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This review is going to be built on top of my initial impressions here.
So…what can I say about this monitor? I am impressed? astounded? amazed?
perhaps all of them.
If I were to compare this monitor with my previous review of the Infinity Edge, it would be like night and day.
Building off what I said before, this monitor was packaged WAY better and did not feel like a cheap knockoff product.
The monitor itself is crisp and clean, is not a fingerprint magnet and has way better construction and design. It feels about the same weight (about a pound, or ~450 grams) is super thin and works well.
Brand: Electric Magic
LCD type: IPS
Bezel type: aluminum alloy material, CNC process
Screen Size: 13.3 inch
Native Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Touch Screen: No
Response Time: 2 (Typ.)(Tr+Td)(ms)
Color: 1600w Colors
Refresh frequency: 60Hz
Screen Surface Mirror (Hrad coating 3H)
Brightness: 350 cd/m (Typ)
Visual angle: <170
Color Gamut: Typ 72% NTSC (CIE1931)
Video Interface: 2 Mini HDMI, 1 mini VGA
Audio Interface: 3.5 mm Audio Jack
Power connection: Micro USB 5V 2A (Typ.) 5V-12v 2A DC jack
Package contained: Screen, Screen stand, USB mains power supply (5V 2A, phone charger style), screen protector, 1 Neoprene sleeve/case, 1 mini HDMI to HDMI cable, 1 mini HDMI to HDMI female cable, and 1 micro usb cable.
This is the second time I have ordered something from Hong Kong through Amazon, and my first experience was not very fun. This time however, I was thoroughly impressed. Buttons are responsive and functional. The monitor provides crisp and clear images that is more than satisfactory. Setup with the menus was a breeze. It was not hard to switch the language to English. Other than that, it is literally plug and play. I had a fun time putting the screen protector on, as the screen doesn’t have a clear hard line and sometimes the screen protector would slip under the bezel, as the bezel thins out on the inside edge.
The stand was extremely easy to set up, and actually supports the weight of the screen. There are mount holes for a VESA stand on the back, but I’m happy with the tablet stand that was provided. The neoprene slip case works well and although its not a snug fit, it fits well enough and doesn’t look baggy.
The power connections on the other hand is a slightly different story. The first time I plugged the USB cable in to the back of my computer, it turned on with no problems. The problem though did not become apparent until I plugged it in the living room. Now, the supplied cable was not long enough to reach the wall outlet from where I wanted to sit, so I added a USB extension cord. Now, I’m not sure if this is just USB or if its just my extension cable, but I was having power issues with the monitor when I plugged the extension cable in. The monitor would keep turning itself on for half a second, flicker off, then flicker back on, repeatedly. It also does this if you plug it into a USB port on an older computer (I think it was either a USB 1.0 or 2.0 port, since the computer is like 7 years old).
The barrel for the DC jack connection is super tiny. Even smaller than a 3.5mm headphone jack, so none of the extraneous 5V power bricks I have laying around from older hardware will fit. Good thing I never planned to use the DC jack in the first place!
Now on to the display itself. In my gaming tests, the monitor seems very responsive and there was no latency issues as far as I could tell. Colors were crisp and clean with no tearing. As this is a 13 inch and a 2k resolution screen, desktop elements appeared rather small, so I had to enlarge the desktop elements a bit.
The built in speakers are actually better than the built in speakers in my 25″ monitors, although the bass is still pretty bad. They are surprisingly loud, and usually keep the volume around level 10-20(out of 100).
Overall, this is a very portable and durable monitor that I would highly recommend to anyone willing to drop $200 for it.
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