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LG Flatron L226WTQ-BF

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The LG Flatron L226WTQ-BF delivers a very sharp picture, excellent color quality, and a lightning-fast pixel response, but its handling of light-gray shading is mediocre at best.Fast pixel response. Good color quality and text readability. HDCP-compliant.Weak light-grayscale performance. No additional multimedia ports. DVI cable not included.


LG Electronics U.S.A. Inc
http://www.lgusa.com

Type: LCD Monitor

Native Resolution: 1680 x 1050

Screen Size: 22 inches

Pixel Pitch: 0.282 mm

Video Inputs: DVI

PC Interfaces: Analog VGA, Digital (DVI-D)

Built-in TV Tuner: None

Rated Maximum Viewing Angle: Horizontal: 170 degrees

Rated Maximum Viewing Angle: Vertical : 160 degrees

Brightness (Max): 300 cd/m^2

Max PC Resolution: 1680 x 1050 pixels x pixels

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The LG Flatron L226WTQ-BF ($350 street) is a versatile 22-inch widescreen LCD monitor with a 1,680-by-1,050 pixel resolution and a speedy 2-millisecond black-to-white pixel response. Extra features are scarce on this display, but it’s more than capable of meeting your everyday work needs. Its excellent motion performance and sharp image quality make it a good choice for after-hours activities, too.With its piano-black cabinetry framed by an ultrathin matte-black bezel, the L226WTQ will dress up the drabbest of desks. The panel rests atop a glossy oval base with tilt-and-swivel capabilities, but the stand lacks height and pivot maneuverability. Mounted at the rear of the display are two PC inputs (DVI-D and analog) and a power plug. The monitor lacks extra connections such as USB ports and additional video ports, but at least the DVI port is HDCP-compliant, so you can view movies from an HD DVD or Blu-ray drive.

The five clearly labeled function buttons hidden beneath the lower left bezel help you navigate the on-screen display (OSD) menu, where you can change image settings and manipulate screen properties. Color temperature, tracking (clock and phase), brightness, contrast, and gamma levels can all be tweaked via the OSD. If you’d rather not use the function buttons, the included LG forteManager software lets you make all the same adjustments from your keyboard and provides wizards to help you obtain the best picture quality for your environment. One of the buttons is used to invoke the auto-adjust function. Another takes you to the f-Engine screen, where you can choose one of three preprogrammed image settings for specific applications: Text, Movie, and Normal. A User setting lets you program and save your own custom brightness and color management properties. There’s also an EZ Zooming button, which is supposed to let you switch resolutions on the fly. According to LG, however, it may not work with all video cards. I tried it on a system with an nVidia GeForce 6600 GT in both digital and analog modes and could not get it to work. It also didn’t work with an ATI X1650 XT graphics card.

Overall, image quality was impressive. The L226WTQ delivered a bright, sharp picture with a good balance of dark-black and bright-white levels, thanks to a high dynamic contrast ratio (3,000:1). It’s worth noting that most LCD monitors of this size have a contrast ratio of under 1,000:1, such as the ViewSonic VX2245wmb, which is rated at 700:1 but is still plenty bright. The monitor had no trouble displaying small fonts, and colors were vivid and uniform across the scale with no evidence of tinting. But my DisplayMate (www.displaymate.com) testing revealed a weakness with light grayscale reproduction. Light shades of gray appeared white, and highlights were blurry on my photo test as well. I also noticed a slight problem with dark grays. Fortunately, the flaws didn’t affect color quality. If you work with photos and require a higher degree of grayscale integrity, Samsung’s SyncMaster 225BW may be a better fit (as long as you can run it in digital mode).

The L226WTQ really shines when it comes to displaying moving images. I was blown away by how it handled motion while I was playing a few rounds of F.E.A.R., a notoriously fast game with lots of explosions and detail. The monitor showed no signs of ghosting or background noise, and game play was as smooth as can be. Likewise, movies looked awesome on the widescreen, although the viewing angle was closer to 160 degrees (horizontal) than LG’s claim of 170 degrees.

A three-year warranty covers parts and labor, but LG chintzes out on the backlight, which is covered for only one year. Also annoying is the lack of a DVI cable (an analog cable is included). This means you have to part with another 20 bucks or so to run in digital mode.

Superb gaming and video performance and a razor-sharp picture make the LG L226WTQ-BF a solid choice for anyone in the market for a 22-inch LCD. If superior grayscale performance is vital, however, you may want to check out alternatives.

By John R. Delaney

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  1. August 6, 2008 la 20:41

    do you know any information about this in english?

  2. juan
    Februarie 19, 2009 la 04:50

    I want my money back!!!

    This screen have lines on it, i dont know how to fix it so im just letting you know.

  3. kerdic
    Februarie 28, 2009 la 08:48

    huh, I was close to bye this )

  4. Octombrie 11, 2009 la 07:43

    i have this lcd, the digital resolution is crap 😦

  1. Noiembrie 23, 2012 la 19:58

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