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LG W2242S LCD monitor review

£165 inc VAT

Manufacturer: LG Electronics

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

LG's £165 W2242S monitor has good picture quality but lacks any digital video input

While the majority of specifications of the typical flat-panel may have settled down in recent months, the contrast ratio has remained an ever-moving target. Not so very long ago, LCD screens were happy to wallow in the region of 500:1-700:1. But the likes of LG Electronics and Samsung decided to push the envelope a little, nudging the contrast ratio to 1,000:1 and, from there to 2,000:1 and then 5,000:1. Now the latest 22in LG claims a gigantic 8,000:1 contrast ratio.

Of course, as with all of these LCDs, that figure isn't quite genuine. To switch it on, you have to enable the DFC (Digital Fine Contrast) feature by selecting the Movie Mode from the F-Engine button. In practice, this'll give you an extra blast of colour for those special occasions - firing up a DVD or Blu-ray disc for instance, or displaying your favourite photographs in their most glorious hues.

The effect is quite impressive, although it obviously doesn't compare to those of the latest plasma screens, where contrast ratios of more than 20,000:1 are available.

However, we do have some issues with this feature. Or rather, not the feature itself, but the flat-panel it's built into. Such a high contrast ratio, surely, would be perfect for high-definition images. Right? Well, LG doesn't totally agree, since it kits out this screen with a meagre analogue D-Sub connector. There's no digital socket - not even a DVI, let alone the increasingly popular HDMI - so those looking to plug the screen straight into home entertainment kit will be disappointed.

NEXT PAGE: Quality results without DVI?

W2242S Expert Verdict »
LG W2242S Scores 8.9 out of 10 based on 28 reviews
22in flat-panel
native resolution 1,680x1,050
0.282mm pixel pitch
5ms response rate
8,000:1 contrast ratio (with DFC)
170/170 degree viewing angle
brightness 300cd/m2
no DVI or HDMI connector
517x209x418mm
4.65kg
3-year warranty
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

If you want a high-quality image at an affordable price, and won’t be needing a digital connection in the near-future, then this is a very good screen for the money. But given the high contrast ratio and generally excellent performance, we can’t help but feel that this screen could have been so much more versatile and future-proof with just one addition to the feature set.

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