I recently purchased the LG W2361V-PF LCD Widescreen monitor as a replacement for my previous 23” full HD monitor as I had to unfortunately return it due to a fault and couldn’t get a replacement.
- Aspect Ratio – 16:9
- Resolution – 1920 x 1080
- Brightness– 300 cd/m2
- Digital Fine Contrast Ratio– 50,000:1
- Response Time (GTG) – 2ms
- Viewing Angle – 170°/160°
- Surface Treatment– 3H, Anti-Glare
I mainly purchased the monitor based on price for the features I was looking for and the reviews I had read previously, as it came up pretty good in the reviews on eBuyer.
As with anything new and shiny I eagerly opened the box and have to admit I was a little disappointed, while it’s fantastic that this monitor includes both a VGA and DVI I was disappointed that they are extremely poor quality. I also found the buttons on the side appeared cheap and plasticy, but still perfectly bearable for minimal usage.
The monitor itself seems fairly solid, as with the last one and it seems most modern widescreen monitors it does seem a tad unstable on the mount, but seems fine once you have got it situated.
I both love and hate the clear droopy clear plastic bar on the base of the monitor which acts as the power button, this a “Live Sensor” which apparently recognises hands approaching the monitor and automatically turns on/off by proximity sensor. However in reality it seems a little unreliable and usually you have to touch the droopy area to get it to recognise, and seems to require a few seconds between turning on/off before you can turn it on/off again as it seems to not detect for a few seconds, which can be slightly irritating. This is a very cool little feature from a geek point of view, so kudos!
I do appreciate that this monitor (unlike my previous one) has a non-glossy finish which really helps with the keeping the colours and glare in check, it also majorly reduces a problem with my previous monitor where the slightest touch left dirty marks on the screen and it generally seemed to get dirty very easily, this one however seems to be holding up well.
This monitor includes 3 inputs, VGA/DVI/HDMI I have yet to test out the HDMI or VGA I am currently opting for the DVI option as main input. I have briefly tested the VGA as a second input which worked well, you can switch between inputs via the forteManager software or the middle button on the side of the monitor.
Generally I have to admit the software and inbuilt buttons and menus for the monitor aren’t as intuitive and easy to use as previous monitors I have and it can take a few minutes to figure out what you need to do with the software to change the colours to suit your preference. It is also slightly irritating that It seems I now have 3 pieces of software running in the tray constantly – forteManager which is used to control colours, contrast, colours and other monitor display controls – “ImageBooster” (still not sure what this does) and finally CinemaMode which while I am not 100% sure on it’s function it appears you click the icon and then select an area on screen and the screen adjusts to match, obviously intended when watching movies.
I have played a few movies on the new monitor ranging from DVD quality to full 1080 HD and it’s pretty damn good, the quality is what you would expect from a full HD LCD, a crisp clear picture and fantastic colours.[ad name=”postsqrRight”] The blacks as with all LCDs have the white areas at the top due to the back light however this monitor has very crisp dark blacks which really helps boost the quality and any light areas on black is restricted to the top of monitor and doesn’t effect viewing.
So should you buy it?
This monitor seems good for the price and is a good quality for most usage, good colours and a fairly reasonable price at the £150 mark especially considering the 3 input functionality which could make it an ideal solution for anyone wanting a nice HD monitor for their PC which can easily be used for the game system too – not being much of a gamer I can’t comment, but I can guarantee if I get my hands on an XBOX it’s going straight into the HDMI.
While the quality isn’t fantastic it has to be expected that there are compromises when getting some good features you unfortunately have to sacrifice the quality of the small things – cables, buttons and perhaps slightly user interface of software/menus – to keep the price low.
So far this seems a great buy for those on a budget and definitely a recommendation.
You can check it out on http://www.ebuyer.com/product/165288