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#1 SEH

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 05:48 PM

I waited to post this until mine came in, despite the rave reviews on Overclock at the moment. There are currently a bunch of Korean 27" 2560x1440 IPS panels (same ones used in the 27" iMacs) on Ebay selling for around $320-$400. Here is the main thread from Overclock.

http://www.overclock...tleap-q270/0_20

I figured some people here would also be interested in these. As I said, I received mine today, and it's absolutely fantastic. I ordered the same one as the guy who initially posted that thread (Shimian QH270 Lite). There are various other models though, all you have to do is search for "Catleap" or "Crossover Monitor". Mine was $322 shipped, though the Crossover monitors tend to be slightly more expensive. Mine was cheaper due to it being the "Lite" model, which only has a DVI-D input (no VGA or HDMI).

These are amazing monitors for the price. Not everyone here probably has a need for this, but even if I can bring it to one persons attention, it's worth it. I'm not shilling, I have zero stake in anything here. I'm simply trying to show my fellow PC gamers an amazing monitor for an amazing price.

If you're interested, here are some other threads from Overclock pertaining to the various other models of the monitors.

Catleap
http://www.overclock...nitor-club/0_20

CrossOver
http://www.overclock...nitor-club/0_20

Shimian
http://www.overclock...nitor-club/0_20

Do some research though if you are possibly considering these as not all motherboards/video cards are able to run these monitors due to the resolution. The threads I linked to provide a lot of information (especially the first one) regarding these monitors.

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#2 Kevfactor

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 07:01 PM

if i didn't have 3 lcd's i didnt use i'd get one lol. the main thing that concerns me is it uses a Korean power block so you got to spend about 50$ on a converter. :)

#3 SEH

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 07:04 PM

if i didn't have 3 lcd's i didnt use i'd get one lol. the main thing that concerns me is it uses a Korean power block so you got to spend about 50$ on a converter. :)


Nope. The AC adapter has a standard plug that you can use any regular old power cable on (the ones that come with monitors or PSUs). I just got mine today and tossed the Korean plug it came with in the trash and used the plug I was already using on my old monitor. I'm pretty sure the Catleap is the same. Not sure on the CrossOver though.


This is from the first thread I linked.

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"The power brick seems to be rated for 240V, not 120V. But my voltmeter read 24V DC when the brick was plugged into a 120V socket, and it runs the monitor just fine without heating up much. No step down transformer needed."


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#4 Kevfactor

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 07:09 PM

ohh got 10 of those lol. 2 of my sams have some weird small plug tho :)

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 07:24 PM

I can't vouch for buying them off ebay, but I have heard about these Korean 27" IPS monitors and they are legit. There have been discussion of them on the [H] forums too.

Supposedly good monitors at a great price.

#6 SEH

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 08:03 PM

Yeah, everyone on OCN is raving about them. Some people have minor issues, others dont. Personally, I have one dead pixel in the top left corner. You can barely see it on an all white screen (pixel density of these monitors helps hide a dead pixel or two), and when you're actually using the monitor like normal, you cant see it at all. I did have some slight yellowing towards the bottom of the screen, but now that it has been on for a few hours, that seems to have gone away almost completely.

For $320, it honestly cant be beat. The screen real estate is phenomenal for things like Photoshop, and games look insane. I was playing some CS:GO earlier and couldn't believe how much better it looked than when I was using my 1920x1200 Gateway monitor.

Also, I purchased from "fastterakorea" on Ebay. Godly fast shipping. I ordered Monday night, they shipped Tuesday morning, and it got here this morning. Basically two days from South Korea via FedEx. I've seen lots of people say "bigclothcraft", "ta_planet", and "red cap" are legit too.

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#7 Kevfactor

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 08:14 PM

the thing is if it's broken or doa how do you get a refund :)

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 08:19 PM

the thing is if it's broken or doa how do you get a refund :)



if you're buying through eBay... simple open a claim. I've never know eBay to NOT favor the buyer.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 08:47 PM

the thing is if it's broken or doa how do you get a refund :)


You have 14 days to return the monitor. I've only read one case of a monitor being DOA, and the guy returned it and was reimbursed the shipping charges. The warranty is the biggest risk. There is a Squaretrade 2-year warranty for $50, but a lot of people claim that Squaretrade will not accept the monitor should something happen as its not meant to be sold in the US, so they'll just refund the price of their warranty.

It's definitely a high risk/high reward situation when purchasing one of these monitors. I realize that will probably turn some people off, but the amount of people getting broken/DOA units compared to those getting great panels seems extremely small.

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#10 crystalklear64

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 01:00 PM

its really tempting, but i bet i'd have to lower some settings to run at native res... blahhhh.

Seems like the Catleap is the "best."

Discovered something interesting:

Why not just wait a week for the 120hz version. People keep monitors for 4-5 years. This is a high end monitor that will take a while to get out dated. In a year the high end GPUs will be mid-tier and you will be able to push it 100+hz.


then someone asked why there wasn't more info about it and got the reply..

^ because OCN disallowed it, now its underground.

so.. i'll wait till next week and see what happens before pulling that trigger.

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#11 SEH

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 03:18 PM

Apparently a few people have been saying to "wait a week" for at least a month now. One guy said 120hz at 2560x1440 is a pipe dream. Don't really know what to make of it, which is why I just went ahead and ordered. Not to mention, if 120hz did come along, it'd be even more of a bitch to power.

