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Kogan 34" WQHD Curved 21:9 Ultrawide 144hz Freesync HDR Gaming Monitor (3440x 1440) $639 + Delivery ($0 with First) @ Kogan

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Was $999, not entirely sure if you should spend $639 on a Kogan monitor though.. Is it any good?

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  • +9 votes

    do people actually buying kogan branded stuff?

    • -6 votes
    • +4 votes

      Their older 100hz ultrawide model actually received some positive review by Hardware Unboxed.. But don't know this one.

    • +3 votes

      Ive had the 27" 1440p 144hz monitor for a while now, at the time they came in way cheaper than the big brands. I'm semi enthusiast and I like it, saying that I haven't experienced a 'flagship' no it.

    • +15 votes

      My experience was very poor buying kogan product they could not fix and I had to take them to the fair trading twice to get money back. Back and forwards, I emailed them 46 times to get repair and in the end get a refund of a washing machine they could not repair despite buying their crappy premium insurance. My personal experience tella me to stay away from it.

    • +6 votes

      Yes, I bought their 27" QHD Freesync monitor about 18 months ago and it's been excellent - not a single issue.

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      i'm avoiding kogan brand for the same reason, not only they have questionable quality, their service is also poor. Good luck getting a refund or repair if it's broken.

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        Monitors are basically made by a few OEMS, companies just use different branding. This one has a Samsung panel so should be fine quality wise, in fact it should be a lot better than average, which the previous model was.

    • +1 vote

      I buy their cheap ultrawide monitors for my office. Easier to justify purchase for use with just general office productivity work. With how company expenses operate, who cares if it breaks in a few years, budgets are done yearly anyway.

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      I've had one of their first 4K Android-powered TVs from about 3/4 years back, and although the Android component of it is super sluggish, it still functions great as a TV, no dead pixels, ARC works fine, colour relatively accurate after some adjustments.

  • +3 votes

    Just purchased, signed up to some Kogan plus thing on checkout to save the $20 shipping fee to Sydney (must cancel within 5 days or they charge $99)

    Hopefully it’s good. First item purchased from kogan. Reviews seem pretty good from there website and the specs are insane for the price!

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      Kogan is full of fake reviews. Kogan is full of crap too. Poor/no service, poor quality etc

      • +12 votes

        They have a poorno service? I missed that

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      Any followup opinions?

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    Thanks OP, got one!

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    just purchased as well, finger crossed…. thx OP
    only need for work though.

  • +1 vote

    hmmmm 1500r seems a bit to curved for me. Im using one of their 1080p 144htz 24 inch atm, havent had a problem with it at all. im really tempted to grab one of these, but that curve…..

    • +1 vote

      Fwiw, I got the Xiaomi from the recent bargain that uses the same panel, so same curve etc, and for me the curve is fine. First curved screen I've had.

      • +2 votes

        Damn, didn't realise it was being shipped from AU warehouse…probably would have grabbed the Xiaomi if I knew!

      • +1 vote

        Ive had a look at the 1500rs in brick and mortar stores localy,and the curve is just to much for me. the screen will be used for gaming, as well as watching movies with my kids ( when they are allowed in my man cave that is) so 1500r will really restrict the viewing angles for us. :)

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      1500r is a good curvature for 34", better than 1800r imo.

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      True, I'm not sure why they went with such an aggressive curvature, considering that VA panels have really good viewing angles.

  • +2 votes

    I have the 100hz version, the old one, and have been strong for a year.

    I guess you get what you pay for:
    * there is no USBs at all
    * there is split screen function, to have 2 pcs, but the resolution doesn't change, so you have 2 ultrawide at the same time, pretty useless
    * The case has holes for speakers, but there is no speakers (it has an aux port though)

    Anything else, so far so good, gaming, photo editing (the colors were tricky to adjust)… all works well

    • +1 vote

      I haven't see that version but I want to help out. with the resolution, I think you can change in the PC setting by right click on the desktop if you have windows 10. For the Aus port, I think it is for you to plug in your earphone so you don't have to plug them into your PC case, it is a output port to transfer audio from HDMI.
      I'm haven't used any Kogan staff, just saying with my knowledge.

