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Catleap/Crossover/Shimian... I'm a bit confused

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A few questions - I've skimmed the front page of each owner's club, but there are still a few things I'm confused about that I can't really find out easily. In the past I've used to buy refurbished/cheap monitors (22-inch Asus, 25-inch refurbished, de-branded HP), so my knowledge on better monitors isn't very good.

- As far as I can tell, these monitors are all essentially the same, correct? (in that they use the same screen but have differing stands and mounts)

- Apart from that, are there any notable differences between these three brands?

- Are these good gaming monitors? Do they have some mysterious technology that would make them perform worse than a cheap 25/27-inch Acer/Asus?

- Why would I buy one of these over a cheap Acer/Asus? I know these use IPS panels, but the wikipedia article isn't very helpful in letting me what difference IPS makes.

- Which of these is the easiest to remove the stand from and put on a mount?

- Why is there a Catleap on ebay being sold for 300 bucks (by bigclothcraft) while the next cheapest one is at least 70 dollars more expensive? Why are Shimians $279 and Crossovers $340? (If they're basically the same monitor)

Thanks in advance! Maybe there should be a sticky or something that introduces new readers to these new-wave Korean monitors and what exactly they entail?
Edited by Napwneon - 8/30/12 at 11:04am
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Have a look here for a quick primer ... http://www.swiftworld.net/2012/04/14/budget-korean-27-ips-monitor-information-and-comparison-of-the-different-brands-and-models/
     
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Awesome link that helped greatly! Since I'm not really worried about the stand, which monitor is the easiest to mount? I've looked at the Catleap thread and removing the stand from that particular monitor seems to be a very involved process.
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All the panels are the same - LG Manufacturered A- rated. The difference comes in the housing, input variations (added hdmi/dvi), stand variations (ability to do Portrait), internal scalers etc...

These are good gaming monitors - in that they have 6ms Grey to Grey response times, which is pretty decent - "gaming" monitors boost 2ms. Most of us wont be able to notice any ghosting/trailing. On top of that, since a lot of these displays just have the one DVI-D input and no scalers - the input lag is really really good. Youll have to do some digging for exact numbers, but it would be less than 1 frame for the most part.

IPS makes for great color accuracy, increased viewing angles / greatly reduces "color" shift - you can notice on TN displays that if you move/tilt your head even a little youll see the color change slightly. To really see how it changes - flip your monitor to portrait mode - its barely readable and looks bad.

I dont know which is easiest to remove the stand and put on a mount - but the Catleap one has its own proprietary stand and is a ***** to remove (apparently) - the Crossover LED-P has a great stand that you can orient/title anyway you like, and afaik - the only one you can rotate to portrait.

Crossvers are more expensive because of the stand and the all metal casing, the Catleap stand is pretty much crap and prone to wobble.

Each type of monitor has a "Club" where the first page has its own FAQ and Spec sheet - you should probably read them.
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