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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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Of course it's not all bad news, as the matte panel finish avoids distracting reflections, text remains sharp and - after fiddling with the settings - colours look fairly realistic, if lacking in distinction. It can certainly cope well enough with everyday productivity scenarios and the native 1,920 x 1,080 resolution is ideal for HD videos.

As long as you're not too picky and sit centrally, this monitor offers an okay entertainment experience overall. However keep in mind that, due to its lack of digital (HDCP-enabled) inputs, you won't be able to play protected content from Blu-rays.

One area where this thin and light display does succeed, however, is in energy consumption. We measured a maximum of 25W, putting it up there as one of the most frugal 22in monitors on the market. This might help you save a little money in the long-run, which can only be a good thing.

It's unfortunate, then, that the £140 price-tag puts the W2230S into a class of far better-specified monitors. For just £7 more you can get BenQ's E2200HD, which received a well-deserved Recommended Award back in March. For this tiny extra outlay you get a better quality panel, HDMI and DVI video inputs, an audio output and inbuilt speakers as well. Bottom line? Unless you absolutely must have a low-energy, low-profile screen or particularly like its appearance, the W2230S is overpriced for what it offers..


It might be compact, frugal and available in a range of colours, but the LG Flatron W2230S is let down by its lack of digital connectivity and poor image quality, made less palatable by a price that puts it into the same league as far superior 'traditional' monitors.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Value 5
  • Image Quality 5
  • Features 5
  • Design 7


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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