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Seiki SE42UM 42-Inch 4K Ultra HD 60Hz LED TV (Black) for $225

BurnCauz 66 93 April 26, 2016 at 11:19 PM in 4K TVs (6) More eBay Deals
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Last Edited by TattyBear April 27, 2016 at 08:56 AM
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#3
Finally went ahead and bit. 4k@60hz with 4:2:2 chroma is worth it. Theoretically, it also supports 4k@30hz with 4:4:4 chroma.
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300ms input lag. no thanks.
Here is a good review by a fellow slick dealer: http://www.overclock.net/t/156300...2um-thread
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I got this TV from the last FP deal when it was at BJs.com. I ended up returning it.

At first the input lag was so bad it was completely unusable. But the firmware update helped tremendously.

It does not support 4:4:4. I tried 4k@30hz as well, but still couldn't get it to do 4:4:4. It should support it in theory because it's got true HDMI 2.0, but no such luck. I have a 980ti and all the right cables... and I tried for several hours to tweak the picture to get it to work and could not.

Now the good news, 4K content looks amazing on this set. 4K YouTube was gorgeous. However doing work on this and using this on a monitor was pretty bad. The text just wasn't very sharp. I still think this TV was worth the money and a good deal, but I decided to return it and get a Samsung that supported 4:4:4 and the difference was HUGE. The Samsung is definitely capable of being a pretty good computer monitor (not as good as a "true" monitor, but good nonetheless). However this Seiki just couldn't cut it for me so it got returned.

Again, it's totally not fair to compare this Seiki to the Samsung because this Seiki was half the price and if you're just looking for a 4K screen for video watching, this Seiki is great. But if you're going to use this as a primary/secondary computer monitor, your money is better spent elsewhere.
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Last edited by erishun April 27, 2016 at 08:17 AM
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Quote from Manak1n View Post :
Finally went ahead and bit. 4k@60hz with 4:2:2 chroma is worth it. Theoretically, it also supports 4k@30hz with 4:4:4 chroma.
I've had this monitor for about a month and a half ago for $250 and I love it. I'm using it as a PC monitor for both gaming and work at home when I'm not in the office. Out of the box the response time is atrocious, but with the firmware update it's not bad at all. I'm using a Nvidia GTX 970SC and have the picture set to PC mode. There is only one HDMI 2.0 port (HDMI 3) that you will need to use if you want to get 60Hz at 4K. For the price it only has chroma 4:2:2 which kind of sucks but if you set your screen text at 150% it's not an issue reading text. Using it for gaming or watching 4K video (only Youtube really at this point) it's beautiful.

Here's a link for the firmware if you haven't checked the other postings for this monitor.

Firmware update required for reduced input lag PC mode [live.com]

Again, it's a great monitor with it's biggest issues being the lack of HDCP 2.2 (only had 2.0) so you can't use FireStick, or Roku 4. The 4:2:2 chroma only means at true 4K pixel for pixel some text is illegible, but not a big problem if you scale text a little larger. And thirdly, the response time is horrible UNTIL you update the firmware and then that problem is 100 percent solved. So if this is your only monitor and true 4K at 4:4:4 chroma is what you want, a monitor at a $225 price tag is not to be had, you'll need to spend at least double if not more depending on the screen size you want. But at this price, this is an excellent monitor.
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300ms input lag. no thanks.
Here is a good review by a fellow slick dealer: http://www.overclock.net/t/156300...2um-thread
With the firmware update this issue is irrelevant. Trust me I am using this monitor now and game on it without a problem. Out of the box it was as bad as everyone said though.
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I've had this monitor for about a month and a half ago for $250 and I love it. I'm using it as a PC monitor for both gaming and work at home when I'm not in the office. Out of the box the response time is atrocious, but with the firmware update it's not bad at all. I'm using a Nvidia GTX 970SC and have the picture set to PC mode. There is only one HDMI 2.0 port (HDMI 3) that you will need to use if you want to get 60Hz at 4K. For the price it only has chroma 4:2:2 which kind of sucks but if you set your screen text at 150% it's not an issue reading text. Using it for gaming or watching 4K video (only Youtube really at this point) it's beautiful.

Here's a link for the firmware if you haven't checked the other postings for this monitor.

