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LG Flatron E2260 review: LG Flatron E2260

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The Good The LG Flatron E2260 displayed accurate colors in our DisplayMate tests. Also, it has minimal backlight bleed through, and sports a sleek and slight aesthetic.

The Bad The LG Flatron E2260's colors are bland in movies and games. It also lacks ergonomic options and has a higher price tag than we'd expect for a 22-incher.

The Bottom Line The LG Flatron E2260's price is too high and its performance too lacking compared to other similar monitors.

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6.8 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 6
  • Performance 7
  • Support 7

The 22-inch LG Flatron E2260 looks somewhat like a smaller version of Samsung's "X" LED series; in particular, the PX2370. The display scored well in our DisplayMate-based color and uniformity tests; however, in movies and games we found the colors were not as vibrant when compared to the PX2370. So, is the E2260 worth $320? Not when better performing monitors like the PX2370 are available for about the same price. Unfortunately, the E2260 offers little the PX2370 doesn't do better.

Design and features
The 22-inch LG Flatron E2260 has one of the slightest profiles we've seen on a 22-incher. The panel measures less than a 0.5 inch deep; however, it does extend back another 0.5 inches at the bottom of the panel to enclose its connection options. The translucent neck of the display evokes a similar neck seen in the Samsung PX2370; however, the LG incarnation is rectangular, not circular. The panel's chassis is fairly glossy and there's a blue LED light under the front-middle of the panel that reflects off of the top part of the neck and creates a cool-looking visage.

The foot stand is a wide 9.5 inches by 7.75 inches deep. The bezel is a thin 0.6 inch wide and the full panel comes out to 20 inches in width. The 22-inch monitor includes only a 10-degree back tilt as its sole ergonomic option. Connection options include DVI, VGA, HDMI, and a headphone jack, all located on the back-middle of the panel.

The onscreen display (OSD) array is located in the lower right-hand corner on the bottom of the panel. The array consists of five buttons: Menu, Mode, Auto, Input and Exit. While the buttons aren't labeled, pressing either of them brings up the OSD, with each choice aligned above the array buttons. The controls include options for Brightness, Contrast, and Sharpness. The OSD includes four presets: Normal, Movie, Internet, and Demo. The Demo mode allows you to see what your picture would look like compared with the preset you're currently in. There are also color preset options, including Normal, Gaussian Blur, Sepia, and Monochrome. The display also includes color temperature presets and the capability to control the red, green, and blue values, individually.

Navigating the OSD was simple, but not as efficient as others we've seen and we took issue with the lack of an "up" feature when in menus. Still, this was only a minor annoyance.

Design highlights:
Connectivity: HDMI, DVI, VGA
Ergonomic options: 10-degree back tilt
Resolution: 1,920x1,080
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Audio: Built-in headphones
VESA support: No

Feature highlights:
Included video cables? DVI, VGA
Backlight: LED
Panel Type: TN
Screen film: Matte
Number of presets: 3
Overdrive: No
Picture options: Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness
Color controls: Normal, Gaussian Blur, Sepia, Monochrome, Color temperature control, RGB controls
Gamma control: Yes
Additional features: n/a

DisplayMate Performance
We tested the LG Flatron E2260 through its DVI input, connected to a Windows Vista PC, using the included DVI cable. The display posted a composite score of 91 on CNET Labs' DisplayMate-based performance tests--several points lower than the PX2370's 96, but a very good showing nonetheless. In our color ramp tests, we saw linear and smooth progression from dark to light colors. In color tracking we saw accurate color with no tint problems. This carried over to games and movies, which also, did not display tint problems. In our Dark Screen test we saw minimal backlight bleedthrough.

In text, we saw no color problems with black text on a white background. Fonts were clearly visible down to a 6.8 size.

We tested the LG Flatron E2260 using the Blu-ray version of "Avatar." The E2260 displayed the movie well, not crushing dark blacks; however, in the cinema preset mode, the blacks were not dark enough to be considered anything near true black.

Colors, were not as vibrant and saturated as on the PX2370, and as a result looked slightly washed out. When we adjusted each red, green, and blue value to about 63, we noticed a slight improvement in color saturation, but not dramatically so.

Because of our intimate familiarity with World of Warcraft (WoW), it remains the best tool for judging color quality and vibrancy in games. On the LG Flatron E2260 we found that color saturation and vibrancy were lacking compared with the PX2370. While colors on the PX2370 popped with life, on the E2260, they seemed bland in comparison.

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