Is it worth buying a Korean monitor?

Is it worth the risk to acquire one of the highly praised Korean monitors?

I’m sure that if you frequent specialized forums hardware and you’ve heard enough about this wave of manufacturers of monitors sold in South Korea under many brands have something in common: absurdly low prices

It sounds too good to be. Truth: Monitors 27 “, High resolution 2560×1440 sold at ridiculous prices of $ 300 and $ 400, half a monitor of these characteristics in the western market. Not only that, are IPS LCD panels or PLS technology, the standard used in most professional monitors the market. The IPS technology delivers more accurate colors and viewing angles much larger than the cheap TN panels that dominate the low end.

Display IPS large, high resolution, ridiculous price … the benefits that are read Korean monitors

The benefits of a large monitor, high density of pixels and IPS LCD technology are indisputable . They are the most popular choice for enthusiasts. The Thunderbolt Display Apple and Dell Ultrasharp range are good examples. But its price is usually higher than the $ 600, almost double that these Korean monitors many passions rise.

It sounded so good that I started researching. He wanted to retire my Dell Ultrasharp U2412M and acquire a screen 27 “1440p. Korean monitors seemed the best option, but decided to carefully think and not blind me with your prices, but rather what is what we got for that price and what could get paid more .

How to get and risks

I started my search and came across several that were very popular in the forums. Most of these monitors have the same panel or a very similar characteristics, with the differential element its base, design and glossy finish or matte screen. Also depends on the model could be overclock to a higher refresh rate. Many of them coming, hopefully, to 120hz. As was excited .

So I began my search for Ebay. Oh yes, there can only be purchased through vendors Koreans will send you home. Of course, your ad will say how great are the monitors and how well you reach the monitor, because they are the official seller as indicated in its image done in photoshop. But reputation is often not lie, so there would be no major problem in this area

Detail Crossover monitor. Source:

To take an example, the Crossocer 27Q , the seller in addition to reporting all specifications clarifies that you abide:

  • Let there be light leakage on the monitor , regardless of the degree of them, it is not their responsibility. That is, forget about switching to another that is less backligh bleeding. Castle in the Apple Cinema Display also can have and Apple is not responsible (but Apple let you return it and buy another).
  • Ensure watch the monitor two or three times so that there are no stuck pixels or dead. But can be 3 pixels defective and have no right to claim (in the West there are few brands that offer this service, but you can always return it).
  • If you want a “Pixel Perfect” monitor, you’ll pay more .

The great rewards involve great risk . By the impressions that I have read the experience is usually good, but always forgiving defects for the price:

“There are two dead pixels, but for the price you …”

Well, my Dell U2412M had a green subpixel stuck and I wanted to cut the veins every time I saw him. Just saw that. But there is always the possibility of buying a Perfect Pixel.

Light leak a Qnix monitor. Something common in LCD technology.

What does that I was beginning to create doubts were light leakage . It was a damn lottery , many users were fortunate to receive panels in perfect condition with leaking very acceptable light (it is a defect of the LCD technology itself), but others were engaged in a lamentable routine test models with increasing problems, with consequent loss of money.


Assuming a unit arrived in perfect condition ( YOLO ), I started to evaluate what you would get.

panel was fantastic , LG panels are often used by manufacturers of the likes of Apple and Dell, but with quality control more tolerant of failures. That is, is the same panel, but the picture is identical to the Apple screen is a matter of luck. . Hence the risk and the lowest price

Monitor Yamakasi brand, despite its design is one of the most famous monitors.

But let assuming that the unit arrives perfect. The designs leave something to be desired . Giants and shiny plastic finish Marcos, as crappy LCD TVs in 2000. With its colorful and loaded configuration buttons stickers. Although some are quite sober and not look cheap TVs 10 years ago.

I understand that the design of a monitor is not the determinant of purchase, but I care. Furthermore the bases are each worse , any base can be equated to a Dell Ultrasharp monitor. Need or yes, mount it on an arm or VESA .

Let’s include the price the customs fee, that although depends on each country is a more significant price increase .

Is it worth the risk

The Korean Crossover monitor next to the Apple Cinema Display

If you like thrills, risks and probable headaches in exchange for saving money: yes. You will also have, if you’re lucky, a monitor with excellent image quality.

I decided that was not for me . Change monitor every 3 or 4 years, so besides the price, it is important that you are 100% happy and satisfied with the product I purchased. Use the monitor more than eight hours a day is it worth it to save a few euros?

I compared the Korean monitors with the Dell u2715H which is the alternative I had in mind

  • Price . Dell can be found for 550 €, Koreans with Perfect Pixel Warranty for about $ 400. Those greedy $ 400 must be added 21% VAT and 2.5% tariff, resulting in nearly $ 500 Given the current euro dollar exchange difference is very small . Although there are panels monitors to $ 350, but without the guarantee of pixels
  • Base and design . Here there is no comparison possible, the Dell monitor was infinitely better quality. To design, despite being sober and industrial, is much better than the Korean branding in shiny plastic
  • Quality assurance . Dell offers a warranty of two years and not have send the monitor to Korea, waiting weeks or months to repair . Also when I bought would have several days to return it if I had light leaks, defective pixels or anything but could convince me
  • headaches .? This is a point very personal, but I think that My time is money . Sometimes losing hours on Ebay to save a few euros and I can not compensate be working instead. Imagine the broken monitor comes through careful messenger. Send back, wait another month, pray that you send me … is it worth it?

For many worth it, and if all goes well, are excellent monitors. But only in image quality. The quality of materials, design and base is pretty questionable .

For me, especially since the euro / dollar exchange rate, I think the peace buy from an established brand and guaranteed compensates extra euros. . In favor of what you pay, and please do not be blinded by the price

  • Note the post, even if it was a compilation, it is a personal opinion on my experience. Hence there including the monitors was considering purchasing. You could have put a Samsung or BenQ monitor also for example. Not only Dell is good, let alone


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