LG Flatron L194WS
This model obviously represents the next evolution step after the L192WS model we tested some time ago.
The specs seem to imply some breakthroughs in TN technology, but there are no breakthroughs actually. The declared contrast ratio of 5000:1 is of course dynamic whereas the large viewing angles are achieved by means of the relaxed measurement method. In practice, the matrix betrays its TN roots as soon as you look at it from below: the screen gets dark immediately.
The monitor represents a minimalistic trend in design. There is a thin bezel around the screen, lacking any additional or eye-catching elements. The controls are hidden at the back panel. The stand is simple. This model comes in two colorings: black (as in the photo) and dark-gray. The black version looks stern and even elegant to me while the gray-plastic version is rather too simple and can only suit an office environment.
The stand is made from glossy plastic while the case is matte. It doesn’t make the monitor much more beautiful but dust and greasy fingerprints are going to be readily visible on the glossy surface.
The stand allows you to adjust the tilt of the screen. It can be replaced with a standard VESA mount.
There is a modest selection of connectors: an analog input and a connector for the integrated power adapter. The monitor lacks a digital interface.
The designer’s idea to remove the controls from the front panel proves to be impractical. It is quite a bother to set the monitor up. The buttons are all placed in the bottom right of the back panel. It is problematic to use them although this is better than another solution used in some LG monitors when the buttons were placed at a distance of a few centimeters from the edge of the back panel and you had to stretch your fingers to reach them. Even guided by the clear icons on the front panel you can miss the necessary button. It is good that the Power button is placed separately from the others, though. I only don’t understand why it is a different color. Do they suppose I should use a mirror behind the monitor?
Quick access is provided to the automatic image adjustment and to selecting an f-Engine mode.
Most LG monitors share this menu. It is user-friendly and logically organized.