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LG Flatron L1900R (Ring)

When this monitor’s specification was declared by LG Electronics, there were questions on Web forums as to what type of the matrix it might have. The low response time implies TN, but on the other hand, the viewing angles of 170 degrees and the huge contrast ratio that even Samsung doesn’t dare to declare for its PVA matrixes that have always had a very good black color.

The answer is simple. The Flatron L1900R has a TN matrix. Its viewing angles are measured by a contrast drop to 5:1, which is the typical measurement method for this matrix type (the angles are measured by a contrast drop to 10:1 for PVA, MVA and S-IPS matrixes). And although the viewing angles have become wider, at least in the specs, in comparison with older matrixes of the same type, they are still no match to other technologies. The specified contrast ratio refers to dynamic contrast and the huge numbers are not to be wondered at. But the dynamic contrast mode is suitable for movies and for movies only. It is absolutely useless for work.

This monitor, one of the three models in the new LG Fantasy series, is truly eye-catching. You just can’t cast an indifferent glance over the black glossy surface of the case and the massive stand with a through hole and red highlighting. When you try to lift this monitor up, you realize the stand does not just look massive, it is indeed made very heavy to keep the monitor steady. This monitor is obviously not meant for office work. It is rather supposed to stand next to a modder’s dazzling and multicolored system case. Products with such design are preferred by young people, and the monitor’s TN matrix features response time compensation technology to provide a high speed in games such users play. Frankly speaking, I’d be very surprised if I found a cheap old matrix in such an impressive result of a high-paid designer’s job.

As you may guess, it was too difficult to implement screen height adjustment here. The screen tilt can be changed in an acceptable range.

Beauty often comes at a cost. Here, the monitor case cannot be detached from the stand. As a consequence, the developers had to make the monitor incompatible with VESA mounts, too.

To implement the design concept, the connectors were moved from the monitor’s back panel into a separate block, the size of a cigarette pack, that is linked to the monitor with a thick cable about a quarter of a meter long. If this block is hung behind the back of your work desk, nothing will spoil the aesthetic impression from the monitor, and that is good. The downside is that the monitor has got only one input, DVI-I, which can receive either analog (via a D-Sub adapter) or digital signal. The power adapter is external. It connects to the monitor via the connectors block.

There are only two buttons here: a touch-sensitive Power button and a button that controls the highlighting of the hole in the base (it is centered below the screen).

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