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Just pulled the trigger on a refurbished HP from New egg. Not sure if I made the right choice.

I was stuck with a limited budget, but wanted more resolution than my current 1080p 120hz benQ, but I didnt want to risk wasting my money on an import that failed and cost $100 to ship for replacement. I also didn't want to have a brick/power cord not made for here in america. I realize the quality is usually pretty good for imports and some can overclock, but..... I just hate the risk. So I boiled it down to this refurb or an import with a square trade warranty.


Also I liked the idea of it coming with a good stand that's adjustable instead if having to spend another 50-100 on a replacement. What do you guys think? Should I have just gotten an import?

I know there are two models of the HP zr2740w, one is xw476a4, the other a8. One retails for 500-600 the other 900+. Anybody have an idea of the difference? I didn't find it when I googled. Maybe the color range?

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http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/hp_zr2740w_v2.htm
Just was doing some reading. Looks like the monitor has decent reviews and is not PWM for dimming control. I guess that's a good thing? I think I do get fatigued eyes right now, but that may not have anything to do with the monitor in using.

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What was the warranty on this monitor? Just wondering. I went for a Korean import and had a bad experience with mine (was supposed to be a "perfect pixel", yet it had ~4 dead pixels). I got rid of it as soon as I could and went back to my HP ZR22W (the older 22" version of the monitor you have). As far as build quality the HP's are rock solid, the stand is awesome (which is magnitudes better than the "stand" my Korean had), and the screens can take a hit (my floor lamp fell on my ZR22W, left a small mark across the screen that can only be seen when it is off ).
Also having the extra usb's is a bonus (as well as the added inputs). I think you made a good choice, I wish I would have gone with a US branded monitor.

As far as difference this is all I found:
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The A8 one is what is called a SmartBuy model. There is no difference in the actual panel. The SmartBuy models from HP are pre-discounted for purchase to compete against the Dell's of the world. The other ones are meant for large corporations who will then get rebates from HP to actually make them the same or lower price but it looks good to their buyers since it "seems" they are getting a huge discount.
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Thanks for the help on the model number. Seems they are really just the same thing.

The warranty should be 1 year. sunata8a.jpg

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Thanks, been looking at getting a refurbed HP from newegg for awhile.
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post #6 of 7
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Should arrive today.... I keep looking out of the window hoping the UPS guy is here. :-) its a little quick. I accidentally paid for 3 day shipping. It left yesterday and is out for delivery now, lol. Also I paid like 369 instead if the current 349. I hope they honor the iron egg price guarantee. I'm not sure they will on a refurb.

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It came, very nice. Even had the plastic stuck to the aluminum trim still. Seems like a perfect monitor. I can't don't any dead pixels or back light bleed. Definitely noticed the decreased FPS with battlefield 4 though :-( but I knew I would. No regrets. emyre8at.jpg

It even came with the dual link DVI and DP cables. Also has the power and USB cord to connect the monitor. Very nice touches. I love the colors, much improved!

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