For this price you have to expect a professional monitor. And that is what you get. This is my first pro monitor and it is truly an astounding product. You just simply cannot compare it to monitors in the $4-500 price range. It has a wealth of features, adjustments, and settings.
A quick glance of the connectors: DVI, Display Port, HDMI, 3x USB 3.0, headphone/audio port. There's no speaker, but I assume the audio port is for when you connect using the Display Port or HDMI.
The unpackaged box is surprisingly heavy. Unpacking the contents, I found that the base of the stand contributes to the weight considerably since it's around 3-4 pounds just by itself.
There's a pin at the back of the base of the stand, which, after assembling the monitor you need to remove using a screwdriver (or something similar) in order to be able to raise/lower the monitor. But this should be the LAST thing you do.
The monitor can be raised/lowered vertically or tilted up/down. It does NOT swivel left/right.
One important thing I want to note, that if you never had a 2560 x 1440 monitor (or at least this particular one), make sure you USE THE SUPPLIED DVI CABLE! If you connect via DVI, that is. I had the "other" kind of DVI cables before, where a few prongs are missing from the middle. When I simply used this kind of DVI cable, the text and pretty much all icons on the desktop, etc appeared distorted. Adjusting the resolution didn't help. When I checked the supplied DVI cable I saw it was different. It had the full set of connecting prongs, and the cable was much thicker as well. Using this cable the picture immediately cleared up and it was simply beautiful!
The power adapter has an interesting placeholder. One of the included parts is a plastic container/bracket. You place the power supply into this bracket and it attaches to the back of the panel. Very clever way of hiding it and convenient as well! You won't have the power supply dangle all over the place - as we see it with laptops.
Even without installing the display driver (supplied on the CD) the colors are imply beautiful! Once you install the display driver, the picture gets a little darker and more "punchy". Oh, and get this. IPS panel backlight bleed. Backlight bleed!? WHAT backlight bleed!? There absolutely NONE! It's insane! Check it out in total darkness watching a photograph/movie with dark scenes. There's no bleed! OMG! This is fantastic! Absolutely stunning!
My eyes of course have to get used to the extra small text that now appears on the screen, because the screen real estate is simply HUGE!
There are a lot of controls/settings available. The touch controls... well, hmm, they are nice, but takes a little getting used to. Personally I prefer buttons. There are actually little knobs or protrusions that you touch, so even in complete darkness you can sense the controls because your finger will "bump" into them so you know where they are - as opposed to being a complete smooth touch surface where you can't pinpoint in the dark where the actual touch surface is located.
There is a small beep when you engage/disengage the OSD, which can be turned off in the settings of course. There are various settings for colors. Custom (where you can adjust the color temperature to either warm/medium/cool, or you can customize the color values independently), sRGB, or Adobe RGB.
If you chose the Custom setting, you can either customize the individual RGB values, or you can chose the Six Color mode where you can set the Hue and Saturation individually for red/green/blue/cyan/magenta/yellow colors. There are also 3 different gamma levels you can set.
If you set the color mode to Custom, then the Economy settings get enabled where you can turn this feature on and off. If you enable it, then it will show you how many trees you saved (with the energy).
And of course there's sharpness, black level, and response time adjustments (slow/medium/fast).
The power indicator LED glows orange and it's not annoying in total darkness. In standby mode the power LED slowly blinks (if it's set to ON in the settings). Don't really understand why does it have to blink as opposed to just glow with a different color but hey... However, if the blinking annoys you, the power indicator LED can be turned on/off in the settings.
About the included software/utility apps. BE CAREFUL HERE! Aside from the monitor driver, every utility app uses Install Shield. The worst part, that LG elected to install a hidden Install Shield feature (Install Shield Update Manager) that installs as a background app/service which automatically monitors updates for the installed software. Of course if you are not a power user you will not know this, since there's no indication or warning of any kind that this will get installed. As a result you will have an extra resource hog running in your system without you knowing. Worst thing, there's no uninstaller provided for this "feature". You have to Google "remove install shield update manager" (or something similar). One of the search result will get you to Flexera Software (makers of Install Shield), and on their website you will find a small program you can download to uninstall this annoyance. Of course you will also have to clean your registry because Install Shield will put various junk in your registry. WHAT A PAIN!! THANK YOU LG!
So any of the color management, USB driver (not sure what that's for, I believe it has to do something with the hardware color management tool) or the Screen Split utility program will install this annoying Install Shield background utility. So just be aware of this!
The Screen Split software is actually nothing extra ordinary, so I wouldn't even bother installing it. What it is, is just some sort of small utility that will shuffle your windows to various locations of the display area. That's it. Nothing special at all. So for example, if you are running Windows 7, you can drag a window to the left or right side of the screen and it will snap to it. Then you can drag another window to the left side of the screen and that will also snap there. This is standard windows 7 feature. Now, the Screen Split utility that comes with this monitor does exactly this, but in an "automated fashion". When you select a specific configuration (aka window arrangement) the utility just simply moves the opened windows to specific parts of the screen and resizes them. That's all. The windows (and the apps that these windows belong to) will not "live" in their own "screen space" - so to speak. You can freely grab the windows and just move them around. I think this utility feature does not worth the installation, especially considering all the hustle you have to go through to uninstall that hidden background program (Install Shield Update Manager) that will also get installed for you.
All in all, it's a wonderful, totally awesome, professional monitor, with extraordinary color, lot's of settings/options, HUGE screen real estate (...and annoying utility apps, which doesn't worth the installation).
The only cons I have about the monitor is that the stand doesn't swivel left/right. However, the viewing angle is so extraordinary, that you can view movies from the side with near perfect color quality.
The price? Well, yeah. That another story :-) But you get what you pay for. And you get a truly professional monitor for a truly professional price :-)
27 February 2013