The monitor is equipped with a standard menu of LG’s latest generation of monitors.
When you press the Menu button, there appears a four-item opening menu that leads to the four sections of the main menu. You can also switch between the sections from the main menu itself.
The main menu is perfectly standard – you may have seen this screenshot in our reviews of LG monitors a number of times already, even before the introduction of the opening menu. The first section is for brightness, contrast and gamma. The second is for color temperature. The third is for sharpness and image position adjustment at analog connection. And the fourth section is about the menu’s own settings plus the turning on or off of the highlighting LEDs in the Power button and the stand. There you can also disable RTC technology, effectively transforming the monitor into a 5ms model. This opportunity may come in handy if you don’t like the RTC-provoked artifacts (I will measure their level below).
The f-Engine menu is evoked with a special button. This is LG’s exclusive color correction technology, and the menu offers five modes of it:
- Movies-optimized mode: maximum brightness, maximum sharpness, maximum color saturation
- Internet-optimized mode: moderate brightness and slightly increased saturation
- User mode: user-defined brightness, sharpness (ACE parameter), color correction (RCM parameter); for example, you can increase the saturation of all colors or limit yourself to green only
- Normal mode with no image processing
- Demo mode for showing what the f-Engine technology can do: half the screen works in normal mode and the other half, with increased sharpness and saturation.
Unfortunately, like most other monitor makers, LG does not separate color-enhancing mode from modes with different screen brightness. With the Flatron W2284F, if you don’t like the color reproduction in the f-Engine modes, you will have to change the screen brightness in movies, games and text-based applications with the Brightness setting in the menu, which is rather inconvenient. You will see below how f-Engine affects color reproduction.
The W2284F has a third menu called Fun – you can evoke it with a single press of a button, too. The Photo Effect feature is perhaps funny indeed, but the other two are purely practical.
- EZ Zooming changes the display resolution in Windows to a lower one with a press of a button. In order to work it requires the forteManager utility to be installed. The practical worth of this feature is not high because LCD monitors do not generally display a good picture at nonnative resolutions, and the W2284F is not an exception.
- “4:3 in wide” switches the monitor between widescreen and 4:3 format. It is useful if you’ve got old games that do not support the wide format or if you connect the monitor to a TV-tuner that only supports 4:3. On the other hand, in the first case it would be better to connect the monitor via DVI and set your graphics card for correct display of visual content with any aspect ratio (e.g. it is called “Use NVIDIA scaling with fixed aspect ratio” in Nvidia’s Control Panel). Unfortunately, the monitor supports neither pixel-per-pixel display nor 16:9 format.
- Photo Effect means various image processing effects such as Motion Blur, discoloration or discoloration with toning (sepia). The practical purpose of this feature evades me.
Oddly enough, I could find no trace of dynamic contrast mode in the monitor’s menu although this technology should ensure the specified contrast ratio of 30,000:1. There is no information about this topic in the monitor’s user manual, either.