As ever, image quality is of the utmost importance and though LG has done its best to ruin things with its F-Engine Movie Mode, provided you ignore this option this is a very capable monitor. Based on a TN panel, which is no longer a source for great concern, the L227WT-PF sports a 300 cd/m2 brightness rating and this is certainly no exaggeration. It also boasts 97 per cent colour gamut coverage and this combination immediately impresses, producing crisp, bright and pleasing images.
A quick look at the TrustedReviews front page demonstrated this much, with the oranges of the menu buttons proving very vibrant and defined. Moreover, the cleanness and brightness of the white level is also very impressive, which only serves to enhance the effect of the bright colours. Viewing angles are decent too and, though you do lose some contrast from an angle, there’s no extreme colour shift and it remains perfectly viewable.
DisplayMate provided even further evidence, were it needed, of the bright and vibrant colour production, with the Colour Scales and Tracking tests boasting nicely defined gradations and striking colours. However, though a colourful and vibrant display, the monitor still struggles with dark level detail, a problem common among all LCD monitors but especially those with TN panels.
As such, the Dark-Grey Scale showed significant compression at the darker end of the scale, with darker grey shades fading into the black background. This was mirrored in the White-Level Saturation test, where the most challenging light grey shades faded to white. It must be reiterated, though, that this is fairly typical of most LCDs in this sector and though there is compression, the actual shading is accurate and evenly graduated with no hint of imperfect tones.
In real world use the LG generally pleases. As has already been noted, viewing web pages and other documents gives a good impression of how bright and vibrant a display it is, while text remains sharp and easy to read. Pictures look good too, though the finer details in darker areas still suffer from a lack of resolution.
This is also evident in video playback and in dark scenes, where detail is severely lacking. It’s a point not helped by the dynamic backlight, though it does at least eliminate the worst of washing out inherent in all LCDs. As a general rule the backlight is pretty even too, with only minor bleeding from the bottom and right edges that’s barely noticeable in most instances.
However, despite generally good and sometimes excellent image quality, one can’t help but feel that LG has missed a trick with the L227WT-PF. For the price it offers little by way of features or adjustability, settling for the kind of feature set that could be found in any bargain basement example. And, at this price, that isn’t really enough: not even close, in fact. Thus, it remains that the likes of the HP w2207, which looks an even better proposition now than it did when we reviewed it, or the Samsung 226BW that has come down in price to around £200, are probably better options.
Though image quality is generally very good the LG Flatron L227WT-PF is let down by a lack of adjustability and features at a price that demands more. Were it to become readily available at closer to £200 then it may be worth a second look, but until then there are better designed monitors out there that offer similar performance but more bang for your buck.
Score in detail
Image Quality 8