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LG W2053TQ-PFThe LG Flatron W2053TQ has useful power consumption options, but a badly designed onscreen display.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> Hi everyone, this is Eric Franklin from CNET.Com and welcome back to the Stage of History. Today we're taking a look at the LG Flatron W2053TQ. It has a glossy oval shaped foot stand and though it wobbles a bit when knocked from the sides, it doesn't shake as violently as the HP 2009 M does. The monitor includes about a 15 degree back tilt as its sole ergonomic option. No panel swiveling, pivoting or screen height adjustment are included. Connection options, which are limited to DVI and BGA are easy to access since the monitor's low profile neck is a good two inches away from them. The bottom of the bezel has this transparent lip attached to it. On the right side of the lip is a wave-like groove that reflects light from the power button's red LED. To the left of the power button is the touch sensitive OSD array. The OSD menu includes controls for brightness, contrast, color temperature, including SRGB where you can adjust the color by changing the red, green and blue values individually. Pressing the Smart button brings up an eco-friendly menu with on-off controls for the ambient light sensor, the autobright setting and a one or two hour monitor shut-off timer option. And although we were eventually able to navigate the OSD, we found this interface, especially in its use of Autoset as the Enter button unintuitive and clunky. We were pleasantly surprised with the lack of ghosting in DVD movies. And while colors look full, they didn't have the pop that we desired. In the power consumption test, the LG has a large 3.55 watt power draw on standby and its on default power draw was higher than we'd expect for a 20 inch monitor, drawing 37.21 watts. Based on our formula, the LG would cost 13 dollars and 56 cents per year to run normally and 8 dollars and 54 cents per year with its power saving features turned on. This compared with the Lenovo's 8 dollars and 93 cents per year and the HP's 9 dollars and 46 cents per year. The LG Flatronic can be found anywhere from 150 bucks to 180 bucks. The HP 2009 M can be found for around the same price or slightly cheaper. We'd recommend the HP to those who are on a budget, while the LG is the best choice for those concerned about energy consumption. Over time though, the LG will save you more money if you made use of its eco-options. Once again, this is Eric Franklin. This has been the first look at the LG 2053TQ. ^M00:02:37 [ Music ]