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LG Flatron D2342PThe LG Flatron D2342P offers inexpensive 3D, with disappointing performance.
For the last few years, NVIDIA has dominated the 3D monitor space vision kit technology. Now, LG is offering an alternative NVIDIA solution in the form of Flatron D2342P. The LG uses its own 3D solution and it's a much cheaper alternative. When knocked from the sides, the display wobbled quite a lot, but the foot stand remained mostly stationary and the monitor never toppled during our exhaustive punching test. Connection options include DVI, VGA, and HDMI, and a headphone jack. The LG skimps an ergonomic options and only includes a 15-degree back tilt feature; however, VESA wall mounting is supported. The OSD includes the usual specs of options, but it also has Super Energy Savings feature, which lowers the brightness when switched on and tracks your current power savings in watts per hour and, over time, will track your Total Power Reduction and Total CO2 reduction as long as the feature is turned on. It's pretty cool. In movies, we clearly saw dark detail and dark scenes, but deep black eluded the displays ability. Also colors didn't have the same pop as they do on the Samsung PX2370 and small details weren't as clear. Games looked drab and colors again lacked any kind of real pop. In 3D performance for games we saw more than a fair share of ghosting. For $350, the LG offers 3D at a less expensive buy-in than other monitors like BenQ XL2410T, which in addition to its $400 price tag, utilizes the $150 Nvidia 3D Vision to approximate 3D bringing its total to a high $550. More expensive for sure, but Nvidia's tech delivers a high quality 3D experience, that the 3D in the LG can't compete with. However, if 3D holds little or no interest for you, the Samsung PX2370, in every way, offers better performance than the LG and costs less. LG attempted to offer affordable 3D with this monitor and it has, but it's at the cost of a product that can't compete with the best 3D and non-3D monitors. I'm Eric Franklin, and this has been the first look at the LG Flatron D2342P.