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Roundup: 22-Inch LCD Monitors

LG Flatron W2253TQ

The LG Flatron W2253TQ is a 2ms, 22-inch full HD monitor with a glossy black bezel underlined with a transparent band. The resemblance with Samsung’s T series is pretty flagrant. LG has gone for the standard 3 connectors, VGA, DVI and HDMI. On the audio side there aren’t any speakers but a headphone socket that allows you to pick up sound from the HDMI in, useful if you’re counting on connecting it to a PS3 or Xbox 360.

The buttons that give access to the OSD are sensitive and only light up when your finger gets close to them. The biggest problem with the W2253TQ in terms of the design and build is the base: no movement apart from being able to tilt a few degrees.

Gaming

The 2 ms monitor is accurate, so you wont get any blurring during fast movement. Whether doing business or playing an FPS, the W2253TQ will stand up to your needs. If you’re playing online, you won’t experience any display delay problems, with an input lag of under 1 image (too small to make any difference).

Colors

Visually, the default color settings are pretty good. Not all screens have a deltaE of under 2.0. When the deltaE is under 3, the unexercised eye won’t pick up any problems. While the W2253TQ performs very admirably, it isn't perfect. Its grays can be too bright at times, and blues are very dominant. Various attempts to right this in the OSD didn’t improve things.

The colors are good overall, but the same can't be said for the contrast. With a ratio of around 680:1, it is below the 750:1 average. With a better contrast ratio, the screen would have scored 5 stars.

Films

Unfortunately, LG still hasn’t invested in an image processing circuit worthy of the name. The result is the usual flickering and mediocre upscaling. Screens still have a long way to go before they catch up with TVs.

LG Flatron W2253TQ
ProsCons
  • Default colors
  • Good response time
  • Contrasts are weaker than average
  • TN panel = reduced angle of vision
  • If what it lacks in design and build is not a problem for you, this screen has a lot to keep you happy.