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If one is to go by the name of a product, then this latest 17in TFT monitor from LG appears to be the follow up model to the company’s LG Flatron L1730P I reviewed last year. However, it is not and instead the 40 Series replaces the 20 and 50 Series. As you can see, this new addition has seen quite a radical change in terms of aesthetics, and first impressions are very good for this “Premium Artistic Series LX40” monitor as LG likes to label it. The 17in panel is framed attractively in a matt black bezel, whereas the curvaceous lower part and rear of the chassis is constructed from plastic with an iPod-esque white lacquered finish. This and the chromed base give an end result that’s certainly pleasing to the eye, if somewhat reminiscent of some of Sony’s designs, but if you’re after a great-looking monitor for your desk then LG has got off to a great start.
However, one could argue that the L1740P is a case of style over substance once you take a look at the functionality of the stand. Unlike some of the company's other models, the L1740P lacks a USB hub altogether and is limited in its range of movement. For instance, after unpacking the unit the first thing I tried to do was pivot the display. Unfortunately this was met with stubborn resistance as was the attempt to swivel it from side to side. This respectively means you won’t be able to work in a portrait view or smoothly turn the display for the benefit of the person sitting next to you. Furthermore, the L1740P can not be raised or lowered, which basically makes it a tilt-only (five degrees back and 25 degrees forward) display. However, if you a need a wall-mounted display, the L1740P accepts a VESA-compliant mounting interface.
There are other issues that didn’t sit well with me either. First of all, I found the display to sit a little too low for my liking and with the aforementioned lack of height adjustability, you may find your self slipping a couple of books under the stand. Secondly, hooking up the display to the DVI-D port was far from easy. Using the supplied DVI cable, I found that inserting this into its respective port was hindered by the design of the stand’s stubby neck.
In fact, the cable has to be bent to one side at almost a right angle in order for the plug end to comfortably fit in its vertical orientation. Of course, with the D-SUB port sitting further toward the side of the chassis, this problem shouldn’t be encountered if you decide to go for the analogue signal option. Nevertheless once the video cable has been seated, along with the power cable for the L1740P’s internal PSU, all the leads are kept out of sight when the removable panel is refitted in order to maintain the chassis’ flowing lines.
With the monitor all hooked up, it was time to switch it on using the very clever touch-sensitive button. Do I need to tell you what colour light I was greeted with? Well if you haven’t seen from our product shots, it’s that ubiquitous blue light that seems to adorn most of today’s products, although in the L1740P’s defence, it is at least contoured to the shape of the button which makes a refreshing change from a circle of glowing aquamarine.
With the drivers supplied on CD, I installed these next. As with most monitor manufacturers, the driver is also supplied with a colour profile which can be used to help calibrate the display. However, in this case the profile didn’t agree with Adobe Photoshop as indicated by the Window (below) that popped up when I started the program.
A defective monitor profile didn’t fill me with a great deal of confidence, so I created my own using Adobe’s Gamma Utility which can normally be found in the Control Panel under Windows. It’s best to save the new profile under a different name to the one supplied by LG to avoid the same error popup when you restart Photoshop. Now that the monitor was loosely calibrated I turned my attention to the OSD controls in order to make some much needed adjustments that I’ll mention a little later.
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