The Good Beautiful glossy black finish; multiple entrances; good image quality; useful Forte Manager software; HDMI input.
The Bad There are no speakers; no USB ports; no height adjustment
The Bottom Line A decent set of LG W2353V inputs, excellent styling and good photos mean that this monitor is great value for money. Forte Manager software is a useful bonus that makes it easy to set up and use your display
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LG’s 23-inch 1080p W2353V is a very good monitor. Stylish like an expensive flat-screen TV, its delicate curves and glossy black finish make it suitable for both home and office. In addition, offering several gaming and multimedia features as well as convenient controls, it is available at around £ 170.
This monitor looks much more expensive than it is. LG really went to town in style, without producing anything nice or fancy. Its clean lines are continuously switched by the control buttons. Instead of pulling these buttons out of sight, in a place where they may become inconvenient to use, LG has replaced them with touch switches that appear as a series of red LEDs with the touch of a finger. Usually these LEDs turn off, so they do not distract you at all.
The removable stand only offers a simple tilt adjustment, so there’s really no ergonomic trim on this display for long-term office use. However, you can mount it to the correct monitor arm using the VESA mounting point.
The display itself is a fairly standard TN panel with 176/170 ° viewing angles and the kind of color response that is typical of models in this price range – neither exceptional nor awful. It is finished with a matte anti-glare coating, which we think is much more suitable for general use than high gloss coatings found on some screens.
In our tests, we found that the image quality of the W2353V is quite good. The contrast level is quite high even without the dynamic contrast mode of 50,000: 1. Color reproduction is also neat, while the displayed color range is approximately average of this type.
Its 16: 9 aspect ratio and 1 920×180 pixel resolution are ideal for gamers and media lovers, allowing you to display 1080p images and video without having to zoom in or compress the image. This means that you can connect your Blu-ray player to the provided HDMI port and enjoy the highest quality of your discs. The W2353V also offers VGA and DVI inputs.
If you use the W2353V mainly for work, you may find the pixels quite small, but LG’s EZ Zoom works with the added Forte Manager software, allowing you to reduce the resolution by tapping one of the controls on the front. This increases the size of the screen text and icons, but makes it easy to jump back to 1080p without going into the Windows Control Panel.
The menus on the display screen are large and clearly spaced. Within these menus, functions are grouped by function. Under the heading “smart” is an automatic brightness feature that combines ambient light reading with video source analysis to automatically adjust the screen brightness to a comfortable level, whether you are watching videos in a bright office or late for eBay shopping at night room.
Movie mode helps you focus on video clips, darkening the rest of the screen, leaving the video window bright. Also included is a “time control” option whereby the power LED can be programmed to flash after a set interval to remind you to take a break.
The Fun category offers useful aspect ratio control features and the previously mentioned EZ Zooming feature, as well as rather pointless photo effects such as sepia, monochrome, and even soft blurry mode.
If you wish, you may not use the OSDs at all. Forte Manager software also allows you to customize and calibrate your monitor from a Windows desktop, which is much easier than navigating with your own monitor control buttons.
Minor calls – no USB ports or speakers. The headphone jack is provided, but it is located at the back, near the monitor inputs, which is very inconvenient.
The LG W2353V is great value for money, offering a decent array of inputs, sophisticated design and good image quality, as well as useful software.
Edited by Charles Clough