Product Survey: 22’’ LCD monitors (2006-2008)

REVIEW / LG Flatron W2252TQ

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Vincent Alzieu
Alexandre Botella
Published on May 29, 2008
Updated on May 29, 2008
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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Screen size 22 inches
  • Panel type TN
  • Resolution 1680 x 1050 pixels
  • Response time 2 ms
  • Inputs (HDMI / DVI / VGA / Component) 0 / 1 / 1 / 0
  • Other details 0
Someone recently asked me how could I get excited about a monitor, particularly a 22'', when they all look alike? The answer lies in the excellent surprises we sometimes encounter, good are bad.  This time, LG is spoiling us.  What should have been just another 2 ms TN based 22'' monitor, but in reality, this screen is the most responsive that we've tested so far.

It surpasses all of its rivals, not necessarily by much, but our numbers are clear.  At the start of summer 2008, the W2252TQ is the best in this domain.  Is it really noticeable though?  Does it look faster than a Samsung T220, for instance?  Well, not really: you need to look very carefully to see the difference.  In normal use, you won't see a difference in rendering between the two after a few minutes of gaming, unless you have bionic eyes.  This leaves us with the rest: the look, finishing touches, hardware and colours. And here, unfortunately, we can't be as optimistic.


Colours all wrong

Sadly, the default colours are inaccurate and can't be manually corrected.  All tones, from light to dark, have a blue dominance and whites are reddish.  If you try and rectify one of these dominances, you will automatically accentuate one of the others.  If that wasn’t enough, blacks lack depth (0.34 cd/m²), which explains the rather modes contrast ratio of 600:1.

Some screens can compensate for any defects thanks to an intelligent form factor, but the W2252TQ is not one of them.  There is a DVI + HDCP connection, but that’s it.  In short, only pure gamers will really be happy.  They'll also appreciate the excellent response of the electronics inside the W2252TQ as there is barely any input lag when compared to what is displayed on a CRT.
A Fun button for games
The main argument that LG presented to us regarding this screen besides the supposedly attractive look (it is nice, but was not love at first sight), is the Fun button on the left hand side of the monitor. With the press of a button you can go from Wide to 4/3 mode.

What’s the point? We would have liked to have said to use 4/3 game consoles, but the W2252TQ doesn't have the right video inputs. What about for TVs or for certain games when you want to reduce the definition? Here, it’s more relevant. There are also all of some older games that were not conceived with wide definition in mind.

We hope you find it more interesting than us ...

PROS

  • The best current reactivity
  • You might like the original look

CONS

  • Stand and bezel
  • Colours
  • TN panel = lower viewing angle darkens
  • No zero dead pixel policy

CONCLUSION 3/5

If you are looking for the most reactive screen of the moment, this is it; however, you will have to make some concessions in colour fidelity.
3 LG Flatron W2252TQ Digitalversus 2008-05-29 00:00:00

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