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CNET First Look
LG Flatron M237WDThe LG Flatron M237WD is a great choice for those looking for a 23-inch monitor-HDTV combo.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> Hi, this is Eric Franklin from CNET.com and you know, it really makes no sense for me to tell you what a monitor looks like in a video because you know, it is sitting right here. You can obviously see what it looks like and I don't have to describe it to you. So, today we are talking about the LG Flatron M237WD. I am going to focus on its features and performance. First off, this is essentially a 23-inch TV with a DVI and VGA connection. The LG also has a TV tuner, two HDMI ports, Component, Composite, S-Video, and a coaxial connection for an antenna or cable TV. Also, there's a port for normal audio and a digital audio out option, not to mention a remote control. On the lower right hand edge of the display is a headphone jack. All of these connections are really easy to access as a face out like a TV instead of down like most monitors do. When knocked from the sides, the display wobbles considerably, but thanks to its balanced weight, it never really felt in danger of toppling. Unfortunately, the screen height isn't adjustable, and there isn't a screen rotation or pivot option. The capability to tilt the screen back 20 degrees is its only ergonomic option. Navigating the LG's menu with and without the remote never got overly complicated. Accessing controls from brightness to contrast to color was simple and efficient. In performance the LG demonstrated its ability to distinguish back from dark gray, something the Samsung P2370HD had trouble with. In movies, the LG had whites that looked somewhat muted when directly compared to the same image on the Samsung. We looked at games and knows no signs of input lag or streaking or ghosting during fast movement. Games were bright with colors that popped. In power consumption, the LG would cost you about $16 per year to run, compared to the Samsung's $15 per year. The LG has all the TV connections you would expect, and comes with a fully functioning remote control. It can be bought from major stores online for about $290, which is about $25 less than the comparable Samsung SyncMaster P2370HD, which has many of the same connections. If features are paramount, get the LG for its extra HDMI port and S-video connection. However, the Samsung has better overall performance in movies and HD TV. Once again this is Eric Franklin, and this has been the First Look at the LG Flatron M237WD. ^M00:02:37 [ Music ]