

My new Catleap 2703 screen still periodically (but not always) will display static after being "asleep" for awhile. I still am somewhat concerned that this is indicative of something failing, but thus far, I'm still uncertain. I really dislike being uncertain

The lack of responses with people having the same issues and their fixes is a bit off-putting as well.

The monitor is connected via the included dual link DVI to my Geforce 670 GTX (which is in 2-way SLI mode). I have never had this issue with my old 24" 1920x1200 dell (non-dual link DVI).

One of the suggested fixes was calibrating my monitor, but I'm not sure where I can a hold of an English manual for my screen. I'm not even entirely sure what they mean when they say "calibrating the monitor." Is that like loading a color profile, or fiddling with the screen's menus (which I don't know how to access nor navigate)?

Everything else with the monitor is hunky-dory. Great picture. Great for gaming / everything I've thrown at it. I'm just very concerned about a new product with a recurring problem and want to either fix it or replace it promptly.

The seller also suggested trying a different cable. Does anyone have suggestions for the "proper" dual link DVI cable to use? Any brand / model suggestions on cable? Can the issue be fixed by a cable?
Edited by TheInternal - 12/15/12 at 10:25am
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That's pretty much unheard off, $400 monitor lasting 9 months (like some kind of achievement),4 months till it dies smile.gif
Tbh if the U2713HM didn't drop to $620 I would go with shimian or crossover and count down 1 year till it dies or pick some 120hz.

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Woah there. That's the norm. Even though some people's monitors are no longer working, I can say with confidence most people's are working just fine. Mine included - and I've been fiddling with mine more than most, seeing as how mine goes up to ~115 hz. It's been 9 months now and it still works fine. The only problem? My front pane of tempered glass fell off and I had to tape it back on with better double sided tape. Yes, the Dell U2713hm is higher quality, but that doesn't mean that these things are all gonna die right away.

so tl;dr, these used to be an epic steal when they could be OC'd, and no one knew how long they'd last.

Fast-forward to present, and now they are shipping defective stock, as stated in their TOS, up to 15 dead pixels, sand inside the display, etc. etc. and they can't be OC'd, the prices have went up, and the front pane might have to be taped back together and there are multiple reports of these dying within a year.

Thank you so much, overclock.net, you just confirmed what I thought after checking out the ebay listings on these. I'll be moving along to something else. thumb.gif
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Just got a Q271 - with OSD, scaler , HDMI as I occasionally use with cable box. Shipped from Green-sum - three days to Ohio. Plugged it in to my 6850 and looked great. No dead pixels I can see, I bit of glow in the lower right - not a problem.

One surprise was the fact that even though the Q271 is not a tempered glass model, I still expected a glossier screen. This one is neither matte nor glossy, so best of both worlds as there is no coating to obscure anything yet no reflections. Happy so far.
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so tl;dr, these used to be an epic steal when they could be OC'd, and no one knew how long they'd last.
Fast-forward to present, and now they are shipping defective stock, as stated in their TOS, up to 15 dead pixels, sand inside the display, etc. etc. and they can't be OC'd, the prices have went up, and the front pane might have to be taped back together and there are multiple reports of these dying within a year.
Thank you so much, overclock.net, you just confirmed what I thought after checking out the ebay listings on these. I'll be moving along to something else. thumb.gif
Good decision. My whole point is that one $650 Dell will probably last longer than 2 $400+ crossovers +it will be sitting on high quality stand with high quality support backing it up whole time. Everyone thinks how awesome steal they made and how smart they are but remind them after they purchase 4th korean monitor and I will be running the same dell.

