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LG Flatron L1730B (L1730BSFH)

The Flatron L1730B resembles its predecessor, but the difference becomes apparent if you take a look at it from the rear. The stand now allows adjusting the tilt of the screen as well as its height – you only have to press a button on the base to do that. On the other hand, the minimal height (as in the snapshot above) is still high enough for me as I place the monitor on the “lying” system case. The case of the Flatron L1730B is the same as of the L1730S – there are even holes to fasten the smaller base of the junior version. The only difference is the additional groove for the new base cut in the decorative cover at the monitor’s back.

Although there’s a detail that looks like a rotation joint, the Flatron L1730B can’t work in the portrait mode as the last letter in the full model name says. By the way, here’s the reading of the whole name (L1730BSFH): L1730B is the name of the model, S is the case color (“Silver”), F indicates the availability of f-Engine (you’ll learn what it is shortly; the letter Q in the full name of the above-described L1730S indicated the new version of the LightView technology that could store custom presets), H means a base that’s capable of adjusting the height of the screen (T would mean adjustment of the screen tilt only, P would mean a full-featured base with the portrait mode and both height and tilt adjustments).

Unlike its predecessor, the L1730B is equipped with both analog and digital inputs; the power adapter is still integrated into the case.

You control this monitor in the same way as you control the L1730S, but with the new f-Engine feature instead of LightView. Strictly speaking, f-Engine isn’t just a new menu function, but the name of a new processor from LG that should provide a higher image quality (particularly, a higher color-reproduction quality), the matrixes remaining the same as in older monitors. Processing the image, the f-Engine processor takes the input RGB single apart into color and brightness constituents and then tries to increase the brightness and contrast of the image without distorting its color tonality. This engine is first of all intended for processing the image in movies, TV programs and games.

The f-Engine menu offers four presets: “Normal”, “Custom”, “Text” and “Movie”. “Normal” means you can set the monitor up as usual with the brightness and contrast controls. “Custom” allows creating your own preset, like with the renewed version of the LightView feature (you can choose the desired brightness and two parameters that determine the influence of the f-Engine processor on the color and brightness constituents of the signal). When you’re switching to the created preset, the screen is divided in two to show you what the picture would look like after you enable your preset.

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