I unboxed the BenQ SW2700PT at around 6pm, after a long day work but still excited. I only have 10 mins or so to unboxed the monitor before I have to rush out to fetch my kids from school.
Still, within the limited short time…I am still excited to find out how the monitor looks or feel like.
You can read about the Part 1 short story of how I got the monitor…
After unloading the monitor from the trunk of my car, I have to put it in my living room first. Better unpacked and unboxed it before moving it to my computer table.
Here’s the huge box of the much talked about BenQ SW2700PT 27″ wide screen monitor!
The box is huge, but not so heavy. I can carry it myself with the handles at the side of the box.
Here’s how the inner box looks like, with form protector the monitor and accessories. Hmm…after opening the box, I felt something not right. The monitor isn’t new. You can see the form on the left bottom already broken, and the box that hold the accessories doesn’t look new. I am surprised that BenQ actually sent me an USED monitor for reviewing. I was expecting a brand new unit, as I told them that I will buy the monitor if I like it after reviewing. But buying an USED monitor? Hmm…
This is the monitor hood. It comes in 5 separate pieces, and a little essembly is required. Not so easy, but not too difficult either. There is no instruction manual that comes with it…so it took an extra few minutes for me to figure out which goes where.
This is the base, handle, controller and cables (HDMI and DIV).
OK, this main item. IPS LED panel. Very thin design, looks solidly built.
Rear view of the panel. You can zoom in for details of the input. Doesn’t bother me too much as I only use ONE input (DVI) and I know it is there, and that is good enough for me to know already.
Putting the arm and base to the panel is a simple plug and play. You can DIY yourself without sweat. However, needs to be extremely careful so that you do not hit or damage the panel front view. Hence I suggest inserting the arm and base with the monitor panel still sitting on the polyform as above.
Here’s the assembled monitor.
On the left side of the monitor, there are some slots (USB and SD Card reader). To use this, you need to connect the monitor to the USB slot of your CPU.
Below is the right side of the monitor. Nothing there except two brackets for the monitor hood. In my sample monitor, the brackets that hold the monitor hood are all broken (both left right up down).
Despite the broken brackets, the monitor hood was still be able to fit to the monitor firmly and nicely. The brackets were made of metal, the previous user must have FORCE removing the hood that cause them to break in all 4 sides. What a pity…
I have always wanted a Billingham bag for myself, something like a lady wanted a LV?
There are many Billingham models, and it is not easy to choose one if you can only have one. Will it be too big? Too small? Too heavy? How about the colour? How about material (Canvas or Fibrenyte)?
Personally I thought I want the Hadley series, the Hadley Pro to be more specific:
But after seeing the bag in my office, I am glad that I didn’t go for it, as it is too small for my gears.
For me, colour wise I have always wanted the Khaki colour version with chocolate leather trim. I think that’s the sexiest combination for this classic bag!
Material wise, I choose the latest Fibrenyte material over Canvas, for it is a better type of technology, smoother and more resistance to water.
Then one day, this Billingham 307 Camera Bag (Khaki Fibrenyte with Chocolate Leather Trim) appeared in my office. A customer sent it in for trade in. I checked the condition, like new with very little stains on the cover (which I am not sure if it was mistake of my staff or the owner) but can be cleaned easily using a toothbrush and toothpaste (yes, I already cleaned it myself).
Perfect colour, perfect size, perfect condition.
I have since brought the bag back home…
Copper zip, luxury it smells…look at the fine texture of Fibrenyte material, smooth and beautifully nyted!
Quite spacious inside. Good for my style.
It even comes with a laptop compartment! Good for today’s digital era, where a small laptop is handy to bring around.Now…how should I tell my boss (my wife) that this bag is missing from the office?! :p
Fall into a Indonesia PayPal scam today.
Players Pool n Lounge (The sender of this payment is Non-U.S. – Verified)
Players Pool n Lounge
Jl. BKR Pelajar No. 39
Surabaya, Jawa Timur
The transaction was verified by PayPal on Jul 22, 2016, and today, more than a month after we shipped out the item, customer filed a chargeback at his credit card company and PayPal hold our payment. 🙁
Posting out the transaction details here to warn all e-commerce merchant.
