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Posted 2nd Dec 2018
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Price: £359.97 (was £349.97 for pre-orders)
Released: 19/20th Dec 2018. Unboxing/Hands-on/Reviews pending.



Update (it's long, so get your scroll on...)

Since these didn't sellout on the first day, I decided to put a little more time into research of the product and provide a pre review. In my defense the following is speculative as the information has not really been forthcoming. There are a number of incongruities on the product listing and you won't find the product discussed anywhere else; ElectriQ website apparently not something they update as regularly as their downstream. I'm not an expert fact finder, nor some panel master guru who just knows what's what here, so I'll take the community's help in pointing out my mistakes. And without further a do...


Panel
There appears to only be one 35", 21:9, 1440p panel on the market, and that's the AU Optronics M350QVR01. It's used in all the 35", 21:9, 1440 monitors where I have found the panel number (ASUS RoG Strix, HP Omen X 35, BenQ EX3501R, AOC AGON352UCG & UCG6, Compared Here) and several others presumably use this, most notably the Massdrop Vast 35 which appears to be the same monitor as this one (more on that later).

There are at least two variants of the M350QVR01, the .0 and .1, which are the same panel but the .1 has smaller boarders. There's also rumour of a .2 where AUO were probably aiming at higher refresh rates 144 or 200.

The assumption is therefore that this monitor has a .1, which has a 4ms g2g and 2500:1 contrast ratio. The Vast is sold as 2ms overdrive, presumably this is the same. And the 3000:1 contrast would be it's an actual dynamic range See Review Discussing Contrast of Vast.

Across the various products the panel seems to hold up well to review. The M350QVR01 with 1800R, 35", 1440p and 100hz, good contrast, decent colour and fairly low response times seems to do the job nicely.

Externals
The rest of the product looks identical to the Massdrop Vast 35, (Presumably without aluminium for the front piece). There's some confusion about the ports this unit has, presumably it has the same as the Massdrop: 1DP, 1 HDMI 2.0, 2 HDMI 1.4 and Aux Out. The listing has four or five different places where it tells us what ports it has, and these vary widly including DVI, USB, Aux In, and speakers (which the Vast doesn't have). There's a genuine case that you'll have been missold if you buy this now and anything mentioned is missing, specifically the DVI, the speakers and USB. The stand looks pretty decent but apparently can creek and would be better if it swivelled around the horizontal (turned to face you) which would be more useful than rotating 90° vertical (eye popping as that is), with neither being necessary. VESA is an option anyway, but most will be satisfied with what's supplied unless they already have a better mount to use. The toggle to interact with the menu is probably fixed so you move in the direction you press.

Commentary/Reviews
Generally the (limited) reviews of the Massdrop Vast are favourable, with commentators admiring it for its ability to provide smooth, immersive gameplay and good colour reproduction at a good size and resolution. Links in comments, thanks @uberjuba . There appears to be minimum to no light bleed, but significant clouding (lighter patches throughout the screen rather than coming from the edge), but it only really becomes noticeable in the darkest scenes or when watching 16:9 content (as that has two black bars on either side). To me it didn't look like a deal breaker at this price point. Lots of the praise went to the format: 35", 21:9, 1440p as being extremely productive. Scrolling through the comments of Massdrop Vast drop (thread) you find many users with dead pixel returns, followed by replacements also with dead pixels, and people with clouding. I didn't notice anything too sinister, but review for yourself. It should be noted that while this is likely to have the same components as the Vast, this may be picked from a cheaper bin. It's certainly a later bin than round 1, so who knows... Vast also seems to have reasonable customer support, and claims to be community driven, so all-in-all living in the US and buying this from them a year ago for $550 dollars would have been a better deal.

Considering the least fun bit of buying this is monitor is predicted to be communicating with laptopsdirect in case of issue, especially if wanting a return without cause (as that's going to waste some of your money and lots of time), maybe it won't be so bad if this is actually missing the things listed/pictured and you paid say via PayPal on a credit card (or either), again, I'll take your commentary on that please HUKD! For what it's worth, hopefully laptopsdirect fix the listing and notify buyers. Even the product manual you can download from their listing has a different number from the one they list. Honestly it's a mess.

