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Enkay's Mini Review of the AURIA EQ276W 27" LED Monitor from Micro Center

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Sup OCN heads and HardForum Lurkers biggrin.gif

Im writing this review of this monitor for people looking to pick one up from Micro Center. My main reason is for this review is before i was going to purchase i only had one review to go off of. So i decided to help the people to have some sort of knowledge of what to expect from this monitor.

I went down to Micro Center yesterday (Tustin,CA) and went straight for this monitor, they had none for display nor out on the floor, the sales man had to go to the back to get one. I asked if i can test it out, he informed me i would have to purchase it first then take it to the service department so i can hook it up to one of their computers back their. So i purchased and went and their service department only had a old dell office computer with VGA out only. I did not know if VGA would be able to output the high res this monitor offers so I took my chances and took it home, they told me i had a 15 day return period and they would most likely be okay with 30 days.

I brought it home, and the box of it is very plain. it comes with a 1 year warranty card and a manual. Here is what was included in the box:

PACKAGE CONTENTS:

Box:



Dual link DVI Cable (4 ft):



VGA Cable:



Power Brick:



Power Cord:



Stand:



Monitor:



The connections are As listed on the website as HDMI,VGA,DVI-D. but mine came with a Display Port along with those connections.

DISPLAY

On to the screen itself. when i turned on the monitor my PC picked it up with no problems. the color was a little washed out and needed to be calibrated. I went through few configurations but could not get the monitor to shine like an IPS does (the closes display i had was a sager laptop with an upgraded matte 95% color gamut). so i started messing around with the OSD. I found that once i turned the Dynamic Contrast feature on, then boom, this baby was shining. all colors were crisp and detailed. everything was very nice. and this is with just that turned on, i reset all the color profiles to default.

I received the monitor with no dead or stuck pixels nor did i have any back-light bleed. I do have a slight glow on the bottom right of my screen, but it is very slight and nothing to cry over especially considering what the price of this bad boy is and the resolution this has.
i will show pictures of it on, at the end of the review.

BUILD QUALITY:

This is one thing i was afraid of, is the quality of the stand and bezel, since i had my eyes on the Crossover but loved the fact that this was local, i had to bite the bullet. When i brought it home I immediately noticed that the build quality was not as bad as I was thinking it was going to be. it was the same if not a little better then my Acer TN Panel that cost me 200 dollars. The monitor just popped into the stand and made a nice firm click sound as it was settled, no pivot or height adjustment, but it rotates left to right so you can center it.

OSD

I touched up on the OSD earlier but here is some pictures that would be better for you guys then me explaining the options. Sorry but not all the OSD Menu's came out. so if you need more info on them, then ask away.






GAMING

I'm using a GTX 670 Stock to power this monitor. i opened up bf3 and league and cs:source, and it handled all on ultra flawlessly. The games looked oh so beautiful on this monitor. Colors pop and they are as vibrant as ever, the resolution is such a plus for gaming.

PRO'S:

-Amazing display. Colors are crisp and vibrant.
-My model did not come with any stuck or dead pixels
-While gaming on this monitor, i found no input lag, it looks tons of better then my tn did while gaming but feels the same speed wise.
-Resolution
-Price
-Local Purchase and 1 Year Manufacture Warranty

CON'S:

-Blacks could be better (but i guess thats just how ips panels are frown.gif )
-The power brick gets a little hot
-Colors out of the box need to be worked on to get this monitor shining.
-Design is not the best out their


PICTURES OF MONITOR (DIFFERENT WALLPAPERS AND BF3 GAME-PLAY)

I seen this wallpaper on a review of a crossover and i had to get it lol


Another Wallpaper in action


Some BF3 in action



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Congrats man! It looks absolutely great!!!!
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I'm considering buying a EVGA GTX 670 FTW 2GB, and this monitor. How are both working for you? Are you able to max games at 1440p with the 670? I mostly play Skyrim, Metro 2033, Dead Space, Witcher 1&2, and i want to be able to max them out. Oh, and one more thing, if its not too much trouble, can you measure the monitor? Stand to top of monitor and the width? Microcenter has no info on the monitor size.
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Thanks for the review! By the way what keyboard are you using? It looks pretty sweet.
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Nice review! Did you notice moving horizontal bands especially on a gray-scale background?
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Thanks for the review! By the way what keyboard are you using? It looks pretty sweet.


I think it is a cm storm trigger without the rest.


