New to Overclock.net
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Belle Plaine, MN
Anyone Buy Monitors from Amazon?
I currently have an Acer X27 that I ordered from Amazon. I tend to agree with what others say about it: astonishing picture when a game fully supports the HDR capabilities. I've honestly never seen better. It's not all sunshine and daisies though.
1. The stand, while looking very minimalistic and modern, seems ill-equipped to support the monitor itself. The monitor is very susceptible to wobble.
2. Every so often it seems to get confused and goes into a dark, super-contrast mode where it holds at 82 fps. Power cycling seems to cure it.
3. It seems like the monitor never truly goes into standby. The fan doesn't bother me but I notice in the morning before I power on my system the power brick is warm to the touch. Heat means power and power costs money.
4. My biggest complaint. Windows 10 DPI scaling (I am old and my eyes are not THAT good) is pretty hit or miss. Rough guesstimate, 50% of the non-gaming apps that I use have blurry text and poor scaling support.
Considering the $1800 this thing commanded, I am considering returning it. There is a catch however.
Before landing on the X27, I tried an XB271HU and two PG279QZ from Amazon. The Acer had pretty bad IPS glow (visible in daylit room whenever something dark was on screen). One Asus had a very bright, concentrated bit of backlight bleed about the size of a quarter. You could lessen the effect by pressing on the adjacent corner but it wouldn't stay that way. The other Asus had a large color temperature difference between the upper left and lower right corner. The effect was easily noticed while using any content with a white background (MS Office and almost any web page).
After I gave up on the third screen and sent it back, I received an email from Amazon which asked me to explain my return activity. After some Googling I found that the exact email I received serves as a final warning before they perma-ban you.
I responded with a detailed explanation of the monitor trouble and supplied any photos of the defects I had. They responded with a canned thank you message and everything has been fine since as far as I can tell.
Does anyone have any experience with this? I understand Amazon is trying to protect their bottom-line but at the same time I'm not really keen on keeping something in this price range that isn't meeting the mark.