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If your computer is running Windows, you can use the forteManager program to change any of the monitor’s settings. Alas, its interface is far from being ergonomic, either. It is the position of the buttons that is inconvenient when you’re using the onscreen menu, but with forteManager, it is the position of sliders in its window. The sliders are too small, and you have to take your aim more accurately with the mouse while most of the window is occupied by a Help text. I think it would be better if the program window was larger or the sliders were placed above or below the Help text and had a normal length. I also think that brightness and contrast sliders should have been placed on the same tab.

The EZ Zooming button switches the monitor’s resolution (the display resolution set in the Windows Display Properties) when the forteManager is installed. When pressed on, it changes the resolution from 1680x1050 to 1440x900 and otherwise. I don’t quite grasp the purpose of this feature because a 22” LCD monitor has large enough pixels even for people with weak eyesight. And the interpolation quality is rather poor (see the photograph above). Text and even photographs are greatly distorted in the non-native resolution.

By default, the monitor’s brightness and contrast are set at 100% and 70%, respectively. To achieve a 100nit brightness of white, you can reduce the brightness setting to 46% and the contrast setting to 50%.

Color gradients look striped on this monitor especially if you lower the contrast setting.

The monitor’s color gamut is perfectly normal. Many other models produce an identical diagram in this test.

The gamma curves look good enough, being slightly higher than necessary in the top left of the diagram. When the contrast setting is reduced below the default value (I want to remind you that we measure most of the monitor’s parameters at the factory settings), even this small defect is almost fully corrected.

The monitor offers five color temperature modes. Two of them, sRGB and 6500K, are in fact identical except that the user-defined brightness and contrast are locked in the sRGB mode.

The setup accuracy is poor. The difference between the temperatures of different levels of gray amounts to nearly 2000K even in the warm modes. And the calibrator couldn’t even measure the temperature in the cold mode. Most users are going to regard the monitor’s image as too cold. The average temperature is close to 8000K even in the 6500K mode.

The average response time is 14.3 milliseconds with a maximum of 23.9 milliseconds. This is a good speed in comparison with the two previous monitors that have a maximum of over 30 milliseconds. However, monitors with RTC-enabled matrixes deliver much higher speeds.

The contrast ratio is very good, a little lower than 400:1 in one mode and higher than 300:1 in the others. This is an excellent result for a TN matrix.

So, the LG Flatron L226WT is yet another imperfect 22” monitor. It is let down by the sloppy color temperature setup: the average temperature differs greatly from the target value and the temperature dispersion between different levels of gray is too high. Of course, monitors with TN matrixes cannot be used for processing photographs at a serious level due to their poor viewing angles, but the L226WT has a too poor setup even for home use. Other drawbacks are the faulty ergonomics (better than the BenQ FP222Wa, yet faulty still) and the relatively slow matrix.

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