Lenovo ThinkVision L201p review: Lenovo ThinkVision L201p

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CNET Editors' Rating

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The Good High degree of adjustability; evenly lit screen; streak-free performance when displaying moving images; dedicated button for swapping between digital and analog signals.

The Bad More expensive than similar LCDs; outdated design; lacks cable management system.

The Bottom Line The 20-inch Lenovo ThinkVision L201P offers better-than-average performance and excellent ergonomic flexibility, but it's more expensive than similarly equipped business displays.

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The LCDs formerly known as IBM?

Though the 20-inch Lenovo ThinkVision L201P is admirable for its adjustability and easily navigable onscreen menu, the bland design is screaming for an update, and at $649, it's too expensive for its basic set of features. In the competitive category of 20-inch business monitors, such as the Samsung SyncMaster 204T , the Dell UltraSharp 2007FP , and the HP LP2065 --all of which feature above-average image quality, ample adjustability options, and USB hubs--the Lenovo ThinkVision L201P is easy to forget. For general productivity, the Lenovo ThinkVision L201P delivers adequate performance for most productivity tasks, but for a bargain, look to the Dell UltraSharp 2007FP, or for superior image quality, the LaCie 120 is a much better choice and costs only a few beans more.

Staying true to traditional IBM monitor design, the Lenovo ThinkVision L201P is a boxy, black model with some subtle flourishes, such as the wave-shaped control panel buttons, blue icons above the buttons, and a red logo. The monitor's large D-shaped base is unattractive but stable, and the thick neck heartily supports the panel. The ThinkVision L201p offers ample adjustability options, including: 4.5 inches of height adjustment and 45 degrees of swivel to the left and right, and a flexible neck hinge lets the panel pivot between landscape and portrait modes (particularly useful for vertical-oriented desktop publishing tasks) and tilt back 20 degrees. Unlike most other monitors, the panel of the Lenovo ThinkVision L201P doesn't tilt forward.

Placed in back of the monitor are DVI-D and D-Sub ports, and Lenovo includes cables for each. Unfortunately, Lenovo completely ignores cable management; we like to see at least one loop to thread the cords through, or better yet, three loops as found on the ViewSonic VP930b .

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Where to Buy

Lenovo ThinkVision L201p

Part Number: 9320HB1 Released: Dec 1, 2005

MSRP: $549.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Dec 1, 2005
  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface VGA (HD-15)
  • Diagonal Size 20.1 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.255 mm
  • EPEAT Logo Silver
  • Image Contrast Ratio 700:1
  • Image Aspect Ratio 4:3