LG Flatron L206WU review: LG Flatron L206WU

Among the displays we've reviewed recently, the LG L206WU scored higher than most in CNET Labs' performance tests, bested only by the HP W2007 and finishing with a higher composite score than another DisplayLink model, the Samsung 940UX. It received a perfect score in our sharpness suite of DisplayMate tests, but it scored lower than some of our more recent 20- and 21-inch LCD on our grayscale test and our low-saturation color test, which measures how well the display produces color when also producing a bright white image. We ran our tests in both DVI and USB modes and found no difference in quality when viewing screens in DisplayMate with either interface.

While the display produces an acceptable image for viewing DVDs, a less-than-impressive viewing angle detracts from its overall appeal. When viewed straight on the picture is very good, with deep blacks and rich colors. When viewed from slightly below the optimal viewing angle or from the sides, however, the display gets noticeably dark. This problem was not limited to DVDs; the narrow viewing angle was also apparent during our playtime with World of Warcraft (it must be noted that DisplayLink is not compatible with 3D games because of the CPU resources DisplayLink requires), or just looking at a blank white Word or Excel screen. In contrast, the HP W2007 produced a great picture and had a very forgiving viewing angle, while costing roughly $90 less than the LG L206WU.

While the DVD playback through the DVI connection was fine, the picture quality degraded when viewed through DisplayLink. It was like watching the movie through a thick film of dust caked on the monitor. There was also very noticeable dithering and swimming of the DVD image when viewed in this mode. As when using DisplayMate, there was not a noticeable difference in picture quality when viewing non-3D Windows apps through USB compared with DVI.

CNET Labs DisplayMate tests
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HP W2007

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HP W2007
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Contrast ratio
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Service and support
We're disappointed that at the time of this writing, we could not find the driver required to run the display in Displaylink mode on LG's site, but they assured us that it would be posted by the time our review was up. The warranty period for the L206WU is three years for parts including backlight (panel) and labor. Toll-free support for the display when purchased in North America is available 24-7.

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    LG Flatron L206WU

    Part Number: L206WU Released: Aug 31, 2007
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    • Release date Aug 31, 2007
    • Interface VGA (HD-15)
    • Diagonal Size 20 in
    • Pixel Pitch 0.258 mm
    • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
    • Image Contrast Ratio 5000:1
    • Image Aspect Ratio 16:10