First things.. first
I ordered my monitor via an eBay listing like this one. The monitor is a "First" brand, model FSM-270YG LED. The deal is laid out there: you pay $337 for the monitor, and express shipping worldwide is included in the price. A tracking number will be provided, and the monitor should arrive within three to seven days of your purchase. I had some trepidation about buying something from some anonymous dude on the other side of the globe, but the seller had overwhelmingly positive feedback, so I doubted there would be a better source.
The buying experience was a little shaky at first. The listing promised a tracking number, but I didn't receive one, even though the eBay status of the item changed to "shipped." Then the monitor didn't arrive within the seller's stated delivery window, leaving me to sweat it out for a weekend before it showed up the following Monday in the hands of our local postman.
Fortunately, when the monitor did arrive, it was almost exactly as described in the eBay listing, with a sticker plastered across the front to confirm the basics: LED backlight, IPS panel tech with wide viewing angles (178° in either direction), and 2560x1440 resolution.
The connections around back are dead simple, with a single input for a dual-link DVI cable and audio in/out (since this monitor has internal speakers), along with a power input coming from the external power brick. New-fangled input types like DisplayPort and HDMI are nowhere to be found.
The stand on this puppy is solid enough, and it tilts through a decent range. It doesn't pivot left to right, but the base is small enough and the monitor's light enough I don't mind. There's no height adjustment, which is a bummer. Also, the potential to combine three of these things into a triple-display array makes we wish the stand would allow it to pivot into a portrait orientation, but that's a capability even my expensive Dell 30" monitors lack (though at least one Korean brand offers this feature.)
You may be able to pull off some more exotic display configs using the four threaded mount points on the back of the monitor, which are purported to be compatible with VESA mounting hardware. Along those lines, the flat, bottom portion of the monitor's base can be removed with a single thumbscrew. The clear plastic stalk that fits into it, though, seems to be there to stay. I haven't sorted out how one would go about removing the stalk for a wall-mount setup, though it must be possible.
The monitor comes packaged with a solid-seeming dual-link DVI cable roughly five feet in length. The inclusion of a dual-link cable is important because any DVI cables you happen to have lying around are probably single-link only, if your spare parts bin is anything like typical. Dual-link DVI is fairly rare, but it's required to support this monitor's native resolution.
Since this is a Korean-market product, it ships with a different style of power connector than you'll probably need. Fortunately, the seller thoughtfully included a travel adapter with a North American-style plug in the box with the monitor. Then again, I didn't actually need it, since the three-prong connector in the power brick is compatible with any PC-style power cord.
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