Originally Posted by Psychohack
100% True! The seller he was looking at only had tempered glass with a matte panel! I contacted them myself because I was looking at the same monitor.....yes there have been glossy panel with glass, but not in this case.
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It doesn't get any more true than that....
As for the Asus monitor....each person has to decide for themselves what they can live with or deal with. Mechanically the Asus is great, the stand is great, it adjusts up and down easily and has a lot of range, the bezel fits perfect, it tilts well, it pivots good, the plastic is high quality, the plastic is not glossy, it's heavy for its size, it doesn't wobble, etc etc. And I got a perfect panel with no backlight bleeding or dead pixels or anything. A small few complained about some issues with the buttons and other random issues, but you have a warranty to take care of those issues without paying extra and in most cases ASUS actually responded to any negative reviews with an offer for help.
Your going to pay more...no way around that, so if you have $320 and getting more is a problem, then the choice is easy....
You will always find some bad reviews on every monitor, but with the Korean monitors, people are expecting certain issues and then happy if they don't experience them. With a name brand monitor that costs more, people are expecting perfection, so any little thing trips a complaint....so it's all a matter of perspective.
One bad thing about the Korean monitors that I was struggling with is....you know your getting a reject panel. This is just the way it is, something about it did not pass QC, weather you want to admit it or are tuned to seeing it, it's still a reject for some reason and many are not because of dead pixels (so buying pixel perfect does not mean it is not a reject for some other reason). It may be very minor and it could even be something that is not seen once together....but its a gamble.
Anyway, you get what you pay for in this world. It always seems to hold true. Of course this all depends on the type of person you are, how picky you are, and how much time your willing to put into something to make it right. The Korean monitors are worth what your paying as long as your not being duped by some of the ones that are priced too high. I am not bashing them. They are a viable option and in some ways (speed) they are better than the name brands. However, your not stuck at 60 Hz with the ASUS. Most seem to get 80-85 out of them.
For me, I don't have much free time to mess with stuff and I will pay more for less troubles and hassles. It was not always this way though. 20 years ago, I would have bought the Korean monitor just because it was cheaper and I would have rolled the dice, but as you get older, have kids, work more, commute longer, etc. your view on value changes. Money is easier to get and time is harder to find......
I am also super picky, so one bad pixel, a bowed out frame, or other issue would irritate me. If I got one with a problem, I would have a hard time living with it and so I just avoided the possibility by paying more and buying locally. I am sure I am in the minority on this thread...so please don't think I am trying to talk anyone out of the Korean monitor. I was very close to buying one myself and it was not an easy choice.