Premium Class: ASUS LS221H and LG Flatron W2284F Monitors Review

Many mainboard makers are trying to release premium-class models that would differ from their regular counterparts by exterior looks and sometimes even specifications. Today we are going to talk about two solutions like that from Asus and LG, and see if their actual features correspond with the marketing positioning.

by Oleg Artamonov
04/19/2009 | 06:35 PM

In an earlier article I reviewed Samsung’s Touch of Color series of LCD monitors that differed from their numerous opponents with excellent design and good setup quality. Of course, this series is currently the top of Samsung’s product line-up.

 

Other brands are trying to follow the suit by introducing premium-class monitors of their own. They are supposed to differ from regular products with design and, occasionally, specifications. I will discuss two such models in this review and see if their real capabilities are up to their market positioning.

Testing Methodology

Use the following link for a description of our testing methodology and the equipment we use as well as for a brief explanation of what the specified and tested parameters of LCD monitors mean:X-bit Labs Presents: LCD Monitors Testing Methodology In Depth. If you feel overwhelmed with the numbers and terms this article abounds in, check out an appropriate section of the mentioned article for an explanation.

You can also check out the Monitors section of our site if this review doesn’t cover the model you are interested in.

ASUS LS221H

ASUS does not spare superlative epithets in the description of this monitor and also points at specific advantages of the LS221H over the competition. These refer to its exterior design mostly: it claims to be the world’s slimmest 22-inch monitor and has a glossy black case, a leather-trimmed front panel and a protective sheet of glass. Sounds appealing, but let’s see what this monitor really is.

Specification

The monitor is based on a 22-inch TN matrix with an aspect ratio of 16:10 and a native resolution of 1680x1050 pixels. That’s all quite normal for a modern LCD monitor. The viewing angles are specified to be 170 and 160 degrees wide horizontally and vertically, respectively. But you should keep it in mind that they are measured according to a relaxed method. Therefore, 170 degrees of a specified viewing angle are going to look quite different on IPS and TN matrixes, for example.

The manufacturer declares two contrast ratios for this monitor. The static one is 1000:1 and the dynamic one is 4000:1. The static contrast ratio refers to the monitor’s ordinary operation mode whereas the dynamic contrast ratio refers to a special mode in which the brightness of the backlight lamps is being adjusted automatically depending on the currently displayed visual content. The latter mode is meant and suitable only for movies. Certain manufacturers declare only the bigger number of the two in their product specs, which is somewhat misleading.

The LS221H has a specified response time of 2 milliseconds (GtG) which means that it has a fast matrix with response time compensation. The RTC technology has one downside, though. It may provoke specific visual artifacts that show up as white trails behind moving objects. You will see below if these artifacts are strong on the LS221H.

Design and Ergonomics

In my opinion, the leather trim and the black lacquer surface are by far not the most remarkable feature of the monitor’s exterior. In nearly every other monitor the LCD matrix is sunken into the front panel of the case, the plastic bezel being 2-3 millimeters above the surface of the screen. In the LS221H the protective glass covers not just the screen but the entire front panel. The LCD matrix is pressed tight to it from the inside, creating an impression that the screen is flush with the surface of the monitor’s case. Although not very conspicuous from a distance, this effect looks original and beautiful when you are close, making the monitor even slimmer visually than it really is.

ASUS says the glass has a Mohs hardness of 9. The Mohs scale goes from talc (hardness of 1) through diamond (hardness of 10) and characterizes the scratch resistance of various minerals through the ability of a harder material to scratch a softer material. The hardness of 9 corresponds to corundum (also known as ruby or sapphire). If calculated in absolute values, corundum is twice as hard as topaz (8) but diamond (10) is four times as hard as corundum. For comparison, ordinary glass has a Mohs hardness of about 5, and the protective glass of the LS221H is eight times as hard as it.

