It wasn’t so long ago that an upgrade to a 27″ 2560×1440 pixel monitor couldn’t be done for under a $1000 and these were considered the highest of niche displays for the gamer and PC enthusiast. Today, value priced Korean units can be found at $319 or lower, realizing at least a 50% savings when compared to current brand name 2560×1440 display prices. In our offices, we have no less than 7 Samsung monitors/TVs and would never had considered this option…but for one thing. They contain Samsung’s own PLS panel. It was time to visit our friends at RFD and investigate a bit further….159 pages of further as a matter of fact.
This sent us to a company called 2560×1440.Com, where we were able to do a bit of a background to help in our decision. The company is based out of Goyang, South Korea and sells just about every no-name brand monitor we could find. The advantage we had was that, as we were conducting background for this report, we could get the answers that most would ask before considering such a purchase.
PRE-PURCHASE Q& A’S
Clyde Choi of 2560x1440monitor.com was able to assist and provided response to our quesations:
- Does this Qnix display use Samsung PLS or LG IPS? A1 – Panel is Samsung PLS;
- Are the board factory seconds and is there anything wrong with them? A2 – Board is new and there is no problem;
- Will they reach 120hz? A3 – We do not guarantee OC. But, many buyer try OC;
- Are VESA mount screws included? A4 – This support VESA. But screw is not included;
- Is a mount easily installed or does the monitor require reinforcement? A5 – Mount is installed with ease;
- Is there excessive bleed? A6 – Almost IPS(PLS) monitor including Apple has light bleeding. Light bleeding is very complicated problem. Because it is different from circumstance ( Natural or artificial light, view angle, color of back screen). So, we have rule about light bleeding. If light bleeding is shown in backscreen except black, we regard it as faulty and we always check monitor before shipping;
- Dead pixels? A7 – Dead pixels on monitor is hot issue. We always check Dead pixel on monitor before shipping. We use Black, White, Yellow, Red, Green and Blue backscreen as test. Dead Pixel include Bright and Stuck Pixels. Rule may be different from manufactor and item. In this case, we will note it in description Page. And according to pcs of dead pixels, price of monitor may be different. All monitor do not have dead pixel on “center area (5 Area)”. Please check below image . If Max Guaranteed Deal Pixel is up to 5, Up to 5pcs x Dead pixel may be located in All Screen surface except Center zone( “5″ Area). We also sell monitor with perfect pixel. In Monitor with perfect pixel, up to 1pcs of black dead pixel may be included. ( Any Bright dead pixel is not included in monitor with perfect pixel)In Center zone(“5″ Area), there is no stuck and dead pixel;
- Can a North American Plug be included? A8 – Yes, we include Plug adapter for North America;
- What cables are included? A9 – DVI-D Cable is included;
- How does warranty work? A10 – 1. D.O.A (Dead on Arrival) -We will check compatibility about computer and parts and request some step. If problem is in monitor, we will exchange monitor immediately. We also offer prepaid label or buyer just call Shipping service that we offer. This is very easy to proceed exchange. 2. Problem about monitor till 60 days from purchase.We also request some step about monitor. In worst case, we will exchange faulty monitor.3. Problem about monitor till 1 Year from 60days. We also request some step about monitor.We will repair monitor;
- How long until shipped? A11 – Generally, It takes 1~2 days to prepare shipment. Because, we do private quality test again before shipping. And to USA or Canada, we use UPS or DHL Express. It takes usually 2~4 business days to arrive after shipment.
In looking back at these questions, we only came up with two things that really concerned us. The question as to whether the Samsung PLS board was of the same quality as that in Samsung systems could be taken both ways and the plug included not North American, but did include an adapter.
ORDERING, SHIPPING AND RECEIPT
Our investigation so far seemd to be positive and user reviews on the net were overwhelmingly positive so two 27″ QNIX QX2710 monitors were ordered directly from this link. We understood that the jump in price to get a ’0 Dead Pixel’ monitor was an additional $40, 99% of the population could never even see dead pixels in most cases anyway, along with the fact that they already guaranteed no dead pixels in the screen center for the cheaper version, but the extra $40 seemed worth it.
Considering shipping was free, it seemed like an easy decision really. Another thing that really impressed us was that EACH AND EVERY monitor went through vigorous testing before it even left the facility. The order was placed on a Wednesday, UPS tracking was received on Friday evening and the monitors were received on Monday….now that is unbelievable, especially since shipping was included. UPS only charged $40 for their services.
In opening the parcel, the first thing we noticed was that there was some sort of writing and signature on the top of the exterior; we believe designating it passing inspection. As well, we were happy to see ’0Dead Pixel’ on the outside as well as the confirmation that ours was the Display Port version which had the addition of display port and HDMI in addition to the DVI port.
On opening the exterior package, plenty of styrofoam was visible that protected the included monitor. A user manual was also included aloing with a number of additonal accessories.
As we had expected, the plug was Korean but an adapter was included for use. Fortunately, we have plenty of North American adapters lying around. The inclusion of a Dual Link DVI-D cable is a nice touch as many may have a typical connection and pricing of the cable can get up there for those without that requisition ‘techy’ background.