Review: LG Flatron W2252TQ

Our score: 3/5
Reviewed: May 28, 2008 11:00 PM
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Published: May 28, 2008 11:00 PM
By Alexandre Botella / Vincent Alzieu
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.
3/5 LG Flatron W2252TQ DigitalVersus 2008-05-29 00:00:00

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

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.

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