They could have been actually good monitors back then when those guys had almost no reputation, now they developed their scam methods and can afford to sell boxes of mess.
Edited by Layo - 12/15/12 at 10:46am
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so tl;dr, these used to be an epic steal when they could be OC'd, and no one knew how long they'd last.
Fast-forward to present, and now they are shipping defective stock, as stated in their TOS, up to 15 dead pixels, sand inside the display, etc. etc. and they can't be OC'd, the prices have went up, and the front pane might have to be taped back together and there are multiple reports of these dying within a year.
Thank you so much, overclock.net, you just confirmed what I thought after checking out the ebay listings on these. I'll be moving along to something else. thumb.gif

Up to you. My monitor's build quality was never a forte of it, and no one should under any illusion that it is amazing. Meanwhile, I have had the pleasure of using a 1440p monitor for nine months now, have had a monitor which is superior to similarly priced monitors, and "saved" $400 (50%) from a similarly specced monitor. Oh, and I get 120 hz operation too. Know what you're getting into. If you want to spend 75% more on your monitor to get the additional peace of mind, be my guest. I will save the money now and am willing to take the risk - and I think my choice has been validated so far.
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My whole point is that one $650 Dell will probably last longer than 2 $400+ crossovers +it will be sitting on high quality stand with high quality support backing it up whole time. Everyone thinks how awesome steal they made and how smart they are but remind them after they purchase 4th korean monitor and I will be running the same dell.

That's speculation, you realise? How many people have bought their fourth monitor? And how many still have their original? You obviously thought that your extra $300 was well spent. Others, perhaps, had a better use for $300 than getting a warranty they did not value - perhaps because the warranty, for most consumer electronics, is for peace of mind, not because it provides and actual benefit. That is to say, I am willing to guess that the majority of these monitors will never benefit even from a three year warranty that dell gives. Again.... Are dell monitors (the U2713hm) better? Of course. But are they $300-$500 better? That is a value proposition that you cannot make for someone else.
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Up to you. My monitor's build quality was never a forte of it, and no one should under any illusion that it is amazing. Meanwhile, I have had the pleasure of using a 1440p monitor for nine months now, have had a monitor which is superior to similarly priced monitors, and "saved" $400 (50%) from a similarly specced monitor. Oh, and I get 120 hz operation too. Know what you're getting into. If you want to spend 75% more on your monitor to get the additional peace of mind, be my guest. I will save the money now and am willing to take the risk - and I think my choice has been validated so far.

Amazing? or acceptable. You get 120 hz operation, but will anyone that buys this monitor today get that?

I don't want to spend 75% more. For me, it is a choice of wanting 2x 24" IPS or eIPS (I am honest about my requirements for a "professional" quality monitor) but being willing to upgrade. I would certainly get a generic display for a fraction of the cost of the apple display, for the same quality, minus the apple support.

The fact is that even people that are happy with these monitors report that these are not the same quality. There are some people reporting major defects. A single dead pixel is not a major defect. Having to tape your monitor back together is.

I get the desire to gamble for bang-for-the-buck. Value is great, but I expect a minimum level of build quality. Not generic factory thirds.

No name display, less features, less inputs vs. Apple display w/ more features can be a valid value comparison.
No name display, less features, less inputs, sand in the glass, 14 dead pixels, light bleed, yellowing, scuffs, wobbly stands, having to be taped back together vs. Apple display w/ more features, much tighter QC, infinitely better warranty is apples and oranges.

You wouldn't pay half price for a Core i7 CPU/mobo combo if there were reports of them having not recognizing a core, CPU fans falling off and memory not being recognized, all on the same model, topped off with the fact that if it's screwed you have to find a sucker to buy it rather than RMA it.

I came here to research this monitor, and I did. It's not for me, and I'm moving on. I'll give a few hours for responses to see if anyone has a valid argument other than "I got lucky and got a good one". After that I'll be unsubscribing and getting on with life.
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so tl;dr, these used to be an epic steal when they could be OC'd, and no one knew how long they'd last.
Fast-forward to present, and now they are shipping defective stock, as stated in their TOS, up to 15 dead pixels, sand inside the display, etc. etc. and they can't be OC'd, the prices have went up, and the front pane might have to be taped back together and there are multiple reports of these dying within a year.
Thank you so much, overclock.net, you just confirmed what I thought after checking out the ebay listings on these. I'll be moving along to something else. thumb.gif

Whaa? and I was thinking of buying one in the near future... so what do i do now? where do i go?

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