LG Flatron L1981Q
Being ultrathin isn't in vogue for supermodels only--it's also de rigueur for LCD monitors. The superslim LG Flatron L1981Q takes this to the extreme, measuring 1.5 inches thick, where most LCD panels are 3 inches or more. Staying slim comes with some costs: this Flatron has an external power block instead of integrated power, and inputs connect at the monitor's base instead of its back. Just an average performer, the main strength of the L1981Q lies in its design and flexibility. At $499 (as of August 2005), the Flatron L1981Q is fairly priced for a 19-inch LCD with pivoting capabilities; other monitors in this price range, such as the, offer superior performance but less pivot flexibility.
The sleek Flatron L1981Q's screen is surrounded by a thin black-and-silver bezel, while the back and the neck are made of glossy white plastic. The dual-hinged neck connects to a silver, 10-inch ring-shaped base. This stable design keeps the monitor from wobbling when you adjust the screen. The dual-hinge design lets you flip the screen over the hinges, tilt it back so that the display faces the ceiling, and pivot it 180 degrees--twice as far as most other monitors. It doesn't swivel horizontally, however, and its height can be adjusted only 2.5 inches. Once you install LG's included ForteManager software, the image will automatically adjust when you pivot or flip the screen. The HP L1940, by contrast, swivels, pivots 90 degrees, and is height adjustable; it performed better on our tests, though it is a tad wobbly. On the L1981Q, the digital, analog, and power inputs plug into the monitor's base, eliminating the need for a cable management system but necessitating the use of a power block instead of a single cord.