Firmware update required for reduced input lag PC mode [live.com]

Again, it's a great monitor with it's biggest issues being the lack of HDCP 2.2 (only had 2.0) so you can't use FireStick, or Roku 4. The 4:2:2 chroma only means at true 4K pixel for pixel some text is illegible, but not a big problem if you scale text a little larger. And thirdly, the response time is horrible UNTIL you update the firmware and then that problem is 100 percent solved. So if this is your only monitor and true 4K at 4:4:4 chroma is what you want, a monitor at a $225 price tag is not to be had, you'll need to spend at least double if not more depending on the screen size you want. But at this price, this is an excellent monitor.
Thanks for the information will try it out for myself
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Quote from Manak1n View Post :
Finally went ahead and bit. 4k@60hz with 4:2:2 chroma is worth it. Theoretically, it also supports 4k@30hz with 4:4:4 chroma.
4:2:2 chroma only. I'm using a GTX 970 SC and have it connected on the HDMI 2.0 port, this monitor won't support it, otherwise it would be perfect. As is for $225 (I paid $250) it's an excellent monitor for gaming and computing, just scale text to around 150% for the best clarity.
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With the firmware update this issue is irrelevant. Trust me I am using this monitor now and game on it without a problem. Out of the box it was as bad as everyone said though.
Listen to this guy. Without the firmware update, it is bad. The firmware update should be MANDATORY. I love the tv.
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#11
avoid this! I bought it last time at $200 and had to flip it on CL. Sucks as a monitor, and isn't compatible with any device capable of 4K besides a PC...look up hdcp 2.2 ...this set doesn't support it
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Quote from nico07 View Post :
I've had this monitor for about a month and a half ago for $250 and I love it. I'm using it as a PC monitor for both gaming and work at home when I'm not in the office. Out of the box the response time is atrocious, but with the firmware update it's not bad at all. I'm using a Nvidia GTX 970SC and have the picture set to PC mode. There is only one HDMI 2.0 port (HDMI 3) that you will need to use if you want to get 60Hz at 4K. For the price it only has chroma 4:2:2 which kind of sucks but if you set your screen text at 150% it's not an issue reading text. Using it for gaming or watching 4K video (only Youtube really at this point) it's beautiful.

Here's a link for the firmware if you haven't checked the other postings for this monitor.

Firmware update required for reduced input lag PC mode [live.com]

Again, it's a great monitor with it's biggest issues being the lack of HDCP 2.2 (only had 2.0) so you can't use FireStick, or Roku 4. The 4:2:2 chroma only means at true 4K pixel for pixel some text is illegible, but not a big problem if you scale text a little larger. And thirdly, the response time is horrible UNTIL you update the firmware and then that problem is 100 percent solved. So if this is your only monitor and true 4K at 4:4:4 chroma is what you want, a monitor at a $225 price tag is not to be had, you'll need to spend at least double if not more depending on the screen size you want. But at this price, this is an excellent monitor.
why firestick cannot be used?
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why firestick cannot be used?
Because the latest one requires HDCP 2.2 on the television. As this television is older than HDCP 2.2, it has an earlier version. HDCP 2.2 is basically the latest copy protection format adopted by the media industry. As long as your connected device doesn't have HDCP 2.2 then you should be okay.
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Quote from micahman33 View Post :
avoid this! I bought it last time at $200 and had to flip it on CL. Sucks as a monitor, and isn't compatible with any device capable of 4K besides a PC...look up hdcp 2.2 ...this set doesn't support it
Really it just depends on what type of device you are wanting to connect to it, and if you need full 60Hz at 4K. Truthfully there just isn't a lot of 4K content anywhere, I mean you can get a few shows on Netflix with a premium subscription or a UHD bluray player with a selection of a dozen or so movies. I have this monitor and it's great for what it is. I have it connected to my GTX 970 SC with no issues. It also supports our Nvidia Shield Android TV with 4K, not to mention PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, WDTV, etc.

Technically you can get a 4K 42" television with HDCP 2.2 from other manufacturers, but it's going to be at a premium. By the point there is any real abundance of 4K content there will likely be newer standards in 4K televisions and HDCP for that matter. So a television like this is a great stop gap for the next few years especially for this price. If you've found some better 4K television/monitor for the price let me know. But then again if you have a 4K Fire Stick or Roku 4K that you intend to use then yes, look for a more expensive television than this one.
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#15
Bad reviews everywhere, but at $225 without tax, you get a 42 inch 4K TV.

In some recent reviews, owners say the latest firmware update improves a few of the issues like input lag.
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