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LG Flatron W2230S - 22in Laptop Monitor - LG Flatron W2230S - 22in Laptop Monitor

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers



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In terms of visual design the Flatron W2230S isn't a showstopper, not like the company's home cinema and TV products, but the curvy lines and glossy black bezel is stylish in an understated kind of way. Another potential ace up LG's sleeve is that, aside from the piano-black and white (or Oreo as LG calls it) finish of our sample, the W2230S is available with green, pink, blue and purple bezels to match your portable machine or home interior.

While the colour options are definitely an advantage over the LapFit range, when compared to the clean, streamlined elegance of the D190S, LG's effort doesn't quite compare. This is partially due to the use of physical buttons rather than backlit touch-sensitive ones, whose appearance is a bit jarring even if they offer a slight ergonomic advantage. Likewise, the large, wave-shaped power button, though eye-catching, is more obtrusive than it needs to be.

Though a tad drab, the OSD is logically laid out and easy to navigate. Adjustments include colour temperature, sharpness and gamma, but no contrast modes, image presets, overdrive or anything else fancy is to be found. While this is more basic than we're used to, it's actually refreshing: everything you really need is here (though a few presets wouldn't have gone amiss) and anyone who genuinely cares about image quality isn't likely to buy a cheap, TN-based monitor anyway.

When it comes to image quality, let's just make something clear from the start: as with most budget monitors using TN panels, that offered by the Flatron W2230S will make any image professional cringe. We noted significant backlight bleed from the bottom of the screen, though otherwise backlighting was relatively even. The expected contrast failings were shown up by the greyscale test despite LG's ludicrous claimed contrast ratio of 30,000:1, so you will likely miss both light and dark fine detail in films and photos.

Banding is very slight but even horizontal viewing angles are poor, with strong colour shift when moving off-centre. Worst of all are the dithering and other processing artefacts, which often lend tones a shimmering quality that can be distracting and mean transitions aren't as smooth as they should be.


October 29, 2009, 10:28 am

Regardless of technical prowess, or the lack of it, this entire sector is ergonomically flawed. Putting a screen at a low level to match the poor ergonomics of a laptop screen when on a desk simply doubles the potential for neck and back strain. Do yourself a favour and get a decent 'normal' monitor with an adjustable stand rather than this ill conceived, marketing driven 'design'.


October 29, 2009, 1:33 pm


I completely agree. Then again, the ergonomics of most cheap regular/'normal' monitors are bad enough - the way the market seems to be at the moment, you need to go premium to get such BASICS as decent height adjustment, not to mention luxuries such as swivel or pivot.


October 29, 2009, 2:19 pm

Did the D190S LapFit ever come to the market? I looked everywhere but can't find it anywhere?


October 29, 2009, 2:40 pm


Not with that model name, though this {http://www.dabs.com/products/s...} "LD190 LapFit" seems to be very similar.


October 29, 2009, 6:38 pm


Ah yes cheers for that. There is also a 22" version http://www.dabs.com/products/s...

I'm already using a dual screen setup (outputing via VGA) on my laptop. Am I right to assume I can add a 3rd screen vis USB with this?


November 5, 2009, 3:09 am


Correct, with the LD 220 and it's USB connection (which I use on my desk), you can easily add a 3rd or more displays to your setup. An added bonus that isn't often mentioned is that it has a USB hub built in, so you can connect your keyboard and mouse to it while minimizing cable clutter!

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