REVIEW: LG Flatron W2363V
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The LG W2363V has a really impressive design. Frame and base are finished in high gloss white with black trim. However, the technical specifications are not as surprising: its anti-glare coated 23 inch TN panel is equipped with conventional CCFL tubes. The resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels and thus capable of full HD.
Unique features for video gamers are the very short response time of two milliseconds, and the latency-free image processing setup called "Thru-Mode". The full HD resolution, 16:9 widescreen format and an enormous dynamic contrast ratio of 70,000:1 are promising qualities for video playback. The luminance of up to 300 cd/m² should give a bright image in nearly all lighting conditions. Three digital sources, such as a Blu-Ray player, game console and personal computer may be connected simultaneously. Playback of copy-protected media is supported by HDCP. Moreover, the W2363V offers an analog VGA input and a headphone connector with TruSurround sound.
For our test procedure, we connected the LG W2363V to the DVI output of an ATI Radeon HD 4350. Calibration was done using a X-Rite i1 Pro spectrometer, and we used Quato's iColor 3.6 and HCFR Colorimeter 2.1 for the software. A Sony BDP-S360 Blu-Ray player was connected via HDMI.
The LG W2363V comes in a compact and functional box that weighs only 7.1 kg. Unfortunately, the box is not very handy because there is no carrying handle. Inside we find a lean styrofoam tray that securely covers the display, the separately packed stand base and the accessories. The panel surface is covered by an additional foam sheet, and all glossy parts of the cabinet and the base are well-protected by adhesive film. The cables are packed in individual plastic bags. However, LG is not very generous: besides the mandatory power cord there are only two other cables for VGA and DVI. If you prefer to use HDMI or audio connectors, be sure to buy the appropriate cables.
Left: compact and functional box; right: the accessories are few.
The first step after unpacking is to mount the base to the vertical stand before you can set the monitor upright. While the oval base in high gloss looks good, the assembly is rather flimsy: the stand is plastic, except for a small piece of metal sheet reinforcing the lower end of the mounting pole. After the stand body is finally snapped more or less forcibly into the base, the base is fixed with a screw.
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