My ‘pixel perfect’ QNIX QX2710 Dport Matte arrived yesterday from www.2560x1440monitor.com
. A few details about costs and my experience of the seller immediately below. Skip the spoiler to go straight to details of the monitor.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
At the time of ordering this was £236.80 plus £12.45 for shipping (prices in £ since I’m in the UK). This was around only £40 more than the single-input version, so seemed worth it to avoid paying for an expensive Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adaptor. I note that the very next day the price of the pixel-perfect Dport model was hiked up by over £30 to £268.
Macbook Pro connection via DisplayPort
It took nine days from PayPal payment to receipt of monitor, only two days of which were for shipping. Although it worked out in the end and I’m very pleased with the monitor, I was concerned initially by some dubious delays and poor communication. It took a couple of days to get my order processed despite making immediate payment. When I finally got a response to my emails I was told that ‘Sometimes, bug happens in paypal’ and once my transaction ID was tracked down (another day’s delay) the order was finally processed. After a couple more days of silence I asked for confirmation of shipping and was given a waybill number unrecognized by DHL. The alarm bells rang again at this point. I sent a polite email pointing out that the tracking number was illegitimate and that I expected a legitimate number as proof of shipment within 24 hours. It turned out that the number was valid, but the package hadn’t been collected. A day later, it was in the DHL tracking system.
I paid £17.37 for Duty and VAT while the monitor was at the DHL sorting facility in Seoul, and there was nothing further to pay when it arrived. The seller had marked it as ‘gift’ and given it a customs value of $100 on the label. My total costs were £266.62.
I have a 13” MacBook Pro (early 2011) with a Thunderbolt port. I bought this
Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable. When I first connected the laptop I had to press the SOURCE button on the underside of the monitor casing in order to switch from ‘DVI Input’ (which seems to be the default) to ‘D.P. Input’. The laptop was recognized immediately and I’ve had no connection trouble since.On-Screen Display options
One main difference between the DVI-only and the multi-input QNIX is that the latter has OSD. I haven’t seen the OSD options discussed anywhere so here’s a quick guide to the available settings with a DisplayPort connection.
The DP main menu presents a choice of:
- Color Settings
- OSD Settings
Brightness and contrast are both adjustable on a scale of 0–100. The default settings for these are 91 brightness and 96 contrast. 100 brightness is not as high as I would expect it to go. It isn’t exactly dark, but I would have expected about 50% extra brightness to be possible. My calibration software seems to agree (see below).
‘Color Settings’ gives you a choice of presets: reddish, bluish, normal, or a user-programmed RGB combo that can be set using three colour sliders (scale 0–100). I found the default ‘normal’ setting of 60R/64G/66B to be a little too cool/blue. As the default setting, this is the first impression you get on connecting up and I have to say I was a little underwhelmed after reading so much about the vibrancy and richness of the colours. Switching to the ‘User’ setting, which starts at 64/64/66 before tweaking, immediately improved things.
If you’re used to overly-saturated colours like me, you may still feel 64/64/66 is a little drab. I’m probably corrupted in this regard and may try a few days at this level to see if I get used to it. Last night I found I had to creep into the 70s with the sliders in order to get something that felt suitably rich: 72/72/72.
'OSD Settings' allows you to set the horizontal and vertical position of the OSD, as well as the duration for which it lingers on screen without pressing a button. The language menu gives a choice of English, Spanish, France (sic), German and Chinese.
‘Misc.’ allows you to change aspect ratio between 16:9 and 4:3, as well as turning dynamic contrast ratio on or off. I haven’t experimented much with DCR. The 'Initialize' option resets all of the settings back to the factory defaults, including the underwhelming ‘normal’ colour setting – when I first tried the button I thought I’d been temporarily gripped by dementors before I worked out what had happened.Colour calibration and preset colour profiles
OSX has a built-in calibration wizard, so I tried this first. Here’s where I began to suspect there might be something wrong with the brightness on my monitor after all. The wizard wants you to whack the contrast up to full and then slide the brightness until an oval within a square becomes barely visible. Things seemed to be moving in the right direction as I increased the brightness, but I reached 100 long before it seemed the oval would fade out. So I was unable to set the brightness high enough to carry out the calibration properly. I set it to 100 and muddled through but the resulting colour profile I created was clearly washed out.
I was left to choose between the preset colour profiles. ‘Colour LCD’ seemed like it would be a winner given the name and the fact that my laptop’s screen uses it. However, I found it a little too yellow (the grey menu bars of various windows looked brown). My recommendation among the presets is the good old 'Apple RGB' profile.TL;DR
My favoured personal settings so far are:
Monitor RGB: 64/64/66
Mac colour profile: Apple RGB.
If I feel I want to be wowed a little, I crank up the RGB to 72/72/72.
A final note on speakers. They’re not great, but not as terrible as I’ve read others report. They’re noticeably tinnier than my MBP’s built-in speakers, but I can happily play music through them at full volume with no distortion.Edited by mephisto8 - 11/16/13 at 11:48am