Originally Posted by Aerostah
Overall, I think it's a decent product for the money. Coming from a pair of Crossover 2720MDP Gold LEDs, so far it's been an adjustment.
First I'll cover the good:
- Build quality - the set feels study, the metal frame helps improve the perceived value.
- Wow Factor - when I entered the office this morning, the first thought was 'wow a big and shiny screen' -- it's impressive to look at.
- Clear and Crisp - assuming scaling is set to 100%, running native 4k and OS/Application kinks have been ironed out, picture quality is quite nice. The text is crisp. (new buyers be sure to restart your computer at least two times, (my Windows 10 install had set itself to 125% scaling -- Chrome users should disable hardware acceleration if text appears blurry -- use Edge or FireFox as a comparison)
- Good Defaults - I think the color and brightness settings were good out of the box, I toned down the blue by 3% and upped the brightness and contrast to 75%.
- Immersion Factor - As an ex-gamer, I can appreciate the experience this panel offers, video content is captivating from up-close.
Now the cons which are aimed at desktop / productivity users
- Pixel Size / Scan Line Effect - these pixels are bigger than what I'm accustomed to. On white backgrounds, there is a subtle scan line effect. You can see the spacing between the pixels in person (I couldn't capture this on my camera). This is likely from pixel density, it's inherent to the screen size. I have aging vision (mid 30s), I wear glasses for work and night driving. I can see these lines from 4 ft away -- step back to 5 ft and it is unnoticeable.
- Uneven Brightness / Dim Corners - start menu and clock regions appear dimmer than the center of the panel. I'm attributing this to the IPS panel, viewing angle and distance to the corners. This makes top menu bars slower, more effort is required..
- Panel Quality - as you can see in my photos, this Perfect Pixel panel has two bright spots on the bottom -- call me unlucky, but I now have to waste time with AccessoriesWhole and remediate this through refund or return.
- Productivity - this is 100% subjective -- as a long time dual monitor user, within the first day, I believe that I will be less productive on one(1) 4k screen versus two(2) 1440p screens. Window snapping hotkeys are second nature for me -- I've been using them since the release of Win 8, but visually, a bevel divider more quickly helps me recognize window contents. More practice on the UHD550 may help 4k + window snapping become more productive -- but at present I still feel like I'm working in the mud.
I think most will enjoy UHD550 if they receive a good panel.
Thanks for the detailed review and adding to the community. This helps prospective folks who are interested.
Panel quality- unfortunately you never know if your going to get an A- or B+ panel. I don't have the bright spots on mine, but doesn't mean yours won't go away after it's been on for several days/weeks.
Pixel size -yes it's is bigger, but if you are sitting at the "right" distance you don't really notice it. I agree with you, 4-6 feet away is a good sweet spot.
I hope you enjoy it as I know you will! Keep us updated. Edited by curlyp - 6/28/16 at 7:52am