Conclusion
There's tons more to say, but it mostly relies on knowing precisely which panel this has. Everything said is either general to the format or based on an 'it looks like this' comparison. What I can say, still speculating, is that, despite being listed as a gaming monitor I would promote this as a risk takers, budget, decent all-rounder. The one to get if you want a monitor that will do most things well enough, and if you don't want to pay out lots more on a better known brand or for a more trustworthy supplier. The Samsung 34" 1440 75hz Amazon Listing which is OOS priced at £399, is probably the non risk taker option if you still want most of the benefits of this monitor. 2019 may bring an equivalent product with only a relatively small extra cost, but it may not. I think a more likely (sucky) scenario is that it brings better products (e.g. 144hz and lower response times) that just aren't too much more expensive ~£500. All things said, I think it's a buy.

Here's what I think suits various activities.... and where this monitor fits.

Gaming
Pro gamers need (as a minimum) TN panel, 16:9, 22-24inch, 1ms, 144hz (and G-Sync). This isn't the monitor for them. Even if they decided to invest in a 21:9 for a game they stream that supports a wider FOV, they should be shelling out more than double this price.

For the casual gamer you'll want 21:9 as many popular titles support it, in many cases it actually gives your a wider field of view, and makes it feel more immersive. VR might be an alternative too. 1440p is not as essential here, but will give you a better experience. Arguably dropping to a 29" UWHD (1080p) would probably be a nice cheaper comprise. Ignore Freesync, unless you already own an AMD GPU, just get an NVIDIA 1070 (go up or down one from here based on budget and enthusiasm) and you'll be getting a good frame rate in most games in a high enough mode (note: input lag is a major unknown for this product, and the image certainly won't be blur free with an overdriven 2ms response time). You'll probably want to bin the provided DP cable if you end up with screen tearing, and at least try a better one before blaming something else.

Content Creation & Visuals
Pro content creators will want a flat, IPS, 16:9, 4K screen, at about 30-35". For the causal creator, less concerned with knowing exactly how their work will look displayed on a 4k TV or IRL, you'll probably find benefit more from the productivity section. The colour reproduction and viewing angles here are likely to be decent enough. Calibration of the panel may be required, but for non pros doing this by eye (or based on reviewer advice) is likely to be sufficient for your own satisfaction and is adjustable in the menu.

Productivity & All-Round
For professional productivity, 21:9 might win, especially at 1440p, 35" and a tight arc like 1800R (as this is likely to be). Bigger 21:9 screens get further out of eye sight, and smaller screens gets less comfortable for having 3 windows side by side. A 1080 vertical feels cramped to many commentators at this width, and 4k would likely need scaling. Three 24" FHD monitors would be cheaper (I nearly bought three curved Samsungs for £330 total plus a £30 triple arm) but for gaming this gives a warp speed affect in most games (if supported) and you still lose the vertical real estate. With a potential for even wider aspect ratio screens becoming preferred and supported, three monitors might end up a great, cheap immersive solution as they don't have the fatal floor of the next option. (Of course you could buy two flat, cheap monitors + 1 half decent main screen, for what, as low as half the price here, and be quite satisfied as an all-rounder, so this is still a luxury choice.) The next option is two 27inch QHD monitors, and that would be a close match in this category. A cheap brand would probably be a similar price. The flaw would be under appreciating having the middle of the screen space available to be used as the middle, rather than where two edges meet. You can even game on two monitors with your bezels center screen, but dear god no, I don't think I've seen bezel slim enough for this.

I love lazily fullscreening my windows each to a screen, and when screen sharing being able to pick one screen to share, so you may lose that convenience. There are software solutions that can help get windows where you want on the screen, but multiple screens does make this easier. Finally, a larger 4k screen (upto 40") might be more productive for some people, and some people will say a 40inch, 16:9, 4k monitor is perfection for productivity and content creation and only isn't optimal for gaming because of how intensive it is to game in 4k (not to mention if you're going with IPS your not getting TN response times). You can probably find a chroma 4:4:4, 40", 4k TV that would be cheaper than this if you're happy with 60hz, (though don't think that'll automatically be good for pro content creation). It would have more screen real estate and more of it closer to you eyes (rather than off in the periphery), but in my opinion multi tasking benefits from the larger horizontal space of a 21:9 especially if you're already at 1440p.

