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LG Flatron L226WT

This is a 22” TN-based monitor without response time compensation.

There are two noteworthy things in its specs: the manufacturer declares a dynamic contrast only, which explains the surprisingly high number in the specs. And secondly, the specified viewing angles are 170 degrees wide due to the relaxed measurement method. The L226WT cannot really compete with *VA or S-IPS matrixes in this parameter. It takes a slight deflection of your head downwards for the top of the screen to become noticeably dark.

The monitor’s got an ordinarily looking case painted gray and black. The stand is made from black glossy plastic, so you must be ready to clean it often from dust and fingerprints that are going to be much more visible on it than on a matte surface.

You can adjust the tilt of the screen only. Portrait mode and height adjustment are unavailable. The monitor’s native stand can be replaced with a standard VESA mount using the four threaded holes in the rear panel.

The monitor’s got analog and digital inputs. The power adapter is integrated into the case.

The control buttons are placed on the bottom edge of the case, near the left panel. This may be convenient for left-handed people but I was reaching for them with my right hand anyway. On the other hand, the L226WT differs for the better from BenQ’s monitors whose buttons are placed on the left, too, with the clearly visible labels that are painted on the front panel. But I guess the manufacturer should have added small grooves or something that would lead from a label to an appropriate button for tactile control (if the simplest and most ergonomic way – to return the buttons onto the front panel – is not an option).

The Power button is highlighted with a wide blue LED at work. You can turn the indicator off in the monitor’s menu if it distracts you.

The monitor’s menu is user-friendly and logically organized. The purpose of each item is clear without reading the manual. The setup process is made easier by the fact that the menu remembers the last changed item. For example, if you have adjusted the color temperature setting, the next time you access the menu it will open on the same tab, not on the first tab with brightness/contrast/gamma settings. A typical drawback of 22” monitors, there is no interpolation for non-native resolutions.

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