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.
On our FlatPanelDK test, the LG E2260 performed surprisingly
well. It had no trouble progressing from dark to light colors, displaying smooth gradients on all range of colors. We also noticed minimal backlight bleeding, with the display putting up pretty decent uniformity throughout the screen estate.
Now let me explain the “surprising” part. There is just an all-round lack of punch. While the colors are good, there is a certain lack of juice, the ‘pop’ that we have come to expect from good quality monitors. It seems the contrast is severely limiting and this is most noticeable on Windows. It makes the whole image quality appear bland and tasteless.
Fortunately, this is mostly a non-issue with games. We played Dead Space and Bad Company 2 and found acceptable contrast that delivered where the games demanded. However, during our HD trailer playbacks, we did notice a few areas were the image looked washed out, especially during darker scenes. We did try to tinker around with the settings but couldn’t hit the right spot without compromising on either proper color reproduction or crushing the blacks.
Sharp. Clear. And properly cut. Text display is E2260's biggest strength. We put the ability among a range of fonts and background colors and the display stayed put, delivering extremely precise text without ghosting or the purple-tint that most monitors produce.
The LG E2260 features a fast 5ms response time, which usually is more than enough for today’s games and movies. The best game to produce any ghosting is Dead Space, with its black and grey backgrounds helping to easily spot any deficiencies in a display. E2260 had no problems, whatsoever. Even during our image quality test, ghost-trailing was at its minimal.
Usually, an LCD’s optimal viewing angle is from the middle and that’s where the E2260 performs the best. Any slight variations and the image starts turning yellow. It would be impossible for two people to watch a movie without one of them facing crappy colors. It is sort of disappointing but hey, it’s only a 21.5 inch monitor, why are you sharing with someone else anyway?
You know, I quite like the monitor. Sure, it’s not really handsome but it’s not ugly either. And as long as it performs well during web surfing and gaming, I am all up for it. But there is only one problem: Samsung PX2370
. The Samsung looks incredibly sexy, performs much better than the LG, has a half a dozen of image optimizing features and
it is cheaper than the LG. The LG E2260, quite honestly, has nothing going for it with its price tag. I cannot recommend it to you with other better monitors available in the market for a cheaper price.