The Good The LG Flatron E2290 is stylish and sophisticated and looks great on your desktop. The E2290 also comes with a useful range of OSD features and connectivity options.
The Bad The LG Flatron E2290 is expensive for a 22-inch monitor. Trying to access connections makes us cry.
The Bottom Line The LG Flatron E2290 looks beautiful and includes basic monitor features; however, at his price we expected something more than a pretty face.
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The best thing about the LG Flatron E2290, in our opinion, is its aesthetic quality; however, this is not intended to diminish the value of other monitor capabilities. The E2290 just looks pretty damn good. It has the slimmest profile of any monitor we’ve reviewed, a metal chrome finish and a unique looking boxing leg stand with a reflective front, with a slim metal neck. In addition, it has a well-developed OSD and a useful range of connections, and its performance, though not the best we’ve seen, is still great compared to other such monitors.
LG Flatron E2290
The biggest stumbling block is the price. I understand that in order to develop something so subtle but still functional, you need to make a significant investment; but at the end of the day you have to ask, “What am I paying for?” Considering that the 23-inch Samsung PX2370 – which has better performance, as well as many connections and even more features – is available for $ 300 and LG is asking $ 349 for the E2290, this is a more cost-effective issue. If you’ve just moved into a brand new condo on top of a tall, modern skyscraper and want to impress your guests with something as modern and stylish as possible, that’s all. If you’re not that kind of person, we still recommend the cheaper, more efficient (but not as slim) Samsung PX2370 as your average choice monitor.
Design and features
Thin in! For the past few years, monitor manufacturers have been pushing thinner and thinner monitors to market, culminating in what we have today, the “thinnest monitor ever.” LG has awarded this title to the LG Flatron E2290, and based on our experience, it is quite easily justified by this statement. The E2290’s depth is just over 0.25 inches – less than half the thickness of the 0.75-inch Samsung PX2370 and thinner than the 0.65-inch SyncMaster XL2370. The frame is also small 0.65 inches and the full width of the panel is 20.2 inches.
Not everything seems to be the case now, but if something stands out as the “slimmest ever,” they obviously count for something. The E2290 has a smooth chrome finish, with smooth, slightly rounded corners. At first glance, the chassis looks ordinary silver, and from certain angles it retains that pale hue, but later we noticed that the monitor has a dominant and cool purple hue. The neck is straight silver and the sole is 9.8 inches wide and 5.25 inches deep, 1.12 inches high. The footrest provides a very stable base when the monitor knocks on the left or right side; however, when struck from behind or in front, it is easier to flip over. The distance from the desktop to the bottom of the panel is 3.75 inches.
The on-screen display (on-screen display) is located at the top of the footrest and is indicated by four white LEDs. The power button is also labeled with an even larger LED light so you won’t have trouble finding it. The display screen matches LG’s typical OSD design, offering a good number of settings while remaining relatively easy to navigate. Options include controls for brightness, contrast, sharpness and color temperature, with presets for sRGB, 6500K, 7500K, 8500K and 9300K. There are also elements for adjusting the red, green and blue values separately. The installations offer a pre-calibrated color balance for Normal, Movies and the Internet, as well as preset Gaussian, Sepia and Monochrome Blur settings. The on-screen display also gives access to three gamut settings.
Connection options include one HDMI, one DVI, one VGA and a headphone jack. The connections are located on the back of the base stand, built into it about 1.8 inches, making them more of a problem than they should have access to; we would prefer if the joints were closer to the back of the footrest. We also noticed that the back of the left side is getting too hot, much more than the right side.
|Design and feature highlights|
|Connectivity||DVI, VGA, HDMI|
|Ergonomic options||10-degree back tilt|
|VESA wall-mount support||No|
|Included video cables||DVI, HDMI|
|Number of presets||3|
|Picture options||Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness|
|Color controls||RGB controls, sRGB, 6500K, 7500K, 8500K, 9300K|
We tested the LG Flatron E2290 through its DVI input connected to a Windows Vista PC using a DVI cable. The display shows a composite score of 93 on CNM labs’ DisplayMate Labs performance tests. In the E2290, the Samsung PX2370’s performance is almost the same, indicating deep darkness and low backlighting. In our color scale test, the E2290 easily distinguished between different shades of similar colors.
Text:We didn’t see any color issues with the black text on the white background in the text. The fonts were clearly visible up to 6.8 points. We saw a lot of blossoming around text with blue and pink fonts on a black background.