Final Thoughts
Take a punt on this if you have the stomach for the ambiguity, risk and potential hassle, if it's also a meaningful upgrade, and if you want the best all-rounder monitor format for the least cash, at least today.



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Pros:
35" 21:9
3440x1440
100hz refresh rate (Freesync)
Stand with tilt, height and rotation (VESA 100 if preferred)
DP cable included

Cons:
Laptopsdirect
New, so no reviews
Silver bezel
Earliest delivery 21 Dec cost £4.95, otherwise early Jan is free

Other:
VA Panel, 2ms, 3000:1 contrast (presumably Samsung)
New to Which?, £1 trial for a £10 discount (remember to cancel!)
DVI, 2 x HDMI, DisplayPort
Supports consoles (remember, consoles don't do 21:9 or QHD)


Alternatives:
~£300 LG 34" 21:9 WFHD
~£400 Samsung 34" 21:9 WQHD (out of stock)
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What is displaying this kind of resolution like for mid range cards?
MrSprkle19 m ago

What is displaying this kind of resolution like for mid range cards?


Nonspecific answer: WQHD is about 2.5x the number of pixels of FHD.
MrSprkle02/12/2018 10:57

What is displaying this kind of resolution like for mid range cards?


If you’re meaning GTX1060/RX580, not great! You’ll be lucky to get 60fps+ without severely cutting graphical fidelity!

I’d say you’d need a 1070 (or even 1080) or VEGA 56 to be close to the 100fps.

If you’re rocking a mid range card and have no plans to upgrade, just get a 2560x1080p ultra wide and that way your frame rate won’t change!
MrSprkle24 m ago

What is displaying this kind of resolution like for mid range cards?


Easier than 4k, harder than 1440p. If you're wanting to run games at high or ultra then I'd think a 1070 is the minimum you'll need.
Has anyone actually got one? I'm super tempted by this but never heard of the brand
same monitor, bear in mind theyre saying its a good buy at 550 dollars

i've taken the hit. i'll let you know what it's like when it arrives



I have the ElectriQ 34” 2K model, and in terms of the contrast and brightness it just lacks a little luster. Don't get me wrong it's still a great monitor but compared to my Samsung c24fg7's it doesn't compare.
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Can anyone recommend me a monitor for the Xbox one X?
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joeyjoejoe02/12/2018 11:58

Has anyone actually got one? I'm super tempted by this but never heard of …Has anyone actually got one? I'm super tempted by this but never heard of the brand



The brand has a TERRIBLE reputation for poor build quality and reliability.

Seriously, I cannot say TERRIBLE in a large enough font.

As for YT reviews; about as trustworthy as that orange haired guy.

AFAIK it is a no-name Turkish brand.

My guess is that they buy up parts that sort of work, but failed QC for other brands; as several budget UK HiFi companies used to do, and as several budget Chinese phone makers do even today.

Why do I make this guess?? Because none of their models are ever on sale long enough to get a sizeable number of reviews from legitimate buyers/review websites; and the few strip-down reviews I came across of other (earlier), models showed multiple different parts used in supposedly identical monitors.

Barge-pole - Touch - Woulnd'nt.
EmperorRosko1 h, 38 m ago

If you’re meaning GTX1060/RX580, not great! You’ll be lucky to get 60fps+ w …If you’re meaning GTX1060/RX580, not great! You’ll be lucky to get 60fps+ without severely cutting graphical fidelity!I’d say you’d need a 1070 (or even 1080) or VEGA 56 to be close to the 100fps.If you’re rocking a mid range card and have no plans to upgrade, just get a 2560x1080p ultra wide and that way your frame rate won’t change!