I did not try to scratch my sample, but according to ASUS, this monitor will resist steel (a Mohs hardness of 7) and sandpaper (8). I guess parents of little children are going to appreciate this feature.

The monitor’s exterior is restrained but not boring. The design of the protective glass leaves a very nice impression. Then, ASUS’s designers have done a good job with the chrome elements. The horizontal silvery strip does not irritate your eye with too much glitter but also prevents the front panel from being a dull black smudge. The monitor is indeed trimmed with brown leather below the chrome strip. Although it is advertised as one of the key features in the LS221H design, it is not much impressive – just different from other monitors in color and texture. You cannot even tell that it is leather rather than just quality plastic from a distance of 1 meter and more.

I guess the biggest spoiling elements in the design of this product are the shiny stickers under the buttons and in the top left corner. They do not agree with the premium status of the LS221H (a good thing must be an advertisement in and of itself without any stickers) but you can easily tear them off.

To sum up, this monitor is meant for people who prefer an exterior design that is stern, original, and not too fanciful.

The monitor is indeed slim, although I wouldn’t bet that it is the slimmest model in the world. At least it does not make some special impression when viewed in profile.

The stand allows to adjust the tilt of the screen only.

The back panel of the case is empty save for the ASUS logo. The connectors are integrated into the stand, making it non-detachable. However, you can wall-mount the monitor by folding its stand parallel to the screen and attaching a VESA-compatible mount to the stand’s bottom.

The ring-shaped stand has multicolored integrated LEDs that are shining when the monitor is turned on. Their color depends on the currently selected Splendid mode. This highlighting is not too bright but has no practical value, either. You can turn it off in the monitor’s menu.

The control buttons are fitted into the chrome strip on the front panel. Their labels are painted with white on black and visible under any ambient lighting. A soft blue LED is integrated into the Power button. Its color changes into amber when in sleep mode.

You will find the monitor’s connectors at the back of its stand. Perhaps due to the space restraints, there is a HDMI port instead of a DVI connector (they are fully compatible by means of a cheap adapter) while the power adapter is external.

Onscreen Menu

The monitor has the standard menu of ASUS’s modern monitors.

The first menu tab is for choosing Splendid modes that set predefined values of brightness, contrast and color temperature. You can switch between these modes with the appropriate quick button without entering the menu, therefore it is unclear why this tab comes first.

Besides switching the Splendid modes, you can reset each of them. As opposed to other makers’ monitors, the LS221H gives the user the opportunity to adjust each of the preset modes.

The Standard mode is selected by default – it introduces no “enhancements” into the monitor’s color reproduction.

The second tab contains ordinary brightness and contrast settings. As you can see in the snapshot, the settings of sharpness, saturation and ASCR (it means ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio or dynamic contrast mode) are disabled. They only become available in Splendid modes other than Standard.

The third tab is about color temperature. Besides predefined modes and RGB sliders you can use the Skin Tone option to make skin tones more yellow or redder.

The third tab – Input Selection – actually duplicates the appropriate button on the monitor’s front panel.

The last tab contains a few additional monitor settings as well as options pertaining to the menu itself:

Apart from the customizable Splendid modes, the menu is quite ordinary and even not very handy. For some reason, the monitor with HDMI input does not support the aspect ratio of 16:9 all game consoles and players work with. If you connect it to your game console, the picture will be stretched out vertically to an aspect ratio of 16:10.

Subjective Impressions

Subjectively, the LS221H is set up neatly. It is good at reproducing halftones and does not have a bluish picture like many other modern monitors.

The monitor’s protective glass produces some flares but not as many as the now-popular glossy matrixes. This is not a serious inconvenience.

Typically for a TN matrix, the viewing angles are acceptable horizontally but too narrow vertically. The screen gets dark when viewed from below. That’s not a problem if you are sitting at the monitor, but TN-based monitors are not a good choice if you like watching movies while lying on a sofa and looking up at the screen. TN matrixes are still inferior to VA and S-IPS ones in terms of vertical viewing angles. Inexperienced users may even think that the characteristic darkening of TN matrixes when viewed from below is due to nonuniform backlight. Alas, monitors with matrixes other than TN have become too rare and expensive by now.

