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LG Flatron D2342P monitor review

A 3D monitor that doesn't do 3D very well
Wed Jul 27 2011, 17:09
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Product LG D2342P
Website www.lg.com
Specifications  23in LED 3D display, 1920x1080 resolution, 16:9 aspect, 5ms response time, 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio, VGA, DVI, HDMI connectivity.
Price £249


SMILEY FACED FIRM LG has gone down the 3D route with its line of monitors. We like the Flatron D2342P as a monitor but the 3D side of things isn't so great.

Out of the box, the monitor was super quick and easy to setup and get using. There is one part that clips onto the monitor which then screws to the base section with a single thumb screw.

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Unfortunately the stand doesn't provide much stability or adjustment. It's quite easy to point the screen at the desk so no one can see it but doesn't tilt backwards very far at all.

The stand, being made of pretty thin plastic, allows the monitor rocks from side to side, in a jelly-like manner, quite easily. We were also disappointed that the stand only gave tilt adjustment. Overall, the adjustment is too limited and the movement isn't smooth enough either.

If you can get the monitor in a suitable position and don't want to move it much then the deal is made sweeter with the fact it looks smart sitting on the desk. The small bezel in a gloss black finish gives it classy style, though it does show up finger print marks quite badly.

The buttons aren't stylish touch sensitive ones, but this isn't all bad as they can be annoying, especially on monitors. There's five physical buttons on the front next to the power button and you can push any of them to access the menu system. The power button is a decent size and glows a nice blue colour.

The 23in panel supports full HD 1920x1080 (16x9) resolution, has a claimed contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1 and a response time of 5ms. All of this adds up to an impressive image quality and colour representation is good across the spectrum. With 23in of real estate you'll have plenty of room for multiple windows and it makes the monitor great for watching films or playing games.

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Although the Flatron uses LED technology brightness wasn't one of the best features. At 250cd/m2 the brightness at maximum doesn't compete too well against rival monitors. We had to turn the brightness up to almost maximum before we were satisfied.

We put the Flatron through its paces with some gaming action with great results. We could find no evidence of any lag or ghosting whilst playing graphic heavy titles.

Connectivity is also a good feature on the monitor with downward facing VGA, DVI-D, HDMI and headphone ports. LG supply analogue VGA and DVI-D cables, but no HDMI. The ports mean you can easily connect different devices including gaming consoles and Blu-ray players and the headphone jack is also a useful addition.

 

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