LG Flatron W2053TQ review: LG Flatron W2053TQ

Performance
We tested the LG Flatron W2053TQ with its DVI connection. The display posted a composite score of 87 on CNET Labs' DisplayMate-based performance tests, matching the 20-inch HP2009m's 87. Both monitors handled text well; however, we found that the HP performed better in the 9,500K color temperature than the 6,500K temp. White text on black looked fine at 9,500K temperature, but it had a distracting yellowish hue in the 6,500K temp. Conversely, text on the LG looked better at 6,500K, while in 9,500K, the screen was too bluish. In our color ramping tests, which check for color banding, the HP performed slightly better than the LG, but neither had a stellar showing, suggesting that both monitors could have color banding issues in certain apps.

The W2053TQ achieved a brightness score of 270 candelas per square meter (cd/m2)--lower than LG's claimed 300 cd/m2 max. The W2009m fared a bit worse with a brightness of 255 cd/m2. On our black screen test, both monitors exhibited heavy backlight bleedthrough on the top and bottom edges of the displays.

We looked at "Kill Bill Vol. 1" on DVD and were pleasantly surprised by the lack of ghosting in both monitors in our ghosting test scene--a close-up of The Bride's big toe. Colors looked full, but didn't have the "pop" we desired. Also, due to the backlight bleeding, the black bars at the top and bottom of the screen are distractingly light. Unreal Tournament 3 looked fairly vibrant on both monitors; however, their relatively low brightness prevented the colors from having the impact you'd want in a game. The game however, played quickly with no signs of streaking, trails, or pixel lag.

The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen's distance down from the top. At this angle, you're viewing the colors and gamma correction as they were intended. Most monitors are made to be viewed only at that angle. Depending on its panel type, picture quality at nonoptimal angles varies. Like most monitors, the LG W2053TQ uses a TN panel, which gets overly bright or overly dark when viewed from nonoptimal angles. When we viewed the W2053TQ from the sides or below, the screen appeared to darken only a couple inches off from optimal. From the sides, text is still readable until viewing from about 80 degrees. When viewing from the bottom, the text becomes illegible at about 70 degrees, but never got too dark. Of course, when viewed from the optimal angle, we had no problems.

In the power consumption tests, the LG W2053TQ has a large 3.55-watt power draw on standby, and its On/Default power draw was higher than we'd like for a 20-inch monitor. The LG drew 37.21 watts in this state, compared with the 21.5-inch Lenovo L215, which drew only 28.17 watts. The HP 2009m drew a smaller 30.55 watts in its On/Default state. When we switched on its Eco options, however, the LG improved its carbon footprint drawing only 20.36 watts on the On/Default state. Based on our formula, the LG W2053TQ would cost $13.56 per year to run normally and $8.54 per year with its power-saving features turned on. This is compared with the Lenovo's $8.93 per year and the HP's $9.46.

Juice box
LG Flatron W2053TQ Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 37.21 (20.46 in eco mode)
On (max luminance) 37.21
On (min luminance) 16.66
Sleep 3.55
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 28.9
Annual energy cost $13.56 ($8.54 in eco mode)
Score Fair

DisplayMate Tests
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Performance  
Dell SX2210
94 
HP 2009m
87 

Brightness in cd/m2
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell SX2210
270 
HP 2009m
255 

Contrast ratio
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell SX2210
1,094:1 
Lenovo L215p
968:1 
HP 2009m
837:1 

Find out more about how we test LCD monitors.

Service and support
LG backs the Flatron W2053TQ with a three-year parts and labor warranty that covers the backlight for only one year. That's a bit less than other vendors, such as Dell, that usually offer 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, the customer pays one way and LG pays the return freight. Live Web and e-mail chat are also supported as is toll-free phone support.

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Where to Buy

LG Flatron W2053TQ

Part Number: W2053TQ-PF

MSRP: $209.95

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Interface VGA (HD-15)
  • Diagonal Size 20 in
  • Display Type LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Image Aspect Ratio 16:9
About The Author

Eric Franklin is a section editor covering how to and tablets. He's also co-host of CNET's do-it-yourself and how-to show, The Fix and is a 20-year tech industry veteran.