The LS221H has a very good response with no ghosting, but RTC-provoked artifacts (short white trails behind moving objects) are ubiquitous. They are not too strong but can be seen almost everywhere, even when you are moving a window with text. Unfortunately, the monitor does not allow to disable RTC technology and thus get rid of the artifacts.

There was a small glitch with the firmware. When turned on for the first time, the monitor reports it is in Standard mode and the screen brightness measurement yields 236 nits. However, if you then switch from Standard into some other mode and back into Standard, the screen brightness will be 193 nits only. The numeric values of Brightness and Contrast settings in the menu are the same in both cases. In other words, when you turn the monitor on for the first time (or if you reset its settings to the default values), its setup has nothing to do with the Standard mode or the numeric values in the menu. The monitor just has some arbitrary settings then. That’s a small but annoying problem, especially as such minor problems can often be observed with ASUS’s but not with other brands’ monitors.

The Splendid modes are disappointing. Save for Standard, each of them distorts colors greatly and I could not make them differ with brightness alone using the manual settings. Of course, it is good that you can manually adjust the brightness of each of these modes in ASUS monitors, but I’d like to have the opportunity to disable the color “enhancements and optimizations”, too.

Now let’s see how all this looks in numbers. I made my measurements in the Splendid Standard mode (except for the test of the Splendid modes proper).

Brightness and Contrast

The monitor has 90% Brightness and 80% Contrast by default. I achieved a 100nit level of white by dropping these settings to 50% and 55%, respectively. The brightness is regulated by pulse-width modulation of the power of the backlight lamps at a frequency of 240Hz.

The maximum brightness of 250 nits and static contrast ratio of 650:1 are average as today’s monitors go. There is nothing extraordinary about these parameters.

The dynamic contrast ratio (the last column of the table) was measured in the Scenery mode with enabled ASCR. The level of black was measured on pure black and the level of white, on pure white. My result is lower than the specified 4000:1.

Backlight Brightness

 

The average uniformity of black brightness is 5.8% with a maximum deflection of 17.8%. For white brightness the average and maximum are 5.5% and 14.8%, respectively. These numbers are quite normal. The pictures based on the measurement results show that there are brighter bands along the top and bottom of the screen on black. On white, there is a darker spot in the right part of the screen.

Color Gamut

The monitor has a standard color gamut that almost coincides with the sRGB color space.

Gamma Setup

At the default settings the gamma curves sag somewhat relative to the ideal curve for gamma 2.2. It means that the monitor shows a darker image than necessary. Dark and light halftones are all reproduced without merging into black or white.

The curves improve at the reduced contrast, getting close to ideal. Dark halftones are still reproduced normally, without merging with black.

Color Temperature

The LS221H is set up well in terms of color temperature. The actual temperatures match the names of the corresponding modes, and there is less than 500K of difference between the different grays. That’s a very good result for a TN matrix!

Alas, the CIE diagram with the results of the same measurements shows a deflection towards green in every color temperature mode. It becomes visible to the eye in the Warm and sRGB mode but is not conspicuous otherwise.

Response Time

The monitor sets a new record with its response time average of only 1.8 milliseconds (GtG) – even lower than specified by the manufacturer. The longest transition is only 3.6 milliseconds.

Alas, the fast response is accompanied with a high level of RTC errors: the average is 24.7%. This is very high (I consider an average RTC error of below 10% as good and below 15% as acceptable). Each transition is accompanied with an error, most of which vary from 20 to 30%. The resulting visual artifacts are quite conspicuous.

