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LG Flatron L1954TQ

The Flatron L1954TQ is not a cheap model, being the “classic” counterpart of the widescreen L196WTQ.

Wow! We’ve got viewing angles of 170 degrees and a contrast ratio of 5000:1! One may even doubt if it is a TN matrix at all. It is easy to explain, though. The specified contrast is dynamic, of course, and the brightness adjustment range in the dynamic contrast mode has become wider. The viewing angles are measured by means of the relaxed method with a contrast ratio reduction to 5:1. Well, there are certain improvements, especially in terms of horizontal angles, but the image gets dark when looked at from below, betraying a TN matrix instantly.

The specified response time of 2 milliseconds (GtG) indicates response time compensation technology.

The monitor looks effective thanks to the black glossy plastic of the case with a thin screen bezel and rounded-off corners. Shaped like a wide checkmark and highlighted with a blue LED, the Power button adds more charm to the monitor’s exterior. This model is going to look splendid in any environment but you shouldn’t forget that dust and small scratches are more conspicuous on glossy surfaces. You have to care about this monitor more lest it lose all its splendor way too soon.

The stand is not very functional, though. You can only adjust the tilt of the screen. It is also rather tall to my taste. It may be a problem to organize the workplace in such a way that the top of the screen were at the same level with your eyes. Like with many other monitors, you can remove the native stand and replace it with a VESA-compatible mount.

There is a standard selection of connectors in the recess of the back panel: analog and digital video inputs and a connector for the integrated power adapter.

Located in the bottom right of the front panel, the controls are handy and have easily readable labels. Quick access is provided to the automatic adjustment feature, to choosing the video input to use, to selecting a factory-set mode (f-Engine technology), and to the EZ-zooming feature. When you install Windows-based control program, you can use EZ-zooming to switch the display resolution to 1024x768 (with interpolation and accompanying loss in image quality). Frankly speaking, I doubt this option is going to be popular. You don’t often need to use a lower resolution on a 19-inch monitor.

This is LG’s standard menu. It is user-friendly, logically organized and lacking any special options.

The monitor has 100% brightness and 70% contrast by default. I achieved a 100nit white by setting both at 51%. If the brightness setting is increased, lights become the same as white whereas darks are always displayed correctly. Color gradients look striped on this monitor. The brightness is regulated by means of backlight modulation at a frequency of 241MHz.

 
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