The LG Flatron W2353V is a full-featured 23in LCD screen with HDMI connectivity.

LG's new range of flat-panels include tools to help reduce eyestrain. The most obvious we found in the LG Flatron W2353V is Time Control, to tell you when you've been using the screen for one or two hours - a wise reminder that you need a 10-minute break to refocus your eyes.

Auto Bright monitors the light around the screen and adjusts the LG Flatron W2353V's brightness accordingly. As a room darkens, so will the screen get dimmer to reduce glare. And should daylight start streaming in, the screen's brightness is ratcheted up. In practice, we thought the image produced in our gloomed room was slightly too dark for comfort.

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The case styling is different, a glass underlay providing a nice contrast to an all-black frame. Glowing buttons are eye-catching - with just the power switch always lit - and we couldn't resist turning the LG Flatron W2353V on and off, just to enjoy the battery of lights flicking across in sequence. If you always wanted a screen to make your room resemble the USS Enterprise, the wait is over.

Buttons are touch-sensitive, and we found it difficult to judge where to press. Neither are the LG Flatron W2353V's on-screen menus particularly logical - it'll take some experience before you're comfortable finding functions.

The LG Flatron W2353V's range of useful features stretches from Aspect Ratio to Zoom, via an intriguing Cinema mode. This function allows you to select a chunk of the screen, leaving the rest dimmed.

LG originated the concept of image modes, and its range of colour palettes is well executed. Half of the LG Flatron W2353V's screen shows you the existing image, the other half how it'll look with a new preset.

The 23in image supports a resolution of 1920x1080, and the very satisfactory specs list a full selection of VGA, DVI and HDMI ports, a brightness of 300cd/m2, plus a laughably mendacious contrast ratio of 50,000:1, using LG's Digital Fine Contrast. As ever, you won't experience this, but you might appreciate the extra boost of colour.

Image quality is very commendable, full of colour, but quite capable of lighter tones. The LG Flatron W2353V is formed from a (twisted nematic) TN panel, and once again you can safely ignore the paper specs that cite viewing angles up to 176/176 degress. The image deteriorates quickly as you move your head to the side, although the effect is no worse than on most TN panels.

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LG Flatron W2353V: Specs

  • 23in (1920x1080) flat-panel
  • 0.266mm pixel pitch
  • 2ms response rate (typical)
  • 50,000:1 specified contrast ratio (with DFC)
  • 176/176 degree viewing angle
  • brightness 300cd/m2
  • VGA, DVI, HDMI connectors
  • 557x198x417mm
  • 4.5kg
  • 23in (1920x1080) flat-panel
  • 0.266mm pixel pitch
  • 2ms response rate (typical)
  • 50,000:1 specified contrast ratio (with DFC)
  • 176/176 degree viewing angle
  • brightness 300cd/m2
  • VGA, DVI, HDMI connectors
  • 557x198x417mm
  • 4.5kg

OUR VERDICT

The buttons can be a little fiddly, but the LG Flatron W2353V is a very full-featured 23in screen. A lot of thought has clearly gone into its functions. We can expect the majority of sub-£200 models to gravitate towards the 23in size as standard in the coming months, but this screen sets a strong standard.

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