We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Displays Reviews
15,497 Reviews PC Advisor Gold Award

LG L1960TR

£187 inc VAT

Manufacturer: LG Electronics

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Not so very long ago, the typical flat-panel came with a contrast of just 300:1 or 400:1. These low ratios didn't remain the apogee of LCD technology for long and today's ordinary screens come with a contrast ratio of 600:1 or 700:1. However, no other company has shown quite the guile of LG, choosing to boast that its latest 19in flat-panel has a startling 3,000:1.

Not so very long ago, the typical flat-panel came with a contrast of just 300:1 or 400:1. The contrast ratio is a measure of colour depth and improving this figure has long been an aim of ambitious manufacturers. But these low ratios didn't remain the apogee of LCD technology for long and today's ordinary screens come with a contrast ratio of 600:1 or 700:1. However, no other company has shown quite the guile of LG, choosing to boast that its latest 19in flat-panel has a startling 3,000:1.

The feature responsible is called DFC (Digital Fine Contrast), a function that assesses the input image and automatically adjusts the contrast ratio so that it's optimum for covering the range of colours needed. This, according to LG, results in a potential contrast ratio of 3,000:1. This logic doesn't necessarily follow, but the resulting images are undoubtedly vivid and full of colour. You can manually alter the DFC and the menu system allows you to compare the old picture with the new.

Not that DFC is the only aspect of this screen that aids colour quality. The 2ms response rate is extremely fast and is measured using Grey-To-Grey, which is particularly demanding and should result in a slower figure. It's arguable whether the typical user needs to go any faster than 8ms, but 2ms should be enough even for picky gamers. Given the L1960TR's fantastic movie capabilities, it's surprising that this isn't a widescreen model. 22in and 24in widescreen versions are soon to appear in this range but, for now, 1,280x1,024 is your lot.

The styling is slick and we guarantee you'll frequently fight the urge to let your finger hover over the triangular power on/off button. This screen isn't just interesting to look at from the front, though. Its pointed rear is likely to cause favourable comment.

LG L1960TR Expert Verdict »
19in flat-panel
native resolution 1,280x1,024
0.294mm pixel pitch
2ms response time
3,000:1 contrast ratio
170/170 degree viewing angle
brightness 300cd/m2
DVI connector
speakers
3-year onsite warranty
430x226x427mm
4.6kg
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

Whether the LG offers a genuine 3,000:1 contrast ratio is debatable. But what's important is that the image quality is good and here the LG leaves no doubt. Colourful pictures and sharp text, combined with a strong design aesthetic and a fast response rate amounts to a first-class screen. Only the lack of widescreen resolution support is likely to disappoint.

There are currently no price comparisons for this product.
  • LG L1960TQ

    LG L1960TQ

    The larger widescreen flat-panels might be getting more publicity these days, but there's definitely a place for a high-quality 19in screen.

  • LG Flatron W2271TC review

    LG Flatron W2271TC

    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.

  • LG Flatron L226WTQ 22in flat-panel monitor

    LG Flatron L226WTQ 22in flat-panel monitor

    The 22in LG Flatron L226WTQ flat-panel monitor has a 2ms response rate and 5,000:1 contrast ratiio that produce beautifully smooth images.

  • LG W2242S LCD monitor

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

  • LG M2794D review

    LG M2794D

    The LG M2794D is a 27in 16:9 LCD screen with a ‘Full HD' resolution of 1,920x1,080 that doubles as television with its built-in Freeview TV tuner.


IDG UK Sites

Motorola Moto G vs Nokia Lumia 530 comparison: What's the best budget smartphone

IDG UK Sites

Everything you need to know about Apple's iPhone Camera in iOS 8

IDG UK Sites

Why you shouldn't trust password managers

IDG UK Sites

How to make an 'Apple iWatch' using an iPod nano and a 3D printer