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Also, I believe the PCBank is actually the "best" of them all. It's response time and contrast ratios are ever so slightly better. I'd say they're all about equal though in terms of performance. It really just comes down to aesthetics and what you prefer when purchasing.

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#12 CaseyRyback

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 08:24 PM

Thanks for posting this. Have you played anything other than CS on it? The response time is the only thing that seems a little slow, but I don't really know much about IPS panels and how it handles it. Price/Performance wise this does seem pretty awesome.

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#13 SEH

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:16 PM

So far only tested it with CS:GO, Dungeon Seige 3, and League of Legends. I've noticed no ghosting in any of those games. Keep in mind, response times on IPS panels aren't the same as TN panels. 6ms response time on an IPS is just fine for gaming.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:21 PM

So far only tested it with CS:GO, Dungeon Seige 3, and League of Legends. I've noticed no ghosting in any of those games. Keep in mind, response times on IPS panels aren't the same as TN panels. 6ms response time on an IPS is just fine for gaming.


Awesome. May have to look into buying this after I get a 680. My sister gave me her old monitor a month or so ago but this would be such a step up that it would be worth it since it is only 1080p and 24 inches.

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#15 SEH

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:39 PM

Yeah, I went from a 24" 1920x1200 monitor and the leap is crazy. The actual monitor size isn't that big of a jump, but the screen real estate is nuts. Working in Photoshop and Illustrator has never been easier.

Also, I'd like to add that Vram doesn't seem to be a real big issue. I'm running my monitor with a 1.5GB GTX580 and my games all run fine. I know some people were trying to go overboard and say you'd need a 2-3GB card, but that really doesn't seem necessary at all. Yeah, my FPS dropped a little going from 1920x1200 to 2560x1440, but I'm still getting 200+ FPS in CS:GO and 60+ in DS3. I used to get around 120FPS in BF3, I know it'll go down, but I should still be able to hit 80FPS no problem (Not even sure if I'll bother installing BF3 though with Diablo 3 being so close to releasing).

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 03:20 AM

I've had the Catleap model for almost 1 month now, great picture quality and no dead/stuck pixels. I had to take mine apart because the internal DVI cable came loose but once I got that done I was back in business. The thing I don't like is the is that the stand is terrible, it wobbles like crazy but I replaced mine with an aftermarket one. Other than that these monitors are awesome and the price is unbelievable.

Some of the folks that where working with the manufacturer on getting the 100hz+ monitors back in production have launched a message board since OCN was pretty much deleting threads related to the new monitors. Check them out www.120hz.net

Word is that the 100hz+ monitors will be out on May 7 for $450 shipped with 1 year warranty.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 03:31 AM

now that is what i like to hear.

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#18 SEH

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 03:34 AM

I swear the mods on OCN take shit way to seriously. Why delete threads that are trying to help people in your community and aren't harming anyone?

Anyways, I cant speak for the Catleap, but the Shimian stand isn't half bad. It's right about on par with the stock stand my old Gateway came with. It wobbles a bit, but a lot of people on OCN made them out to be way worse than they actually are.

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 10:29 PM

Just found this thread, any more word on these? None of them seem to have HDMI which is disappointing.

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#20 retro.elite

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 10:59 PM

Some have hdmi , but the models that have them are more expensive. Catleap Q270 Multi has HDMI.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 12:44 PM

That one would work, it's got that funky power adapter though.

http://www.ebay.com/...=item20c37215d1
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 02:39 PM

That one would work, it's got that funky power adapter though.


Which one have you been looking at. All these South Korean monitors are made for South Korea consumers that use South Korea/ euro power outlet, so they all have same plug type.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 04:40 AM

Is the response time/contrast as good as or better with these IPS panels than the ASUS 27inch LED monitor (see below)?

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16824236103

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 04:09 AM

I received my Yamakasi 2b from 120hz.net early this morning. No dead pixels and no significant backlight bleed. Overclocked to 120hz with my gtx 670 and love the thing. Keep in mind I am coming from an eyefinity 3x1 setup but am preferring this monitor so far.

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 08:01 AM

I want one so much but since I am still rocking a GTX260 and unemployed I should wait but once I build the new rig I am getting one.


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#26 CaseyRyback

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 12:11 AM

I bought the PC Bank. What everyone says about the stand is true, but damn is this beautiful.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 10:32 PM

I bought the Shimian... loved it for the 30 mins it worked while playing WoW. Now it has major artifacting and waves of colors that do not stop. It is not the video card, as I have tested the monitor with many other computers with same response.

Working with DreamSeller on ebay to try and ship back... He claims it will cost 150 to ship. Waiting to hear if he will foot the bill....

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 10:49 PM

Ouch, sorry to hear that. Hopefully he does the right thing and reimburses the return fees.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 04:31 AM

Steggy, try asking for advice at 120hz or at the overclock.net threads; I'm guessing it's the cable. Try another cable, otherwise you probs have to return it. Did you use the warranty feature that ebay has? (I can't remember its name LOL)

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 07:13 AM

Steggy, try asking for advice at 120hz or at the overclock.net threads; I'm guessing it's the cable. Try another cable, otherwise you probs have to return it. Did you use the warranty feature that ebay has? (I can't remember its name LOL)


The Squaretrade warranty is useless as its not valid on items not meant to be sold in the US.

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