The Good The LG Flatron IPS235V is a low-priced IPS monitor that achieves impressive performance in games, movies, and photos. Its accurate color, wide viewing angles, and deep OSD round out an affordable and powerful package.
The Bad The chassis feels cheap, the connections are hard to reach, and the on-screen menu is awkward to navigate.
The Bottom Line The LG Flatron IPS235V succeeds by delivering performance at more than a reasonable price. It has the connections you want but the design you wouldn’t want.
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Specialized needs are unbearable, most monitor buyers can reduce their needs to just that: they want performance at a reasonable price to be able to calibrate the display as they see fit.
If the seller can offer this, most of his work is done. With the LG Flatron IPS235V, LG offers just that. The IPS235V is one of the best budget monitors I’ve ever seen, and although there are some design challenges, it certainly fits the nearly universal needs of the monitor.
When a company is trying to do something different with a monitor from a design standpoint, it’s not difficult for me, who has been steadily operating on black monitors for the past four years, to notice these differences, however subtle they may be. While the LG Flatron IPS235V is another black monitor, LG has added a bit of design to the panel. Usually the frames on the monitors are either glossy or matt. LG goes for black wood grain instead. It’s subtle, and most don’t even notice it, but to me as a connoisseur of both great and not-so-thin monitors, it stands out.
Colorful photos of the LG Flatron IPS235V (pictures)
The frame itself is quite narrow, measuring just 0.6 inches wide on the sides. The full width of the monitor is 21.5 inches and the distance from the bottom panel to the desktop is 3.3 inches. The footrest is wide, measuring 10.3 inches wide and 7.6 inches deep; if the thumb on the bottom is not tightened, the monitor will oscillate when knocked on the side.
The IPS235V isn’t the slimmest monitor, but it’s probably thinner than most IPS displays. At first, it measures a depth of 0.75 inches and then another 1.5 inches to include a vent system and connections with a total depth of 2.25 inches. The monitor has a 10-degree tilt of the back and a 5-step tilt of the front, but there are no other ergonomic options.
Connections include VGA, DVI and HDMI. Unfortunately, they are recessed into the back of the chassis and face down. Although downlink monitors are typical, some providers are fortunately moving to more television configurations, where connections are reversed instead. Backlinks are much easier to get, making connections and disconnections less frustrating. The included headphone jack is a welcome addition.
The OSD is located in the lower right corner of the panel and includes six buttons: Menu, Mode, Dual, Auto, Input and Exit. They sit on the bottom of the panel to the left of the power button, which is illuminated by a bright blue LED.
Pressing any OSD button displays a menu indicating each of the other functions. The menu contains the usual suspects: brightness, contrast, sharpness and RGB controls. There are also three preset color temperatures, warm, medium and cool. When connected via HDMI, we get very limited black level control with low and high settings. This setting dims or brightens the screen, regardless of the current backlight brightness. The mode gives access to five different presets: User, Movie, Text, Photo, sRGB.
The deepening of the onscreen menu is a function of excessive power saving that reduces the screen brightness when turned on. It also keeps track of your current energy savings per watt per hour and over time tracks your total energy savings and overall CO2 reductions until the feature is turned on.
Although I appreciated the onscreen options, its navigation interface is a bit addictive. There is no Enter button, and to change the attributes, you simply down arrow (you cannot arrow up) to the desired attribute and the right or left arrow to make changes. Even after several hours of practice, however, it still felt awkward at times.
In terms of build quality, the monitor case feels plastic, hollow, and it can easily collapse if I squeeze it too tight. Although I’m not used to hugging monitors, I like them to feel well built. This one is not.
|LG IPS235V||Design and feature highlights|
|Connectivity:||DVI, HDMI, VGA|
|Ergonomic options:||10-degree back tilt, 5-degree front tilt|
|VESA wall-mount support:||Yes|
|Included video cables:||HDMI|
|Number of presets:||5|
|Picture options:||Brightness, contrast, sharpness|
|Color controls:||RGB and three color temperature options|
I tested the LG Flatron IPS235V through its DVI input connected to a Windows Vista PC with its own DVI cable. The display shows a composite score of 93 on CNM labs’ DisplayMate Labs performance tests.
There are many debates about the benefits of AG against these days. Some viewers prefer not to cover at all, while others prefer only a limited number. And others are absolutely indifferent. AG coverage does not adversely affect the quality of the monitor, and its benefits or absence is purely a matter of preference.