Additional Image Modes

Besides the default Standard Mode, the monitor offers four additional modes with predefined settings called Splendid technology. The point of this technology (and similar features in other brands’ monitors) is in allowing you to quickly adjust the screen brightness when you switch from work to game and back again.

Splendid differs from the competing technologies in allowing to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation and sharpness and to enable/disable dynamic contrast for each mode. The monitor remembers all these settings under the appropriate Splendid mode.

I performed my measurements at the default settings of the modes:

The Splendid modes are all bright and differ but slightly from each other.

The Theater mode has an increased saturation of green and blue. Some of light halftones are displayed as white. If you like bright colors, you can use Theater for watching movies, but you won’t have accurate colors with it.

The colors are saturated in the Game mode even more as is indicated by the gamma curves. I’m not sure who’s going to like the result: about one third of all lights are displayed as pure white!

The Night View mode is meant to increase the brightness of darks for better visibility in dark game scenes. The rest is the same as in the previous modes: high color saturation and light halftones merging with pure white. Besides, image sharpness is increased by default for some reason, which leads to annoying artifacts around contrasting lines. You can solve this problem with the Sharpness option in the menu.

ASUS suggests that you use the Scenery mode for viewing photographs of nature. I wouldn’t recommend you doing so if you care about color accuracy. The saturation of red and green is too high, lights merging with white into a single smudge.

Thus, most of the Splendid modes are not going to be appreciated by users due to the dramatic changes in color reproduction which cannot be corrected with the available settings. If you like saturated colors, you can try the Theater and Scenery modes for watching movies and playing games. Photographs should be viewed in the Standard mode whereas the Game and Night View modes are too aggressive for any usage in my opinion.

Summary

Exterior design is the strongest point of the LS221H model. ASUS has indeed come up with a monitor that looks original, interesting and beautiful. The monitor is not overloaded with illumination, chrome surfaces and glossy plastic. You are going to like it if you prefer a neat but eye-catching design. The protective glass may come in handy for some users, too.

Unfortunately, the LS221H is barely above the average level in its technical specs. It has good color reproduction setup (its image does not look bluish as on many other monitors) and a low response time, but the latter is accompanied with conspicuous RTC artifacts. Notwithstanding the HDMI input, the monitor does not support 16:9 content whereas the Splendid modes distort color reproduction.

At the time of my writing this, the ASUS LS221H costs considerably more than its opponents. It’s up to you to decide if its exterior design and protective glass are worth the extra money.

LG Flatron W2284F

LG positions its Flatron W2284F as a premium class monitor but only emphasizes the dynamic contrast of 30,000:1 in its specs. That sounds suspicious to me as one would expect more from a premium product.

Specifications

The Flatron W2284F has a standard screen size: 22 inches with an aspect ratio of 16:10 and a native resolution of 1680x1050 pixels. It is based on a TN matrix with response time compensation.

The viewing angles are specified to be 176 degrees wide horizontally and 170 degrees wide vertically. The numbers look nice but I have to disillusion you: as is often the case with TN matrixes, the angles are measured according to the relaxed method (for a contrast ratio reduction to 5:1) that ensures a better result the manufacturer can write into his product specs. Moreover, the current method of measuring a monitor’s viewing angles is such that the result depends on the matrix’s contrast ratio when viewed at a right angle. The higher this contrast ratio, the wider the viewing angles are. In other words, you should not pay much attention to this parameter in the specifications of TN-based monitors – a difference of 10 degrees is practically imperceptible with a naked eye.

The specified response time is 2 milliseconds which is a typical and minimum value for modern TN monitors. It means that the Flatron W2284F has response time compensation technology that came to LCD monitors a few years ago along with 4ms matrixes and helped improve their response dramatically (the effective difference between 4ms and 5ms matrixes is three- or fourfold).

