Thanks to Kurotetsu
I found out about the cheap Korean 27" monitors being sold on eBay. Since I was already debating ditching my Eyefinity setup of crappy TN panels for a $600+ HP I knew I was doomed when I found out about this alternative... Barely over a week later I am now the proud owner of an ACHIEVA QH270 (bought from bigclothcraft
if you're curious). I was actually the cause of delayed shipping and no one was home on Wednesday for the first delivery attempt - but it is still scary impressive that it left Korea on the 29th and arrived at my door on the 30th (best. free. shipping. ever.) - even if I didn't actually take delivery of it until yesterday.
A little bit of detail, this is a bare-bones screen
, there are lots of buttons on it but the only button that works is the power button, the only input is has is dual link DVI, there are no speakers behind the speaker grills and you will need to supply your own power cable for the 110-220 power brick (a standard PSU one will suffice). However the panel itself is the exact same LG model that goes into the 27" iMac! So if you're like me and all you care about is the panel and the price its a steal
Mine came in with no dead pixels
(!!!), some aren't so lucky but it seems the majority are. Different sellers have different policies but it seems that about 5 dead pixels are needed before they will take a return (you pay to ship it back) - unless they are in the center of the panel. My understanding is the since Apple only accepts "A" grade panels most of these screens are made from the rejected "A-" panels (but nothing worse) - but you wouldn't know it from looking at mine.The only complaint I have
is that the plastic bezel on the top of mine covers a row or two of pixels for about 6" in the center - its only noticeable when you bring a window or other line to the top and expect it to be the same thickness all the way across. Its annoying but considering I was psyching myself up to be disappointed by a few dead/stuck pixels I'm still thrilled. If I was more adventurous its also something I'm sure could be fixed by cracking open the casing and tweaking the panel's placement...
The colors, the colors! OMG, its just so beautiful, I had almost forgotten how good screens could look. Eyefinity who?
I'll get some pics up after I've finished cleaning my desk. At this point I have to say its a little bit of a gamble but I can't argue with my results, highly recommended.