Got mine a few days ago from "Dream-Seller". Went for the basic model without tempered glass or such. I've not yet received any correspondence regarding import tax/duty. I live in the UK for anyone curious. I purchased at just before 9AM GMT on Wednesday 31st of October, and received it at around 14:30 GMT on Wednesday 7th of November. Bear in mind that it only made it to China before the weekend. It was shipped by FedEx. I originally did a rundown over on MMO-Champion, but here's my experiences so far. Be warned, this is a VERY long post!
So, the monitor just arrived via FedEx 1:30 hours ago (yes, it took a lot of time to write this post and fix in the additional details). It's taken a mere week to get here, and that's with a weekend in between where it was sat in China (it made it from Korea to China before then). As with all my pictures, click for fullsize.
This is how it arrived. I was expecting bubble wrap around the box itself, and was a little concerned. Let me say straight up that it is heavy. It's 10KG, which in itself isn't overly heavy, but it's carrying it in one hand that's awkward (and carrying it with 2 upstairs just feels awkward).
I wasn't quite sure which side was the front. I didn't want to go slicing that side just to be safe. Last thing i wanted was to have to send it back. So, i picked a side at random, and got to work.
As you can see, i got lucky and had sliced open the back. I was still worried that it might have been damaged in transit even with the massive chunks of packing we've come to expect. The manual is all in Korean (i assume) but i'm not the type to read about what i already know
I removed the adapters and cables from the box, and lifted it up. As you can see, there's a nice wad of bubble wrap at the front, along with a note.
I doubt the validity of the note itself, considering the dispatch time. However, regardless, it is truly fantastic to know they are still looking after their customers. Even on such a cheap price, they've truly impressed me so far. Still, what's important is the surface of the screen. Everything up to now has just been time wasting (in a sense). As you can see, my seller was "Dream-Seller". I feel it's important for anyone posting their own experiences to also list the seller. One bad monitor shouldn't disqualify a seller, but i do want people to be sure they're comfortable with the seller they chose.
Messy carpet aside (sidenote; i had a new window fitted 2 days ago which is where most of it is from), you can see that the screen is glossy. It's a simple design, and i actually like how it looks. Just to put some context on it, the glossyness, while usually a hassle, isn't a problem. My previous monitor was almost as glossy but it didn't deal with it as well. I'm not entirely sure how that's possible, but that's how it is.
Now, i promised some resolution comparisons. For the first time ever, you'll get to see what i was dealing with when designing software. Keep in mind that what you see is from VTemp, but i've been working on it again in the past week (hence why there's a lot of components, many which are used only during development and removed before release);
That's what it looks like at 1080p. It works, but it's crowded and there's truly not a massive amount of space to work with in the central area.
Now this... this is what it looks like at 1440p (2560x1440);
Nothing has changed besides which monitor it was on when i took the screenshot. Although text is smaller from perspective, the amount of space i get for everything makes it that much more fantastic.
And as a comparison;Misc.
None of the buttons on the monitor work, except the power button that's located on the back of the monitor and the backlight controls (also on the back). The front "button" isn't actually a button and doesn't even press down.
The colouring of the monitor itself is cool. Compared to my other 2 screens, hell, compared to every screen i've owned, this one has a cool blue hint to it. It's not a problem though, and i'd say it's a closer representation to white than my other screens.
The power adapter only goes one way. For me, it was with the flat part with an arrow on facing towards the monitor. Usually, you'd have it facing away from the monitor/towards you, but this was the other way around.
There are absolutely NO dead pixels anywhere on the panel. There are no signs of damage or mistreatment.
The stand is secured with 2 included screws and honestly, it's just a stand. It's difficult to comment on the quality, so i'll just say that it does the job perfectly fine.
In NVIDIA Control Panel, the display is just called "Digital". Thankfully, my other displays are listed as Samsung (my TV) and Acer (my other monitor) so telling which is which without needing to use the identify feature isn't a problem.
As an additional note, in "Adjust Desktop Size and Position" in NVIDIA Control Panel, you have the option of "Perform scaling on:". The usual options available in the dropdown are "Display" and "GPU", with "Display" being the default. With this monitor, the only option available is GPU, and so there's no need to fret that it's not supported (to clarify, i run a GTX670 with 310 series drivers, but any modern card should support it).
