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Hey,

I'm looking to buy a 2560x1440 display, something affordable (no higher than 450$) and preferably something that can be clocked to 120hz. (I wouldn't need something other than the monitor itself to overclock, or would I?)

I've had my eyes on an X-STAR DP2710LED or the QNIX QX2710

  • Also, is Crossover worth considering over these two?
  • If I buy one of these, should I purchase the 'perfect pixel' versions on ebay? (I'd rather not have any dead or stuck pixels on a newly-purchased screen)
  • If I buy the QX2710, should I purchase the glossy or matte version? Any significant difference?

Thanks.
post #2 of 8
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Originally Posted by CantilopePope View Post


  • If I buy one of these, should I purchase the 'perfect pixel' versions on ebay? (I'd rather not have any dead or stuck pixels on a newly-purchased screen)
  • If I buy the QX2710, should I purchase the glossy or matte version? Any significant difference?

If you want to be sure not to get any dead pixels, you need to forget about the cheap crap. "perfect pixel" does not mean zero dead pixels guaranteed, but just that there are fewer than otherwise. Most sellers will list it as max 1 dead pixel, so you may get lucky. But you need to accept that there is a very real possibility that you will get a less than perfect monitor.
And if you care even a tiny bit about quality, 1 dead pixel might as well be 1000.

There are tons of people on here that will defend those cheap monitor to the bitter end, but at the end of the day, you get what you pay for. They are cheap for a reason.

As for matte vs. glossy. This is mostly a matter of personal preference. Glossy makes the colours look a bit more vibrant, but you will get annoying reflections. A quality matte monitor (yes, there are really bad coatings out there) will have no reflection.
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Yeah, I know there's no guarantee. But the seller claims to accept returns if there are any dead pixels. Those Korean screens are about in my price range and more or less what I'm looking for, so I'm willing to take the risk.
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Yeah, I know there's no guarantee. But the seller claims to accept returns if there are any dead pixels. Those Korean screens are about in my price range and more or less what I'm looking for, so I'm willing to take the risk.

I have a Qnix and got lucky with the Korean lottery with a good one. The perfect pixel is a marketing scam with terminology. He specifically said "dead" pixels and not stuck, dark or bright pixels which will NOT be covered and WILL be used against you. I would ask him specifically about these things before you spend extra money on nothing.

There has been reported success with buying perfect pixel with a square trade warranty which can up the warranty quality as it will be in line with the seller description(whether it is a scam or not)
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And if you care even a tiny bit about quality, 1 dead pixel might as well be 1000.

What a huge overexaggeration.

At 1440p there are almost 3.7 million pixels on screen. 1 dead pixel is no big deal at all.
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What a huge overexaggeration.

At 1440p there are almost 3.7 million pixels on screen. 1 dead pixel is no big deal at all.

This may be true for you. But I care about quality.
And I have in fact returned a monitor with exactly 1 dead pixel. It may be 1 in 3.7 million and it was near the edge, but once you spot that pixel, it will be the only one you see.
If I'm paying good money for a new product, I demand that it be in perfect condition when I get it. Anyone who does not is just asking to be taken advantage of.

Bottom line. If your budget does not allow for a good 1440p monitor, you should ask yourself if you REALLY need it and if you can accept that you will most likely not get a perfect one. Ask yourself if a quality 1080p monitor would do what you need or if you can wait a month or two until you can afford a good 1440p monitor.
Buying cheap crap just to get it right now, usually ends with people either regretting their purchase or getting so overly invested in wanting to like it, that they become fanboys.
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This may be true for you. But I care about quality.
And I have in fact returned a monitor with exactly 1 dead pixel. It may be 1 in 3.7 million and it was near the edge, but once you spot that pixel, it will be the only one you see.
If I'm paying good money for a new product, I demand that it be in perfect condition when I get it. Anyone who does not is just asking to be taken advantage of.

Bottom line. If your budget does not allow for a good 1440p monitor, you should ask yourself if you REALLY need it and if you can accept that you will most likely not get a perfect one. Ask yourself if a quality 1080p monitor would do what you need or if you can wait a month or two until you can afford a good 1440p monitor.
Buying cheap crap just to get it right now, usually ends with people either regretting their purchase or getting so overly invested in wanting to like it, that they become fanboys.

I'll take a dead pixel and saving $200-300 in trade for gaining 120Hz smoothness.

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post #8 of 8
I think this thread has gone a bit down hill and is becoming unhelpful. The OP did not ask for a brand war or any bias views. He already has products in mind and asked advise specifically on them. Yes both name brand and korean panels have there place in the market and over all they have not been completely "cheap". The name brand and korean panels instead have plus and minuses about both.

If you go over to the club thread for the Qnix and xstar you can see that it is definitely not a "get what you pay for" scenario per say. It is a bit like the lottery where over 50 percent win by far. There is those who have bought quite a bit more expensive products and did not get much better performance overall and will defend them to the bitter end(otherwise somebody might feel like they did NOT spend there money well rolleyes.gif )

Now to directly answer your question

PLS is considered superior to IPS unless it is an AH-IPS panel which is not the case with your alternate panels. I being one who owned a crossover and went to a Qnix say that definitely go for the Qnix or xstar. I would have went straight to them had i known in the beginning.

Pixel perfect is a scam or marketing term and does not guarantee dark pixels, bright pixels or stuck pixels

The matte qnix are the same panel matte as the name brand samsung panel and it is very light. Many have gotten matte and did not see any grainy side effects and did not regret.
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