LG IPS235V : Full HD monitor with an IPS panel

8/5/2012 9:03:46 AM

LG's IPS235V is a Full HD monitor with an IPS panel for under $188. However, it doesn't look like a budget monitor because of its brushed- metal-effect bezel and graceful stand, and it has a full complement of VGA, DVI and HDMI inputs. This means you can connect your PC and a games console or Blu-ray player at the same time, although you'll have to route audio through an AV amplifier or the headphone port on the rear as it doesn’t have built-in speakers.

Description: LG IPS235V

The menu system is controlled by unlabelled buttons below the screen. When you press one, a pop-up appears to show you the options. To access image quality options, you can select a preset mode, which disables the standard controls, or choose the User mode and control the brightness, contrast and color manually.

We found the Movie and Photo modes blew colors out of proportion, oversaturating them and losing detail, while Text was too dark. The sRGB mode produced the best balance, but we needed to turn brightness up as well. We left sharpness at its default, because it can add a grain to the image that’s unnecessary.

The IPS235V’s color options are its secret weapon. Instead of choosing a preset color temperature, such as Warm, Medium or Cool, you can select User and access hue and saturation controls for six colors: red, green and blue, plus cyan, magenta and yellow. This is best used with a color-calibration tool to get the most accurate colors.

Unless you work with photos or videos and need accurate results, the IPS235V’s sRGB mode produces warm, rich colors and excellent contrast. In our gaming test, we didn’t notice any ghosting, either, which adds credence to LG’s claims of an 8ms response time. It might not have the faster 120Hz response times of more specialised gaming monitors, but the increase in color depth and contrast is worth the upgrade from a TN panel.

Description: LG IPS235V

The IPS235V’s excellent image quality and low price make it a bargain, but since its release we've seen more budget IPS panels from AOC, Philips and ViewSonic. Unless you need an HDMI port or a headphone output, ViewSonic's VX2336S-LED is better value.

Technical data

Price: $167

Verdict: A budget IPS panel with VGA, DVI and HDMI inputs and good color options

23in widescreen LCD: 1920x1080 native resolution, VGA, DVI, HDMI inputs, 3H hard coating, headphone output


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