What's up with TFT Central?

Discussion in 'Displays' started by Peat Moss, Jun 23, 2017.

  1. Peat Moss

    Peat Moss Limp Gawd

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    No reviews in nearly 4 months.

    Is Simon sick of doing reviews?
     
  2. Sancus

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    Could always tweet.

     
  3. CrazyRob

    CrazyRob [H]ard|Gawd

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    I think the review he had planned to do on LG 32UD99 (which was probably going to be the basis of his quantum dot article) has been postponed several times due to delayed release. I noticed he pulled the monitor from the list of upcoming reviews, as the monitor has been delayed so many times, it might actually become vaporware.
     
  4. Peat Moss

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    Thanks. That only explains the absence of one review though. Simon usually does one per month. It's been 4 months without a review.
     
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    I got the impression manufacturers rather send the review samples to some incompetent youtubers than to the actual enthusiasts. They want marketing puppets, not honest reviews.
     
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    It's a shame they aren't able to do more reviews. They are one of the best monitor review sites.
     
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  7. Tych-0

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    Yeah, TFT Central and this forum are what I use to pick my displays.
     
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    Or... the quality of the monitors has become so bad, that cherry-picking doesn't work any more.
     
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  9. Vega

    Vega [H]ardness Supreme

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    lol you just described the Linus vs Expert paradox.
     
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    I so Agree , These guys who review these monitors on tube even give props to shitty monitors , because what you tube reviewer is going to refuse a asus endorsement after shaming one of they're bad monitors plus no more free goodies
     
  11. KG-Prime90

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    Depends who is doing the review. For the most part each itteration of monitors aren't that different but considering they need to constantly push content, the fact that casual gamers for the most part are fine with any average display and within the confines of this is whats on the market, and for types of people who don't frequent display forums. We are the minority. For the most part if it were someone like us all monitors are shit and each review could be summed up in that one line. "It's shit". What more to say. But that doesn't make content, and it doesn't make sense to bother making a reviews for those people. So most reviews are not for those people.

    Also people assume constantly that monitors are cherry picked for reviewers, when it's obviously not the case and hasn't been for over a decade. Tft gets broken monitors, defects ect right out of
    the box, so if they are cherry picked then someone sucks at their job.

    Linus for example is not insanely in depth with monitor reviews, but he gets to the point and has always been critical of the bad in a monitor within a limited time frame they have used it.

    It can take a week or more sometimes to notice all the flaws in a display with different system configurations. Some are noticeable right away. And even then some fairly heavy gamers aren't thst picky. I know people like that with Steam libraries worth thousands. Still playing on 60hz perfectly happy and don't really give the slightest shit if its ips va or tn either.
     
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    People on this website are incredibly anal about their displays. A single dead pixel in a 4K monitor is a huge issue or long rants about AR coatings "ruining" the display where most people would simply work with the display happily.

    When reviewing a display there are several factors like price range. A lot of people just buy the cheapest display they can find and usually run it at stock settings. I bet a lot of the YouTube reviewers don't have the means or the knowledge to do good color calibration, input lag etc tests so they work with what they have. That results in pretty shallow reviews and makes them less trustworthy. I really approciate what TFT Central is doing as I feel their reviews are always spot on and I don't think I would buy a high end monitor without waiting for their review first.
     
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    So true. I got caught up in the backlight bleed and IPS glow bullshit too. I get it not everybody games the same, but I never game in a dark room nor do I play games and my screen is completely black. It gets overblown in here a lot. Most displays are fine.
     
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  14. Peat Moss

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    I wish more people could do the same kind of quality reviews in English that Simon does. Maybe he could train someone, or someone could use his reviews as a model to do their own. We need to cover more monitors than 12 per year.

    Although I still remember there was a period from about 2003 - 2010 when very few monitors per year were released. I used to rely on xtknight on the Anandtech forums who was able to review all the main monitors that came out in a given year by himself.
     
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    I've thought about doing this but getting access to the monitors without paying for them seems like the biggest problem. The shitty youtube channels that are getting them usually are at least established with a large number of subscribers, I doubt if you started a brand new site you could get manufacturers to send you review samples overnight without building a reputation first, but I could be wrong, I'm really not sure how easy it is to get review samples.
     
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    I basically only trust TFT central, seldom another site does such comprehensive reviews.

    I'm also perplexed to the reason why they don't do more reviews. Is it that they don't get many monitors, or they don't have the time or staff to do them in a timely manner?
     
  17. Peat Moss

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    Well, I think Simon has a life outside TFT, so it's understandable he doesn't do reviews more than once a month.
     
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    holy thread necro, batman
     
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    Is that the new rumored LG panel?
    And how the hell does a review takes a couple of weeks?!

    These monitor guys are like audiophiles. I swear... most of these tests are not applicable to real life. just give me gamma measurements, min/max luminance, contrast, viewing angles, response times and ghosting test and I am done. Drop in a picture in a dark and lit room and that's it.
    Pretty much what pcmonitors does but I do not trust em entirely for some reason
     
  20. ZeqOBpf6

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    There is definitely a middle ground between "Well it has a ton of flaws but I really like it! (I got it for free) and..

    no offense, but the [H] crew. Never heard a single positive experience about a monitor from a user on here in my life. I'd think we all hated computers if it wasn't... ya know, a computer forum about computers.

    It is a shame, though. One would think that fair but occasionally critical reviews would drive manufacturers of good products to send their products for the rare but high praise. 10/10 on JonnyGURU is no joke.
     
  21. Meeho

    Meeho [H]ardness Supreme

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    TBH, all LCDs are a different shade of shit.
     
  22. MaZa

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    We need Rtings of PC monitors, badly. Just hard data and measurements, few comments, no bullshit.
     
  23. Armenius

    Armenius I Drive Myself to the [H]ospital

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    People do post their positive experiences here, but are realistically by also pointing at the flaws they experience. I don't go so far as Meeho to say that all LCDs are a different shade of shit, but you do have to make compromises and pick the best one for your use case and budget. That includes OLED.
    Rtings does do computer monitors, just very few. They just put up a review of the Dell U2718Q today.
    https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/dell/u2718q

    I would like to see them do more, though. I like their review approach and methodology, keeping it simple but informative. I still like TFT Central and their detailed analysis, as well.
     
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