Originally Posted by carajean
Dang lol WAIT. I have seen there are calibrations out there. Check these forums and ask for recommendations. Could you do that before you return it?? Please
I shouldn't have exaggerated the time that I had it out; tests were ran. Here's the deal - the monitor isn't bad, but rather the screen technology is. In other words, BenQ made a fantastic 120hz monitor. But if you're coming from an IPS, the screen is going to, by design, look like a water color painting vs. oil paints. That includes the blurriness. Here's what I did before deciding to return the monitor:
1) Set up the display (physical setup, including the Dual Link DVI attachment for 120hz)
2) Set up the display to ouput 1920x1080, 120hz in the nVidia Control Panel
3) Knowing that the default color settings wouldn't be right, I went and found some additional settings that another user created [calibrated]
4) User settings matched roughly the default color output on the monitor. They likely started doing this in the factory on a later revision due to popular feedback that the colors were off.
5) Loaded up SWTOR, changed the settings to 1920x1080, 120hz, Vsync. The monitor was smooth as butter. Turning around with the mouse showed very little lag, but it didn't make the game 'life-like' as some people claim. I expected it to be as dramatic as watching a movie was when you first looked at a 120hz TV (I know the technology difference, I'm referring to the anti-judder). The main issue was the blurriness of the monitor (sharpness was set to 5) due to the TN. Also, the colors were abysmal. Once again, not the fault of BenQ, but rather the fault of the panel type.
6) At this time, I'm focused more on the viewing angle than anything. Whether slouched or somewhat sitting up, the screen fades fairly dramatically. This was actually worse than I figured it would be. This alone is reason enough to return it, but I didn't stop there.
7) Loaded up Final Fantasy XIV. Changed in-game settings to 1920x1080, 120hz to match the monitor. Colors washed out, shadows were pointless, FPS were over 60 and the screen looked (from a motion blur/lifelike standpoint) no different than a a 60hz monitor. However, the colors were so awful, that was the end of it for me. I couldn't take it any more (literally), so I shut it down, called Tiger Direct, and was placed on hold.
8) Got ahold of TD rep, they offered a refund and return shipping. I returned it for quality reasons. They shouldn't release a TN 120hz "gaming" monitor due to the poor quality of the panel. TD was awesome to work with.