I have a sammy 34” uwqhd and it runs great with a 1070. If u are doing majority processing work sprwadsheets et al it will be ok on a lesser card, but for gaming a 1070 is a minimum. A 2070 may be best.
As one of the ones who got the X34P @ £620, I would not myself say that this would be such a bad option either given the price of it. Not that I disagree with these comments about the questionable quality and reliability. Or the panel possibly having some defect(s). Certainly it is more of a gamble. But one of the reasons i'm saying you should not dismiss this, is because at twice the price, my one, which is considered the very best on the market, it does not actually guarantee its 120hz speed. After a while there is a good chance it will degrade to 100hz. Which the acer warranty does not cover.... and this has happened to quite a few other x34p owners. So my point is: that there really still isnt an ideal ultrawide monitor on the market yet. Even now, after all this time in 2018. So there will always be some compromise, whichever model you end up going for. (unless you are one of those fewer people who are ok with 1080p, for gaming only. but most of us aren't). So then, at least at 350. Then it shall leave about 1/2 the bitterness / bad taste in the mouth afterwards. When you encounter an issue. And you still should have a 1 year warranty UK consumer laws.

And that is where the problem lies actually. I would say that buying from the laptops direct company. They are problematic to deal with if there is some issue or warranty claim. They are probably not such a good company. Just read their small print. It's terrible. Cannot seem to get this deal from other retailers. If it were from a more reputable shop, then it would be easier to recommend.
34" ✓
Ultrawide ✓
1440p ✓
100Hz x
Electriq brand x
Laptops Direct x

It's 44Hz from being the perfect monitor oh and the panel quality, er I guess that matters a lot as well

There is a Samsung hovering around this price, but no one can say how good it is yet, so I reserve judgement. Experience tells me to check many reviews of this monitor as the brand has a poor reputation.

I think this is the one I'm thinking about >

amazon.co.uk/Sam…c=1


Nothing spectacular about the Samsung though, no Freesync, 75Hz, meh, don't like it.
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EmperorRosko3 h, 9 m ago

If you’re meaning GTX1060/RX580, not great! You’ll be lucky to get 60fps+ w …If you’re meaning GTX1060/RX580, not great! You’ll be lucky to get 60fps+ without severely cutting graphical fidelity!I’d say you’d need a 1070 (or even 1080) or VEGA 56 to be close to the 100fps.If you’re rocking a mid range card and have no plans to upgrade, just get a 2560x1080p ultra wide and that way your frame rate won’t change!


Yeah an RX580.. will stick to a 1080p model
deleted129396002/12/2018 12:34

The brand has a TERRIBLE reputation for poor build quality and …The brand has a TERRIBLE reputation for poor build quality and reliability.Seriously, I cannot say TERRIBLE in a large enough font.As for YT reviews; about as trustworthy as that orange haired guy.AFAIK it is a no-name Turkish brand.My guess is that they buy up parts that sort of work, but failed QC for other brands; as several budget UK HiFi companies used to do, and as several budget Chinese phone makers do even today.Why do I make this guess?? Because none of their models are ever on sale long enough to get a sizeable number of reviews from legitimate buyers/review websites; and the few strip-down reviews I came across of other (earlier), models showed multiple different parts used in supposedly identical monitors.Barge-pole - Touch - Woulnd'nt.


So, you're trying to say it's not that good?
dreamcat413 m ago

As one of the ones who got the X34P @ £620, I would not myself say that …As one of the ones who got the X34P @ £620, I would not myself say that this would be such a bad option either given the price of it. Not that I disagree with these comments about the questionable quality and reliability. Or the panel possibly having some defect(s). Certainly it is more of a gamble. But one of the reasons i'm saying you should not dismiss this, is because at twice the price, my one, which is considered the very best on the market, it does not actually guarantee its 120hz speed. After a while there is a good chance it will degrade to 100hz. Which the acer warranty does not cover.... and this has happened to quite a few other x34p owners. So my point is: that there really still isnt an ideal ultrawide monitor on the market yet. Even now, after all this time in 2018. So there will always be some compromise, whichever model you end up going for. (unless you are one of those fewer people who are ok with 1080p, for gaming only. but most of us aren't). So then, at least at 350. Then it shall leave about 1/2 the bitterness / bad taste in the mouth afterwards. When you encounter an issue. And you still should have a 1 year warranty UK consumer laws.And that is where the problem lies actually. I would say that buying from the laptops direct company. They are problematic to deal with if there is some issue or warranty claim. They are probably not such a good company. Just read their small print. It's terrible. Cannot seem to get this deal from other retailers. If it were from a more reputable shop, then it would be easier to recommend.


