All right since you guys helped me make an informed decision I'm going to return the favour.
I purchased mine here --> http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/130891945141
I paid AU $335.90. Why this seller has raised the price of the auction so high is beyond me. When I purchased mine there were 10 available. I'm going to guess that this seller ran out of stock prematurely on his end and raised the price to avoid defaulting on an already sold item and detracting from his ebay rating. At least that's my Nancy Drew on it, I really don't know.
The ad states plainly that it is not compatible with my video card (5850 HD).
It works fine.
No dead pixels.
No dust under the screen.
No dents, scratches, or gypsy curses.
Extremely minimal backlight bleed when black, unnoticeable at all other times.
Maybe I got lucky.
Maybe it's going to explode or overheat in 3 weeks, I don't know.
This is an experiment as much as a purchase.
It took 5 days including the weekend to get here from Korea --> Brisbane Australia.
It takes twice that long to get a letter mailed to my family in Canada.
I ended up purchasing this 'bare bones' model after I'd saved up enough for an apple cinema display (1100) before discovering that thunderbolt would be a pain to connect to my PC. Yeah, I guess I really do live under a rock or something, I must be the last graphic designer on earth who doesn't use a mac. In any case I figured, it wasn't meant to be. Then I started shopping around. I settled on this model after doing the usual research (overclock, whirlpool, ebay, the helpful guide over at PC world) and made my purchase without much hesitation. If i was going to buy a cheap korean monitor I was going to buy the cheapest one available, dead pixels or dust be damned.
Sorry for the low-res and dark photos, my living room is super dim with a red wall behind where the monitor lives.
This is how my package arrived. A bit dented and dinged up but certainly not damaged or harmed in any way. I worked as a mail man for 3 years and I know what happens to things in the mail stream. Especially things marked 'fragile'. The fact that this thing made it here in one piece is a miracle no matter what it cost.
The contents were adequately padded and sealed. Nothing was bouncing or rattling around inside. Yes, mine too came with an power adapter made for a Korean power outlet. It was simply a matter of swapping my old monitor's power cord into the power supply. No harm no foul.
A useful english Cheat Sheet came with this monitor, alongside delightful Korean instructions reminding me to never assault, douse with water, spray, fist, or dress up my monitor in a scarf. Staring at it is OK though.
The rear connections are sparse, as I predicted. This is the bare bones model. About this time during the connection process I realized that my cat Hercules had eaten his way through my computer tower's power cord down to bare wire. Technically speaking, buying this monitor may have saved my fur baby's life. Evidenced, Hercules now lives in the computer wrapping.
No, the case may not be the shining beacon of retail attractiveness I could have purchased, but the bland white casing goes with my bland white speakers. My designer friends have already laughed at me for buying it.
I am laughing too, because I spent 1/4 of what I set out to spend, and the money I'm saving is going towards buying my own apartment without dim lighting and a red wall.
JohnEdited by femputer - 5/20/13 at 5:22am