That is a fair opinion. But its not the only one. People choose to pay extra and buy suburbans in Cadillac trim too - but that doesn't make it a better truck...and if your goal is to haul stuff they are pretty much equal. Yeah, the leather seats are nice, but how did they help you with the main function of the vehicle?
The two Catleaps on my desk compare very, very favorably with the 27" HP WQHD monitor on my desk at work. Finish and heft of the plastic case is not the same - but the quality of the actual monitor is hard to discern. I actually prefer the 'glossy' screen of the Catleap to the matte/non-glare display of the HP. And I personally think "multi input" is highly over-rated. Once you set it on your desk your not likely to use a separate input ever...most people don't spend their days swapping PCs in-and-out of their test lab - they just use it every day as a tool to do their work.
As for calibration, what's the big deal. Users who care about their work calibrate EVERY monitor.
No need to take umbrage of my opin, as you say it is just one. You didn't say you had already made the choice you're advocating.
I can't see many folks buying this Samsung unless they do take photo or image work seriously (or have deep pockets and a love of style), and but if they do, things like a good functioning array of on-screen controls is hardly "trim", nor is a fully adjustable stand. I would like to see a lower price, for sure. The thing has no bad/dead pixels btw. Should have mentioned in the review.
Multi-input is important to me, as I've had two main computers at my desktop for years, and switching between them at source input on the monitor eliminates the inevitable losses (and wiring hassles) through a KVM. Running 2 monitors with two PCs is even more of a hassle -- but I did this for a while.
Lastly, since you have these monitors, what can you tell us about the sturdiness/usability of the stand, controls on it, and any electronic noise when brightness is reduced (if it can be -- see Scott Wasson's article -- he said only brightness & speaker volume was adjustable on his, and it took time for him to figure out how to work them. )
yikes! if i was going to plop down that much cash on a monitor, id just go whole hog and buy an apple.
I, for one, can't stand Apple's tilt only stand in a $1000 monitor... or that's company's general style-focused, take advantage of the fools, monopolistic attitudes. I never buy Apple if I can help it. (Not that other brands are so much better, but few have that kind of power. Learning recently that Apple demands pricing so that they can double their money
on any partner goods they sell in their stores didn't endear me.)
I'm not convinced that their 27" is actually better than others anyway, like the best Dells.... and why is it that none of the serious monitor reviews eve test Apple monitors? I'm taking about PRAD.de, TFT Central, even flatpanelshd.com. No Apple monitor reviews on any of those sites. Why not?