Of course it’s not all bad news, as the matte panel finish avoids distracting reflections, text remains sharp and – after fiddling with the settings – colours look fairly realistic, if lacking in distinction. It can certainly cope well enough with everyday productivity scenarios and the native 1,920 x 1,080 resolution is ideal for HD videos.
As long as you’re not too picky and sit centrally, this monitor offers an okay entertainment experience overall. However keep in mind that, due to its lack of digital (HDCP-enabled) inputs, you won’t be able to play protected content from Blu-rays.
One area where this thin and light display does succeed, however, is in energy consumption. We measured a maximum of 25W, putting it up there as one of the most frugal 22in monitors on the market. This might help you save a little money in the long-run, which can only be a good thing.
It’s unfortunate, then, that the £140 price-tag puts the W2230S into a class of far better-specified monitors. For just £7 more you can get BenQ’s E2200HD, which received a well-deserved Recommended Award back in March. For this tiny extra outlay you get a better quality panel, HDMI and DVI video inputs, an audio output and inbuilt speakers as well. Bottom line? Unless you absolutely must have a low-energy, low-profile screen or particularly like its appearance, the W2230S is overpriced for what it offers..
It might be compact, frugal and available in a range of colours, but the LG Flatron W2230S is let down by its lack of digital connectivity and poor image quality, made less palatable by a price that puts it into the same league as far superior ‘traditional’ monitors.
Score in detail
Image Quality 5