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The technology industry is no different from any other in that, despite all the modularity and interchangeability, it is subject to trends and categories. One of the areas that has become most entrenched is the budget 22in LCD monitor. It is surprising how many things most budget 22 inchers have in common: almost all feature a chassis with the stand attached and a circular base and many sport a glossy black finish. They have HDCP-enabled DVI and analogue VGA, use TN panels, run at a resolution of 1,680 x 1,050, and feature more often than not a 2ms response time. Annoyingly, they rarely offer any adjustability apart from tilt and when you have just bought a shiny new monitor, the last thing you want is to have to use telephone directories for height adjustment.

The LG Flatron W2252TQ distinguishes itself with one jaw-dropping specification: a 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. And no, I didn't accidentally add a zero. In fact, we wrote a news story announcing the W2252TQ's imminent arrival not long ago. Apart from the supposedly stunning contrast though, initial impressions suggest it conforms to the aforementioned rules of thumb - so let's see if that makes it good enough to stand out from the crowd.

The monitor comes with both DVI and VGA cables, in addition to a cleaning cloth. Assembly is really easy: just click in the base, and after routing the cables (two maximum) through the provided clips at the back, attach the small backplate. It's not particularly elegant, but it works. Build quality is generally good, though the base does not feel as solid as most. I could rant on about the lack of adjustability, but there's really no point as long as consumers will buy products based purely on looks.

In terms of design, the LG Flatron actually appears more similar to the recently reviewed Samsung SyncMaster 226cw than other LG monitors we've looked at. But that's not a bad thing, since the 226cw was an eye-catching screen. Around the corners the bezel is curved, while the bottom segment widens downward at the centre to match a silver accent.

The power button is a chromed, curved line, which works well with the rest of the design, and is lit below by a blue LED. Though the effect is quite subtle, some of you will still be glad to know there's an option to disable it altogether. Overall this LG is not the most attractive display I've come across, but it shouldn't be ashamed of its appearance either.

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July 30, 2008, 10:36 am

I grabbed this monitor at a local computer fair for $270AUD last week. Shipped with a stuck pixel, tried every trick in the book to get it off. Good monitor generally, perhaps a little bright in the corners.


June 22, 2009, 6:21 pm

There are so many things about this monitor I hate! I bought it initially to watch movies and play games, because I like the idea of wide screen aspect ratio! you get a chance to see more in your 3D environment giving you a edge for gaming. After 2 hours of playing around with it, my monitor died completely and refused to turn back on!

Luckily however I had a chance to run 3D mark on it, look at some pictures, test the resolutions, tweak around with the settings in and out of games, watch & tab in, and out of action scenes in movies before this unfortunate and highly unpleasant ordeal took place. Before I start let me emphasize this strongly, if you've ever owned any decent LCD monitor before, BE WARNED this LG W2252TQ is certainly NOT for you.

Upon opening you get this Korean cheap overdone glossy feeling, (as if they are trying to make it better then it is). after connecting the cables you notice that the controls on the monitor are a nightmare to handle, someone positioned them under the actual screen and Its really hard to get to.. Very unpleasant and user unfriendly to operate. Moving on, you look at the screen and the first thing you see is the color, brightness and contrast. I swear no matter what I did I couldn't get them to work and make at least one picture look good, worst of all the put some type of in build speaker which made these terrible Prince of Persia sounds!. At this point i was getting annoyed and after using a Acer 17inch prior to this, I hate to admit it but I got far more pleasure out of that then seemingly i would out of this. This was riding to be a disaster, 20 minutes just spend on trying to make the monitor presentable for certain movies and games! There never was a WOW feeling with the LG, it was more agitation on how to tweak it to make it half presentable to watch.. At one point I was like "where is the look better, give me good strong vibrant colors button?" To my dismay no such button was found. After a quiet sigh the quest went on! I put 3D mark on, up close i could tell that there was some ghosting, this is advertised as 2ms but i swear I saw ghosting, oh wait.. its 2ms with certain options, but its 5ms stock.. ah.. i see how they've marketed it... smart! I started watching the battle scenes from Star Wars Episode III on a scaled down 1080-1050 version and man it lookt awful. There is a difference between 1080 and 1050, to anyone reading this, get a monitor that supports 1080 (1920×1080), it really is important and gives your monitor a huge lifetime. You won't loose your hair in years time when everything is Blue ray and you have to resort to pulling back 1080 movies to 1050! It will be like a thorn on your head, constantly jabbing you..

I swear this monitor makes me feel as if its a cheap mass produced product for a Internet lounge, so the companies owning the venues can buy cheap products while milking the masses for email usage and the occasional kids for their 2 hours of counterstrike source. Ughh! by now I wanted this nightmare over, I started playing games, testing out settings, various brightness and contrast problems kept coming up, I could never get it just right for me to enjoy the game. Another 10 minutes on tweaking and I started getting a unpleasant heavy feeling in my chest! I realized that no matter what I did, i would never be happy with any of these settings.. A thought abruptly emerged in my head.."Why Oh why did I buy a LG?".

There really is very little to love about this monitor, with my 17 inch Acer I got far more then the money i put into it. With this I feel like I get half of what i paid for. I began ignoring some of the obvious problems and decided to focus on wide screen gaming. 16:9 ratio running 2 x 4830 ATI cards simply to sustain this high end resolution on 80fps (opposed to 140 on a lower res) I started finally seeing some positives, and for a while I was enjoying it and forgot about everything. Owning a 22inch is really something! when all of a sudden my monitor went black! I thought a cable came out, but after extensive checking I realized that the monitor has had.. enough! The South Korean revolt into LCD monitors was finally over, the guns were silent my brand new LG monitor died after 2 hours of usage!

After this I can happily say that, I'm never buying anything LG again, I waited 4 days for this monitor to be delivered only to use it for 2 hours and decide its complete garbage!


August 11, 2013, 7:33 pm

Mine died after only 2 years. I know most things say they have a 2 year life, but I usually get 4-6 years average for most things. This thing seriously started having problems right around the two year mark and is no longer usable. It turns on, but inevitably turns itself off again and won't power back up unless I leave it alone for several days, only to do the same thing again. I'm thinking about selling it for parts on craigslist but I doubt anyone would even want it for $20.

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