• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing screen, pretty bad build quality. I want to love it. I really do.

    • Written by from Sacramento

    I just received this for use with a mac pro 2013, which has yet to arrive. I'm using it with a macbook pro retina, which works extremely well (and if you're considering using one with this monitor, it's epic good). Being awesome, the monitor actually comes with a thunderbolt adapter cable which fits perfectly, and all I had to do was plug it into one of the thunderbolt ports on my MBPR and it worked perfectly! It worked with no fuss. Good stuff.

    This monitor looks good. It's bezel isn't overly wide (kind of reminds me of a thin version of the old Dell 30" monitors, the 3008WFP beasts). It has a black on black finish with silver plastic highlights on the legs and the top, which looks a little cheap honestly (very 2008 Dell). The picture is bright, and refresh is acceptable for the graphics work (Adobe Suite for video and graphics) for which it is intended (there is a perceptible delay moving it around, but that's what you get with a huge monitor... apparently this thing is running at 60 Hz since 10.9.3, but it's very hard to tell honestly).

    Here's what's wrong with it. The thing has buttons that are hidden on the right side of the screen, which is forgivable. But they completely lack any marking that can be seen from the front (including power), and feel like some cheap Walmart television rather than a multi-thousand dollar monitor. And you better hope that you don't type hard, because the stand is so cheap that just typing on my keyboard causes the monitor to wiggle visibly. You can tell that the attention to detail extends to the firmware, where brightness is labelled "Bright" and adjusting settings has a considerable delay. To boot, the menu feels like a tv in a cheap hotel room, with chunk text and setting defaults that would please nobody but the idiot product manager that approved the design.

    Once you get past all of this ghastly product design and find yourself firing up FCPX to look at footage from a GH4 or other 4k camera, you realize that it is not worth returning the monitor due to it's myriad of stupid product decisions, and that you're going to learn to live with it, because this screen is absolutely stunning, and editing 4k footage on a 4k monitor is beyond pleasant: it's gorgeous. But it also identifies itself as a television in System Information, which is decidedly telling.

    I am currently shopping for 200 mm pitch VESA mounts to eliminate the movement that's giving me a headache, but I love this monitor. It won't be hard to unseat it as a champion however, because it's off like a herd of turtles and needs a firmware update so bad it's like a pogo stick in quicksand.

    Buy it, you'll love it. But be prepared to pay the price of early adoption. In other words, this is a "cautious buy": you should only buy this if you need it. Otherwise, wait for it's successor.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Could be better

    • Written by from Irving

    The first one I received failed after 2 weeks of use. A permanent vertical blue line on the left side of the screen showed up on all inputs.

    The picture, when working is great. This monitor has a lot of functionality of TV, but is missing a remote.
    I don't know what Sharp was thinking not including a remote for this monitor since it has multiple inputs and a built-in speaker.
    A remote for controlling switching of inputs, volume, menu, and on/off would be extremely helpful, especially if you have this monitor mounted on wall.

    15 of 26 people found this useful