Thanks for the review OP. I have been debating to get one of these. I was one of the first owners of the 27q which is an amazing monitor that I got with no stuck or dead pixels. Another order resulting un something less would be probably disappointing. With this one at least your service claims wouldn't take a month.
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Congrats man! It looks absolutely great!!!!

thx alot.
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I'm considering buying a EVGA GTX 670 FTW 2GB, and this monitor. How are both working for you? Are you able to max games at 1440p with the 670? I mostly play Skyrim, Metro 2033, Dead Space, Witcher 1&2, and i want to be able to max them out. Oh, and one more thing, if its not too much trouble, can you measure the monitor? Stand to top of monitor and the width? Microcenter has no info on the monitor size.

i have not played witcher 1 or 2. but i do play bf3, league, cs:source, dayz, and so far their is no problem. on bf3 it gets about an average of 50 frames per second maxed out! i am going to size it up for you, but i cannot take no pics till later so ill just write it out. HEIGHT: 17.5 INCHES WIDTH: 26 INCHES
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Thanks for the review! By the way what keyboard are you using? It looks pretty sweet.

thx! that is the cm storm trigger with out the wrist guard. I'm in love with the keyboard!
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Nice review! Did you notice moving horizontal bands especially on a gray-scale background?

i just checked right now on solid grey backgrounds and i do not notice any banding. actually only on sides of a video on you-tube. besides that nothing else.
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Thanks for the review OP. I have been debating to get one of these. I was one of the first owners of the 27q which is an amazing monitor that I got with no stuck or dead pixels. Another order resulting un something less would be probably disappointing. With this one at least your service claims wouldn't take a month.

you should, especially if micro center is near you! and it is a plus as far as the rma process would go, and microcenter should let you test it before you take it, my situation was kind of bad luckish, since their computer to test it out only had VGA out.
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i have not played witcher 1 or 2. but i do play bf3, league, cs:source, dayz, and so far their is no problem. on bf3 it gets about an average of 50 frames per second maxed out! i am going to size it up for you, but i cannot take no pics till later so ill just write it out. HEIGHT: 17.5 INCHES WIDTH: 26 INCHES

Wow, it fits my desk like if it was meant to be LOL I don't even have to move the top shelf. Thanks for takling the time to measure REP+
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Thanks for the review!

I'm waffling on getting one of these cheap Korean A/A- panel brands, versus breaking the bank for a $1199 Samsung S27B970, for the past few months.

I've been using a 25.5" Samsung T260 for the past four years and have enjoyed the clear non-glossy TN display and 1200p resolution. Settling for one of the many 27" monitors out there with only 1080p seems like a downgrade. As does the Dell 27" with the excessive AG coating, or the Apple 27" Cinema with a low (ghosty) 12ms refresh rate.

I may have to visit Microcenter in Boston this weekend to check the Auria out. Pixels and backlight issues would really annoy me so I need to inspect a unit in person.

Two things I'm curious about also: how reflectve is the panel in a normally-lit room...and if it does have a built-in scaler so you can get into BIOS/EFI setup screens without issues. From what I gather some of the Korean panels have both problems.
Edited by Bearzilla - 8/2/12 at 4:58pm
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Thanks for the review!
I'm waffling on getting one of these cheap Korean A/A- panel brands, versus breaking the bank for a $1199 Samsung S27B970, for the past few months.

I've been using a 25.5" Samsung T260 for the past four years and have enjoyed the clear non-glossy TN display and 1200p resolution. Settling for one of the many 27" monitors out there with only 1080p seems like a downgrade. As does the Dell 27" with the excessive AG coating, or the Apple 27" Cinema with a low (ghosty) 12ms refresh rate.

I may have to visit Microcenter in Boston this weekend to check the Auria out. Pixels and back-light issues would really annoy me so I need to inspect a unit in person.
Two things I'm curious about also: how reflective is the panel in a normally-lit room...and if it does have a built-in scaler so you can get into BIOS/EFI setup screens without issues. From what I gather some of the Korean panels have both problems.

yea i suggest you check it out first if you can.

1. it is not reflective at all, only reflections i see is when i scoot my back-lit keyboard towards the monitor, if im watching a movie or something, i can see the back-lit keys, but besides that i did not see anything else.

2. i have an ssd so boot up times are fast, so it does not let me see anything until windows is loaded. Sadly enough my computer is faster then turning my monitor on, lol.

i have since returned it. i dont know if it was the panel, but when i would look at a 30 inch hp or dell, the colors were perfect. and i just could not calibrate to my liking. so before i got used to the resolution of this thing, i decided to take it back and im going to pick up a benq xl2420 off of new egg. it has nothing to do with the monitor, i think it cannot be beaten for the price. if you are looking for this res at this price these Korean monitors are the only ones out their that would fit. I honestly did not have an issue with my tn panel as far as colors went, that is why im going to get a benq 120hz monitor. i have heard they have the best colors for a tn panel, plus 120hz.
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