LG's £165 W2242S monitor has good picture quality but lacks any digital video input
There’s a more advanced version of this screen, the W2252S, which pushes the contrast ratio to an even more resounding 10,000:1 but, unfathomably, still refuses to budge on the issue of a digital connector. Obviously you can still use the 1,680x1,050 resolution to watch sparkling HD content, but should you want to integrate this within a home entertainment system in the next year or two, your options may be severely limited.
So is this a fatal flaw? Well, probably not, since the LG has enough quality to satisfy a significant number of customers. Its £165 price tag isn’t ridiculously cheap for a screen without a digital connector, but it is very reasonable given the quality of the image – whether it’s being used for text or for graphics, the picture combines vivid colour with considerable clarity.
On paper, the 5ms refresh rate doesn’t seem stunning in this age of 2ms figures, but there are various ways of classing the response rate, and it’s possible LG is using one of the less flattering approaches. At any rate, we couldn’t see any flickering during the game tests. The refresh rates are good and, even while working on the other side of the room, we can clearly see everything on the screen.
And, as ever with LG, the menu system (that includes dedicated buttons for such features as 4:3 mode and the colour settings) is both powerful and a pleasure to use.
If you want a high-quality image at an affordable price, and won’t be needing a digital connection in the near-future, then this is a very good screen for the money. But given the high contrast ratio and generally excellent performance, we can’t help but feel that this screen could have been so much more versatile and future-proof with just one addition to the feature set.