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Long-term reliability of Korean IPS

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Hi, I'm looking into upgrading to a 2560x1440 display and would like to buy one of the great budget Korean models, but I'm concerned over their long-term reliability. I'm fully aware of the dead pixel, back light bleed, etc risks, but I'm most concerned about booting up my PC one day only to find that the moniter is not working. Has anyone owned one of these monitors for over 6 months? How likely are they to die within a year of purchase?
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The biggest long term problem seems to be the power brick breaking, but you can find a replacement easily.

As for the actual monitor, I have not heard of anyone having long term problems where it suddenly stopped working, but most people have not had theirs for more than 1 year, so it's a bit untested. Personally, I've had a shimian for ~8 months and have not had any problems.

If you're really worried, buy the square trades warranty. I don't think it's worth it though as it doesn't work out economically for the buyer.
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That's good to hear, a power brick is indeed very easy to replace:D I'd just read somewhere that a guy's monitor stopped working, and when he opened it up he discovered that the PCB had been fried, hence my lack of certainty over long term reliability.
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That's good to hear, a power brick is indeed very easy to replace:D I'd just read somewhere that a guy's monitor stopped working, and when he opened it up he discovered that the PCB had been fried, hence my lack of certainty over long term reliability.

That's one case in the thousands of these that have been purchased, and you can bet if it's happening to other people they'd be posting all over about it.
post #5 of 44
Might be a stupid question but how does a Square Trade warranty work with eBay? I'm looking at a bigclothcraft listing for a monitor and can't see Square Trade mentioned.

Would love to purchase a couple of 30" monitors but it's not much of a warranty if I have to get parts from South Korea(I'm in the UK). Common sense is telling me to get a couple of Dell U2713HM displays with a three year warranty.
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That's good to hear, a power brick is indeed very easy to replace:D I'd just read somewhere that a guy's monitor stopped working, and when he opened it up he discovered that the PCB had been fried, hence my lack of certainty over long term reliability.

Yep, if square trades warranty gives you peace of mind then it is definitely worth it, and I don't fault anyone for buying it.

But failure rates aren't higher than Dell, apple, samsung or any other mainstream U.S. vendor. Remember that these are actual products being sold in South Korea, which is on average more technologically advanced than the the majority of America. These are not cheap "chinese knockoffs" (to quote another poster. )
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easily replaced with what? the same kind of crappy brick that broke in the first place?
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I've had my yamakasi from bigclothcraft for almost a year now. No complaints. And for piece of mind I got the Square trade warranty. Placed my order and less than 48 hours later it was delivered.
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I don't know why people are so crazy about Korean IPS panels. They have no warranty, they have these crappy power brick, and personally, most of the monitors have gigantic, ugly piano black bezels. Sure they're cheaper, but for for like $200 bucks more you can get a high quality Dell or PLS panel. On top of that, they're S-IPS which aren't necessarily desirable, and pretty much every company has "perfect pixel" like guarantees which is the biggest selling point I've heard people point out...

 

Your monitor is something you will use and keep for, ...like...a decade. Spend appropriately. 

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They've only been out for a short time and I've seen people with half of the panel lit. Others with the monitor will start flickering like made, etc. You get what you pay for.
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