So, i've been a tech enthusiast for a long time and knew overclock.net for almost 10 years, ever since my first attempts at overclocking a barton mobile 2600+ back in 2004. But i never really registered up until now, thanks to this Dell U2713hm and this excellent owners-report thread.
First of all, i live in Brasil, and our customer support, warranty, availability and options for buying technological goods is worse than awful. Not to mention the absurd taxes. This monitor cost me about the regular 550 USD you guys pay all over the world + 60% of importation taxes, not to mention a 45 day wait for it to be imported from the US. Nevertheless I decided to go on with the buy after lots of researches about this monitor and all the (few, here) options in the IPS-panel realm. (specifically PRAD, TFT reviews, Monitor central etc. Tough i didn´t see this thread at that time).
My Dell is an A00, made June 2013. It arrived last monday but i've actually paid for it August 25st and it was shipped from USA 3 days latter.
A quick report:
Loved the coating. It doesn´t have that horrid grainy rainbow-like coating from my previous screen, i think is just the right balance between matte/gloss and hard-coating.
- Cross hatching: Didn´t even know about this issue until before reading this thread. I tried to spot with different images and white websites but couldn´t notice anything at all, even if i touched my forehead at the screen.
- Calibration: Decent at best. While the image is overall much better than my previous cheap e-ips 236v, it is still not ideal, i can spot a subtle slightly green/yellowish cast in the calibration on the sRGB setting, tough maybe I could be badly accustomed with my previous screen. This is not a major issue for me since I hardly use the screen for photography, tough it could present a little bit of a problem when color grading some videos.
- Absolutely no backlight bleeding issues at all (not to be confused with IPS glow, of course).
Here a quick pick of uniformity/ips glow/blb:
The darker two pictures have a very low exposition on my m43 gh2: 1/25s, iso2500 just to have an idea of the uniformity and ips glow, the white areas aren´t BLB and aren´t pronounced in everyday use. A more real example close to what you would perceive in a dark environment would be the first picture.
And then we have the Ghosting issue:
The reason I came to the forums was about horrid ghosting issues i experienced with this monitor.
I've had a couple of X-IPS monitors in the past: An Old 42" Phillips PFL7403 HDTV television witch i used as an monitor (back in 2009 there was absolutely NO IPS PANEL options in the crappy Brazillian market, apart from the 1900usd equivalent Apple Cinema Display. so i decided to try an HDTV witch would had better colours than TN screen and my old professional CRT that wasn´t holding calibration anymore), with had a S-IPS panel with CCFL backlighting and "5ms of response time", and since last year a cheapo low-cost e-IPS LG 236v. with allegedly 5ms of response times. (never found a proper review of it's response time tough) I always thought the ghosting issues that so many people complained around was a very minor phenomen in games and people that complained about it was hardcore kids nitpicking or suffering of placebo effect. I never experienced ghosting in any games from those previous monitors.
And then this dell arrived and i bite my tongue.
Problem is, the ghosting I'm experiencing with this monitor is far beyond worse than i'd expect from others persons relates over the internet. I didn´t even notice it on games, in fact i noticed watching some 24p video footage from my work! At first i even thought what i was seeing wasn´t ghosting but decoding error artifacts from the codec i was using since it was such a clear strong and slow pattern (i work as a freelancer videographer), but then i noticed that by pausing the video and just dragging the video window around the trail was very strong constant and very easy to see. Videos with considerable contrast, shaky camera and pans are particularly troublesome and this problem is more than annoying. I was expecting to use this monitor as a work tool for my video edition needs but also for entertaining as some mild gaming and watching movies on my room. Ironically i don´t perceive the ghosting as much on video games (tough i haven´t been playing much FPS lately) as i notice while watching movies and working, and for those activities, i can barely consider my experience with the U2713hm "pleasant" to anything that isn´t static images.
Here we have another 3 pics:
First two are from a video frame, the first is the static image, the second is the video playing showing the ghosting artifacts.
The second is a frame i grabbed from another video with I dragged around with the mouse:
In both pictures you can see a darker region of ghosting shifting color reproductions, and even a third frame, with slightly lighter ghosting. 2 frames of ghosting? that is much worse than the PRAD and TFT central reviews. I expected this screen to be BETTER than my LG 236v, but it is actually far worst! I don´t see ANY of this artifacts on my other screen!
My point now is: The ghosting is so horrid that i'm even in doubt that it could be is worse than the previous report here and i actually do have a faulty overdrive setting on my particular unity. Problem is, returning to warranty would imply in probably another 45 days till a replacement arrives. I was curious if any of you guys could try and test a video sample of mine and tell me if you can spot artifacts similar to the pictures above just by playing the video normally. If that is the case that may help me in the decision of either keep the screen, send for replacement, or return it for my money back.
I'll upload the video in a future post if anyone would be willing to help me.
I can also take some pictures of that response time application test that the PRAD used if you guys think it's worth it to post here.
Thanks a lot for the reading!Edited by ericorg87 - 9/27/13 at 9:33am