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Roundup: 22-Inch LCD Monitors

LG Flatron L227WTG

Large Stand--But It Slides

This monitor is wrapped inside a simple and elegant case, and the base it rests on can, at first glance, seem a little too bulky. In fact, the stand often looks like it would be more suited on a 24'' or a 28'' screen.

The extra space that it takes up is worthwhile, though, as it allows the monitor to slide up and down through a range of around six inches.

It's an option that has become rarer and rarer on 22'' LCDs, but it makes a welcome return here: bringing the screen up or down to meet your eye level is a lot better than piling it up on old magazines!

At last, the LG Flatron L227WTG is a worthy competitor to the Samsung T220HD!

In fact, it even beats Samsung's screen in some regards, with a faster response time, more accurate color handling and nice extras like a height-adjustable stand and a USB hub.

Handling
In general, the connectivity and handling of this monitor are above average for the 22'' LCD monitor work, with DVI and VGA inputs, a height-adjustable stand and a sleek glossy black case.While it would be nice to see features like a webcam, a card reader or HDMI and Display Port inputs, all these features cost a lot more, so it would be unfair to be too disappointed by the more affordable 22'' monitors.

Gaming
When it comes to gameplay, the most important statistic on this monitor is its 2 ms response time.  However, experience has shown that plenty of monitors advertised as having a 2 ms response time are far closer to 5 ms, or else suffer from some other defect, such as a high input lag.

It seems our fears were unfounded with the L227WTG, which is one of the fastest, most responsive screens we've seen.  Color images only trail 0.45 frames behind, which is one of the best performances on a 22'' screen, very close to the Samsung 2253BW's excellent 0.35 frames.

There was no reverse ghosting, either, when we were playing games or using our testcard.  There was, though, a minor input lag of around 23 ms, only a frame behind, and there aren't many monitors that can beat that.

If you hadn't already guessed it, this is an excellent screen.  The final check was its handling of colors and contrast with its default settings, and we weren't disappointed.  It's not just us, either: our lab tests proved that this monitor delivers great results straight out oof the box.

The average discrepancy between the colors requested by the graphics card and those actually shown, the deltaE score, was as low as 2.2, an incredibly good reading.  As you can see below, the results in the gray rendering test speak for themselves, with a barely perceptible distinction between the ideal colors and those actually shown; we're a long way from the blue or red dominance that spoils so many other monitors.

If we're going to be picky, then we should add that we would have preferred a deeper black and better contrast. When whites are shown at 200 cd/m², our standard test setting, black is at 0.28 cd/m²--or twice as bright as on the best of the competition.  The result is a contrast ratio of 715:1, which, although good, isn't as excellent as some of the other scores for this screen.

One final complaint

While the most efficient 22'' LCDs use around 30 W to show an image at 200 cd/m², this Flatron is a touch greedy with its 40 W power consumption.

LG Flatron L227WTG
ProsCons
  • High contrast
  • Default color profile gives accurate results
  • Fast response time
  • Built-in USB Hub
  • TN panel, so poor viewing angles
  • Blacks could be deeper
  • Uses 25% more power than the best 22'' LCDs
  • LG doesn't have a zero-dead pixel guarantee
  • It's far from perfect, but LG's L227WTG is a new standard when it comes to 22'' LCDs as far as we're concerned. Ghosting is limited, colors are accurate and it's highly customizable thanks to its height-adjustable stand.