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REVIEW / LG Flatron E2350V

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Alexandre Botella Published on February 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) 1 / 1 / 1 / 0
  • Other details Headphone jack
LG has launched the E2350V, a 23'' monitor with a Full HD display and LED backlighting.  This technology allows for finer control of the screen's energy consumption (see inset), but also trims the frame down to just 17 mm.  Of course, moving the transformer to a separate unit also saves space--but takes up more room on your desk. 

Hardware: traditional stand or photo frame

It's difficult not to think that LG's design team hasn't been inspired by Samsung's monitors: the glossy black frame is there, as well as a thin purple strip that reminded us of the one on the SyncMaster Txxx series.  More surprising, though, is the stand: it can either sit on a regular mount, or fold out to support the monitor like a photo frame.  That means you can either use the E2350V as a traditional desktop monitor, or as a secondary display for a laptop, meaning both screens will be at the same height. 

Everything else is disappointingly traditional though: the standard trio of VGA, DVI and HDMI inputs are all at the back, but there are no speakers.  You can recover sound from the HDMI signal and use the headphone jack to listen to it, but it's at the back, so not that easy to use.

Responseness: gamers should look elsewhere

Coloured   Transparent
Average ghosting over ten frames

Our tests confirmed the response time of 5 ms given in LG's documentation.  That means the E2350V won't be able to accurately reproduce the rapid movements that are so important for enjoying FPS games.  You'll have to stick to using it for desktop activities instead, or for titles that don't need a particularly responsive display like platform or strategy games.  If you like online gaming, you'll be glad to know that the input lag is small enough to go unnoticed, so it won't hold you back at your next LAN party.

Colours: factory settings are wrong--and you can't fix them


Default Colours

Ideal Colours
Compare the LG Flatron E2350V to other LCD monitors in our Product Face-Off

Getting colours right is important for displays with a 5 ms response time, as they can't fall back on gamers if they're not up to doing detailed graphics work.  LG hasn't been too kind to its 23'', though, and by default, the colours suffer from a strong blue tinge, and it's impossible to get rid of it using the onscreen menu. 

The best we could manage was a deltaE of 5.0, which is way too high when we normally expect that value, which represents the gap between the shades requested by the graphics card and those actually displayed, to be below 3.0 before it's invisible to the naked eye.  In a pleasant surprise, though, the E2350V has a contrast that climbs above 1000:1, which is an excellent ratio for a monitor.
Eco-friendly?
The LG E2350V is the first monitor to receive the UL GOLD label, confirming its eco-friendly status. Some of you--and I'm the first to join in--wonder whether these awards actually mean anything. They're currently exploding in the technology sector in the same way they did for food a few years ago.

This particular label seems more rigorous than most though, and UL Environment conducted an audit of LG's entire manufacturing process, from checking the documentation to testing samples, as well as confirming the monitor's Energy Star status--and right down to visiting its factories.

If you visit the auditor's site, you can see how many points LG's monitor was awarded in every section. For instance, while you can recycle 90% of the materials used to make and package the E2350V, the monitor itself wasn't manufactured using reused or recycled plastics.

With this certification for the E2350V, we can be confident that the monitor complies with the current standards for sustainable development.

That doesn't make it perfect though: its manufacture may have respected the environment, but that doesn't make it the most efficient monitor we've seen. It uses less than screens that are backlit by fluorescent tubes, but compared to the Acer S243HL, another LED screen, it needs an extra 6 W, which will make themselves felt in your electricity bill at the end of the year.

PROS

  • Better than average contrast
  • Energy consumption under control
  • Three year guarantee
  • Traditional stand or photo frame

CONS

  • TN panel, so poor vertical viewing angles
  • Colours not very accurate

CONCLUSION 3/5

This monitor is friendly to the planet ... but not to the images you display onscreen.
3 LG Flatron E2350V DigitalVersus 2010-02-26 00:00:00
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