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LG Launches 5000:1 Contrast Ratio Monitor In UK

Gordon Kelly


LG Launches First 5000:1 Contrast Ratio Monitor

Contrast ratio is probably the least reliable specification in screen technology, but LG has hit the headlines today with the UK launch of the world's first 5000:1 rated monitor...

The 22in 'L226WTQ' is the model to reach this (rather murkily defined) figure and while I'm reticent to place too much emphasis on this ambiguous crowd pleaser there should at least be strong image clarity at the end of it.

Moving swiftly onto other areas, we find a size/resolution defacto 1680 x 1050 pixel display with a zippy 2ms grey-to-grey response time and typical 300 nits brightness. The 170 degree viewing angle isn't the widest I've seen but should be more than acceptable for anyone you want remotely near looking at your screen, while DVI-D and D-SUB provide the HD friendly input options.

Dennis Yeo, LG's Group Product Manager, said "We are committed to offering our customers the very best in both technological innovation and style. Equipping home monitors with a 5000:1 DFC {Digital Fine Contrast ratio} as standard means that LG is meeting the growing expectations from consumers for a heightened viewing experience."

While I would treat all contrast ratio figures with some scepticism the L226WTQ looks a strong offering right across the board. A November launch is on the card too and while pricing remains a closely guarded secret, anything less than daylight robbery should make this a welcome festive addition...

Update: Rather sadly - in my opinion - LG has decided to release only a silver version of the L226WTQ in the UK. Being more grey than silver, I think it looks the poor relation to the black one above but see what you think...

Update 2: I'd like to think it has something to do with my sarcasm (probably not) but LG has decided to sell both the black and grey silver models in the UK. Pricing is also expected to be around the £200 - £250 mark.


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