When I had problems with my ageing MacPro desktop, I was able to buy a 2020 iMac to run my new edit system DaVinci Resolve, my MacPro was consigned to a GP role, emails, web browsing etc. Eventually after tracing the fault to one of 4 sticks of RAM, I wanted to use it as a second ‘edit’ machine with FCPX for simple Facebook and website videos and looked to replace a faulty 27” monitor I now had on the system.
Browsing Facebook Marketplace (as you do!) I spotted an IIyama GB2888UHSU 28” 4K gaming monitor (3840x2160) for £160 which interested me, a young lad had gone to Uni and was raising funds by selling the monitor. A few weeks later it was still on Marketplace and the price had dropped to £120, I made a cheeky offer of £100 and they accepted!
Back home and hooked up it was a delight to use and edit with and looked good beside my 27” iMac, as I’m now retired with little or no income, this monitor would see me out....or so I thought!
Barely 5 months after I bought it, I was editing some photos for Facebook and it suddenly died - it was like a fuse blowing, OK the first thing to do was check and replace the mains lead, still nothing, I had found this monitor liked having an input to work so I changed the HDMI cable, then tried a DP cable - still nothing. Assuming it might be a heat related shutdown I left the monitor for around 3 hours and tried again - Still nothing, it was totally dead.
The annoying thing for me is I still have monitors in the garage that are 15 years old or more that still work fine, I even have an original first generation working 14” LCD that I use as a tele-prompt screen.
To replace the IIyama is going to cost over £350, well outside the cost I can afford these days, so I only have the memory of using such a high quality monitor for a short period of time and now it’s back to using a 1920x1080 HDMI TV monitor!