If I were to judge the LG Flatron M1910A solely on its appearance, then it would make it onto our list of favourite flat panel displays. The design is certainly one of the more unique in the 19in class and a number of friends have already commented on how good it will look in their homes. Sadly I had to explain it was mine during the testing period and will be returned to LG once the review is completed.
What makes the M1910A really stand out is the two-tone black and white finish, the chrome stand, and the curvaceous chassis. The black bezel, although not the narrowest, is attractively raised from the white chassis giving it an almost “floating” look. Below this the chassis extends downwards into a sweeping curve and it’s here you’ll find one of the M1910A’s strengths – its speakers.
Yup, surprisingly enough this LCD comes with 3W built-in stereo speakers that actually sound rather good. In terms of bass, they won’t replace a set of surround sound units hooked up to your PC, but when compared to the majority of similarly equipped LCDs, the M1910A has enough volume and clarity to make listening to music or films/programmes a genuine prospect.
Did I say watching TV? I sure did, and that’s because a built-in TV-tuner is also present giving the M1910A a dual purpose function – ideal for those with limited space. It means you can use it as a standalone TV, or connect it to your PC for the best of both worlds.
Using the TV-tuner is relatively simple. After you’ve married the appropriate signal feed to the RF input you can auto-scan for available channels, rename them, and then sort them into an ordered list. There’s Teletext support and a handy remote control too that offers full access to all the M1910A’s picture settings. There are some omissions however, and one of those is the lack of a Picture-in-Picture mode - a shame considering that the Samsung 930MP and most TV-tuner PC cards come with this feature. There’s also no FM radio tuner either, another one-up for the Samsung 930MP.