LG Flatron L206WU 20in Widescreen DisplayLink Monitor - LG Flatron L206WU



As to ergonomics, the chunky stand more than pays off by offering some of the smoothest ergonomics and probably the highest vertical adjustment in its class. In fact, adjustments are so smooth that you can raise, lower, and even pivot the screen with one finger!

This is partially thanks to the excellent damping system employed in the stand, and of course the Flatron L206WU also offers a nice amount of tilt. The power LED is a subtle, muted blue, while the totally non-reflective screen is an absolute joy to use in environments with excessive ambient light. A slightly crude-looking (though adequately hidden) cable tidying system actually works really well, tucking all the cables neatly out of the way, so that the clean lines of your snazzy – or garish, depending on your taste – monitor aren’t spoiled by trailing wires.

When playing with the settings, I found the OSD to be tidy and fairly intuitive. Even in USB mode the L206WU offers adjustments for brightness, contrast,gamma and RGB, as well as colour temperature and sharpness, which is more than some monitors offer on their dedicated graphical inputs.

Installing the embedded DisplayLink software, or ‘USB Easy Connection’ as LG calls it, takes about a minute and requires minimal user input (although a restart is required), after which a small system tray icon gives complete, and above all, simple control over your secondary monitor. Despite the manual’s claims to the contrary, DisplayLink can work with Windows Vista, although we did experience some glitches: out of five Vista machines tested, on one the L206WU only worked most of the time, while on another it stopped working completely after the second boot-up.

In other words, if you have a laptop running Vista, a try-before-you-buy policy might be in order. Also, the manual is unfortunately correct in stating that Linux is still a no-no, which is a shame considering this display could well be an ideal companion for an Eee PC – like the new Eee PC 900 If nothing else, plugging a screen into a USB port is just so much easier than fiddling with a thick and heavy VGA cable.

But of course, all of these features are somewhat moot if the image quality isn’t up to scratch. It comes as something of a relief then that LG’s effort in this area is actually quite remarkable given the price. For starters, quality is fairly consistent across inputs, with no distinguishable difference between USB and DVI, while VGA even looks good after you’ve pressed the auto-adjust button.

Viewing angles are as good as one can expect from a TN panel, with the usual falling of off colours evident from around 160 degrees. The backlight bleed is also surprisingly minimal for a screen in this price point, with only a slight brightening along the lower bezel. Apart from this, lighting and colour-reproduction are even across the entire screen.

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