Without the need for any special drivers, the LG 23ET83 display works as a simple plug-and-play upgrade. This 23-inch touchscreen monitor will automatically be recognised by Windows and give you 10-point multitouch control out of the box. See all Display reviews.
Moments after plugging it in, we were swiping and tapping away at Windows 8 apps, the whole system accurate, responsive and trouble-free. The display also works well with Windows 7 and even Android x86, which also detected the display automatically.
Touchscreen displays can look a little unconventional, often adding extra thickness and, out of necessity, bucking the current trend for super-thin bezels and sleek slimline panels.
The LG 23ET83 is no exception in this respect, yet its striking white exterior and edge-to-edge glass give it a stylish, if chunky, look all of its own. The wider frame around the display facilitates Windows 8 gestures which require you to sweep inwards from beyond the edge of the desktop.
Its 23-inch gloss panel is attached to a hinged stand, offering only a basic tilt function. Although sadly it doesn't tilt backward close to the horizontal, which some people have found a more comfortable position for using a big touchscreen for any length of time.
At the rear of the display, there's a VGA port as well as a pair of HDMI inputs alongside a connector for an external power supply. A USB port allows the touch functions to be relayed to your PC. There's a headphone socket provided but no built-in speakers.
The 23ET83 features an IPS panel which ought to be able to deliver very good image quality. While its wide viewing angles are as good as we would expect from the technology, the touch-sensitive surface implementation has adversely affected picture quality.
When compared to LG's other IPS-based displays, the 23ET83 produces noticeably less vivid colour and disappointing contrast ratio, which only serves to contrast with its absurdly claimed 10,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio figure. Take a look at Group test: what's the best display?
LG 23ET83 touchscreen display: tests
In our tests, we measured 97 percent coverage of sRGB but a low contrast ratio of only 420:1, which left the image looking washed out compared to other similarly priced IPS displays.
Although rated at a maximum brightness of 250 cd/m2, the 23ET83 measured only 195 cd/m2 in our tests. This is a comfortable brightness level for general desktop use, but falls far short of the brightest monitors which are more clearly visible across a well-lit room when used for watching video.
Colour and brightness uniformity were both excellent, as was overall colour accuracy, but the touch-sensitive top layer also imparts a feeling of separation from the picture as though viewing the screen through a window.
Although you can use this monitor perfectly well without any configuration, there is a comprehensive selection of setup options available via row of touch-sensitive controls. Unfortunately and quite ironically, the on-screen menus themselves can't be operated by touching the monitor's touchscreen.
In here you'll find advanced control options such as six-way colour adjustments and multiple gamma selections, although these and the many other complex menus will most likely serve to confuse rather than assist all but the most experienced customers. They're fiddly and frustrating to use too.
Perhaps more useful are the energy-saving options which will update you on the number of trees you've saved by using them. Take a look at our review of the LG 29EA93 too.