"Not the monitor for me, nor for photographers either!"1.5 starson by Kcoria91
Pros: Matte screen, ergonomic feature of being able to tilt it slightly forward, very little heat generated ,(slightly warm to the touch) high resolution, easy-to-use OSD, and sleek design/ finish.
Cons: Horrible vibrancy, colors are out of whack., (even after calibration) OSD operation is unpredictable, low contrast, body stains/ scratches easily, and underwhelming/ under performing features. Also does NOT come with DVI cable.
Summary: My old 19? Samsung LCD died out on me recently, and unable to research my screens thoroughly, I went ahead and got this screen.
What a mistake!
I was so disappointed by the lack of sharpness, (even at the highest setting) the lack of vibrant colors, the weak contrast / brightness settings, the inability to truly change the blackness level (I at least couldn?t figure it out) and the underperforming features it had. (i.e. the dual web mode, the cinema mode, and the ?smart? capabilities)
While the OSD was simple and easy to use, sadly, the buttons were not. At first, I was so impressed how a simple little touch could turn the monitor on, or how the menu would pop up with minimal effort, but within three days, I found myself either having to thump the buttons, tap them a few times or had them not respond at all.
I did try this monitor out on a few music videos, TV shows, several games, and lastly my passion, photography. Awful at first, so I bought a Spyder 3 Elite (calibration tool I NEVER needed with my old Samsung) in hopes of a solution and to my disbelief, picture quality, saturation, sharpness, contrast and vibrancy were still abysmal.
The Simpson?s family looked more like pale orange characters as opposed to yellow, Lady Gaga?s ?Bad Romance? was too dark to see (even in the white room scenes where she is lit up perfectly!) Many of my games looked funky and my pictures- well? let?s not talk about how putrid they appeared.
Had to return it and bought myself a Samsung XL2370. Absolutely love it hands down.
To conclude, I would not recommend this screen to anyone who cares about their colors being ?true? and their overall image quality.