LG are possibly the closest. You can have 5K ultrawide with HDR (although not done properly) or 4K with 120Hz Gsync. £1100-£1500 and still not got all the specs.
good specs, but the branch though
fishmaster02/12/2018 14:28

34" ✓Ultrawide ✓1440p ✓100Hz xElectriq brand xLaptops Direct …34" ✓Ultrawide ✓1440p ✓100Hz xElectriq brand xLaptops Direct xIt's 44Hz from being the perfect monitor oh and the panel quality, er I guess that matters a lot as well There is a Samsung hovering around this price, but no one can say how good it is yet, so I reserve judgement. Experience tells me to check many reviews of this monitor as the brand has a poor reputation.I think this is the one I'm thinking about >https://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-LS34J550WQUXEN-34-Inch-LED-Monitor/dp/B07J4CZYND/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1543761056&sr=1-2-spons&keywords=samsung+34"+monitor&psc=1Nothing spectacular about the Samsung though, no Freesync, 75Hz, meh, don't like it.



i have that samsung monitor and can attest that for the price it is decent. no regrets but it is only 60hz and that to me lacks in many games i play.
uberjuba3 m ago

i have that samsung monitor and can attest that for the price it is …i have that samsung monitor and can attest that for the price it is decent. no regrets but it is only 60hz and that to me lacks in many games i play.



I'm not much of a gamer anymore. The Mac Mini 2014 I have can run two monitors at 1440P fine but can only do one monitor at 4K @ 30 FPS, which means 1440P for me is the current sweet spot. I want the option of gaming in the future though so 60Hz/75Hz are no good. Guess I'm looking at £600+ for the monitor I want or I go for a smaller screen, smaller ultrawide though, hmm not sure. Ultrawide looks right at this size not sure I'd want smaller. 29" nope don't like it.
Been this price and lower for over a year now.
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8ANNED02/12/2018 14:34

So, you're trying to say it's not that good?



I was looking at the brand about 4 years ago, as I am too poor to keep up these days. you think it is hard to find reviews now; it was all but impossible then.

Eventually I found a US forum where a member had said he'd ordered 6 for his small company office; 4 packed up within 3 months, and 3 of the 4 replacements packed up in the next 3 months, and that none of them last 12 months, not even the replacements for the replacements.

In general, it is not the actual screen that is the issue; most modern screens are made by only a handful of 1st tier makers, (LG, Samsung, etc), and a 3rd rate (Turkish?) outfit called Vestel, who also make 2nd tier screens for the big brand's budget models.
It is the electronics driving those screens where the poor quality shows up.
It may not be a x34a or z35p, but its less than half the price... If they accept returns on dead pixel units, I'd jump on it. But already have 2 3440 monitors
deleted129396002/12/2018 16:20

I was looking at the brand about 4 years ago, as I am too poor to keep up …I was looking at the brand about 4 years ago, as I am too poor to keep up these days. you think it is hard to find reviews now; it was all but impossible then.Eventually I found a US forum where a member had said he'd ordered 6 for his small company office; 4 packed up within 3 months, and 3 of the 4 replacements packed up in the next 3 months, and that none of them last 12 months, not even the replacements for the replacements.In general, it is not the actual screen that is the issue; most modern screens are made by only a handful of 1st tier makers, (LG, Samsung, etc), and a 3rd rate (Turkish?) outfit called Vestel, who also make 2nd tier screens for the big brand's budget models.It is the electronics driving those screens where the poor quality shows up.


I'm still not sure if you're saying good or bad.
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8ANNED02/12/2018 17:00

I'm still not sure if you're saying good or bad.



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Panda22102/12/2018 16:10

Been this price and lower for over a year now.


