05-22-2013, 09:14 AM
Amazing. Anybody know anything about the panel on this monitor?
Originally Posted by unbongwah
05-22-2013, 10:05 PM
No, but I'm starting to wish I'd waited a bit. Just today, I received my first ever 2560 x 1440 monitor. A Viewsonic VP2770-LED, for which I paid $704 from Amazon. Don't get me wrong; it looks glorious and has no dead pixels, but I am disappointed by the backlight bleedthrough in both right-hand corners. I bought the brand-name strictly because I thought it wouldn't suffer from this kind of stuff. I'm not going to send it back (too much hassle for something that won't bother me most of the time, and whatever I'd get to replace it might have worse problems), but for the price I paid, I expected better. In fact none of my previous (and much less expensive) LCD monitors have bleedthrough that's this obvious. It's not horrible, but definitely shows on black screens.
Originally Posted by mashakos
On the plus side, the thing I was most concerned about doesn't appear to be a problem. I can still play all my new games at the monitor's native resolution and at the same quality settings, while only losing roughly 30% framerates with my lowly GTX570. I can live with 40 fps. I was worried the hit would be much larger. Yes, I could just set the games to a lower resolution, but firing up "Bioshock: Infinite" at 2560 x 1440 was a wonderful experience. It would be hard to go back to a lower setting. And it plays just fine.
Heh. I just checked, and it turns out the factory default setting for brightness was 100%. I've never bought an LCD monitor factory-set that bright before. I guess I'll fiddle with that setting, and see if it helps.
05-23-2013, 12:21 AM
I think Viewsonic has ceased to be a brand ever since CRTs went extinct. Viewsonic was the shit in the '90s but not anymore.
05-23-2013, 02:23 PM
Well, after reading this pretty throrough review at tft Central, they recommended turning the brightness down to 18% to get the optimal luminance of 121 cd/m2. The factory setting of 100% is 300 cd/m2, which they say is far too bright. While I initially thought that 100% looked fantastic, my eyes did start to hurt after a few minutes, and my girlfriend remarked, "How can you stand it? I couldn't look at that for more than two seconds!" I thought that a setting of 18% was a very radical change, but I tried it, and after a few seconds, I adjusted, and now think it looks great this way.
As a bonus, it almost entirely eliminated the backlight bleedthrough I was complaining about earlier. I have to look really hard to see any bleedthrough now, even in a dark room displaying all-black. A massive difference.
Please excuse my ignorance, as this has been a real learning experience for me. Prior to this, I've never paid much attention to my monitors, and always just pretty much left them at factory defaults. I've never been fussy enough to care, but that bleedthrough was really bugging me. I have NO idea why they'd ship it out that damned bright. It really was painful after a while. And now, having only adjusted the brightness, everything else is absolutely perfect, at least to a layman like me. And being a novice at tuning monitors is one reason I bought the Viewsonic, as it came with its own custom factory-tuned calibration sheet, because I'm awful when it comes to color tuning, and things like warm and cool colors totally baffle me.
05-23-2013, 02:29 PM
There are some pretty good sites for things like that.
(Not colour balance per-se but other settings - aging, but still useful)
Last edited by Starlight; 05-23-2013 at 02:36 PM.
05-23-2013, 03:20 PM
Thanks Starlight. Interesting. I'm going to leave well enough alone for the time being, as I'm extremely happy with it at the moment, but I've got it bookmarked for future use, should I become ambitious enough to try it.
05-23-2013, 03:36 PM
I have no idea. I admit to buying the Viewsonic based on my positive experiences with their CRTs in the 90's. I had almost pulled the trigger on the ASUS PB278Q, but a little research showed that the Viewsonic was getting very positive reviews everywhere I looked. The ASUS cost $70 less, but overall, the reviews seemed slightly less favorable, so I went with my gut, combined with nostalgia factor. I have used ASUS products with no problems for years, but never had any experience with their monitors.
Originally Posted by mashakos
05-23-2013, 05:05 PM
I've got an ASUS monitor, and it's good in some areas and bad in others. Of course, it was also a £35 for a 23" refurb, because it only has a VGA connector ^^
I'm still figuring on import monitor when this one dies.
05-25-2013, 03:34 PM
I picked up that ASUS PB278Q from Newegg back in October, and it has been lovely. All pixels present and correct, and has been outstanding for gaming.
Originally Posted by Giles Habibula