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LG W1954TQ review

Barry de la Rosa
17 Sep 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
114
inc VAT

This attractive monitor offers good image quality, but is let down by a poor touch-sensitive menu system

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If you're looking for a budget monitor for an entry-level PC, a 19in display, such as LG's W1954TQ, will be attractive.

It looks good for the price, with a curvy, glossy finish that makes it feel a lot less severe and businesslike than other monitors.

Choosing a 19in display rather than a 20in (or higher) model may save you a few pounds, but you end up with a lower resolution of 1,440x900. This is still perfectly acceptable for work or watching movies, but we prefer the 1,680x1,050 or 1,920x1,080 of larger monitors.

The W1954TQ has an HDCP-compliant DVI port, so connecting a Blu-ray player or games console is easy with an HDMI-to-DVI adaptor. You'll need to connect the PC with the VGA input if you do this, though.

Image quality was good and the settings needed little tweaking from the defaults. The backlight is even, and colours were reasonably accurate. We noticed some banding in our colour gradient tests, however, and the colours were less vibrant than those of other monitors here. This is likely to be due to the screen's matte finish, which prevents reflections at the expense of colour intensity and contrast. Even so, flesh tones seemed particularly lifeless.

Adjusting the picture can be tricky. The touch-sensitive controls aren't very sensitive, and there's a delay between pressing a button and the response, which makes navigating menus difficult. What's more, the menus are confusingly laid out and options are duplicated throughout the submenus.

The menus don't even give you full control over every feature. To access some settings you must install the ForteManager software, which didn't like our Windows 7 PC. We don't think a monitor should have settings that you can only adjust through additional software.

We could live with these faults if the monitor was cheaper, but you can buy better, bigger monitors with higher resolutions for a similar price. We'd rather have BenQ's 22in G2220HD, which has a full HD resolution and costs only slightly more.

Basic Specifications

Rating***

Physical

Viewable size19 in
Native resolution1,440x900
Contrast ratio1,000:1 (50,000:1 dynamic)
Brightness300cd/m²
Horizontal viewing angle160°
Response time2ms
Response time typegrey-to-grey
Screen depth65mm
Base (WxD)241x182mm
Screen elevation104mm

Features

Portrait modeno
Wall mount optionno
Height adjustableno
Internal speakersnone
Detachable cablesyes
USB hubnone
Integrated power supplyyes
Kensington lock lugyes
Display extrasnone
VGA inputyes
DVI inputyes
S-video inputno
Component inputno
Composite inputno
HDCP supportyes
Audio inputsnone

Environmental

Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption on32W

Buying Information

Price£114
Supplierhttp://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop
Detailswww.lge.com
Warrantythree years onsite

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