LG Flatron E2260 review:

LG Flatron E2260

Viewing angle
The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the way down from the top of the screen. At this angle, you're viewing the colors and gamma correction as the manufacturer intended. Most monitors are not made to be viewed at any other angle. Depending on the panel type, picture quality at nonoptimal angles varies. Most monitors use TN panels, which get overly bright or overly dark in parts of the screen when viewed from nonoptimal angles. The LG Flatron E2260 uses a TN panel, and when it is viewed from the sides or bottom, we perceived the screen to darken about 6 inches off from center.

Recommended settings and use
During general use--watching movies and playing games--we found the Normal preset, with the contrast set to 53, to be the E2260's optimal picture setting.

As with most TN-based monitors, the LG Flatron E2260 shouldn't be used if pinpoint accurate color reproduction is required; however, the monitor is good for watching movies, playing games, and for general use. If you do have stringent color needs, we suggest you narrow your search to IPS or PVA-based panels only. The more expensive Dell UltraSharp U2711 is a good place to start.

Power consumption
The LG Flatron E2260 achieved good power consumption, with a Default/On power draw of 24.43 watts, compared with the PX2370's 25.01 watts in the same test. The consumption delta was higher in our Sleep/Standby test, with the E2260 costing 0.45 watts and the PX2370 drawing 0.27 watts. With both monitor's center point calibrated to 200 candelas per square meter (cd/M2), the E2260 drew 20.03 watts, while the PX2370 drew a slightly lower 19.9 watts. Based on our formula, the LG Flatron E2260 would cost $7.60 per year to run, compared with the PX2370's $7.65 per year.

(Longer bars indicate better performance)

(Longer bars indicate better performance)

(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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LG Flatron E2260 Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 24.43
On (max luminance) 24.43
On (min luminance) 12.59
Sleep 0.45
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 20.03
Annual power consumption cost $7.60
Score Good

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Service and support
LG backs the Flatron E2260 with a three-year parts-and-labor warranty, which covers the backlight for only one year. That's two years less than other vendors, such as Dell, which usually offers backlight coverage for three years. The company offers repair service in two working days and pays freight shipping both ways for one year. During the second and third year of the warranty, customers pay to ship it to LG and it pays the return freight to the customer. LG provides Live Web and e-mail chat as support options, as well as toll-free phone support.

What you'll pay

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