The specified contrast ratio is as high as 30,000:1. It is dynamic contrast, of course. In the dynamic contrast mode the monitor’s brightness is being adjusted automatically depending on the currently displayed image. The lighter the image, the higher the brightness is, and vice versa. This technology is no good for ordinary office applications (the fluctuations of brightness are going to strain your eyes quickly). It is only meant for movies but some people do not like its effect even in movies. As far as I know from my experience, there is no practical distinction between monitors with different dynamic contrast ratios if the latter is higher than 10,000:1.

Unfortunately, the manufacturer does not specify the value of ordinary, static contrast ratio.

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.

Onscreen Menu

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:

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.

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.

Subjective Impressions

It is actually hard to tell anything you would not expect about the image quality of the Flatron W2284F. Subjectively, it does not differ from most other 22-inch models based on TN matrixes. Its viewing angles are good enough horizontally. The picture gets faded when viewed from a side but the tonality is not affected much. When viewed from below, the screen gets dark as is typical of TN technology. This effect is not conspicuous at ordinary work, but TN-based monitors won’t be a good choice if you like to watch movies while lying on a sofa and looking up at the screen. The W2284F is just like any other TN-based product in this respect.

The monitor yields cold colors with a noticeable bluish hue. This is a common setup problem of many modern monitors. Halftones are reproduced properly. Darks do not merge with black while lights are only displayed as pure white at a contrast higher than the default 70%. Color gradients are reproduced neatly at the default settings but become striped at a reduced contrast.

The W2284F is too bright for everyday usage at the default settings, but this is typical for modern monitors. The manufacturers set them up in such a way that they looked bright and attractive at a shop shelf. You have to lower the Brightness setting to near zero and the Contrast setting to 30-50%, depending on your preferences and ambient lighting, in order to work comfortably with text.

Color saturation is increased greatly in the f-Engine modes and some people will not like it: colors are unnaturally bright and gaudy, especially in movies that have a vivid color palette originally.

The monitor’s response time leaves a nice impression. It nearly has neither ghosting (the result of high response time) nor white trails (the result of RTC errors). You can see visual artifacts only if you are looking for them on purpose.

Now let’s see how all this looks in numbers.

Brightness and Contrast

The monitor has 100% Brightness and 70% Contrast by default. I lowered them to 34% Brightness and 40% Contrast to achieve a 100nit level of white. The brightness is regulated by means of pulse-width modulation of the power of the backlight lamps at a frequency of 240Hz.

The monitor’s max brightness of 260 nits is somewhat lower than the specified value of 300 nits, but enough for any use, even for watching movies under daylight.

The contrast ratio is very good for a TN matrix – nearly 800:1. This is one of the best results among all the TN-based monitors we have ever tested in our labs. I could not find how to enable dynamic contrast in this monitor, so I did not measure its dynamic contrast ratio.

Backlight Brightness

 

The average uniformity of black brightness is 5.1% with a maximum deflection of 12.7%. For white brightness the average and maximum are 4.8% and 15.6%, respectively. These numbers suggest that the monitor does not have conspicuous dark or bright spots. Interestingly, it is the center of the screen that is brighter on black. I usually see the opposite in my tests.

Color Gamut

The Flatron W2284F does not have an extended color gamut. Its color gamut triangle is somewhat shifted relative to the standard sRGB space, so the monitor is worse at reproducing blues and reds (they have slight turquoise and orange hues, respectively) but better than sRGB in greens. The difference can hardly be spotted with a naked eye, though.

Gamma Setup

The monitor has too much of contrast at the default settings as is indicated by the bend of the gamma curves in the right part of the diagram. The monitor’s darks are brighter than necessary (its curves go higher than the theoretical curve) but I don’t see any serious problems.

At the reduced Brightness and Contrast settings the curves improve in the right part of the diagram, but darks are still a little bit brighter than necessary.

Color Temperature

Besides the manual setting, the monitor offers five preset color temperature modes, three of which are named as specific numbers.