This means that the IPS235 screen has a light AG coating that reduces potential reflections while keeping part of the pop panel that glossy screens use. A full glossy display can increase the perceived contrast of the monitor screen – which some people prefer – but can also complicate vision in direct sunlight.
DisplayMate:IPS235V had no problems displaying light gray to 254. Level 255 is considered white, and every level between 1 and 1 is a variation of gray, so 254 is the highest score it can achieve. The performance of the IPS235 here indicates that the display is probably not prone to light colors. As for the dark gray, the IPS235V displays up to level 4, keeping the color black, indicating that the display may be low (but notreallylow) black.
The IPS235V handled color tests with aplomb, showing mostly accurate colors in the tests. The color scales are displayed linearly and evenly, indicating the display’s ability to easily distinguish between similar colors.
In our dark screen test, the monitor showed only minimal cloudiness along the top center of the screen.
Text:The black text on the white looked clear, with no obvious color-tone issues. The fonts were clearly visible up to size 6.8. I mean really, if the monitor can’t handle the text well, then probably it should give up its daytime work.
Movies:I tested the LG Flatron IPS235V using Avatar’s Blu-ray version. The pre-set of the film provides a good experience, displaying high contrast and bright looks, but there was a slight boost of green. This is especially evident on faces with fairly light complexions; they seemed to be suffering from mild nausea. Returning to a pre-installed user and reducing the green to 62 will balance colors almost perfectly.
The dark detail in the dark scenes is noticeable, at some point. Unfortunately, I was unable to get past the IPS235V at this point without severely damaging the contrast balance.
Games:When evaluating the appearance of games on your monitor, the two most important features to consider are brightness and color. If the monitor can display games with bright and bright clarity, this will go a long way. If the colors also appear to be full and deep, the games usually look great.
The Dragon Age II on the IPS235V doesn’t look as bright as the screen Samsung PX2370 but it’s close. And while some of the dark details are lost, the gameplay on the LG IPS235V maintains a much more balanced and accurate color temperature.
To check the refresh rate, I used DisplayMate graphics motion tests and looked at a number of colored blocks as they moved across the screen at different speeds. During the test, the IPS235V showed slightly more noticeable bands than the Samsung SyncMaster PX2370.
Photos:As for face and blond hair, the colors of IPS235 are sometimes so slightly submerged in a greenish tint compared to the PX2370, but the bright colors of the outfit and the surroundings brighten up. Fortunately, the colors can be adjusted, and I found that returning Green to 62 works best for photo viewing.
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 view the colors as intended by the manufacturer. Most monitors are not designed to be viewed from any other angle. The image quality at sub-optimal angles depends on the type of monitor panel. Most monitors use TN panels that are too bright or too dark on parts of the screen, if you do not look at optimal angles.
The IPS235V uses the e-IPS panel and provides viewing angles much wider than typical TN panels, especially when viewed from below.
|LG Flatron IPS235V||Average watts per hour|
|On (default luminance)||34.3|
|On (max luminance)||34.3|
|On (min luminance)||18|
|Calibrated (200 cd/m2)||30.8|
|Annual power consumption cost||$10.75|
Energy consumption:The LG Flatron IPS235V has reached fair power consumption, the default power / power is 34.3 watts. In the same test, the Samsung SyncMaster PX2370 received a lower 25.01 watts.
In our sleep / standby test, the LG Flatron IPS235V is 0.75 watts and the PX2370 is well below 0.27 watts. Based on our formula, the IPS235V will cost several dollars more than the PX2370, with an annual draw of $ 10.75 a year and $ 7.65 a year, respectively.
Brightness (cd / m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
246 HP 2311xi
244 LG Flatron IPS235V
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
LG Flatron IPS235V
1,058:1 Samsung PX2370
948:1 HP 2311xi
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
97 HP 2311xi
94 LG Flatron IPS235V
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Service and support
LG supports the Flatron IPS235V with a one-year spare parts warranty that covers only one year. This is two years less than other vendors such as Dell or Samsung. During the first year of warranty, LG offers a two-day repair service and pays for shipping 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.
For $ 230, it is difficult to completely remove the monitor. When the monitors go, it’s a pretty low price. Fortunately, the IPS235V goes beyond “not completely twisting” and actually delivers impressive performance with useful enough OSD features to be one of the best budget monitors currently available.