Amazing picture, terrible sound
This is a great monitor. The image quality is crisp and sharp, my games and movies look great. HD is awesome! I was upgrading from an old 1440x900 19" monitor, and the difference is amazing. Let me talk about the sound... I am normally not picky. For much of the last year I used a laptop, and played games with it, listening to crappy laptop sound. I figured "oh, I'm used to bad, tinny sound, I'm sure the speakers on this monitor will just sound normal to me." Oh my god was I wrong. Even to my non-audiophile ears, they sound terrible. And faint. I'm probably going to go out and buy some $10 speakers and they'll be 10x as good. If you need sound so you can hear the occasional error beep in windows, they're fine. Anything else... no. Even if you're not picky, even if you don't care about sound, even if all you use sound for is the occasional internet video... just do yourself a favor and grab some cheap speakers. I'm giving it 4/5 because of the speakers, but I would again like to emphasize that the monitor itself is awesome. No dead pixels, great picture!
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