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LG IPS235V review

Barry de la Rosa
15 Oct 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
143
inc VAT

The IPS235V has deep colours, good viewing angles and contrast, and is great value

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Just looking at the spec list, the LG IPS235V appears to have everything you could want: an IPS panel, with its high viewing angles and incredible colour accuracy, VGA, DVI and HDMI inputs, plus a low price.

LG IPS235V

Despite costing under £150, the brushed-metal-effect bezel and graceful stand makes this 23in Full HD (1,920x1,080) display look a lot more expensive than it really is. There's even a 3H hard coating on the screen to protect it from minor knocks and scrapes.

LG IPS235V port

This choice of inputs means you can connect your PC as well as a games console or Blu-ray player at the same time, although without any internal speakers, you'll have to either route audio through an AV amplifier or use the headphone port on the rear.

It's image quality that's going to garner attention, and it's here that the IPS235V excels. Thanks to the superb viewing angles, you can move practically anywhere while retaining excellent contrast and colour accuracy.

Sitting in front of the display, the IPS235V produces rich and vibrant colours, getting the most out of any format, whether you're editing photos, watching films or just using the Windows desktop. Thanks to high contrast ratios, the display produces deep inky blacks and bright brilliant whites, bringing out all of the detail in any scene. With its 8ms response time, we found that games were smooth and didn't suffer from any noticeable problems, such as ghosting.

LG IPS235V side

While the sRGB mode will suit most people, there's also a user mode, which lets you change the hue and saturation for six individual colour channels: red, green, blue, cyan, magenta and yellow. When used with a colour calibration tool, it lets you adjust the monitor for colour-accurate work.

The menu system is controlled by buttons underneath the edge of the screen, but they aren't labelled - when you press one, a pop-up appears with options corresponding to each button. Once you're used to it, the menus are pretty easy to control.

The IPS235V's excellent image quality and low price make it a bargain. Although there are other budget IPS monitors, this one's wealth of colour calibration options gives it the edge, and it wins our Best Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****

Physical

Viewable size23 in
Native resolution1,920x1,080
Contrast ratio1,000:1 (5,000,000:1 dynamic)
Brightness250cd/m²
Horizontal viewing angle178°
Vertical viewing angle178°
Response time8ms
Response time typegrey-to-grey
Screen depth59mm
Base (WxD)260x193mm
Screen elevation109mm

Features

Portrait modeno
Wall mount optionyes
Height adjustableno
Internal speakersnone
Detachable cablesyes
USB hubnone
Integrated power supplyyes
Kensington lock lugyes
Display extras3H hard coating, headphone output
VGA inputyes
DVI inputyes
S-video inputno
Component inputno
Composite inputno
HDCP supportyes
Audio inputsN/A

Environmental

Power consumption standby0W
Power consumption on33W

Buying Information

Price£143
Supplierhttp://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop
Detailswww.lg.com/uk/
Warrantythree years onsite

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