Movies:We tested the LG E2290 using the Avatar version of Blu-ray. Although we saw deep-skinned faces using the pre-installed Cinema program, we noticed that the faces look dull compared to the PX2370. We were able to reduce the green tint by reducing the green to 42. However, we couldn’t get the color as accurate as the PX2370.
Games:Through our close acquaintance with StarCraft II (SCII), it is our new favorite tool for assessing color quality and brightness in games. SCII has shown a lack of vigor in conventional presets and movie theaters, but more are installed on the Internet.
To test the refresh rate, we used DisplayMate graphics motion tests and watched a bunch of graphics fly across the screen, looking for evidence of stripes. We’ve seen about the same penetration rate as on the PX2370, which is one of the lowest we’ve seen.
Photos:The LG E2290 has photos with a noticeable green tint, especially compared to the more accurate and natural faces we saw on the PX2370. The use of normal tuning and green trimming to the low 40s has improved.
Viewing angle:The optimum viewing angle for the monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen down from the top. At this angle, you are viewing the colors as intended by the manufacturer. Most monitors are not viewed from any other angle. The image quality at a sub-optimal angle depends on the type of monitor panel. Most monitors use TN panels that are too bright or too dark on parts of the screen when not viewed from optimal angles. As is typical of TN panels, we noticed a change in color, viewing the screen approximately 6 inches to the left or right of the center.
Recommended settings and usage:Playing games, we found that while the colors looked accurate, they actually lacked the level of brightness we were used to, and as a result the games looked rather dim. Neither the normal nor the cinema could meet our energy needs; however, when we went to the pre-installed internet network, we saw a level of vigor, which, although not the perfect but the best solution. A pre-installed feature allowed the monitor to create a bright, but non-color image on the PX2370.
For the movies, we must have noticed the green push in the Cinema preset, whose faces had a rather cruel look. Fortunately, when we went into normal mode and adjusted the green to about 42, the E2290 created the image more in line with our expectations and made the faces look healthier. Compared to the PX2370, black still had a green tint to it even after adjusting.
It would be an incredibly high order to find a monitor that failed to perform common tasks, and really, when you use Word or Excel, use the web, or any other casual endeavor, the E2290 does the job seamlessly.
On the other hand, although it includes a pre-installed sRGB, the E2290 is not suitable for tasks that require very precise color, given its TN roots. If you need accurate color values, an IPS monitor, like the excellent but much more expensive Dell UltraSharp U2711, is more appropriate.
Most importantly, if the impression of guests in your new, contemporary contemporary apartment is your goal, the E2290 accomplishes more of a challenge than any monitor we’ve seen before.
Energy consumption:The LG E2290 achieved high power, default power / on power of 23.9 kW, compared to the 25.01 watts of Samsung PX2370 in the same test. In our sleep / sleep test, the E2290 cost 0.34 watts and the PX2370 lowers 0.27 watts. Based on our formula, the E2290 will cost $ 7.37 per year, compared to the PX2370 $ 7.65 per year.
Brightness in cd / m2
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Samsung SyncMaster XL2370
344 AOC e2243Fw
255 Samsung PX2370
246 LG Flatron E2290
244 Samsung FX2490HD
239 HP 2310e
234 Dell ST2420L
207 LG Flatron E2350
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
LG Flatron E2350
1,355:1 HP 2310e
1,110:1 Dell ST2420L
1,061:1 Samsung SyncMaster XL2370
1,008:1 Samsung FX2490HD
983:1 Samsung PX2370
948:1 AOC e2243Fw
946:1 LG Flatron E2290
DisplayMate tests: Performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
97 Samsung SyncMaster XL2370
96 LG Flatron E2350
94 HP 2310e
93 LG Flatron E2290
93 AOC e2243Fw
91 Samsung FX2490HD
88 Dell ST2420L
|LG Flatron E2290||Average watts per hour|
|On (default luminance)||23.9|
|On (max luminance)||23.9|
|On (min luminance)||13.6|
|Calibrated (200 cd/m2)||20.5|
|Annual power consumption cost||$7.37|
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Service and support
LG supports the E2290 with a three-year spare part warranty and one-year backlight coverage. This is two years less than other vendors, such as Dell, which typically offers backlight coverage for three years. During the first year of warranty, the company offers repair services within two working days and pays for the delivery of the goods in both ways within one year. During the second and third years of warranty, customers pay for the delivery of the monitor to LG, and LG pays the customer a return freight. LG provides live web chat and email chat as support options as well as support for a free rate phone.