Quality screen in cheap plastic enclosure
Feb 23, 2012 (Updated Feb 24, 2012)
Review by jjbraunius
Rated a Very Helpful Review
User Rating: Very Good
Ease of Use:
Pros:Crisp display quality
Control buttons on front
VGA (analog) and DVI connection
Cons:Cheap plastic housing
Clumsy square buttons
The Bottom Line: Good quality display put in cheap enclosure. Best contrast ratio in this price range.
I've bought quite a few computer monitors over the years and overall my brand preferences have been Viewsonic and NEC as they seem to have the best contrast and features for the price. Noticing LG on a recent trip to Europe, I was impressed by their overall product line and this monitor looked like it'll have all the right specs for what I needed. I bought two of these for dual screen installation, to replace a 4 year old Acer 21in. monitor that was on its way out.
Recommend this product?
Compared to the competition in this price range, the LG has a better tilt and viewing angle, 1920 x 1080 native resolution, DFC (Digital Fine Contrast) of 30000:1, even though its power consumption is a bit higher and the response time of 5ms is average. If you're looking for a faster response time, Asus seems to do well in this price range, with the VH226H although the LG has pretty much all, including NEC, beat in contrast quality.
Since the specs looked fine on paper I got two of these. On arrival I noticed that one of the screens plastic enclosure wasn't snapped on properly with two of the plastic "teeth" missing each other on top. It couldn't have been handling, looked like factory quality control issue. The other screen's plastic housing seemed a little loose at the touch as well, when you squeeze it will have a little give. The enclosures on these monitors are cheap matte plastic, something akin to the ancient Dell LCD that I got over 6 years ago. A plus on these monitors in comparison to some other brands (HP, Viewsonic, etc.) is that the controls are on the front, so adjustments are easy. The buttons themselves are square and chunky so they are easy to operate but they did have a bit of a flimsy give to them that didn't inspire high confidence in the build quality.
Considering the price (about $50 more than the Acer) it was surprising to see that the LG monitor comes in a cheaper matte plastic enclosure than the budget monitor, with clunky square buttons on the front bottom. Display quality is crisp and better than the budget brand, hopefully it'll last longer as well (Acer died after 4 years of use).
Out of the two monitors one was assembled badly with the plastic enclosure not very well seated at the top. Newegg replaced it, no question asked but I am skeptical about the build quality. LG is supposedly a good brand so we'll see. Compared to other monitors in this price range, such as Viewsonic and Asus, this one seems to be of a slightly lower build but with slightly better specs, so it seems like things even out at the end. Warranty on the LG is 3 years parts and labor so that inspires some confidence that these LCDs should hold up well in the long run.
Amount Paid (US$): 160.00
Operating System: Windows and Macintosh
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