>>Hey guys, this is Eric Franklin from CNET.com and if you think you recognize the monitor sitting next to me; well, you most likely don't. Not that I can blame you though, I mean, come on it looks almost exactly like the Samsung XL2370, right? Now, this isn't necessarily a bad thing but I felt it was too obvious not to point out. This is a LG Flatron E2350V and like the XL2370, it's a LED based monitor with a very thin profile and its short-curved neck. The LG's oval-shaped foot stand doesn't prevent wobbling but given the well designed distribution of its weight, we don't think it's in any great danger of toppling over unless, of course, your throwing hay makers at your monitor which I don't recommend you do that.
Like the XL2370, the screen height isn't adjustable and there is no screen rotation and no pivot option for those of you who are into pivot options. The capability to tilt the screen back either 10 degrees or 90 degrees is the only included ergonomic feature. The LG's connection option includes DVI, HDMI and VGA and they threw in a headphone jack for good measure. The very user friendly OSD consists of six buttons and includes a usual brightness and contrast controls. However, LG also includes a black-level control, color temperature, individual RGB controls, gamma control, a volume control for the headphone jack and an ambient light sensor. We use LG's movie preset to check out some talkies and found out while the LG did a fine job in a side-by-side comparison with the PX2370 the LG's colors paled quite literally in comparison. In games we didn't notice any input lag or streaking or ghosting, I mean, we rarely do, and if by rarely I mean never. Anyway, as far as color and vibrancy go, the LG and the two Samsungs display games in a virtually identical manor with vibrant colors and a clear solid image.
In part, consumption, the LG, would cost about $8.50 per year to run compared with the PX2370's $7.65 and the XL2370's $10 per year. The LG Flatron E2350V is essentially LG's version of the Samsung XL2370, a thin 23-inch monitor with a LED backlight and a minimalist aesthetic design. The LG has great game performance on par with both Samsungs, however, the PX2370 has a slight performance edge in movies because of its seemingly deeper color gamut. Thanks to its black-level control feature the LG has a lower black level than either Samsung monitor, when unfortunately, it also has a dimmer screen than the two. The LG's trump card is its lower $280 price. That's $20 less than the XL2370 and $30 less than the PX2370.
If you're looking for an LED monitor go with a PX2370 because of its superior performance. If price is a concern, however, you can't go wrong with the LG E2350V. It has the performance, features and the looks to make it well worth its price. Once again, this is Eric Franklin and this has been a first look at the LG Flatron E2350V.
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