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LG Flatron L173ST

The Flatron L173ST is actually a cheaper version of the above-described L172WT, the main technological difference being the use of a standard TN+Film matrix instead of a widescreen S-IPS.

The monitor is different externally, too. It is more compact, and the case is only partially silver. I wouldn’t say this color scheme is ideal because the contrasting details of the case distract your eyes from the image. The mirror coating of the base has the same effect, by the way…

Like with the L172WT, only the tilt of the screen can be adjusted here.

The only difference in terms of connection is that there is a separate D-Sub connector. It means you can attach the monitor to two computers simultaneously, if necessary.

The video and audio connectors on the side panel haven’t changed. The S-Video connector is still as deep in the monitor’s case as to become a problem when you’re attaching the cable.

The monitor is controlled with ordinary buttons rather than with a joystick. The total number of the buttons is the same (the joystick of the L172WT was equivalent to four buttons). The Power On knob is located below the control buttons (the round transparent window above it is an infrared receiver for the remote control) and differs in size and shape as to prevent accidental presses. The circle around this knob is highlighted with a mild blue LED at work.

The screen menu has only been cosmetically updated since the L172WT: some elements have become larger and this may be essential to controlling the monitor remotely. The remote control is the same as you receive with the L172WT.

 
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