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Monoprice ZERO-G Slim vs Glass Panel Pro

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I am not looking to use these for gaming, really. Just Web and CLI (SSH/Terminal). I bought a 27" 1080p but text on my Macbook looks horrible at 1080p.

Given issues with Macbook displayport to these monitors, what is preferable?

The Zero-G + dp-to-duallink-dvi adaptor (active, ~$70) OR,
The Glass Panel Pro with built-in displayport + version 1.2 minidp-to-dp cable?

My Macbook is mid-2010 so pre-thunderbolt but I will get a thunderbolt one soon (corporate HW refresh).

The former adds up to $390 + $70 = $460, the latter is $450.

But in terms of compatibility, is one preferable over the other?
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Why would you spend $460 just to have the ability to convert your DisplayPort to a DVI-Dual Link monitor. When you could have an all-in-one solution (Glass Panel Pro) for $450?

I'm assuming you don't game or care about 120Hz. If that's not the case then have you considered getting a QNIX/X-star PLS panel and buying the dp-dvi (dual link) adapter? That would be ~$80 less and you get a overclockable monitor.
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Why would you spend $460 just to have the ability to convert your DisplayPort to a DVI-Dual Link monitor. When you could have an all-in-one solution (Glass Panel Pro) for $450?

I was considering paying those extra $10 because I saw more reports of the minidp-to-dualDVI adapter working well with MacBook + cheap-Korean-PLS-panel than the GlassPro with built-in displayport. Looking at reviews of the GlassPro, I found only one comment that said use a v1.2 minidp-to-dp cable to avoid all compatibility issues. Btw, monoprice doesn't even sell such a cable, all they have are v1.1 compatible cables. So I was a bit hesitant about the decision. Eventually, I bought the GlassPro because the cheaper Monoprice 27" has the 5-dead pixels warranty vs the no-dead-pixels with GlassPro.
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I'm assuming you don't game or care about 120Hz. If that's not the case then have you considered getting a QNIX/X-star PLS panel and buying the dp-dvi (dual link) adapter? That would be ~$80 less and you get a overclockable monitor.

Yes, I looked at all the ones of eBay including Crossover with it's nice stand but in the end I like being able to return the LCD to monoprice, if I need to vs dealing with a Korean seller or dealing with SquareTrade.

I even looked at the Asus one on Amazon Warehousedeals for $570. In the end, I decided support/warranty was important for me.
post #4 of 7
I felt the same way, so I got mine from ipsledmonitors.com because they said they would pay the shipping to return it in the US. It's basically the same 30day policy as monoprice's. I was considering the monoprice monitor, but the warranty really doesn't cover dead pixels which is the most common problem (besides BLB) to happen:

Monoprice warranty says:
"As with the previous model, we are standing behind this monitor with a 5-dead-pixel warranty for a period of one (1) year from the date of purchase. If you can count five dead pixels, we'll send you a new monitor."

So I said screw it, get the overclockable PLS for less and still be able to return free of charge if there are any defects. Now I'm considering if I should go for a dual setup.
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Monoprice warranty says:
"As with the previous model, we are standing behind this monitor with a 5-dead-pixel warranty for a period of one (1) year from the date of purchase. If you can count five dead pixels, we'll send you a new monitor."

So I said screw it, get the overclockable PLS for less and still be able to return free of charge if there are any defects. Now I'm considering if I should go for a dual setup.

For the GlassPro one, it says "This is a Grade A-1 panel, which means no image defects are allowed. That means no backlight bleed, no dead pixels, no focus issues at the edge, nothing wrong at all."

But yes, if you need to OC then other options are probably better.
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For the GlassPro one, it says "This is a Grade A-1 panel, which means no image defects are allowed. That means no backlight bleed, no dead pixels, no focus issues at the edge, nothing wrong at all."

But yes, if you need to OC then other options are probably better.

Well then that would be another reason to pass on the Zero-G, it doesn't seem to have the features you want, nor the quality assuming you won't tolerate any dead pixels. The GlassPro has the interface you need and has added the quality assurance of a A-1 panel. I guess I lucked out on my X-star. Paid $330 and have zero dead pixels, no BLB, and stable 120Hz OC.
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Glass displays are very reflective and make the blacks look grayish since they lack any sort of coating

example (left glass vs glossy right)

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