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REVIEW / LG Flatron E2340T

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Alexandre Botella Published on March 26, 2010
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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Screen size 23 inches
  • Panel type TN
  • Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Response time 5 ms
  • Inputs (HDMI / DVI / VGA / Component) 0 / 1 / 1 / 0
  • Other details N/A
From a quick glance at its spec, the LG Flatron E2340T is a 23-inch Full HD monitor that doesn't look like anything special. This model does, however, mark a turning point in the history of the LCD monitor, as it proves that LED technology is now within the grasp of the entry-level market.

Design and handling: DVI & VGA

With its glossy black finish, and at less than 3 cm thick, the E2340T is one very stylish monitor. The price to pay for such a slim design is, however, the presence of an external power block. The stand’s height cannot be adjusted and there’s no portrait mode, all you can do is tilt the screen backwards and forwards slightly. Connections consist of VGA and DVI ports for video, and nothing for audio. So even when you consider its low power consumption (thanks to the LED backlighting) there’s still not much on offer in this monitor.

Responsiveness: TN panel + 5 ms = office computing


Coloured   Transparent
Average ghosting
over ten frames

Since the product’s being marketed as a TN panel with a 5 ms response time, we could never really expect it to blow us away. The tests merely served to confirm this too, as the monitor is unable to display fast movements or action sequences in a smooth and seamless way. It’s therefore best relegated to the realm of office computing and web browsing.

It’s a shame too, as its input lag is sufficiently low for online gaming.

Colours: a final hope, a final let-down
Default colours

Ideal colours
Compare the E2340T to other LCD monitors in our product Face-Off


With its poor design and handling, and a sluggish response time, colour rendition was this monitor’s last chance to impress. Unfortunately, here too the E2340T is nothing to write home about. The default colours have a heavy blue tinge and brightness is poorly managed in the grey scale. The result is a deltaE value that’s touching 7, bearing in mind that the deltaE should be less than 3 for the colours to look accurate. That makes calibration essential, and as there’s no hope of fixing things via the internal menu, you’ll have to look for a calibration profile to download.

The contrast ratio is one of this monitor’s few saving graces as it easily reaches 1000:1.
The rise of LED backlighting
Back in 2008, LED backlighting was only found in screens aimed at the higher end of the market. Monitors with LED backlighting were being sold at almost twice the price of monitors with regular cold cathode tube systems, even though the picture quality wasn’t necessarily any better.

In 2009, LED technology improved to provide equivalent-quality results to cold cathode tubes, but with the added benefit of reduced power consumption.

So although the E2340T may not look like anything special, it marks a turning point in the history of the LCD monitor, as it proves that LED backlighting is now creeping its way into entry-level monitors.

Given that manufacturers are now able to produce budget monitors with LED backlighting, it looks like after ten years of loyal service, the days of the cold cathode system are finally numbered.

PROS

  • Above-average contrast
  • Low power consumption

CONS

  • TN panel with smaller viewing angles and screen darkness
  • Inaccurate colours
  • Poor design & handling

CONCLUSION 2/5

It’s attractive, consumes hardly any power and is capable of displaying accurate colours after total recalibration. If that’s all you’re looking for, then fine, but our product survey is packed with models offering much better performances.
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