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LG Flatron L1710S

If you have already dealt with other LCD monitor models from LG Electronics, you will know the design: a thin framing goes around the screen, but the massive base gives an air of bulkiness to the whole construction. Such a base would be all right in a 19” monitor, but doesn’t seem to belong here. It is also limited in functionality, allowing only adjusting the tilt of the screen and rotating it around the vertical axis by any degree; you cannot change the screen height (although the base seems to be folding like cases of Samsung’s SyncMaster 172B and 172T).

LG uses the letter “S” to denote the junior model in the family, that is why it boasts minimal functionality: one analog input only.

The viewing angles, as by Iiyama model, are far from perfect. The screen becomes dark when viewed from below and yellow when viewed sideways. Cutting it short, this monitor suits well for games, but not for work as there can be some discomfort caused by irregular distribution of brightness along the vertical axis. There were no problems with color reproduction as this monitor was good at displaying both: smooth color gradients and snapshots.

The menu is standard (for LG monitors) and is pretty user-friendly. The settings are scarce, but you can flexibly choose the gamma: 11 values at your disposal. Quick buttons are assigned to brightness, contrast and auto-adjust options.

I would also like to point out that the menu can be displayed in a few different languages:

Keeping up with the time, the monitor features a fancy button marked LightView. It helps you quickly switch between six operational modes. In fact, this is a variation of the well-known MagicBright feature from Samsung. But SyncMasters only offer you three variants (plus a user-defined variant), and there are six of them in the Flatron L1710S: Day Text, Day Movie, Day Photo, Night Text, Night Movie and Night Photo. The counterparts from the Day and the Night categories differ between themselves in brightness and contrast settings (they are naturally lower for the Night category), while the Text mode for Day and Night differs from Movie and Photo in the color temperature: 9300K against 6500K. When reviewing the Samsung SyncMaster 191N, I praised the MagicBright feature. The six modes selectable with a single button are even better. There is only one questionable thing: the color temperature of 9300K in the Text mode may be not the right choice.

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