I was contacted by a BenQ agent in Malaysia on 21st July 2016 to ask if I am interested in reviewing their flagship monitor for photographer…
the BenQ SW2700PT 27″ Widescreen LED Backlit QHD Monitor After some arrangement and negotiation, yesterday (25th August 2016) I went to pickup the monitor from an agent in Taman Daya, Johor Bahru. Drove 30+30km distance to retrieve the monitor, and only managed to find time to unpack it at night.
This monitor is targeted at photographers, and as the co-founder and admin of PhotoMalaysia.com, that’s the reason why BenQ wants me to review the monitor. A full review will be posted at PhotoMalaysia.com forum in 2-3 weeks time.
In Malaysia, this monitor is selling at Suggest Retail Price RM2999, and street price should be in the RM2700+ region. Not cheap for a monitor, but is it worth the money?
My current workstation is having two Dell UltraSharp monitors, their best range performance when I bought them. They are the Dell UltraSharp U3011 (30″, costs me RM3499 in year 2011) and Dell UltraSharp U2713HM (27″, costs me RM1619.10 in year 2012). It is interesting to see how this BenQ monitor performs as compared to my Dell.
Will update after I tested the monitor more. 🙂
Don’t remember the last time I sold my phone…maybe never…as I don’t trust giving out my phone to shop or others that might hack back my data…
So I have this Samsung Galaxy S3 kept in drawer for several years…(i upgraded to mi 3, then Samsung Note 5).
We need new phone for my office for WhatsApp use, and I am glad that this S3 is still around. However, I couldn’t power it up even after charging, suspect battery dead.
I took the chance by buying a new battery for it. Went to a shop to try it out, and yes it works. I am happy to pay RM49 for the third party battery, ori will cause over RM100, and it might still not be ori. So might as well get a third party replacement.
Reset the phone to factory condition, running Android 4, installed simcard (XOX), installed WhatsApp, it is good to go.
Spent several days and nights brainstorming and preparing the idea and content, finally submitted my challenge just now.
Let’s see if I can be among the 60 selected entrance…
May God’s will be glorify and opening the path before me!
Got an sms from TM few days ago…
RM0.00:TM: Congrats! Your UniFi speed will be upgraded to 10Mbps! FREE upgrade, NO contract. Restart your modem after 24hrs to enjoy new speed. T&C apply.
Today only I remembered about it. So I did a test before and after, to see if there is any significant difference or not in real.
Below is after restarting the modem.
Yes, quite a significant improvement in speed, as what TM promised, 10Mbps.
TM has been calling me for several months pursuing me to UPGRADE to their 10Mbs package with extra RM10-20 monthly fee (can’t remember exactly the price), but I told them no. Main reason being I still able to surf smoothly with the 5Mbps package, so no urge to upgrade. TM no longer offering 5Mbps package to the public, it seems that it is more economical for them to maintain and keep all users at 10Mbps minimum.
Glad that I didn’t “upgrade” with fee.
Taking the Raya sales ride, so we decided to get a new washing machine for our home.
We are currently using the front loader LG washing machine, which uses very little water in washing, which we doubt it is clean. Several hand rinse after washing confirmed that there are still a lot of detergent residue left on the cloth after washing. This is bad and worrying as my boy likes to bite on the shirts or cloth.
So here we go shopping for a new washing machine today, and we chose Hitachi for I have seen the model in newspaper recently promoting it as the latest model and technology. Furthermore, we decided on Japanese brand as got no confident on Samsung or LG Korean brand anymore.
Original price RM2799, RAYA discount RM300, becomes RM2499. Then the good Malay salesman give another RM100 discount to sweeten the deal (we didn’t asked, but was considering either the 16kg or 18kg models). At RM2399, the 18kg model is at the same price as the 16kg model, so we go for the 18kg of course.
Hitachi 18kg Top Loading Washing Machine HTC-SF180XWVSL
Inner view, metal drum, said to have self clean function. My wife said the banana was purposely put inside to give you an idea on how BIG the drum is…
This is our old LG front loader washing machine.
Delivery can only be done after Raya, which is next week. Not a problem.