LG FLATRON E2350V Review – 23-inch LED Monitor

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NOTE: This review is very much subjective and does not include official screen tests and benchmarks.  The LG E2350 was tested using a Macbook Pro (pre unibody) and an Xbox 360.

The LG Flatron E2350V is a 23-inch LED backlit LCD monitor featuring a black glossy frame.  It includes a stand, a touch control system and DVI cord in the box.  The monitor’s depth is 17.5mm and weighs just under 7 pounds.  Inputs include HDMI, DVI and VGA.  There are no speakers.

Official specs include a 1920×1080 resolution, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 5ms response time and 68% color gamut.

The lower right corner of the monitor sports 7 touch buttons, one of which is used to toggle the power on and off.  Touch any of these (except the power button) and it will bring up the E2350’s internal menu.  We’re not huge fans of most touch controls since we find them more challenging to use than convenient, but all in all LG’s version was relatively pain free.  In this particular instance the touch controls help maintain the monitor’s aesthetic by not disrupting the frame’s glossy black finish.  If you so choose you can turn off the power and menu button indicator lights, which stream lines the black frame all the more.

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The included stand doesn’t offer much in the ways of adjustability.  You can’t rotate or increase the stands height.  What you can do, though, is tilt the stand back and forth.  There is a button locking mechanism which allows for about a 15 degree variability in angle.  Push the button at the rear of the stand and you can kick the monitor back up to 90 degrees making it parallel to the floor.  For what purpose we don’t know, but we guess it’s nice to have the option.  The stand won’t fall over from an accident bump, but will wobble around.

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If you’re concerned about your energy consumption, and eyes, LG offers a feature that monitors the content being viewed and adjusts its brightness accordingly.  If this feature is enabled you will not be able to manually adjust the monitor’s brightness level. This feature will also monitor the ambient light in the room and should turn down the brightness if you go from a well light work space to a dark work space and vice versa.

As with LCD monitors viewing angle is always limited.  Surprisingly, the E2350 was still visible from about a 30 degree angle, although brightness and clarity were significantly diminished.

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In terms of all over visual performance the E2530 faired pretty well.  The blacks were very black and the colors, while not eye popping, held up well and seemed to accurately represent the RGB spectrum.  For the most part, though, the E2350’s brightness was lacking, which ironically maybe a contributor to its solid black levels.

Visually text was not as clear when compared to my Macbook Pro’s monitor and appeared to have some convergence issues, displaying a slight ghosting effect.  Another hurdle we faced was finding a sweet spot for the contrast.  Set too high and the light grays were washed out of the screen.  Set too low and the monitor would become uselessly dark.

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We connected the E2350v to an Xbox 360 and checked out MW2.  While useable for gaming, the colors and overall image were lack luster compared to some bigger screen LCD LED TVs, such as Samsung’s UN46C6300.

Overall the LG Flatron E2350v is decent monitor.  We largely used it a second screen and it served it’s purpose well.  Web videos, such as Youtube seemed to be impacted most by the screen’s lack luster brightness.  The text convergence issue made it challenging for long term reading, so if you’re a big blog reader or like to get your news online you might want to look else where for an LCD monitor.

Amazon has it for $280.

Pros:

  • Good blacks
  • Slim design
  • Easy to use

Cons:

  • Poor contrast ratio
  • Text appeared to have convergence issues
  • Stand lacks height and rotation adjustment

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Dan Seitz

Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.

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8 Comments

  1. “Stand lacks height and rotation adjustment”
    how stupid is to say that? you are talking about a monitor that is about 2-3 kgs. just turn it around.

  2. Flatron E2350(v). Bought this flat monitor this month for $189 at SamsClub and exceeded my expectations especially due to the low price. I was not even so sure whether it works on my Ubuntu Maverick OS (Linux) but took that risk and it paid off. Graphics's excellent, text and video. Almost like having two smaller monitors together, it's a 23″. Perfect! My first LG product owned. Definitely recommend this product for those price & quality conscious!

  3. I bought one and I agree its not as bright as some of my other monitors, but I like the color and the contrast and have not noticed any issues with the text. And I do use it every day for programming, news & blog-reading, and general-purpose use. Although, typically I am not performing any significant color work such as working with photos or anything. So the colors may not be specifically *calibrated* properly, but it looks okay in general. As an adjunct monitor for my work laptop, it works pretty good. I wish it was brighter, that's my only real complaint, and maybe the stand is a little flimsy.

  4. Seems to have a blue tint to it, and the Reds compared to my LG Flatron W2361VG LCD monitor appears to have a more orangish tint. I'm going to turn my LG Flatron E2350V back in for something better. Even with calibration, I can't seem to get rid of the bluish tint. I do not recommend buying this monitor for even entry level photograph or color reproduction work. Colors are not accurate.

  5. Seems to have a blue tint to it, and the Reds compared to my LG Flatron W2361VG LCD monitor appears to have a more orangish tint. I'm going to turn my LG Flatron E2350V back in for something better. Even with calibration, I can't seem to get rid of the bluish tint. I do not recommend buying this monitor for even entry level photograph or color reproduction work. Colors are not accurate.

  6. It locks back 90 degrees so that you can take the stand off and have the monitor support itself on your desk, looks pretty good when you do.

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