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Decent amount of options let down by poor TN panel
on 4 May 2015
This monitor is pretty good for consoles; as advertised. It has a decent amount of inputs (2 HDMI, 1 DVI, 1 VGA, 1 AUX) and the headphone/speakers output is, what I'd consider, a must for a HDMI monitor. Another thing that makes this great for consoles is the features and adjustments built into the menu. Fair enough, on a PC you can download things that do the same thing, but consoles just don't have that option. I found the Black eQualizer to be really useful in games/movies with dark areas.
The OSD (menu) is nice on this monitor too. It's not the easiest or quickest, but it works and has a vast amount of options. The physical buttons (located on the right of the unit) are big enough to use without looking and are responsive enough. The only 'issue' I had with the menu was that some things take too much time such as changing the brightness from maximum from minimum. Also, some sliders had very little impact. For example: brightness at as low as it can go (0) is still quite bright.
However, for a display designed for 'console gaming', I'd expect the speakers to be reasonable; they're not. They're really intolerable. They make the tiny speaker in my phone seem 'good'. I wouldn't even consider using them. Easy enough fix by plugging some speakers into the audio output. Thank lord I had some spare Logitechs. Another thing to note is that the volume slider is also very slow and doesn't vary much between different levels.
To the 'important' part. The actual screen. What a let down. This monitor could have been great if not completely crippled by poor colours and horrific viewing angles, especially vertically (can't use it in portrait). Even looking at it straight, the colour shift near the edges is bad. I'm aware these are just regular traits of TN panels but I'd never do it again; IPS all the way. I also couldn't see a noticeable difference between 1ms and 5ms. I honestly wish they'd have sacrificed a few ms for a decent VA or IPS screen.
Last thing I'll cover is the design. Its basic and smart which is quite nice to look at actually. Even the rear is well designed to look well presentable. The bezels are slightly too large for me to recommend this for a multi-monitor set-up though. Some may be able to deal with it. Not a huge fan of the stand however. Its a nice shape but lacks any adjustments other than basic tilt. Height adjust would have been really nice.
In conclusion, its a really average monitor but with a lot of options and adjustments. If its going cheap, I'd go for it but there is many other options which have a much better display for the same, or even less, money.