LG Flatron L1740B review
Very stylish from all angles and a decent performer to boot. However, the Flatron's price lets it down in the value-for-money stakes.
Review Date: 17 Feb 2005
Price when reviewed: (£269 inc VAT)
With so many bland-looking monitors on our Labs test bench, there's huge excitement if one stands out. The enamelled white plastic casing of the L1740B, which covers the entire back, makes it look modern and sophisticated. Coupled with the matte-black bezel, chrome-effect stand and a blue, touch-activated power button, and you have a TFT that oozes class. The back panel also allows you to completely hide the cables.
Aesthetics are one thing, but image quality can't be forgotten. Concerns were instantly raised (especially at this price) by the lack of a DVI interface. But good modern D-SUB interfaces can offer comparable quality.
Fine focus was sharp across the screen and the pixel-tracking and timing-lock test saw no flickering - something that can occur with analog connections. Green colour purity was fine but there was a slight yellow tinge to the white. In the black screen some of the backlight's glow did faintly show up in the bottom of the screen, but nothing you'd notice. Being pernickety, cyan text became slightly lost on a magenta background and yellow was washed out on magenta in the colour combinations. But the L1740B performed well in the white-colour saturation and dark-grey scale tests. Increasing white intensity blocks were reproduced superbly and we saw every single shade of dark grey. The great shade range was also visible in the colour ramps, although these were blighted by noticeable banding. Colour scales were fine and the colour spectrum blends were excellent.
In the real-world tests, the LG started brightly with no discernable problems evident in the film or game. Vertical viewing angles were good but horizontal angles were only average. There was no ghosting and reflections weren't a problem. Clarity of the Desktop was beyond rebuke too, and photos were faithfully displayed.
One slight gripe is that the white background in Office documents sported a slight colour tinge. While this can be alleviated by the well-hidden, side-mounted OSD controls, it's always there. Thankfully, the auto-adjust feature was so good that we didn't miss a digital connection at all. We also liked the quick 'f-engine' button, which switched between movie, text and picture modes, also providing a unique split-screen preview.
Overall, if style is your priority, the LG is worth the premium, though the great image quality helps. Ultimately, though, it's average in terms of value and doesn't offer a full complement of features.
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