Review: LG Flatron M2380DF

Our score: 3/5
Reviewed: July 25, 2010 11:00 PM
 
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Published: July 25, 2010 11:00 PM
By Alexandre Botella
After the M2794D, which didn't exactly make a huge impression, LG is back with a new generation of hybrid TV/monitors, and the M2380DF leading the charge. 

It's a 23'' with a Full HD TN panel and LED backlighting—as well, of course, as a Freeview HD tuner.

Hardware: plenty of video inputs


Like other hybrid TV/monitors, the M2380DF has lots of video inputs.  At the back, there are two HDMI ports, VGA, SCART and component video.  That's more than enough to connect a PC, a DVD player and a games console for instance.

Unusually for a 23'' monitor, there's a media player that can access content on a USB key or an external hard drive, giving you access to JPEG photos, MP3 music and MKV, AVI or DivX video without having to turn your computer on.  It's a shame that LG didn't go further and include a height-adjustable stand—that would have made it easier to face the screen without having to suffer from the poor vertical vision angles caused by the TN display.

Colours: watch out!

The monitor's HDMI inputs can produce rather unpleasant results when it's connected to a PC.  We recommend you try the VGA port if you want to use it as a computer monitor.

Measured Colours

Ideal Colours
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Unfortunately, we didn't even have to start our lab tests to see that this monitor can't reproduce colours accurately.  It's most obvious in flesh tones which show a purple tinge.  The tab results confirmed our first impressions, and we recorded a deltaE of 6.1.  With colours like that, you could end up with some nasty surprises the next time you order a shirt online ...


More worryingly, despite all of the settings available in the menu, we couldn't find a way to adjust them to produce satisfactory results.  Although moving the colours from Lively to Natural mode makes for a small improvement, things still aren't perfect.  The only hope for more accurate colours is by opting for a calibration profile.

On the other hand, its contrast ratio is above average.  At 1000:1, it's one of the best monitors we've seen in this area.

Responsiveness: 5 ms not for FPS

Coloured   Transparent
Average ghosting
over 10 frames

Once again, LG has put no thought into improving things for gamers.  Like the majority of hybrid TV/monitors we've tested until now, the M2380DF isn't responsive enough to accurately produce rapid movements on screen, limiting its use for anything other than office work or relatively undemanding platform games.

Its input lag is below the threshold of human perception, so you won't have any problems with multiplayer gaming. 

Movies

The M2380DF's inability to reproduce colours accurately penalises it here as well.  Even in Cinema mode, the deltaE is above 6.0, but we'd expect it to be below 3.0 to produce neutral results.  Unfortunately, it's impossible to correct for this with a calibration profile when you're using the M2380DF as a display for a DVD player or IPTV setup, so you'll have to make do with these poor results.


Upscaling SD sources isn't much better, and produces pretty ropey results because there's no graphics correction chip.  There is a noise reduction feature, but we couldn't see any difference between when it was turned on and when it wasn't.  As we say so often, you need to rely on your source to do the upscaling and send a 1080p signal straight to the screen.
3/5 LG Flatron M2380DF DigitalVersus 2010-07-26 00:00:00

Pros

  • Lots of inputs
  • Media player
  • Good contrast ratio

Cons

  • Colours aren't accurate
  • TN panel, so poor vertical viewing angles
  • Poor upscaling of SD sources

Conclusion

Another failure! With colours that aren't accurate by default and that can't be tweaked using the settings coupled with mediocre upscaling of SD sources, even a decent media player and a wide range of video inputs can't save the day.

OUR SCORE 3/5
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