Too expensive for its looks.
Priced at a large $320, LG’s newest Flatron LED E2260 props itself among the top brass of the monitor business, namely the Samsung PX2370, which I consider to be the best LED-LCD monitor currently available in the market. The E2260 boasts an impressive list of features, such as an HDMI port, built-in headphone jack, 5000,000:1 “mega dynamic” contrast ratio and above all an IPS panel. However, specs are only half the story and the actual performance is what counts in the end. Unfortunately, despite its pricey tag, LG falls short on many counts compared to the PX2370.
Design and features
Pulling it out of the box, the E2260’s slim profile is immediately noticeable. From the side, the panel is about 0.5 inches deep, or just about the size of my index finger. The back protrudes to accommodate the connection ports, which adds another 0.5 inches, but hardly makes any difference to its size and shape. The bezel runs 0.6 inch wide, with the screen coming at around 20 inches diagonally.
The LG takes a bit of inspiration from the PX2370 and features a translucent neck stand reminiscent of a plastic crystal bowl. Instead of a circular shape, LG has gone with a rectangular look that reflects the monitor’s power light on its smooth front base. The effect gives an illusion that the light is coming from within the glass; however, it is merely reflecting the light hidden just behind the LG logo in the middle.
It may not be much but it adds a much needed flare to the monitor’s overall looks, which by all means and standards, in my opinion, is pretty darn boring. The bezel and the foot stand (running 9.5 inches by 7.75 inches) dons a black glossy plastic as that of a PS3 but LG has done nothing with it to make it look good or at least appealing in any sense of the way. The quality of the plastic feels cheap as well, making it look like you are staring at a screen embedded around black tape. The only angle the monitor manages to look passable is if you are looking at it from the side, preferably with the power lighted switched on (this can be turned off in the menu, by the way – yay for late night gaming!).
Adding to the cheap-feel quality of the display is the wobbliness of the stand. If you flick it, it will start vibrating for a good 4-5 seconds. A child could easily drop it by a little push of the hand. The foot and neck do not stabilize the structure at all and have no grip on the surface as well. If you are fighting for desk space, be prepared for causalities. Honestly, for its price tag, the LG E2260 does not quite look the part, nor does it feel so.
The menu buttons are located on the bottom right corner, with little ticks indicating their place. They are not traditionally marked but rather rely on the display to show their functions on top of them when the OSD is brought up. The array consists of five grids: Menu, Mode, Auto, Input and Exit. The controls gives you access to basic features like brightness, contrast, color, temperature, sharpness, etc. The display also features four image quality presets, namely Normal, Movie, Internet, and Demo. Needless to say, like most monitors, they are pretty useless and should be turned off.