All of us have likely bought something from Monoprice at this point. From HDMI cables to surge protectors to home theater speakers, they seem to have their hands in everything now. One more recently product from Monoprice is a line of computer monitors. With the explosion of cheap, 27″ 2560×1440 IPS displays in the past two years, Monoprice jumped into this arena as well. Over at AnandTech today I take a look at their cheapest entry, the Zero-G 27″ IPS monitor.
The Zero-G is pretty devoid of frills. It has a single DVI-DL input and a VGA input, but no DisplayPort or HDMI. There are controls, but they are on the right side of the display behind the monitor instead of on the front or side. There is a utilitarian stand that allows for a bit of tilt but nothing else in the way of ergonomic adjustments. The OSD works and has a bit of control, but is relatively sparse overall.
The performance of the Monoprice Zero-G is also a bit confusing. The built-in controls leave a lot to be desired and offer very little control over the display. If you have the hardware and software to calibrate it, you wind up with a display that is overall pretty dang good. Are you better off just saving that money for calibration and buying a better display to start with?
All of the details are published in my Monoprice Zero-G Review at AnandTech today. Pre- and Post-Calibration data, as well as some other little quirks that I ran into are detailed. The Monoprice Zero-G straddles the line between inexpensive and cheap, so you’ll have to read the review to determine if it will work for you or not.