The numbers agree with the names of the modes on white only. The color temperature of grays is higher by 1000K in the warm modes and by 3000K and more in the cold ones. Therefore the picture looks too cold, and white has a yellow-reddish hue at the default settings.

Well, if you reduce the Contrast setting in the monitor’s menu to 40% or lower, the difference between white and gray becomes small. The picture remains cold overall – you can solve this by calibration (using a calibrator that costs about $100) or by setting the color temperature manually (this would require much patience on your part).

The color temperature numbers cannot show a possible deflection towards greens or pinks. To check this out I will build a CIE diagram where the color coordinates of the above-measured levels of gray are marked with crosses. If the crosses do not deflect much from the curve that goes through the diagram, there are no parasitic green or pink hues in the picture.

It is all right with the Flatron W2284F in this test. If there is any deflection, it is not big and shows up on white only. This is not going to be conspicuous, especially if you lower the monitor’s Contrast setting below its default level.

The dispersion of the color temperature of white and gray I have mentioned above can be seen in the diagram: the crosses for grays are to the left and down from white, towards colder hues.

Response Time

The response time average is 5.4 milliseconds (GtG). The long transitions between similar halftones – they lie along the diagonal of the diagram – have a negative effect on the overall result. The ghosting effect is practically inconspicuous on such transitions, so the monitor is quite fast.

It is good that there are almost no RTC-provoked artifacts with this monitor. The average level of RTC errors is a mere 3.7%, which is an excellent result for a TN matrix! Comparing the W2284F with the above-discussed ASUS LS221H, LG’s monitor is better in this round. Although it is formally slower, the overall impression is better thanks to the lack of visual artifacts.

Additional Image Modes

The monitor features f-Engine technology for improving sharpness, contrast ratio and saturation. You can switch between f-Engine modes by pressing a single button. This kind of image processing is a matter of personal taste, but I want to check out the effect this technology has on the monitor’s color reproduction.

Both preset modes are about as bright as 250 nits. This is normal for movies, but rather too much for the Internet. I don’t know why the screen brightness is not set lower for browsing the Web. Well, there is a user-defined mode that you can set to your taste, but anyway.

The three basic colors all have high saturation in the Movie mode, especially green. Light halftones (in the top right of the diagram) are indistinguishable from white.

The Internet mode is somewhat less aggressive: it has an increased saturation of green only.

Thus, f-Engine technology is not going to be appreciated by people who like accurate color reproduction. Every mode distorts colors in some way. On the other hand, this is the purpose of the technology: to transform accurate colors into eye-pleasing colors. Unfortunately, the Flatron W2284F does not offer any modes that would only differ in brightness.

Summary

It is not quite clear why LG refers to the Flatron W2248F as to a premium class product. >From the point of view of its design, it can only offer a very slim case and an original design of the Power button. The glossy plastic is far from original today, and the smooth outline of the case is nothing new, either. The odd shape of the stand even spoils the aesthetic impression somewhat.

The W2284F is not quite good in terms of technical parameters. I could not find the option to enable the promised dynamic contrast of 30,000:1. The color reproduction setup is mediocre, with a strong deflection towards cold hues. The only positive things are the uniform brightness of the backlight and the combination of a good response time with a minimum of RTC-provoked artifacts. If it were not for the latter, the W2284F would not differ technically from most other modern 22-inch monitors at all.

The LG W2284F can be an interesting monitor for gamers thanks to its fast matrix and neat setup of the RTC mechanism. It may also be liked by people who take the monitor’s design into consideration, but it has a lot of opponents in this respect, from Samsung’s Touch of Color series to the above-discussed ASUS LS221H.

As for the price factor, this monitor is comparable or somewhat more expensive than its direct market opponents (I don’t count in the cheap models without a digital input).

Conclusion

As I have already expressed my opinion about each monitor at the end of the respective sections, I will only give you a brief description of their advantages and drawbacks here.

ASUS LS221H

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Lows:

LG Flatron W2284F

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Lows: