First Impressions (Click to show)
Just got my matte X-star, AND I AM SO HAPPY!
As I said somewhere before I have had bad experiences with internet shopping so I was very worried for getting screwed over in some way...
0 dead pixels, minimal bleeding (can only see in dark room with black screen and even then you don't notice it if you don't look for it) and the resolution is amazing!
I AM SO HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!
Can upload some pics later if you guys want to see something specific about the X-star since the majority of all coverage here is for the Qnix!
Edit: Just overclocked it to 96 hz with no problems as well! So satisfied!!! How can I verify that it is actually showing 96 hz though? I can feel that it's smoother but maybe that's just placebo lol
Edit 2: the overclock definitely worked! tried panning the camera in LoL and the difference is actually bigger than I expected it to be! Just going to calibrate the screen now and then I'm set for breaking it in in a more hardcore fashion...
Would you guys say that 120 hz is a large improvement as well? Not sure if I want to go for it since it has been causing issues for some. If the difference is similar to the step between 60 and 96 I am definitely up for at least trying it out though.
Alright, feels like I need to show this screen some love and make a proper post about it... So, here we go. The above was my initial post, as you can see it was not very sophisticated and did not do this beauty justice!
Mine came very well packaged. It was in its original box with extra foam around it to make sure it arrived safely, which it certainly did. Very few marks or scratches even on the outer foam! I ordered it last weekend (Friday after working time in Korea), and it arrived this Thursday. Nobody was home to answer the door though so UPS had to make their second attempt today, which obviously was successful.
Once I opened the box the screen greeted me... I put it aside though and investigated the other contents of the box. A manual in all Korean, a wall adapter (aka " wonplug adopter"), dvi cable, power cable+brick, and sound cable. I wont be needing the adapter but it was a nice touch to the package, and maybe it will come in handy during future travels (especially since it came with an exclusive carrying-poach!).
The stand was quite hard to attach since there was no comprehensible instructions, but eventually I managed to figure out how it was meant to be attached. I'm not sure if the method used is weird or I as a monitor layman just did not know any better...
Sadly there was a sticker on the top left of the screen that did not look very good at all, and once removed it did leave behind some glue... Hate when that happens! That is my single biggest complaint over all though so I am certainly happy with it!
I plugged it in and started my computer. It worked without me doing anything, from the BIOS and onward. Windows automatically set the screen resolution, so I did not need to worry about that.
Once into the operative system I booted up tha interwebz and ran tests to check for dead pixels and bleeding. No dead pixels and minimal bleeding! Did not read the post about how to photograph bleeding yet and don't really care much about it since it does not worry me, but as you can see in this picture there is some bleeding in the bottom of the screen. Fixable, maybe, but it does not bother me to that degree. The image also makes it look a little worse than it actually is!
Calibration time! Since I am one of those lucky kids with a cool calibration device (Spyder 4 Pro), I decided to run a full calibration. The results were good, though the changes minimal (made the screen a little warmer).
Overclocking time! I was a little tense over this part (did not read much about the process beforehand, only that it had caused some problems for people), but once reading all the instructions I realized that it was pretty darn simple. Said and done, the screen now ran at 96 hz a few minutes later. Booted up League of Legends to see if there was any noticeable difference, and there was definitely! Panning the camera is a lot smoother on 96 hz than it is on the good ole 60. Not sure if I should make an attempt at 120 hz or not. Would you fellas recommend it?
After verifying that the overclocking did work, I ran a calibration again since the screen had changed from the overclocking. The brightness had dropped by 9 cd/m^2, did not check anything more besides that. To be honest I'm not very much into all this calibration stuff, even though I have had my calibration device for soon one year...
Either way, this is where I'm at at the moment. Extremely satisfied with my purchase! Felt it was a bit of a gamble to order an X-star since not many had done it (I think I was the tenth person in this thread), in addition to playing on the dead pixel, bleeding and overclocking lotto! Now I am to enjoy this bad boy throughout the entire weekend.