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LG Flatron L1952TR

This is yet another monitor from the same firm, but it has a fast matrix with a response time of 2 milliseconds GtG. The number indicates a TN matrix with Response Time Compensation technology. The specified viewing angles shouldn’t mislead you – they were measured when the contrast ratio dropped to 5:1 and do not differ from those of other TN matrixes. The declared contrast of 1600:1 is the so-called dynamic contrast (see the Introduction). None of the manufacturers has yet achieved a static contrast ratio that high on a TN matrix.

This model resembles the previous one, but you can note small cosmetic improvements on closer inspection. The stand has been rounded off more and the pole of the stand has become wider. I should say these changes haven’t produced a good result because you have to apply serious mental and physical effort to dismantle this monitor. You also need a pair of long screwdrivers with a thin and flat tip to turn back the tabs and detach the plastic pole from the monitor case. This process can take some 10 minutes even from people who are accustomed to assembling monitors whereas the manual describes the stand removal procedure as being simple and quick, accomplished in a matter of three movements. Yes, few people have to dismantle their monitors often, but this is going to be a nuisance when you are moving to another place or checking out the assembled monitor at the shop – you won’t be able to put the monitor back into the box unless you detach the stand.

Your screen adjustment options haven’t got wider. Changing the tilt of the screen is still the only thing you can do.

The rear panel hasn’t changed much, but there are now screws in the holes for a VESA mount.

The monitor’s got a standard selection of connectors: digital and analog inputs, and a connector for the integrated power adapter.

The control buttons are still placed on the rear panel of the case, far from the monitor’s edge. So, every critical thing I’ve written above about the controls of the previous model applies to this model, too.

Quick access (if it can be called such with the buttons positioned like that) is provided to the same features as in the L1918S: switching between the f-engine modes (one mode has been added to enable dynamic contrast), automatic image adjustment for the analog connection, and selecting the input source.

The monitor’s got a standard onscreen menu of LG monitors – exactly the same as described in the previous section.

The default brightness and contrast are set at 100% and 70%, respectively. To achieve a 100nit level of white I reduced both these settings to 55%. Brightness is controlled by means of pulse-width modulation of the power of the backlight lamps at a frequency of 260Hz. The backlight is uniform, without much unevenness.

Color gradients look striped on this monitor – this striping is not very strong, but visible. Dark halftones are displayed properly at any value of contrast whereas lights merge into white at a contrast of 80% and higher.

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