So I haven’t written a review in quite some time. This will be short, however. Unless I get time and edit it.
Anyway, a few months ago I ordered a Yamakasi “2B” Extreme OC from Green Sum on eBay. That was all fine, I got it and guess what, a few days later it developed problems. It had a green line that went straight through the center of it. It was *supposed* to be a perfect pixel monitor. Not so much. Sent it back, got a refund.
A few months later I ordered another one for $299 (still “2B”). The original one was $329. The $299 one hasn’t had any problems in about a month now.
I’m coming from 1920×1080, so this was quite an upgrade. The colors are much better than on my e-IPS Dell 23″ that I use at college. That’s a pretty big thing with me – I can’t stand TN displays anymore, it has to be some kind of IPS variant. Due to being busy, I haven’t had the time to overclock this one to around 120Hz, but hopefully it’s possible. The first one did overclock to about 117Hz or so.
This is the most important thing to me. I don’t really care so much about refresh rate, I game, but not that much. Mostly, I need a lot of space to store applications, virtual boxes, and anything else. Going to 27″ at 2560×1440 is similar to running dual monitor. It’s not triple, but it’s pretty nice having all this space on ONE monitor.
I no longer have to move from side to side to look at different things, it’s all in front of me. I much prefer having one big monitor to look at to be brutally honest. Dual monitors are great, but it’s kind of annoying. Will I go dual monitor again? Probably. I will pick up another 2560×1440 screen and hopefully yet another, to have 3 of these monsters.
Why would I want that? Well I’m kind of a power user, so having more viewing area is actually a bigger deal to me than a new processor or graphics card. Now, let’s get back to the monitor itself…
It’s glossy, so I get glare. The other monitors I buy will probably be something else, I don’t like the glare during the day, but I love the colors at night. The glare isn’t too bad, but it’s definitely noticeable. I’m no color expert, I don’t do graphic work. However, the colors are the best I’ve seen on a monitor. Probably if you’re a general consumer and not a professional, you won’t care and this will look like the best thing you’ve ever seen.
I think that 27″ is perfect for 2560×1440. I can see all the text and not worry about squinting. There’s no problem. Things in general are a little smaller than on my 1920×1080 display, but there’s not much to worry about.
This monitor requires a dual DVI connector. so I can’t use the mini-DP ports on my HD6990. (Almost upgraded this to R9 295X2, but I’m still waiting) I only have one Dual-DVI output on my card, so it’s the only monitor of this type that I can run. Also, you have to be careful. Some cards just don’t support these monitors. They aren’t flashy and very minimalist. Before you buy, make sure your card can work with this display. In general, if you don’t have a video card I wouldn’t buy this monitor.
I’m actually very happy with this monitor. I don’t get happy very easily anymore. I’m pretty picky, but this monitor is nice, and I think totally worth the $299 price I paid. Hopefully I will be able to overclock it to around 120Hz. Watch this post for updates, I may expand this review and edit grammatical errors etc.
Last thing: But what about 4K? I’m personally not interested in 4K at the moment. I’m waiting that one out until scaling is properly implemented and that will take quite some time.