REVIEW: LG Flatron M2794D
++ very good, + good, +/- satisfactory, - bad, -- very bad
In the course of the past 12 months, a trend towards “hybrid models” has crystallised through new arrivals in the computer display sector. Here, we refer to screens with extended electronics and numerous video inputs.
LG is going a step further with the M2794D and is presenting a small LCD TV in 16:9 format and with FullHD resolution, which should also be suitable for practical work on the computer.
The model has a full arsenal of ports which allow for flexible use of various player devices. The computer can be connected via D-Sub VGA or DVI-D input, whilst video sources are connected to the monitor via Composite, S-Video, SCART (FBAS or RGBs), YPbPr or HDMI.
LG M2794D: Small LCD TV in 16:9 format and FullHD resolution.
As well as the usual tests for computer displays, the electronics on the LG M2794D will also be tested thoroughly. Here, we should see whether the small LCD TV can keep up with its full grown and largely sophisticated brothers.
All results published in the test were obtained on the digital output of a Gainward GTX 280. An iScan VP50Pro was used to test the video functions. In addition, an OPPO DV-980H was used for playing back DVDs.
The LG M2794D is delivered in a tailor-made box. In order to reduce the dimensions of the box to a minimum, the base is not attached. However, assembly is very simple. The base is then fixed securely in place with a knurled head screw. In order to protect the numerous and sensitive high-gloss surfaces, the complete exterior has been covered with adhesive sheets.
Box of the LG M2794D.
Whilst at least DCI and D-Sub VGA cables are usually provided with a large number of computer LCDs, LG has restricted itself to a D-Sub VGA cable for connecting the M2794D to the computer. Audio signals can be transmitted via a cable with 3.5 jack connector. A power cable with an external device connector completes the cable selection, which looks similarly scanty for most LCD TVs.
A printed getting started guide is provided. The full edition can be found in electronic format on the CD provided. As is appropriate for an LCD TV , a remote control is also provided, which is certainly necessary given the inconveniently positioned buttons on the model.
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