This monitor is on sale for $119.99 on the egg, the deal sounds good and I'm tempted to purchase it, but there isn't a lot of information on it in terms of reviews or user feedback. After exhausting most of my funds on my first pc build, I'm now on a tight budget and the deadline to have all my shopping done is Christmas. Would this monitor be a good choice for a gaming pc? Link to the product page is below:
PC build specs:
Case/chassis: Cooler Master HAF 922 (updated)
CPU: Intel Core i5 3570k
Mobo: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO
RAM: G Skill Ripjaws X 8 gb 1600
boot drive: Samsung 830 series 128 gb SSD
storage drive: Western Digital caviar black SATA III 7200 rpm 1 tb HDD
GPU: MSI GTX 670 OC power edition
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 850w
Optical Drive: Lightscribe 24x dvd drive
Still haven't decided between the Noctua NH-D14 and the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. I plan to do a moderate OC (4.5 ghz) in the future.
I have 4 of these monitors now (5th one soon as a christmas present) and have had no issues with quality, not the brightest but work perfect and look great. The only problem with them is the stand. It tilts up and down but the way the base attaches is not the best. They are sturdy enough but if you place them side by side they don't tend to sit perfectly straight. If you cut a piece of electrical tape 1.5 inches x 1/2 inch and stick it to the back side of the stem before sticking it in the stand it fills enough space to make the monitor sit straight. They do have vesa mounts on the back but I have not found a way to remove the stem from the monitor yet. I sent an email to Zalman about this since I had plans on purchasing or building my own desk mount for these. Hopefully I should hear something back soon or I will be opening one of them to figure it out.
You will have to remove the bottom screws on the rear side, gently lift the
case frame and remove the two screws that is securing the stem. Please
follow this advice with extreme caution as following this instruction voids
the warranty and must be performed at your discretion.
So to use the VESA mounts on this monitor without them looking completely stupid I must void the warranty. I will have to think on this for a bit. Only paid $119 for them and at that price I haven't seen anything on newegg or elsewhere for same size with good reviews yet. I'm thinking I'll just use them as is for a while. If I have no issues I'll go ahead and open them up.
I got this from Newegg for $108 with Visa promotion. It seems decent. But I'm an IT consultant and buy monitors for my customers, who aren't gamers. What I'd like to ask is whether other people think that the cost of monitors is crazy low and do you think they'll stay this cheap? Since when have 24" monitors cost $108? Or AOC 22" monitors for around $80, which I also got recently? Of course I look for deals and catch them at the lowest possible price, but...
Supposedly they only operate on a few percentage points of profit. Like most things anymore, it's a mature and over-saturated market. I think the prices are about as low as they're going to get, but there is still some room for price reduction, e.g., unless the manufacturers keep making them cheaper or find things to cut out of them. There's still a lot of middlemen and distributors that could be cut out to drive the prices down even more.
Let's be honest, the industry enjoyed high prices in the beginning and like all technology the prices went down but the number of units sold went up. They still enjoy ridiculous price premiums for monitors above a certain size, and for replacement parts. And IPS monitors, they're still very expensive. How is it the price can double just for a few extra inches in size or for a different technology?