LG Flatron L1910S (ALRUR)
That’s what I call unlimited choice: this is the third monitor in this article and it is also a third type of the matrix! The Acer AL1912 is based on a TN+Film matrix, the C480T on an MVA matrix, and the L1920S uses an S-IPS matrix manufactured by LG itself. Unfortunately, this variety of choice only exists on the market of 19” LCD monitors: 17” monitors are almost all manufactured on TN+Film matrices now, while the market of 20” monitors offers only MVA- and S-IPS-based devices.
You should be aware that the L1910 series includes models on matrices of different types. The type of the matrix is indicated by the letters on the label at the monitor’s back panel. The full name of this sample was “L1910SL-ALRUR”, and the letter L in “ALRUR” denotes an S-IPS matrix from LG.Philips LCD. Otherwise, the monitor would have an MVA matrix manufactured by Fujitsu or AU Optronics.
The Flatron L1910S is designed in LG’s traditional “old” style, with a massive and clumsy rectangular base. I call it clumsy not only because it takes so much space on the desk, but also because it lacks adjustability, save for regulating the tilt of the screen. By analogy with Samsung’s Dual Hinge stands, you may expect to find two hinges here, too, but the bottom joint is immobile, so the monitor has no screen height adjustment. It’s especially sad because the monitor is rather high by itself. The portrait mode isn’t available.
Being the junior model in the series, the L1910S comes with an analog input only. The power adapter is built into the case.
The manufacturer didn’t economize on the control buttons, as others often do, and the L1910S comes with as many as seven knobs for an easier setting-up. You can quick-access brightness and contrast settings as well as the auto-adjustment and the LightView modes. The latter modes are six presets of brightness, contrast and color temperature you can browse through with a press of a button. You cannot alter these presets which are written in the monitor’s firmware.