  • +4 votes

    Kogan products are hit or miss . So please think carefully before buying.

  • +1 vote
  • +20 votes

    Staring at that Kogan logo all day would just piss me off.

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      Any way to take it off? Lol

  • +1 vote

    Looks like it is probably this Samsung panel as its the only 34" UW VA that they make at 400 nits brightness http://www.panelook.com/LTM340YP05_Samsung_34_LCM_overview_43112.html

    Unfortunately I can't find any reviews of similar monitors with this panel

    EDIT: Its actually this one http://www.panelook.com/LSM340YP05_Samsung_34_CELL_parameter...

    Which can be found in the Nixeus NX-EDG34S, of which you can find a detailed review here https://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/nixeus_nx-edg34s.htm

    Looks like a pretty good panel for its price. Sure, its no Acer Predator X35P, but it is also half the price of that monitor.

    IMO the big question is what customer support is like if something goes wrong

    • +1 vote

      customer support won't be any good.

    • +4 votes

      Panel binning is a thing, so don't expect the same quality with a different badge on it. Panel tuning is also a thing for pixel overdrive.

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        Panel binning is a thing

        given: “within spec”, “barely spec”, “fail spec” and “crap” binning - where would Kogan be?

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          Compared to a top tier product? I'd say two tiers below based on my experience.

          At this price, I would just spend your money on the upcoming Samsung LC27G75, which is a 27" 1440p 240Hz panel.

          Currently going on sale for £450 when in stock in the UK, so expect prices to quickly appear under $750 here. You'll be waiting a month or two though.

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      Yikes, very bad dark-shade smearing. Like 10ms average because of it.

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    I did alot of research into U/W's and this is a solid price. It's entry level but for the price, you won't find one as good as this. If you're on a budget I'd recommend buying this. I would've if I could wait for this price drop but I ended up buying an Acer X34P instead.

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      What do you think about this one?
      https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/544756
      Panel on this is better?

      • +3 votes

        That one is not ultrawide

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          I find 32" is good enough.

          • +4 votes

            @congo: Trust me once you go ultrawide, you won't look back and you'll surely be happy you didn't stick a plain 32".

  • +2 votes

    Damn, was tossing up grabbing the $449 flat Kogan (75hz)…impulse bought this one! Hope it's decent!

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    Fuuuarr tempting, this or the Xiaomi monitor? Unless another brand can come close to the value

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    Kogan have a satisfaction guarantee or change of mind returns. You pay return ship which won't be too bad if you're not rural.

    Make sure your second choice is stocked by kogan though as it's a store credit, not refund.

  • +11 votes

    $599($552 with code) Jan 2020
    $999 Mar 2020
    $639 Jun 2020

    Shameless

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      Definitely a large swing, but wouldnt be surprised if it driven by low stock. At $999, you'd be silly buying it as there were other options out there.

      Like this: [AOC CU34G2X] (https://www.centrecom.com.au/aoc-cu34g2x-34-ultrawide-qhd-ad...)

      For an extra $200ish, is this better?

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        I've had this kogan monitor for a while and have been very happy with it. While the build quality is a bit subpar (gaps in the bezels) the price makes up for it. The monitor you listed only has support for display port 1.2 / HDMI 2.0 so you won't be able to even get144hz on that monitor (unless the description is incorrect)

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          The AOC is 144 and has 2 dp. Listing is wrong.

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            @zorrt: He ment 1.2 vs 1.4 dp standard.

            So does 1.2 allow 144hz for Max 2560 x 1440?

