LG Flatron E2350V review

It looks gorgeous and has a clever folding stand, but it's let down by a cold-looking image and a fairly high price

26 May 2010
LG Flatron E2350V
Our Rating 
4/5
Price when reviewed 
168
inc VAT

Specifications

23in screen size, 1,920x1,080 resolution, DVI: yes, VGA: yes, HDMI:

LED backlighting promises to lower power usage, improve contrast and save space compared to traditional fluorescent tubes and the 23in Flatron E2350V is a poster boy for the latter. Its screen is impossibly thin, although there's a bulge at the back where the input and power socket are located.

However there's no VESA mount on the rear, which is a shame as such a thin screen would be ideal for wall-mounting. The E2350V does have a unique trick up its sleeve, though: remove the base of the stand, press a button, and the neck folds back. In this position, you can rest the monitor directly on the desk, so that screen is only 41mm off the surface and it's only 35cm tall overall.

A subtle, row of touch-sensitive buttons below the screen operates the menu system and provides quick access to the preset modes. Touch any of the lights and a menu pops up on screen, with indicators above each light to show you which functions it performs. As usual, the controls weren't as responsive as real buttons. The menu system itself is clear and easy to read, offering all the settings you'd expect as well as sharpness and gamma controls.

Some are greyed out, such as one for Black Level. You have to install LG's PC software to access these advanced functions, which is annoying. We noticed a fairly strong blue colour cast that was hard to adjust out using the colour controls, and it made flesh tones seem a bit palid. Contrast was superb however, and the backlight was even.

One downside of such a thin case is the lack of room for a power supply, so you'll have to put up with extra cabling. There are VGA, DVI and HDMI inputs, plus a useful headphone socket.

Sadly, the E2350V's good looks come at a price, and it's no match for BenQ's G2222HDL in terms of value or image quality, even if it is marginally larger. As it's the same resolution, it isn't worth the extra money, especially considering the blue colour cast.

Basic Specifications

Rating ****

Physical

Viewable size 23 in
Native resolution 1,920x1,080
Contrast ratio 1,000:1 (50,000:1 dynamic)
Brightness 250cd/m²
Horizontal viewing angle 170°
Vertical viewing angle 160°
Response time 5ms
Response time type black-to-black
Screen depth 38mm
Base (WxD) 250x197mm
Screen elevation 41/112mm

Features

Portrait mode no
Wall mount option no
Height adjustable no
Internal speakers none
Detachable cables yes
USB hub none
Integrated power supply no
Kensington lock lug yes
Display extras headphone output
VGA input yes
DVI input yes
S-video input no
Component input no
Composite input no
HDCP support yes
Audio inputs N/A

Environmental

Power consumption standby 0W
Power consumption on 27W

Buying Information

Price £168
Supplier http://www.kikatek.com
Details www.lge.com
Warranty three years onsite

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