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LG Flatron E2290 review:

LG Flatron E2290

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 from any other angle. Depending on the monitor's 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. As is typical with TN panels, we noticed a color shift when viewing the screen from about 6 inches to the left or right from center.

Recommended settings and use: When playing games, we found that while colors looked accurate, they really lacked the level of vibrancy we're accustomed to and the games looked pretty dull as a result. Neither the normal nor the Cinema preset was able to satisfy our vibrancy needs; however, after switching over to the Internet preset, we saw a level of vibrancy that, though not ideal, was the best solution available. The preset allowed the monitor to deliver a suitably vibrant image, but one that didn't pop like the colors on the PX2370.

For movies, we definitely noticed a green push in the Cinema preset, with faces exhibiting a comparatively sickly look. Fortunately, when we switched to normal and adjusted the green down to about 42, the E2290 delivered an image more in line with our expectations and faces looked healthier as a result. Compared with the PX2370, the black still had a slight green tint to it even after adjustments.

It would be an incredibly tall order to find a monitor that failed at performing general tasks, and indeed when you use Word or Excel, surf the Internet, or perform any other casual endeavor, the E2290 gets the job done without any problems.

On the other hand, although it does include an sRGB preset, the E2290 isn't suited to tasks that require very accurate color, given its TN roots. If you require precise color values, an IPS monitor like the excellent but much more expensive Dell UltraSharp U2711 is more appropriate.

Most importantly, if impressing guests in your new modern, contemporary apartment is your goal, the E2290 is more up to the task than any monitor we've previously seen.

Power consumption: The LG E2290 achieved good power consumption, with a Default/On power draw of 23.9 watts, compared with the Samsung PX2370's 25.01 watts in the same test. In our Sleep/Standby test, the E2290 costs 0.34 watts and the PX2370 pulled a lower 0.27 watts. Based on our formula, the E2290 would cost $7.37 per year to run, compared with the PX2370's $7.65 per year.

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

Contrast ratio
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
LG Flatron E2350
HP 2310e
Dell ST2420L
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LG Flatron E2290

DisplayMate tests: Performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Juice box
LG Flatron E2290 Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 23.9
On (max luminance) 23.9
On (min luminance) 13.6
Sleep 0.34
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 20.5
Annual power consumption cost $7.37
Score Good

Find out more about how we test LCD monitors.

Service and support
LG backs the E2290 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, which usually offers backlight coverage for three years. 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.

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