            It feels silly for aoc to only put in dp1. 2 for a ultrawide…

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          Dp 1.2 supports 144Hz 1440p though

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          https://us.aoc.com/en/gaming-monitors/cu34g2x

          Looks like the aoc homepage confirms its DP
          1. 4

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    Just bought this - let's see how it goes…

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    Bite? Or wait for a better deal?

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      I'll wait for better deal.

  • +1 vote

    Tempting but I'll wait for stock to arrive for the AOC CU34G2X. It comes with 3yr warranty which is a bonus.

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      its in stock at skycomp, not sure about "at partner" though, im going to be waiting till its in stock somewhere, not at a partner lol

      https://www.skycomp.com.au/aoc-cu34g2x-34-144hz-ultra-wide-q...

      P.S. Ive also been waiting, for about a month now lol

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        Yeah I saw that but the shipping is about $50 to Brisbane. So ill wait until umart gets stock

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          im waiting for Centrecom, 859 with free postage, just hope its not going to take till the 20/7 as they have listed

  • +1 vote

    I got it in the last sale - it's brilliant.
    A little back light bleed around the edges, and some motion blur at the full 144hz, but at 120hz with some colour configuration its every bit as good as the $1-1.2k VA panels from other manufacturers.

    Even the stand is fine - no height adjustment, but sturdy steel and good tilt adjustment.

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      Motion blur happens due to slow response time and slow refresh rates IIRC. Why do you say 144Hz causes motion blur? Please correct me if I am wrong.

      • +1 vote

        Refresh doesn't cause motion blur - but on most monitors the response rate will change depending on the refresh rate set.

        Here's a review of the same panel in the Nixeus NX-EDG34S where he measures the motion blur and response and talks about the improvement in response as you lower the refresh rate down from 144hz on these panels (and handily, shows what his optimum settings were for colour - if you don't have a monitor calibration tool)

        https://youtu.be/vVqfuvUGPZU?t=216

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          Thats a decent result for the money. I have to buy a new monitor now, dont know which one to buy. The latest LG(model ending with 850) is good, but 1599 is too much money :(

    • +1 vote

      Apologies if dumb q, but what colour configuration did you do?

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      What overdrive setting are you using? Did you use any hardware tools for the colour config or did you do it by eye?

      I'm considering one to add on to my X34 (IPS) and I worry the colour mismatch will tick me off too much.

  •  

    Some food for thought:
    I've been looking for ultra-wide monitors for a stupidly long time.
    Ended up settling with an AOC CU34G2X 34 for only a few hundred more than this discount price and it has 1ms response (with $100) steam voucher.

    I've had a Kogan 40" tv for the past 8 years and it's been great (just the remote was crap). I think Kogan is generally alright though, this is a good buy I think!

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      Is the steam promo still available?

  •  

    Just wondering,

    I already have a 32" 4k monitor at 60hz

    I use a laptop with 2070 Max-Q.

    Would it be powerful enough to power both monitors if I buy this one as well which is 34" wqhd 144hz?

  •  

    So I got mine today. It's easy to set up; not too sure how I feel about it though. It's not as bright as my usual monitor

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      I can't seem to get 144hz for some reason?? Is it the Kogan cable?

      • -1 vote

        Okay so played around with my Nvidia settings and I got it to change to 144hz, but now it's soooo blurry still. I can barely read text, help? :(

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          try running Cleartype text adjustments again?

          Also, how did it go with the brightness?

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    Are these G-Sync compatible?

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      It's Freesync, which now works with G-Sync. So yes it's compatible.

  • +1 vote

    Got mine this morning. Looks and feels awesome!!

  • +1 vote

    For anyone willing to manually configure the colour, I eventually went with the one from RTINGS:

    https://www.rtings.com/monitor/reviews/nixeus/edg-34#:~:text....

    I seem to like better than the one that was provided by HardwareUnboxed Youtube

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      Hey, I don't seem to know what I'm doing,
      if you'd care to share your OSD settings, especially brightness, I'd appreciate it.
      Some of the sources suggest a brightness setting of e.g. 9, which on my monitor seems far too dim.

