Hardware: looks good, but that's about it
We're sure that the E2260's sleek design will be popular with lots of people, but that doesn't necessarily make it easy to use. Only a decent selection of connections can save the day, and LG has included VGA, DVI and HDMI video inputs, along with a line out. As there are no built-in speakers, you'll need to use that to pick up the sound carried by the HDMI signal to listen to it on headphones or send it on to a 2.0 or 2.1 speaker system.
Responsiveness: gamers should look elsewhere
No surprises here: you can only hope to use a 5 ms TN panel like this for office work. This type of monitor just can't display the sort of fast movements you see in FPS games smoothly. The E2260 clearly isn't designed to impress gamers, but for browsing the web or editing documents on the other hand it's perfectly fine.
If you insist on using this monitor for multi-player gaming, than you should know that the delay between it receiving a signal and displaying it isn't a problem. In short, its input lag is low enough to not have a negative impact on your performance.
Colours: calibration compulsory
Before we even got it into the lab, we could tell something was wrong with this monitor: skin tones looked purple, rather than a rosy pink. Our measurements confirmed our first impressions, and showed that, amongst other problems, the E2260V suffers from a strong blue tinge. Further testing revealed that its gamma curve is also out of place, leading to shades of grey which are too light or too dark. Its deltaE score, the difference between the ideal colours and those shown on the screen, is over 7.0, whereas this value should be below 3.0 for its colours to qualify as accurate.
deltaE before and after calibration
The contrast ratio is just as disappointing: the E2260V doesn't get above 815:1, meaning it doesn't even reach the average for monitors we've tested, which is 850:1. Worse still, when you reduce the brightness to 200 cd/m², the contrast ratio falls even further.
- Sleek design with ultra-slim profile
- Low input lag
- Colours aren't accurate
- TN panel, so poor vertical viewing angles
The E2260V might well look good, but it just doesn't offer the performance to be a worthwhile buy. If you're still tempted by the sleek design, whatever you do, make sure you use it with a calibration profile.