LG Flatron L204WT
It’s impossible not to notice the similarity between the name of this model and the name of the monitor from HP described in the previous section. Moreover, their specifications coincide in many points. But will their real characteristics be alike? Let’s see.
The declared contrast ratio is high (too high even for a PVA matrix, let along the TN matrix installed in the L204WT). The horizontal and vertical viewing angles are identical. The former thing is explained easily: the manufacturer specifies a dynamic contrast ratio that is measured for the appropriate function that automatically adjusts the backlight brightness depending on the onscreen picture. The ordinary, static contrast ratio is going to be much smaller, but LG doesn’t declare it at all.
It’s somewhat harder to explain the viewing angles. It is possible that the manufacturer indeed got these numbers when measuring them using the traditional method (the viewing angle is the angle at which the contrast ratio in the center of the screen degenerates to 5:1; note that neither halftone distortions nor the reduction of the contrast ratio at the edges of the screen are taken into account). However, the difference between a normal horizontal and a narrow vertical viewing angle, which is typical of TN technology, can be easily perceived by the eye in this monitor.
The L204WT has a dark-gray plastic case that looks neat and even elegant, yet it doesn’t look so good when viewed from a side or from behind due to the large square knob in the center of the rear panel of the case under which the monitor’s electronics is located.
The functionality of the stand is limited to changing the tilt of the screen only, but you can replace it with a standard VESA-compatible mount using the fasteners on the rear panel (sealed with decorative screws by default).
The monitor’s got analog and digital inputs and an integrated power adapter.
After the conveniently placed buttons of the Dell and HP monitors the controls of the Flatron L204WT are a nightmare. They are not even on a side panel. They are at the back and you can only press them blindly unless you put a mirror behind the monitor. Funnily enough, the buttons are accompanied with labels, which are, fortunately, duplicated on the front panel. Perhaps the developer does mean you should use a mirror?
The grooves on the Up and Down buttons and the small notch on the Power button help a little, but it would be much easier if these controls were just visible. Moreover, these buttons are simply inaccessible if your system case stands close to the monitor’s right.