In terms of visual design the Flatron W2230S isn’t a showstopper, not like the company’s home cinema and TV products, but the curvy lines and glossy black bezel is stylish in an understated kind of way. Another potential ace up LG’s sleeve is that, aside from the piano-black and white (or Oreo as LG calls it) finish of our sample, the W2230S is available with green, pink, blue and purple bezels to match your portable machine or home interior.
While the colour options are definitely an advantage over the LapFit range, when compared to the clean, streamlined elegance of the D190S, LG’s effort doesn’t quite compare. This is partially due to the use of physical buttons rather than backlit touch-sensitive ones, whose appearance is a bit jarring even if they offer a slight ergonomic advantage. Likewise, the large, wave-shaped power button, though eye-catching, is more obtrusive than it needs to be.
Though a tad drab, the OSD is logically laid out and easy to navigate. Adjustments include colour temperature, sharpness and gamma, but no contrast modes, image presets, overdrive or anything else fancy is to be found. While this is more basic than we’re used to, it’s actually refreshing: everything you really need is here (though a few presets wouldn’t have gone amiss) and anyone who genuinely cares about image quality isn’t likely to buy a cheap, TN-based monitor anyway.
When it comes to image quality, let’s just make something clear from the start: as with most budget monitors using TN panels, that offered by the Flatron W2230S will make any image professional cringe. We noted significant backlight bleed from the bottom of the screen, though otherwise backlighting was relatively even. The expected contrast failings were shown up by the greyscale test despite LG’s ludicrous claimed contrast ratio of 30,000:1, so you will likely miss both light and dark fine detail in films and photos.
Banding is very slight but even horizontal viewing angles are poor, with strong colour shift when moving off-centre. Worst of all are the dithering and other processing artefacts, which often lend tones a shimmering quality that can be distracting and mean transitions aren’t as smooth as they should be.