REVIEW: LG Flatron IPS231P Part 16
Showing the same scene from the movie "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", both pictures below were photographed with the same exposure time. The left one shows a PC signal, which covers the full range from 0 - 255, whereas the right one shows a Blu-ray signal with limited tonal range. That way, the poor-in-contrast reproduction is clearly visible in the comparison.
The direct comparison exposes the poor black level, caused by different tonal ranges.
In the price range of the IPS231P, you cannot expect a monitor to have it all: It is not practicable to achieve a price of 200 Euros without lowering one’s sights here and there. But this is what makes the final evaluation so difficult: Depending on its designated application, a certain device might be fully sufficient or nearly ineffective. Hence, it will be the task of this conclusion, to divide the typical fields of use into sections the IPS231P masters without major problems and those where the display does not cover itself with glory.
First – we cannot recommend the IPS231P for colour-proof graphic processing. Indeed, for sRGB-related work, the colour gamut is tolerable, and even seen from wider viewing angles, the picture remains stable to a great extent. Alongside with the lame LUT, the poor image homogeneity, which finds its expression in strong deviations of brightness and colour within the screen area, causes the ambitioned graphic designer a lot of trouble. However, the performance provided is sufficient for domestic use (processing of holiday snaps).
Virtually the basics of any monitor, browsing the internet, word processing and other office tasks are mastered correspondingly in most cases. Of course, the IPS231P does not disappoint us here: Due to the large screen area, relaxed working over a longer period of time is possible. The power consumption turns out to be at average, which is exemplary for an IPS panel. Also, the excellent ergonomic functions come handy during office use.
As main gaming display, the IPS231P is inappropriate – even for an IPS panel the switching times are too high, maybe acceptable for occasional games here and there. But when the going gets tough, the occurring streaks do disturb badly.
In terms of videos, shorter switching times would be of advantage, too, but this is not a knock-out criterion. Being quite usable for cosy film nights, the IPS231P due to its wide viewing angles does not captivate the audience within a small zone, directly in front of itself. Full HD resolution and the good contrast ratio (if the correct tonal range is attended to) do the rest.
All things considered, the concept LG pursues with the IPS231P, takes off. Being designed for office works and typing primary, the monitor leaves nothing to be desired in this field. This is why the typical target group will get over the fact that performance declines in other areas. Altogether, the LG IPS231P offers a great cost-benefit ratio.
Overall rating: GOOD.
Technical specifications: LG Flatron IPS231P
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