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LG Flatron W1942T

This is a widescreen model from LG’s updated series of inexpensive monitors.

The developers seem to have forgotten about response time in favor of recording-breaking levels of contrast ratio. As you can see, the contrast ratio of this inexpensive monitor is declared to be as high as 8000:1. Of course, this is the so-called dynamic contrast. The static contrast ratio is 1000:1 while the brightness adjustment range in dynamic contrast mode has grown from 200% to 800%. As I have written earlier, this technology should have been called dynamic brightness instead.

The viewing angles are declared to be as wide as 170 degrees both vertically and horizontally. It is not the result of a real improvement, though. The manufacturer just uses the relaxed method of measuring those angles, with a contrast ratio reduction to 5:1. If the standard method, with a contrast ratio reduction to 10:1, were used, the viewing angles would be about 160 degrees.

This model has changed since LG’s earlier gray squares. It has a more rounded-off outline. The control buttons are now fitted into the pressed-out bar at the bottom of the front panel. I wouldn’t say that these innovations have made the monitor beautiful. Yes, the buttons look nice now, but the wide screen bezel together with the rounded-off corners gives it an air of massiveness.

The new stand is rather odd. While the case is made from matte plastic, the stand is glossy for some reason. This combination looks rather tasteless. But I want to thank LG that the stand can now be removed much easier than before.

You can only adjust the tilt of the screen here. Like in many other monitors, the native stand can be replaced with a VESA-compatible mount.

LG didn’t save on trifles and equipped this model with both analog and digital interfaces.

The set of controls in the bottom right of the front panel is somewhat different in comparison with other LG monitors. There is a “4:3 in wide” button instead of “EZ-Zooming.” As you can guess, this new button changes the interpolation mode and can be useful if the monitor is displaying a 4:3 picture. The other quick-access features have remained intact: auto-adjustment, input selection, and choosing an f-Engine mode.

The new series has an updated menu as well, but I don’t like it much. When you press the Menu button, you open a small preliminary menu offering four items corresponding to four groups of settings. You choose one and get to the main menu. The purpose of the preliminary menu evades me since the main menu offers the same four items. Perhaps the developer wanted to make it easier for inexperienced users, but I don’t think he succeeded.

The main menu is functionally alike to the well-known old menu of LG’s monitors but differs in its interface design and the location of some setup options. You can easily move between the four groups of settings by returning to a higher menu level. The menu is rather user-friendly except that it now doesn’t remember the last changed option. The preliminary menu is not worth that loss I guess.

The monitor has 100% brightness and 70% contrast by default. I achieved a 100nit white by lowering both to 49%. Color gradients are reproduced without banding at any settings. Darks are displayed properly at low levels of contrast but lights are indistinguishable if you increase the contrast setting above its default. The brightness is regulated by means of backlight modulation at a frequency of 260Hz.

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