It has been about 4 months since I have bought my Korean monitor and I have to say that I really love it. Maybe it’s because my previous monitors (now accessory displays) weren’t the greatest but this monitor is incredible. If you’ve been on the market for a new monitor for the past year or so, you would have noticed the popularity of these 27″ Korean monitors. They provide a high resolution of 2560×1440 for a price that was never possible with domestic monitors. Here’s a little review on the model that I purchased.
Yamakasi Catleap 2B
Now in the title I mentioned my monitor’s model. It was a little bit more expensive and I’ll tell you why. The monitor itself is built exactly the same as regular Yamakasi Catleap monitors but the difference is in the circuitry. The Catleap 2B is the overclockable version of the Catleap monitor. It allows the refresh rate to be raised all the way up to a theoretical point of 134Hz. Not all monitors will get to that high of an overclock but generally between 110Hz to 120Hz.The overclock is not just dependant on the PCB itself but the cable from your video card to your monitor. Although I still use the cable that came with the monitor, many people swear that 24AWG dual link DVI cables have better throughput for a better overclock. The cable that came with the monitor seems to be holding up pretty well at 2560×1440 @ 120Hz.
The panel quality itself is pretty good. The batch I ordered from didn’t seem to suffer from many if any pixel defects at all. No stuck or dead pixels and no real back light bleed (at least from my perspective). I still kept in mind that the panel was graded as A- for some reason or another but overall I don’t see any defects that jump out at me.
For regular monitor use, the resolution really helps in certain applications like programming and graphic design. Browsing the web can be a little awkward at times. Sometimes text needs to be blown up to be read at comfortable levels and some website layouts might not fill the screen. You can see this on left-aligned websites such as YouTube. On the other hand, the IPS display and resolution brings anything like gaming to a whole other level in terms of experience. You will enjoy your games more with these displays especially coming from older TN panels or lower quality monitors in general. One thing to note for using these monitors for gaming is that you need to have the GPU power to run games at that resolution with the eye candy at decent settings. I’m using two GTX 670s in SLI which I find is the sweet spot for performance. A Pair of 7950s or higher would run the monitor just as well or even better.
Overall the monitor is great. Whether you buy a regular or an overclockable model, you won’t be disappointed. You can find these Korean monitors on eBay.
For a list of these 120Hz overclockable monitors and more see: http://www.blurbusters.com/faq/120hz-monitors/
Sorry I didn’t really go into much technical depth but if you have any questions, feel free to ask.