LG Flatron W2486L review: LG Flatron W2486L

The W2486L achieved a brightness score of 226 candelas per square meter--much lower than the XL2370's 344 cd/m2, and slightly lower than the Dell G2410's 234 cd/m2. When we set the brightness of the W2486L and XL2370 to 100 and 75 respectively, we found the XL's whites were noticeably brighter without compromising the dark detail and deep blacks of the image.

We used the W2486L's Movie preset to check out "Kill Bill Vol. 1" on DVD and several 1080p movie files from Microsoft's WMV HD Showcase. Because of the Flatron's relatively low brightness level, its colors in scenes just didn't pop the way did on the XL2370, and images looked rather dull.

We looked at World of Warcraft and Unreal Tournament 3 and noticed no signs of input lag or any streaking or ghosting during fast movement. Games looked better than movies on the W2486L, but didn't quite approach the vibrancy of the XL2370.

Unlike the cold cathode fluorescent lamp-based backlights used on most backlit monitors, the LG Flatron W2486L relies on individual LEDs across back of the display that turn off or on independently, giving the display more precise control over the amount of light that comes through the screen. The purported advantages of an LED backlight are better energy efficiency, more accurate color reproduction, a conceivably thinner panel design, and a higher potential brightness level. While LG succeeds with its thin panel and energy efficiency, its low brightness is disappointing.

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 not made to be viewed at any other angle. Depending on its panel type, picture quality at nonoptimal angles varies. Most monitors use TN panels that get overly bright or overly dark in parts of the screen when viewed from nonoptimal angles. The LG Flatron W2486L 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. Of course, when viewed from the optimal angle, we had no problems.

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LG Flatron W2386L Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 26.2
On (max. luminance) 26.2
On (min. luminance) 14.19
Sleep 0.75
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 22.42
Annual energy cost $8.34
Score Fair

In our power consumption tests, the LG Flatron W2486L had a fairly high On/Default power draw of 26.2 watts. This is because of LG setting the monitor's default brightness to 100 percent. But its standby power draw is a fairly low at 0.75 watts. With a calibrated brightness of 200 cd/m2, the LG draws about 22.42 watts, compared with 21 watts and 27.52 watts at the same brightness respectively for the XL2370 and G2410. Based on our formula, the W2486L would cost $8.34 per year to run, compared with the XL2370's $9.96 per year and the G2410's $7.26.

Brightness (in cd/m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Contrast ratio
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell G2410
948:1 
LG Flatron W2386L
915:1 
Dell SP2309W
648:1 

DisplayMate test
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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Service and support
LG backs the Flatron W2486L 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 of the warranty, customers pay to ship it to LG and it pays the return freight to the customer. Live Web and e-mail chat are also support options, as is toll-free phone support.

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LG Flatron W2486L

Part Number: W2486L
Low Price: $550.65 See all prices

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  • Display Type LED-backlit LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface VGA (HD-15)
  • Diagonal Size 24 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.277 mm
  • Image Aspect Ratio 16:9
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