Also, even though i've connected the monitor to a DVI port with a dual-DVI cable (the one shipped with my acer... my acer is now running at 60hz as i don't find much benefit to 120Hz since it's only used very rarely), this display does apparently support HDCP. It's not an issue for me since all my movies are downloads or through Netflix.Conclusion
At less than £200 GBP shipped, this monitor will provide a much needed quality of life upgrade for development. I don't need fancy connctivity options, and i despise OSD's. I don't need 120hz, and i don't need a top brand. Don't get me wrong, it's a perfect example of barebones. It comes with the absolute basics, both in accessories and the screen itself.
Speaking of accessories, the power block takes a standard kettle lead, just like what you'd connect your PSU to. The monitor that this one has replaced is 4-5 years old - a 24" 1080p display. It still works, but it had some awful "pixel shadow". It sorta looked like there were iron filings behind the screen and that someone had gone over a portion of it with a magnet, leaving some visible lines on the screen itself. They didn't black out the screen, but if you looked for them specifically, you could see them.
Overall, i'm extremely impressed with both the service and the monitor. It now sits proudly next to my desk, but i may very well move the TV to the side (it's wallmounted and can move about 4ft each direction from the center) and put this on my desk (there's no screen on the desk itself at the moment).
You should still be aware it IS a risky purchase. They may be cheap, but they've got a long way to go which means the chance of damage is a reasonable consideration. I was rather worried mine would arrive damaged, not because of the seller, but again, because of the distance.
I've yet to receive any notification of import duty, but any due should be noted to me within a few days.EDIT:
It appears i've got 1 stuck pixel to the left of center. It's green, but again, very small pixels and absolutely NOT a negative towards the overall value. It might be a negative to some, enough to stop them buying, but it's not something i'm gonna split hairs over.
Typically, i would have avoided "Cheap Knockoff Asian Exports", but it was after reading a small amount of the large threads across various forums that i decided within 2 hours to just go ahead and take the plunge (i'd been awake most of the night, so buying it in a sleep deprived state was something i was sure i'd regret). In the days since i got it, it's held up admirably. One stuck pixel is not an issue for me since it's obviously only visible when there's no other colours being fed into it (i.e. a black background).
I did try to overclock it, but as you might expect, it simply doesn't like it. I can get 67Hz out of it, but at 68Hz, the windows from applications begin to "stain" the screen and anything above that is totally off the scale. I've decided it's worth just sticking to 60Hz because in the end, i only really bought it intending to make software development "easier" (due to the extra space from such a resolution).
I've tried various games, including BF3, and my GTX670 (EVGA, cooled with Arctic TTII as of yesterday) holds up incredibly well even at that resolution. I'm playing on ultra with the exception that i've got Deferred AA running at 2x (or off in some cases). Even at 1080p the performance drop for visual tradeoff wasn't enough to warrant me having it turned on. It seems you can see more of the field of battle on a higher resolution, but that could just be a placebo from the larger screen size. I will say that it's truly fantastic to game on such a large screen. I have gamed on my 40" Samsung HDTV in the past, but the pixel density on the Achieva really does make everything so much clearer.
I've played a lot of SC2 and while there's no inherent benefits such as being able to see more, the higher pixel density creates a much higher image quality, and being IPS, the colours are so vivid.
I did play DayZ, but i've never run that at Max settings as it's just too much of a hog on resources. However, there's no real benefit to the higher resolution, and as you know, DayZ doesn't exactly have much colour so it's hard to say they're more vivid.
On thing i will say is that the "refresh rate effect" on things such as these forums does give me a bit of a headache. However, i can deal with that considering the benefits i get from such a large screen. I can also reduce the backlight and that seems to ease it a little.
Buying the cheapest option available wasn't a bad decision. I mean, i'm even impressed by the bezel (mine is black at the front, but white on the front half of the sides, and then black on the back where it connects to the real part of the monitor chassis). The stand is just a stand, but mine tilts back very easily though there's not much support so it could tip over easily. It's quite sturdy actually, and it only wobbles as much as the desk it's sat on does.
I'm also actually very much impressed that the power button is at the back AND that the LED isn't obtrusive. I've had monitors where their power LED illuminated the whole room at night if i forgot to switch them off of standby. The power button at the back isn't normal, but it does make the front look much cleaner and less cluttered and more importantly, let's me grab hold of the monitor and switch it off, as opposed to pressing on the front and potentially pushing the monitor back a little. It's a small touch they probably didn't intend to have this effect, but it's one i do appreciate.
Overall, very impressed with it and i can recommend Dream-Seller.