LG LG E2350V 23 INCH WIDESCREENRating:
Of course, at this price point, something has to give. That something is the LCD type. Yup, it’s a dirty old TN panel. But then so is nearly every other monitor at this price point. The only slight snag for the LG E2350V is that BenQ’s new EW2420 delivers both an LED backlight and a larger 24-inch VA panel for less than £10 more.
Panel type aside, the LG E2350V packs a solid feature set including HDMI and DVI digital inputs and an extremely compact and light enclosure. The former means it will work with almost any input device from PCs to games consoles and Blu-ray players, while the latter makes it ideal when space is at a premium.
Watts: maximum / approx 170cd/m2 – lower is better
- LG E2350V: 28W / 19W
- Hanns.G HP222DJ0: 25W / 18W
- Iiyama E2271HDS: 21W / 16W
LG E2350V review: Verdict
At this price point, you might expect grim plastics and shoddy build. After all, this is a big 23-inch panel with a sub-£150 sticker. But the LG E2350V is having none of it. The screen bezel is hewn from fairly funky transparent purple plastic and sports a glossy finish.
Okay, the stand is a cheap tilt-only affair, but the overall vibe is stylish middle-market consumer electronics, not bargain-basement PC peripheral. As for image quality, the panel’s TN origins are obvious enough to the trained eye. The overall colour balance is rather cool, even with the colour temperature set to 6500K.
Other demerits include a backlight that bleeds slightly at the edges and mediocre viewing angles that lead to very slight colour inversion when watching movies. Flesh tones also lack warmth, leaving on-screen protagonists looking rather gaunt and ill. Likewise, in the Lagom test images, both white tone and bright colour compression is very apparent.
23 inches of LED-backlit beauty is an awful lot of monitor for under £150. Overall image quality is above average, and with DVI, HDMI and VGA, you’ve got the key input options in the bag. We also like the effort LG has gone to dress the E2350V in some decent threads. This monitor looks a lot pricier than it is.
You’d think the 23-inch LG E2350V would be more than competitive at this price point. Unfortunately, BenQ has shaken things up with its uber cheap VA offering. In that context, the E2350V’s TN-derived image quality shortcomings are all the more obvious – and that’s despite the LED backlight.
- LED backlight
- Cheap stand
- No disguising the TN panel
It would also be remiss not to point out that LG’s image enhancement
tech, known as F Engine and including dynamic contrast and digital
colour processing, are largely gimmicks. But then you can say that about
all such efforts from every manufacturer.
and overall black levels are actually quite impressive. The backlight
delivers plenty of punch, too. In our test suite, which includes the
opening sequence of the Russell Crowe vehicle Master and Commander, the LG E2350V delivers lots of detail. Overall, it adds up to a thoroughly contemporary but not state-of-the-art TN panel.
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