LG Flatron W2284F review

6 Mar 2009

Superb image quality, but the rest of the package disappoints.

Price when reviewed: 
174(£174 inc VAT)
4

Four TFTs in this group pulled clear of the rest in terms of image quality, and it was no surprise that LG's latest was one of them. Its dynamic contrast is the least intrusive and most effective of all the implementations we've seen, which gives the W2284F its tremendous black level without sacrificing on brightness.

It breezed through our technical tests, dropping just a few points for a minor light band at the top edge of the panel, and a washed-out tone to its colours that didn't appeal as much as Samsung's vibrant alternative. We didn't need to make any adjustments past selecting 6,500K colour, which is just as well since the buttons on the right edge are a pain to use.

The LG's design certainly turned heads in the Labs, but not all responses were positive. Where the Samsung's red curves had people cooing over them, the W2284F's half-transparent base drew baffled looks. The overall stylistic opinion fell more on the side of bizarre than desirable.

There's also little to speak of in the way of features. It's one of only two monitors here to lack speakers, and makes use of a clumsy external power brick. Like most here it comes with a fixed stand, while the 3yr RTB warranty isn't quite up there with the on-site cover from the Samsung and BenQ.

If you're interested in image quality above all else, the LG may well be your best choice; it costs £19 less than the Samsung after all. But that quality just isn't far enough ahead of the BenQ to make up for the inferior design and lack of features in the 24in contest.

Details

Price ex VAT £151
Price inc VAT £174
Overall rating 4
Image quality 6
Features & Design 2
Value for Money 5

Main specifications

Screen size 22.0in
Aspect ratio 16:10
Resolution 1680 x 1050
Screen brightness 300cd/m2
Pixel response time 5ms
Contrast ratio 1,000:1
Dynamic contrast ratio 30,000:1
Pixel pitch 0.282mm
Horizontal viewing angle 160 degrees
Vertical viewing angle 160 degrees
Speaker type N/A
Speaker power ouput N/A
TV tuner no
TV tuner type N/A

Connections

DVI inputs 1
VGA inputs 1
HDMI inputs 0
DisplayPort inputs 0
Scart inputs 0
HDCP support yes
Upstream USB ports 0
USB ports (downstream) 0
3.5mm audio input jacks 0
Headphone output no

Accessories supplied

Other cables supplied VGA
Internal power supply no

Power consumption

Peak power consumption 45W

Image adjustments

Brightness control? yes
Contrast control? yes
Colour temperature settings 6,500K to 9,300K in four increments, sRGB, user
Extra adjustments OSD language, reset, OSD position, gamma, sharpness, power indicator

Ergonomics

Forward tilt angle 5 degrees
Backward tilt angle 15 degrees
Swivel angle 0 degrees
Height adjustment 0mm
Pivot (portrait) mode? no
Bezel width 23mm

Dimensions

Dimensions 522 x 162 x 424mm (WDH)
Weight 4.400kg