I took posession of this monitor recently. I am satisfied in some respects with the monitor (I think might be TOO bright and contrasty, but this is me coming from a very old ACER model whose controls I never touched). One issue I am having though - and this will perhaps be more familiar if you have done any photography - is that photographs/pictures are coming out as if they have been run through a noise filter; it seems like the monitor is performing some aggressive smoothing to noisy areas and instead images come out looking blotchy. This would be ok (well not really) if I didn't buy this monitor for use with photo editing (I really don't want two monitors).Here
is a photo set on Flickr of what I am talking about. I have an ACER 230HL to the side I was using before (the ASUS didn't arrive with my other components so I went and got another), that does not display this issue. You can also see another issue I am having, the blacks on the ASUS seem TOO black; images (not just photographs but in gaming) are coming out too dark and losing detail. The photo of the buildings photo opened in Photoshop displays this well.
Here is a direct link (spoilered for final Avengers scene reveal) showing the issue I am having (again the ASUS is turned all the way in terms of brightness and contrast):
I will do that. Here are two direct photos (spoilered for final reveal in Avengers) that really show off the issue:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I'm not sure if I am doing something wrong here or if it's just the difference in monitor technology (?), but any help on setting this thing up or if I have a bad monitor (I can't really believe that, though it is a refurbished model from Amazon) would be appreciated.
EDIT: Yikes. Ok for sh*ts and giggles, I switched to a DVI chord (was using HDMI) - night and day. Nothing is exaggerated as it was through the HDMI chord and my photos (and movies, games, etc) now look good. Now I need to figure out why the HDMI isn't working.