LG Flatron 787LE
This monitor also belongs to the category of the inexpensive. Its retail price is roughly that of the above-described BenQ FP731. A closer inspection gave me a surprise: the LG Flatron 787LE is nearly an exact replica of the e-Yama 17JN-1S (see above), with the only exception of the control buttons. The cases of the two monitors are not just similar – they are absolutely identical! They have the same dimensions and the bases, and the 787LE also has a fixed video cable.
The explanation is actually simple – Iiyama wanted to expand its LCD monitor series down to the bottom of the market and just bought them from LG, slightly changing the exterior. They took the simplest models, by the way.
On second thought, there may be another explanation. Both companies may be buying their monitors from a third-party maker, considering it unrewarding to develop such a cheap model from ground up. This supposition is somewhat confirmed by the screen menu of the LG Flatron 787LE – it deviates from the standard menu of LG monitors.
Unlike the e-Yama 17JN1-S, the LG Flatron 787LE offers three color temperature settings instead of four: “User Color” (by default it produces 5460K white and 8010K gray colors); “6500K” (6060K and 8600K), and “9300K” (8170K and 13110K). To get to a screen brightness of 100nit, I dropped the brightness control to 40% and the contrast one to 75%. By default, they are both set to 100% - a typical thing with LG monitors.
The employed matrix has rather narrow viewing angles: the image becomes yellowish on a horizontal deflection by 25-30% and, like with all TN matrixes, darkish when viewed from below.
The auto-adjustment feature works fine; I had no gripes about the image sharpness. I also noticed no artifacts in smooth color gradients, although certain colors don’t look naturally in color photographs. Thus, the color reproduction of the LG Flatron 787LE can be characterized as “rather good”, but nothing more – well, that’s expectable from a device of that class. In other words, this monitor produces no visual artifacts in the displayed image, but anyway it is not a good choice for professional work with colors.
The color curves are well-shaped, only the level of blue is too high. Well, we could have guessed it by the big difference between the color temperatures of white and gray. The 787LE is free from the defect of the e-Yama 17JN1-S model, which didn’t differentiate between some light tones. At any settings, the 787LE fully reproduces the necessary color range.
The responsiveness of the 787LE resembles that of the 17JN1-S, only the maximum is shifted to the right in the graph:
The contrast ratio and brightness exceeded the parameters of the 17JN1-S, although LG specifies more modest values than Iiyama. Moreover, the maximum brightness is even higher than promised by the manufacturer:
Overall, the Flatron 787LE is nearly an exact copy of the above-described e-Yama 17JN1-S, but has a better contrast ratio. Then, the monitor from LG is much cheaper than the Iiyama model, and that’s important for their price category: price is the only advantage of these monitors over more serious products. In other words, I don’t recommend you to purchase the e-Yama 17JN1-S if you can have an LG Flatron 787LE instead.