The styling and feel of the LG Flatron family of flatpanels has barely changed in several years. That's not a criticism, however: despite its rather chunky frame, the 22in LG Flatron W2271TC cuts a stylish figure.

Nice touches include the LG Flatron W2271TC's glossy casing and the eye-catching glowing blue flash that signifies the power's on. But the case does seem to attract anything that happens to be floating through the air.

LG fits a small camera into the casing and this, combined with the built-in microphone, makes the LG Flatron W2271TC a convenient screen for web conferencing.

LG Flatron W2271TC webcam

The LG Flatron W2271TC's webcam

We also like the menu system. Logically-placed buttons and clearly labelled options make the LG Flatron W2271TC an easy flatpanel to navigate. Start to adjust any of the colour settings and a split-screen will show you simultaneous before and after images, so you know exactly what the effect of selecting each option will be.

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As with all LG Flatron models, with the LG Flatron W2271TC you get one-button access to a variety of colour schemes.

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The styling and feel of the LG Flatron family of flatpanels has barely changed in several years. That's not a criticism, however: despite its rather chunky frame, the 22in LG Flatron W2271TC cuts a stylish figure.

After this, however, the LG Flatron W2271TC starts to flag a little. Indeed, what's most remarkable about the W2271TC is how resolutely unremarkable it is. We can put up with the LG being only 16:10 in its aspect ratio, and the absence of an HDMI port and pivot or a height-adjustable stand. What we can't forgive is its dismal visual performance.

LG Flatron W2271TC back view

LG Flatron W2271TC back view

On paper, the LG Flatron W2271TC offers some spectacular viewing angles; in practice, it delivers anything but. Twitch even slightly and the colour deteriorates alarmingly. The entire image fades dramatically if you're not sitting directly in front of (or at a considerable distance from) it.

The LG Flatron W2271TC achieves a supposed contrast ratio of 20,000:1 when the DFC feature is turned on. However, you'll need every last drop of the additional burst of brightness, since when it's using a normal dose of colour, the W2271TC is decidedly lacking in warmth. And with DFC on, the LG struggles to reproduce the same levels of detail as, for example, the ViewSonic.

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LG Flatron W2271TC: Specs

  • 22in flatpanel display
  • 16:10 aspect ratio
  • 1,680x1,050 native resolution
  • 0.282mm pixel pitch
  • standard/enhanced contrast ratio: 1,000/20,000:1
  • 300cm2
  • 5ms response rate
  • viewing angles: 176/170
  • speakers, camera
  • 42W
  • RGB, DVI
  • 520x221x428mm
  • 4.5kg
  • 22in flatpanel display
  • 16:10 aspect ratio
  • 1,680x1,050 native resolution
  • 0.282mm pixel pitch
  • standard/enhanced contrast ratio: 1,000/20,000:1
  • 300cm2
  • 5ms response rate
  • viewing angles: 176/170
  • speakers, camera
  • 42W
  • RGB, DVI
  • 520x221x428mm
  • 4.5kg

OUR VERDICT

With less than impressive viewing angles, mediocre image quality combined with poor price-performance, the LG Flatron W2271TC can't compete with the best models in its class.

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