LG Flatron L1900R review

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LG’s Fantasy range may sound like it belongs on a higher newsagent shelf than PC Pro, but it’s actually an imaginative range of TFTs for those who’d like something a little more eye catching. The “R” in L1900R refers to the ring stand design, with its red circular bore-hole doubling up as a power indicator light. The other two L1900 models are the strange-looking Eclipse and garish Jar, but the ring rules the catwalk.

LG Flatron L1900R review

It’s a minimalist approach all round, and you’ll soon notice the lack of buttons, bar the power switch below the screen. The tilt-only base is also blemish free, with all the connections neatly contained on a breakout box connected to the rear of the base via a single cable. Actually, all you get is DVI – minimalism plays havoc with flexibility, it seems.

To make any adjustments to the 19in screen, you’ll need to use the software OSD, so it’s a good job LG provides the excellent forteManager utility. We ran the wizard to set up the image, and found that the 2,000:1 contrast ratio was no exaggeration: we had to scale it back significantly before our test screens were of a viewable quality.

Once that was done, we were impressed with the quality of the L1900R. The colour accuracy is fantastic at both the top and bottom ends, and our test videos were free of any grain or blemishes. The 4ms response time is more than enough for fast motion, and the adjustable sharpness means everything looks clear.

The 300cd/m2 brightness doesn’t give quite the white level we hoped for, and it’s slightly uneven around the top corners. It would be useful to have a brightness control on the body itself, as loading up forteManager is irritating if you’re in the middle of watching something. As long as you use it in an area with consistent lighting, though, you shouldn’t need to adjust it too often.

At £209, this screen is firmly at the high end of the 19in price range, but the LG Flatron L1900R certainly justifies it in image quality and aesthetics. The intended market is unlikely to be bothered by the limited inputs and a lack of speakers, but we feel that without these features it doesn’t offer enough value for an award.

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