LG Flatron IPS235V review: Impressive for the money

In our Dark Screen test, the monitor showed only minimal clouding along the top middle of the screen.

Text: Black text on white looked clear, without any obvious color tint problems. Fonts were clearly visible down to a 6.8 size. I mean really, if a monitor can't handle text well, then it should probably give up its day job.

The IPS235V displays vibrant colors, with an excellent viewing angle. Josh Miller/CNET

Movies: I tested the LG Flatron IPS235V using the Blu-ray version of "Avatar." The Movie preset provides a good experience, displaying high contrast and a vibrant look, but there was a slight green tint push. This is especially apparent in faces with fairly light complexions; they looked to be suffering from slight nausea. Switching back to the User preset and taking the Green down to 62 balances the colors almost perfectly.

Dark detail in dark scenes is noticeable, to a point. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get the IPS235V past that point without severely compromising the contrast balance.

Games: When evaluating the look of games on a monitor, the two most important features to consider are vibrancy and color. If the monitor can display games with a bright and vibrant cleanness, this goes a long way. If colors also pop with fullness and depth, games usually look great.

Dragon Age II on the IPS235V doesn't look as deliciously vibrant as it does on the Samsung PX2370 , but it's close. And although some dark detail is lost, the game on the LG IPS235V sported a much more balanced and accurate color temperature.

To test refresh rate, I used DisplayMate's motion graphics tests and stared at a number of colored blocks as they moved around the screen at various speeds. The IPS235V displayed slightly more noticeable streaking than the Samsung SyncMaster PX2370 during the test.

Photos: For faces and light-colored hair, the IPS235's colors sometimes dip ever so slightly into a greenish hue compared with the PX2370, but the bright colors of clothing and environments pop vibrantly. Luckily, the colors can be adjusted, and I found that turning the Green down to 62 worked best for viewing photos.

Yes, it's a bit plump; that doesn't mean it can't tilt like the best of them, though. Josh Miller/CNET

Viewing angle
The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually from directly in front, about a quarter of the screen's distance down from the top. At this angle, you're viewing colors as the manufacturer intended. Most monitors aren't designed to be viewed at any other angle. Depending on the monitor's panel type, picture quality at suboptimal angles varies. Most monitors use TN panels, which get overly bright or overly dark in parts of the screen when not viewed from optimal angles.

The IPS235V uses an e-IPS panel and delivers viewing angles much wider than what's typical for TN panels, especially when viewed from the bottom.

Juice box
LG Flatron IPS235V Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 34.3
On (max luminance) 34.3
On (min luminance) 18
Sleep 0.75
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 30.8
Annual power consumption cost $10.75
Score Fair

Power consumption: The LG Flatron IPS235V achieved fair power consumption, with a Default/On power draw of 34.3 watts. The Samsung SyncMaster PX2370 drew a lower 25.01 watts in the same test.

In our Sleep/Standby test, the LG Flatron IPS235V drew 0.75 watt and the PX2370 pulled a much lower 0.27 watt. Based on our formula, the IPS235V would incur a few dollars more in costs than the PX2370, with a per-year pull of $10.75 per year and $7.65 per year, respectively.

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

Contrast
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
LG Flatron IPS235V
1,058:1 
Samsung PX2370
948:1 
HP 2311xi
829:1 

Performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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Service and support
LG backs the Flatron IPS235V with a one-year parts-and-labor warranty, which covers the backlight for only one year. That's two years less than other vendors such as Dell or Samsung offer. During the first year of warranty, LG 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 the monitor to LG and LG 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.

Conclusion
For $230 it's difficult for a monitor to completely screw up. As monitors go, that's a pretty low price. Luckily, the IPS235V goes beyond "not completely screwing up" and actually delivers impressive performance with enough useful OSD features to be one of the best budget monitors currently available.

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  • Display Type LED-backlit LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface VGA (HD-15)
  • Diagonal Size 23 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.265 mm
  • Image Contrast Ratio 1000:1
  • Image Aspect Ratio 16:9
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