Before we delve deeper into performance and image quality though, let’s take a look at the design of this display. Finished entirely in glossy black it’s definitely one of the better looking monitors out there, though not quite as striking as the Samsung 226BW or as elegant as the HP w2207, it still has its own quality that’s quite attractive. A slim bezel gives it a low profile, while the power button is nicely integrated into the bottom edge.
Its main weak point, however, isn’t its style but a stand design that belies its premium pretensions. For starters it doesn’t come fully assembled and, though this isn’t an arduous task, once completed the stand lacks the quality and stability exhibited by the likes of the HP. It also lacks a great deal of adjustability, relying on just tilt and swivel. For a monitor that’s currently only available for around £240 this isn’t at all impressive and some height adjustment would more than welcome, nay demanded, at this price point. Indeed, one can’t but feel LG might have been better off investing in some better industrial design than overblown image contrast modes.
For connectivity there’s nothing remarkable to report, with an HDCP enabled DVI port and D-SUB rounding off the options. There are no integrated speakers, which is no bad thing and means there’s no audio input as on many monitors.
One of the better elements of the Flatron L227WT-PF, though, is the OSD, which is nicely presented and has an unusually intuitive navigation system. On the under edge of the bezel are the control buttons, with functions written on the front edge. Pressing the F-Engine button gives you four options, Normal, User, Text and the already mentioned Movie mode.
For the most part the Normal mode is all you really require, maintaining normal and balanced colouration but with some subtle dynamic backlighting that’s quite effective. User mode is good if you want to turn off the dynamic backlight, which isn’t desirable when consistency is required. Meanwhile Text mode mainly equates to a slightly less severe version of the Movie mode, but is nonetheless no more attractive and is best avoided.