Hi all first post but ive been reading this thread and pressing refresh hourly for weeks:) Thx with my 30q5 Pro Black purchase!
After research and emails with a shortlist of AccessoriesWhole, DreamSeller and BCC-
For the model I wanted, and also looking at feedback for those that had a bad experience. I went with AccessoriesWhole. Great experience.
Purchased via paypal for $533USD. Waited for the latest batch of 30q5 Pro Black, which separately dreamseller had told me is the newer version than the standard 30q with white back casing.
I've been really really impressed by the quality both screen and especially casing.
Coming from a late model 24" imac it looks very similar to that. Prob not of the same standard as latest 27". But size matters, and 30 inches to me beats 27" or I would have got local Asus 27" PB278Q- for under $700 with warranty and inputs.
Coz thing is just got a new i7 16gb fusion drived mac mini and wanted a nice screen for it but no way paying $1500 for a 30" and not a fan of dell anyway as im a mac and android guy. Excuse my indoor Note 2 n7100 pics:
So I could have paid more for the other Crossover 3020MDP talked about here alot - But it would have cost me extra $150.
Instead I ended up spending that amount (before refunding the apple one) on active dual link adapters.
Funnily the apple dual link dvi-d with firmware 1.3 is the one which people warrant as best... but i didnt find that one successful. so that $120 is getting refunded from apple australia.
The $73 kanex c30 well reviewed amazon, i bought cheaper at adorama.com- http://www.adorama.com/KAMDPC30.html
Worked immediately. I also bought a $9 tea kettle power cord and so far my powerbrick hasnt got beyond mid temperature which is great.. esp when u read about 300 Sparta 30" reviews of overheating followed by Death Screen. Also AW forgot the Aussie powerplug so make sure u confirm thats included.
The included DVI-d cables worked better than the ones i bought.
So basically the relevant costs ended up being $533USD ($522 + paypal costs) + $9 kettle cord + $73.5 kanex c30 dual link adapter + free usa ship + $8.50 USA mail redirect + $28 ship = $110USD = $649AUD total shipped. Definitely getting 2 more of these and taking them vertical!
I haven't seen any dead pixels. In fact all i did was slightly press increase the brightness.. and that was after a few hours on monitor..
Looks great to me, dead similar to my iMac if slightly less glossed but im happy with that sitting in front of this device all day (video is on the samsung 6 series 100hz lcd).
1080p vertical TNT second monitor samsung running google tv hisense pulse and tv pic in pic and asus o!play mini media player.. now looks super short....
Thx again to this forum for my lurking and reading tips and insight!
I'd highly highly recommend AccessoriesWhole and also had great interactions with DreamSeller. I'd say read thru their feedback, esp neutral and negatives plus any mentions (edit/find/crossover) of the brand you are looking at. Alot of people get a DOA monitor but then give 5 stars when they get a good reply. Thanks again.
And dont be scared if you are on Mac, just get a Kanex C30 and good to go!
My Flickr unboxing shots and slide show below. (photos from my note 2 in a dark room so not great screenshots, but i guarantee the screen looks great..)
slide http://www.flickr.com/photos/ben_barren/sets/72157632915789931/show/Edited by benbarren - 3/5/13 at 1:39pm