REVIEW: LG Flatron W2363V Part 11
The LG W2363V has audio inputs, but inexplicably has no built-in speakers. The audio signal is passed to the headphone jack on the left side, for the rest it is just used to control the optical TruLight effects.
Inconveniently, there is no front button to set the volume on the headphone output: six clicks are required to reach the control in the SETUP menu. The mix of the two sound signals of main and sub picture can be adjusted in the PiP menu.
The LG W2363V offers three settings for the image scaling: 1:1 (no scaling), ORIGINAL (stretch but keep original aspect ratio) und FULL (stretch to use full screen).
Our test showed that the monitor mostly keeps these guidelines. When set to 1:1 nearly all common resolutions are displayed with the appropriate aspect ratio. With AUTO and FULL there are exceptions, especially for those frequencies that are indeed displayed but not mentioned in the manual. For example, a resolution of 1.360 x 768 is displayed correctly with 1:1 but may not be displayed full-screen, and the aspect ratio with ORIGINAL is not correct.
The monitor synchronized even with very low resolutions like 800 x 640 or 600 x 480. There is no problem displaying boot operations, BIOS menus, etc.
The correct focus setting is crucial to an optimal presentation. By default, the sharpness control in the TRACKING menu is set to a value of 5. A much better sharpness is achieved, however, with a value of 3. With smaller settings, the pixels are filled too much, values above 4 lead to a white corona.
The legibility of text lines is very good with the native resolution of 1920 x 1080 as well as with all other resolutions if the aspect ratio is set to 1:1. In all other cases, the integrated electronics is forced to upscale the source resolution to that of the panel. This generally causes blurring and shadow formation.
Wide screen resolutions:
Native resolution of the LG W2363V.
Left: 1.680 x 1.050; right: 1.280 x 960.
The photos were taken with ARC set to FULL. Resolutions of 1.440 x 900 und 1.360 x 768 could only be displayed correctly with ARC set to 1:1 and are therefore not mentioned here.
Left: 1280 x 1024; right: 1024 x 768.
The photos show interpolated text lines of partly good and partly mediocre quality. The results degrade to a barely acceptable level with the focus control set to the default value of 5.
PC with the even the latest onboard graphics or an older graphics card sometimes are overcharged with the native resolution of 1.920 x 1.080 pixels. In these cases, good detail levels are available only at lower resolutions. The interpolation performance of the monitor is therefore very important for many players. The lossless 1:1 scaling with smaller resolutions is also a very useful feature.
We did not expect much better results with games than with text. We examined a scene from "Dead Space" by Electronic Arts (EA) in different resolutions.
Scene from Dead Space- left: native 1.920 x 1.080; right: interpolated 1.280 x 960.
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