I've been creeping on this thread for a while now since I started looking into these monitors. I bought 3 of them and I'd like to share my experience as well as ask for possible advice.
As I said, I got 3. I told myself I was buying them for gaming but I knew deep down that even with two 7970's, it just wasn't going to cut it. So far this has turned out to be true, but generally isn't a problem - I tone down the graphics settings and find a comfortable 35+FPS at med-high settings and value the eyefinity setup over the extra graphical quality, for now. This might change eventually, but I've had this setup for a few months so far.
I purchased the screens from bigclothcraft. I dealt with all the dealers while looking into the monitors and found that they were the fastest to respond and didn't really see any issues with them, other than some I felt were blown out of proportion. I ordered pixel perfect which, I know, I know
, is a waste of money. That said, I saw it as extra leverage. I had just bought 3 Benq monitors at 1080p that each had 2-3 dead pixels and it was an uphill battle getting them refunded. I was persistent though
I just didn't want to have to go through that again
I noticed almost immediately that there is a tint offset between the screens. Luckily, two of them are very similar in color. They're not perfect, but it's hardly noticeable when you're doing anything other than staring at mirrored images on the two screens. Unfortunately, the third seems overly blue. In comparison, it makes the other two screens look yellow, but I've come to the conclusion that I actually prefer the "yellow" to "blue" when they're not side by side. They're in eyefinity though so, of course, they're always side by side.
I contacted bigclothcraft about this. The color difference is pretty drastic in my opinion. Too great a difference to feel like a great eyefinity setup. Like I said, between the two yellows, there's a variance as to be expected, but it's hardly anything to fret over. The difference with the blue, however, is great enough that I believe it should have been replaced. Bigclothcraft refused me, insisting that the manufacturer had told them that it wasn't a valid return and such variable colour was "to be expected."
Now, let me be clear. I love my screens. I love
'em! But... if I could do it all again, I'd have gone with a more mainstream manufacturer, assuming I'm sticking to eyefinity. Thankfully I can put the two yellows on the outside and the blue on the inside and have symmetry, but I specifically bought 3 of the same brand of the same model so that I wouldn't have this problem. I'm genuinely disappointed with bigclothcraft and this practice. They could easily resell the monitor to someone only buying one, and they probably wouldn't even notice there's anything wrong. Maybe that's the definition of whether it's a "defect" but I don't think it's the right way to treat someone who just spent +$1200 on your product. I left negative feedback and got asked to change it. I got my hopes up thinking they were willing to negotiate, but they refused and so did I.
I did all I could to try to calibrate the monitor. Spent most of my free time for the first month after getting the monitors doing just that and never got it right. THEN I realized that all my approximations were for naught. Once eyefinity is enabled, as far as I can tell, there is no way to calibrate each monitor individually. If it were possible to properly calibrate these with a spyder or related device, I would happily purchase one, but it seems unlikely. Any suggestions on this front?
So, there you have it. My experiences and gripes with the 27Q. I purchased the LED-P model, which I believe is the one to have if you're picking up eyefinity. It just makes way more sense to have them in portrait 90% of the time, the only exception I can think of off the top of my head being racing games. Also, despite bigclothcraft's quick responses, which were almost always within 24 hours, I can't recommend them.
I don't like bigclothcraft's return policy. One of 3 monitors was too blue and causes eyefinity to lose effect, couldn't be returned. Love the monitors anyway. Portrait eyefinity makes way more sense at these resolutions. Any suggestions for calibrating individual monitors in eyefinity?Edited by Crona - 3/29/13 at 4:22pm