Due for release on 21st December 2018at this pre order price, but also out for over a year. Put the acid down :/
uberjuba02/12/2018 20:01

Due for release on 21st December 2018at this pre order price, but also out …Due for release on 21st December 2018at this pre order price, but also out for over a year. Put the acid down :/


Well I didn’t look at the model number but a 3440 x 1440 100hz IPS Electriq has been out for ages lol.
Panda2216 m ago

Well I didn’t look at the model number but a 3440 x 1440 100hz IPS E …Well I didn’t look at the model number but a 3440 x 1440 100hz IPS Electriq has been out for ages lol.



can you show us where? i'd be interested in that too
uberjuba02/12/2018 12:08

same monitor, bear in mind theyre saying its a good buy at 550 dollars same monitor, bear in mind theyre saying its a good buy at 550 dollars i've taken the hit. i'll let you know what it's like when it arrives [Video] [Video] [Video]


Are you sure they are the same monitor as the Vast which is only sold in the US or is the panel the same as the previous electriq 34 inch ultrawide that I returned months ago because of a pink hue on each side?
jesu1302/12/2018 20:45

Are you sure they are the same monitor as the Vast which is only sold in …Are you sure they are the same monitor as the Vast which is only sold in the US or is the panel the same as the previous electriq 34 inch ultrawide that I returned months ago because of a pink hue on each side?



well unless they've ductaped an extra inch of screen to the old panel i doubt its the old one. other than a couple of elements which are slightly off, yes it appears to be the same product but that could be typos. i'm guessing theyve probably made the bezel from plastic rather than vasts aluminium and a few other tweaks but checking on the yt reviews and electriq manual, even the ui seems identical. if their not exactly the same rebranded i would guess they are sister models at least. luckily i showed a friend n he pointed out to me that it appears to be the vast so kudos on him
uberjuba15 m ago

well unless they've ductaped an extra inch of screen to the old panel i …well unless they've ductaped an extra inch of screen to the old panel i doubt its the old one. other than a couple of elements which are slightly off, yes it appears to be the same product but that could be typos. i'm guessing theyve probably made the bezel from plastic rather than vasts aluminium and a few other tweaks but checking on the yt reviews and electriq manual, even the ui seems identical. if their not exactly the same rebranded i would guess they are sister models at least. luckily i showed a friend n he pointed out to me that it appears to be the vast so kudos on him


Except it looks like they've fixed the awful buttons
Less ports than the vast model too
joeyjoejoe3rd Dec 2018

Less ports than the vast model too


I thought that but checked the manual and it shows exactly the same. 3 hdmi 1dp and a phono

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the 1 year warranty puts me off or I would take a punt on this.
davegee34 m ago

the 1 year warranty puts me off or I would take a punt on this.


This is definitely an option where you're most screwed if it's not prefect, second only to second hand. Still, it's cheap!
God damn it I'm so tempted by this! I've just got a rtx 2080 and want a better monitor for it! My current one is 1080p so need something to tax the gfx card a bit more! Really don't know whether to go with this or not ahhb
I really want to bite. Does anyone know if this actually is HDR like the link says? Or is it just going to be some poor marketing ploy (eg beneath vesa displayhdr 400)?

Edit: Messaged the website, hopefully they'll respond.
Edited by: "VicVinegar" 6th Dec 2018
VicVinegar29 m ago

I really want to bite. Does anyone know if this actually is HDR like the …I really want to bite. Does anyone know if this actually is HDR like the link says? Or is it just going to be some poor marketing ploy (eg beneath vesa displayhdr 400)?Edit: Messaged the website, hopefully they'll respond.


It's 300nits, so it's marketing. It'll support HDR, and basically increase the contrast at the expense of colour. I'd suggest looking at reviews of the BenQ with this panel and HDR to see what I mean.
I have emailed them 3 times asking if it will definitely be in stock for December 21st..not 1 reply so im afraid its a no from me.
davegee26 m ago

I have emailed them 3 times asking if it will definitely be in stock for …I have emailed them 3 times asking if it will definitely be in stock for December 21st..not 1 reply so im afraid its a no from me.


Same here, shocking customer service and losing business. I was willing to take the risk but now i wont go near them.

Imagine you needed to get in touch for refund or issues!!
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