      I've tried 3 different ICC profiles and they are all vastly different, e.g. here's another one:
      https://www.tftcentral.co.uk/articles/icc_profiles.htm (look for 'Nixeus NX-EDG34S')

      • +1 vote

        I just set my brightness to 90 haha

        Contrast is set to 50
        Dynamic Luminous Control is off

        I pretty much just followed Rtings for the colour temperature's red green blue setting.

        Search for "Post Calibration" in that article i linked above.

        Make sure you turn on Freesync as well in the "Other" setting.

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          Thanks!
          Yeah I couldn't understand why they recommend a brightness ("luminance") of 5, when the default is 90. I think I have the same settings as you now.
          Cheers

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          Hey sorry, for an absolute idiot who has never calibrated a monitor in their life (aside from the "auto calibrate" button!), are these the right settings:

          Brightness: 40 (mine is between 9 and 90! aha)
          Blacklevel: 50
          Contrast: 50
          DCR: OFF

          Gamma: 2.2
          Picture Mode: Standard
          Color Temp: USER (Red 47, Green 48, Blue 52)
          Low Blue Light: 0
          Hue: 50
          Saturation: 50

          Sharpness: 50
          Response Time: OFF
          Noise Reduction: OFF
          Dynamic Luminous Control: OFF

          Aspect ratio: Auto
          LedMode: Normal

          DP Version: 1.2 (should I change this to 1.4?)
          Freesync: OFF (my laptop has integrated graphics, so I assume Freesync is no use to me?)
          HDR: OFF (my laptop has integrated graphics, so I assume HDR is no use to me?)

          Anything I should change?

          • +1 vote

            @caprimulgus: DP 1.4 is needed for 10-bit colour. The panel is only 8-bit+FRC but should be able to display more colours.

            The cable that came with the monitor is DP 1.4 so might as well set it to DP 1.4 and there may be a setting on your gfx card to enable 10-bit but im not sure with integrated graphics.

  •  

    I bought this, it arrived a few days ago.
    The problem is I'm not a connoisseur on monitors; I hardly game at all.
    I will say that it does look really nice
    This is my first curved screen and I think I would have been perfectly fine with a flat/normal screen; my opinion is that curved is either a neutral feature, or potentially a liability.
    The brightness is a curiosity for me; it's not as bright as my usual monitor, but I haven't taken time to play with the settings.
    I couldn't find any drivers for it, or colour profiles that I could install.
    One issue is that at night when I turn my PC off, it flashes a blue light which keeps me awake; so I end up having to power it off at the wall-socket.
    Overall I am not disappointed.

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    ANy more feedback?
    Besides from the brightness not being great, anything else?

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      HDMI ports are only able to support 100hz max. So basically if you have a laptop that only have HDMI port it might be tricky to find a DP to HDMI converter that supports DP 1.4 to ensure you get the 10-bit and 144hz.

      Otherwise, stick to using DP to DP or DP to MiniDP cable

      I came from benq ew3270u and i think this monitor is much brighter than my BenQ.

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        Probably expected for kogan quality but have quite a lot of dead pixels when using dead pixel buddy in white.
        But not noticeable for day to day activities.

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          Lot of dead pixels?
          OK, I pass on this.

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            @congo: Kogan has 2 dead pixels policy though. So you can always claim warranty and even replacement within the first week. It is probably not as good as popular brands' zero dead pixel policy.

            I tried the above test and couldn't find any dead pixels and I edit photos on this so i'd definitely be picky about dead pixels.

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    Does anyone know whether it is VESA compatible?

  •  

    Hey guys, I made an impulse buy on this monitor before 30 June ended (silly I know) haha.
    I am trying to run the monitor off my Dell XPS 9350. The monitor came with a display port cable. My question is can any display port to usb c doc be enough to power this monitor and run it?

    My Dell is a little dated and only has one usb c and usb 3.0.

    Thanks in advance!

    Regards