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Design and Ergonomics

LG calls the design of this monitor emotional. Let’s see what this word means here.

The monitor does not impress much in front view. It has a rather trivial black plastic case with an oddly shaped stand. A stand is usually designed as a compact and elegant thing when the developer wants to emphasize the slimness of a monitor, but it is quite a large plastic cone here. It looks like an odd solution to me.

Well, in my opinion the biggest problem with the design of the W2284F is the lack of originality you expect to see in a premium product. This originality can be seen, for example, in Samsung’s Touch of Color and ASUS’s LS221H, but the W2284F only gives you black glossy plastic and a rounded outline. This is what we could see in Samsung’s product line-up back in 2007. Today, Samsung uses such design for regular inexpensive products like the 19-inch SyncMaster 933SN. So, the exterior design of the Flatron W2284F is a matter of taste – some people may find it beautiful even – but it goes without arguing that it is far from original.

The monitor is very slim. I wouldn’t judge if it is the slimmest model on the market, but it is surely among them. The case looks perfect in profile, but is perhaps somewhat spoiled by the stand that differs too much from the rest of the monitor.

Changing the tilt of the screen is the only adjustment available: 5 degrees forward and 15 degrees backward.

The back of the case is ideally flat. The connectors bay can be covered with a decorative cap (but the cables will still hang down from it – you cannot hide them completely). Perhaps this is not important for home, but if you are looking for a monitor that is going to stand on a top manager’s or secretary’s desk, you should keep it in mind that visitors will see the monitor’s back panel!

The W2284F cannot be wall-mounted as it lacks appropriate fasteners.

The Power button is designed like a drop-shaped thing at the bottom of the case. It is touch-sensitive, so you don’t have to press it. A mere touch is going to be enough.

The button is highlighted with a blue LED of modest intensity, which looks quite beautiful. Unfortunately, it begins to blink in sleep mode and may be irritating if you’ve got the monitor in your bedroom (by the way, users have been complaining for years at Samsung’s products for that). You can turn the highlighting off in the monitor’s menu, but then the button won’t shine when the monitor is turned on, either.

Besides, the monitor’s stand has an integrated LED, too. It is blinking white at half the blinking frequency of the blue LED in the Power button. Its brightness is low, so it is unlikely to irritate your eyes. Moreover, this LED can be turned off in the monitor’s menu, too.

The stand-integrated LED doesn’t seem to do anything save for serving as a night lamp. I could not make it shine when the monitor was turned on.

The monitor’s controls are located on its right side. They are made from black plastic and almost invisible. Worse yet, their labels are not readable at all. You have to learn the position of each button by heart or install the Windows-based forteManager utility.

The monitor has a standard selection of inputs: a digital DVI-D and an analog D-Sub. The power adapter is external, which is good for the monitor’s looks. The adapter can be tucked under the table or somewhere and there will be only one thin wire going to it from the monitor.

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