This 21.5-inch display (LG says it's 22 inches but it's not) is just 7.2 mm thick, and the entire LG E2290V unit is so light we were able to pick it up in one hand while connecting the cables for our laptop and iPad.

The casing of the LG E2290V display and stand is mostly constructed out of plastic, but it has a gleaming metallic finish that looks terrific. It's also quite solidly built despite the thinness of the screen and its lightweight materials.

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All the cables fit neatly into the base of the LG E2290V's stand, with HDMI, DVI and VGA connectors that will allow you to hook up a computer and an iPad or a DVD player at the same time. That makes it easy to switch from one device to another when you want to play games or watch videos, or just do a bit of routine email or web browsing. The stand also houses a set of glowing touch-sensitive controls for the onscreen menu system. If you have a Mac with a Mini DisplayPort, you'll need an adaptor.

The LG E2290V's LED backlighting produces a bright, sharp image and although LG's claim of 10,000,000: 1 contrast ratio sounds a bit over the top, the image quality was very good. It produced crisp, strong colours when we were watching "Wonders of the Universe" in HD using the BBC iPlayer.

So much for the LG E2290V's build quality and display performance, but what about the little extras?

Well, even the LG E2290V's onscreen menu system has good attention to detail. There are image presets for tasks such as watching movies or browsing the web, and selecting one of these shows a split-screen before/after effect so that you can see how each preset affects the image quality.

The only disadvantage of the LG E2290V's slimline design is that there are no built-in speakers. There's a headphone jack in the base of the monitor, but you'll have to provide a proper set of external speakers for watching video or playing games.

LG E2290V: Specs

  • LCD display/TFT active matrix - LED backlight
  • TFT Technology: TN
  • Brushed aluminum
  • 21.5in widescreen
  • Dot Pitch/Pixel Pitch: 0.248mm
  • Max Resolution: 1920x1080/60Hz
  • Video Format: 1080p (FullHD)
  • Colour Support: 16.7 million colours
  • Max Sync Rate (VxH): 75Hzx83kHz
  • Video Bandwidth: 135MHz
  • Response Time: 2ms
  • Controls/Adjustments: Brightness, contrast, H/V position, gamma correction, phase, clock, white balance
  • Display Positions Adjustments: Tilt
  • Display Screen Coating: Anti-glare, hard coating
  • Backlight Life: 50,000 hour(s)
  • HDMI, DVI-D, VGA
  • sRGB colour management, f-ENGINE technology, HDCP, eZ Zooming
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Image Brightness: 250 cd/m2
  • Image Contrast Ratio: 1000:1/10000000:1 (dynamic)
  • Image Max H-View Angle: 170, Image Max V-View Angle: 160
  • 1 x VGA input - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) 1 x DVI-D input - 24 pin digital DVI 1 x HDMI input - 19 pin HDMI Type A 1 x headphones - mini-phone stereo 3.5mm
  • 511x135x400mm
  • 2.8kg
  • LCD display/TFT active matrix - LED backlight
  • TFT Technology: TN
  • Brushed aluminum
  • 21.5in widescreen
  • Dot Pitch/Pixel Pitch: 0.248mm
  • Max Resolution: 1920x1080/60Hz
  • Video Format: 1080p (FullHD)
  • Colour Support: 16.7 million colours
  • Max Sync Rate (VxH): 75Hzx83kHz
  • Video Bandwidth: 135MHz
  • Response Time: 2ms
  • Controls/Adjustments: Brightness, contrast, H/V position, gamma correction, phase, clock, white balance
  • Display Positions Adjustments: Tilt
  • Display Screen Coating: Anti-glare, hard coating
  • Backlight Life: 50,000 hour(s)
  • HDMI, DVI-D, VGA
  • sRGB colour management, f-ENGINE technology, HDCP, eZ Zooming
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Image Brightness: 250 cd/m2
  • Image Contrast Ratio: 1000:1/10000000:1 (dynamic)
  • Image Max H-View Angle: 170, Image Max V-View Angle: 160
  • 1 x VGA input - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) 1 x DVI-D input - 24 pin digital DVI 1 x HDMI input - 19 pin HDMI Type A 1 x headphones - mini-phone stereo 3.5mm
  • 511x135x400mm
  • 2.8kg

OUR VERDICT

The LG E2290V is still a good choice if you want a slim, lightweight monitor that provides good image quality for both work and play.

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