LG W2363D-PF review: LG W2363D-PF

To test refresh rate, we used DisplayMate's motion graphics tests and watched a bunch of graphics fly around the screen, looking for evidence of streaking. The LG W2363D-PF showed a relatively small amount of streaking, and to our eyes it was indistinguishable from the PX2370 running the same test.

Nvidia 3D Vision performance: We tested 3D performance using Call of Duty: Black Ops. The W2362D-PF uses Nvidia's 3D Vision technology, and Black Ops looked great running on the display in 3D, with the monitor's good color reproduction and high vibrancy contributing to the impressive graphics.

We also got a chance to see how the W2363D-PF handled 3D photos and watched a short 3D movie. From a technical standpoint, 3D photos are interesting, but we don't think the effect adds much to still images. The photo seems to move and slightly shift perspective as you move your head, but it doesn't really enhance pictures in any meaningful way. Also, it makes foreground objects look like 2D cutouts, lacking any depth.

The 3D movie of a Nurburgring race fared better, looking like native 3D content and not something post converted to 3D. The film had multiple levels of depth and the foreground assets didn't look like cardboard cutouts.

The 3D vision glasses use active shutter lenses and as such, when viewing any 3D content, expect it to look darker than when viewing normally.

Photos: The LG W2363D-PF displayed photos with mostly accurate colors, however, not as accurate as on the Samsung PX2370. Also, we noticed a slight greenish hue, but we were able to diminish the green by changing the color settings to Red: 57, Green: 23, and Blue: 58.

Viewing angle: 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 as the manufacturer intended them. 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, which get overly bright or overly dark in parts of the screen when they are not viewed from optimal angles. The W2363D-PF uses a TN panel, and indeed, text, and images become more difficult to see clearly at about 6 to 8 inches to the left or right of center. When viewed from below, the screen got dark very quickly, which is expected for a TN panel.

Power consumption: The LG W2363D-PF achieved poor power consumption, with a Default/On power draw of 46.7 watts, compared with the Samsung PX2370's 25.01 watts in the same test. In our Sleep/Standby test, the W2363D-PF pulled 1.57 watts and the PX2370 pulled a lower 0.27 watt. Based on our formula, the W2363D would cost $15.02 per year to run, compared with the PX2370's lower $7.65 per year.

Juice box
LG Flatron W2363D-PF Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 46.7
On (max luminance) 46.7
On (min luminance) 22.3
Sleep 1.57
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 33.4
Annual power consumption cost $15.02
Score Poor

Brightness (in cd/m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
LG Flatron W2363D-PF
333 
HP 2310e
234 

Contrast ratio
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
BenQ EW2420
4,862:1 
HP 2310e
1,110:1 
LG Flatron W2363D-PF
1,053:1 
Acer GD235HZ
881:1 

DisplayMate test
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
HP 2310e
93 
LG Flatron W2363D-PF
93 

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Service and support
LG backs the W2363D-PF with a three-year parts and labor warranty, which covers the backlight for only one year. That's two years less than other vendors, such as Dell. During the first year of warranty, 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 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
The LG Flatron W2363D-PF can be found online for as low as $300. At that price, it's one of the most affordable 3D monitor solutions on the market. Like the Acer GD235HZ before it, the LG handles 3D like a champ; that's not surprising given that most of the 3D burden lies on the software, glasses, and emitter.

Overall performance was very good, and we found a useful assortment of connection options. Unfortunately, the color fails to quite reach our high standards, the OSD can be a nightmare to navigate, and the Tru-Light cylinder adds nothing useful. Still, given its price and 3D compatibility, the W2363D-PF is currently the best 3D monitor available.

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