Thursday, 29 December 2011

Samsung S23A300B Woes

As I mentioned in the previous post, I decided to delve into Eyefinity. I've been tossing the idea around for a while, either Eyefinity or 3D. I figure 3D needs more time to mature, though. Plus, boxing day sales meant the Samsung 23" 1080p monitor was $65 off, so $135 each. 

As usual with technology, you get what you pay for.

I've been using a Samsung 2494SW for the last year and a half, and I think it's a great monitor. Reviews were pretty good on this 23" model, the price was right, and it has rather small bezels. I thought going with another Samsung was a good choice.

Upon first setting them up, right away I noticed a stuck pixel on the left screen. Great. I got it exchanged rather painlessly, which is nice, however just today I now found a new stuck pixel on the right screen. 2/3 bad monitors is not a good sign.

I have another grievance as well - these monitors have absolutely no way to be repositioned. No tilt, no swivel, no height. Generally that isn't so bad, except that they come stock with a very slight tilt back, which means they don't line up exactly flush. Well, again, no big deal - ideally I'd get a triple monitor stand anyway. Except here's the big kicker - these monitors have no rear mounting brackets at all.

All in all, the only thing these monitors really have going for them is the price. I have until Jan 2 to return them, so we'll see about that. They perform well in game, though. Is the very low cost worth the small hassles?

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