The Good Image quality; design.
The Bad Contrasting the use of glossy and matt black plastic in the frame.
The Bottom Line The L245WP is a high-end monitor. It’s expensive, but it has almost everything you could ask for on a screen of this size. Splash now if you can save some cash
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This LG display is aimed at those who want more desktop real estate, Full HD support and get their jealous neighbors using a PC. Allegedly more bells, whistles and sleeve tricks than equivalent monitors – plus people who bought you ultra-stylish do LG Fantasy series. But is it really as good as it seems?
Like most 24-inch monitors, the Flatron L245WP is a welcome note on your desk. In particular, we like the thin screen panel and the glossy, piano-black base that lets you rotate the monitor horizontally. As a bonus, the back loop allows you to switch between portrait and landscape modes.
The L245WP has an impressive array of inputs. It has HDMI, Composite and D-Sub, which covers most of the popular input formats you may need on your monitor. The screen has a built-in USB hub that provides two USB ports on the left, as well as a headphone jack, so you don’t have to rely on a headphone extension cable on your desktop PC.
LG has decided not to use the touch control buttons seen in the Fantasy series, instead choosing the mechanical buttons located at the bottom of the lower right panel. They are clearly marked on the front of the panel, and the OSD is quite logical for navigation.
The image quality on the L245WP is stunning. Having followed it through our steps in DisplayMate, we have to conclude that it is one of the best monitors we have come across. He was able to distinguish between subtly different dark and light tones, and his color reproduction was about as good as we saw.
Playing the video was also impressive. We fed him Blu-ray and HD DVDs from a PC with a PC Own LG Super Multi Blue GGW-H10N players and we couldn’t find much to blame. It looks as good in motion as it does with static images, with bright colors and a little blur to speak of.
Movies encrypted with HDCP encryption also play beautifully soothing – nothing worse than getting an error message because your monitor does not support copy protected video.
Why on Earth LG only binds a D-Sub cable is a mystery. You already pay hundreds of pounds for the screen, so it probably couldn’t hurt the company to include an HDMI cable or at least a DVI cable with an HDMI adapter.
Picture-in-Picture mode The L245WP lets you watch videos from two sources at the same time. Conveniently, it is not perfect for watching HD movies as long as you indulge in an Excel spreadsheet. The video window has a tendency to burst or crack, which may reduce your enjoyment somewhat.
Our final compression with the L245WP is negligible. The screen tends to oscillate on the hinge when provoked. Fortunately, this only becomes a problem if you live in an earthquake zone or if your desk is physically attached to the office of a hyperactive colleague.
The L245WP is a fantastic monitor. It’s not cheap, of course, but it delivers great picture quality that is attractive to watch and has the advantage of being fully HD ready.
Edited by Jason Jenkins
Additional editing by Kate Maysfield