This monitor is a piece of brilliance! I have now owned it for over 2 years but it still seems as fresh as ever. Perhaps this is a reflection on the somewhat modest advances made in display technology over the last couple of years, or perhaps this monitor is simply future proof.
It doesn't quite manage full HD (res. 1680x1050), but that is not noticeable when watching even full-res movies on it. Most games and programmes can be adapted to its max. resolution, and I only ever really watch 720p HD movies, so this is not an issue. Whatever you throw at it though, it always produces beautiful images. Not a dead pixel in sight and there is no ghosting/streaking with prolonged imagery, which I used to get with my old monitor. The swift response time (2ms) has also ensured lightning fast rendering, so I have never experienced noticeable picture lag in graphic intense videos, or in fact any instance.
Though I now use my graphics card's control panel, the monitors native colour control settings tool is perfectly suitable, in fact there is very little set-up required for the monitor. As long as your video card outputs in DVI-D, you are good from the word go. Perhaps an HDMI would have been more forward compatible, but at least they have accomodated backward compatibility with VGA input.
The monitor is aesthetically pleasing too. The viewable screen is set in a chrome-coloured case with a sleek black base (though it also comes in all-black) - all in all it is a great looking display. However, my one criticism of its build would be the assembly of the base which, once you have slotted onto the monitor, is near impossible to get off again. When offset against the weight of the monitor itself (which is by no means light as a feather), the base doesn't seem able to cope with a lot of man-handling, so dis-assembling it for transportation may be a challenge. Once it is set-in though, it is sturdy and doesn't wobble about when you type as some monitors do.
In every other respect, however, this monitor has never failed me. It produces beautiful images from a variety of inputs (I have tried my DVI pc, and old pc via VGA and an Xbox - all excellent). The on-screen menu is simple and easy to navigate and source-changing is quick.
Other than the stand and lack of HDMI, I can't really fault it!
I bought this monitor about a year ago, for the sole purpose of playing games with it (im just a big kid at heart really) i was not disapointed :D the 2 m/s responce time makes all the difference when it comes to gaming, there is no lag or blur what so ever when playing 3d intensive games, the 22" widesreen isnt bad either, the colour is bright and sharp and the overall design is sleek and stylish (silver Frame with black base) setup could not be easier, i used the dvi connector on my video card and the monitor set up its self, no hours of adjusting screen size to squeeze the very last avalible pixle out of your monitor, the price was very resonable at the time £189.99 to summarise i am very impressed with this LG monitor, this is my first LG buy but it wont be my last!
bought this for my husband for christmas as a treat. i went on pc advisor who had this monitor down as monitor of the month and value for money. got it off amazon for £186. some reviews talk about all the spec of the monitor, as im a novice i will talk easy words. the look of the 22 inch monitor in silver is good looking and stylish, the picture quality is great, nice clear and crisp. playing games is a joyful experience wether your playing silly little games or if you are a serious gamer. just browsing the web the picture is still clear. some monitors have shadows but this monitor as far as i can see has no shadowing at all. very easy to set up we just plugged it in re booted the pc and away we went. overall for the price and the picture quality an absolute bargain
There were a few reasons I was looking to change my monitor. The first was that, at just under five years old, my old (19" CRT) monitor was starting to show signs of strain and I wanted it replaced before the poor thing died on me. Secondly, I'm considering building myself a new PC (or buying one) at the end of the year and in order to spread the cost out a little, I wanted to buy a new monitor now.
I had actually been looking for a new monitor for some months, having initially discounted CRT (the big television type monitors) for being far too bulky for the screen size I had in mind (over 20 inches), my choice was TFT (or LCD) monitors.
I had a few criteria in mind. I was looking for something at least 22", preferably widescreen, a good contrast ratio and a quick refresh time (8ms or under) which was necessary for watching DVDs, using my TV card and playing the odd game.
Over the months, I had selected and discounted probably around half a dozen monitors for various reasons. Finally, I came across a range of LG widescreen TFT monitors on eBuyer that looked suitable. The L226WTQ-SF stood out due to its 3000:1 contrast ratio (the ratio of the brightest and darkest images a display can reproduce), but that wasn't the only good feature. The specs quoted a 2 ms response time (the amount of time the display takes to change from transparent to opaque), which was important to me, though unimportant if all you do is office work and surf the internet.
Setting up was a breeze. All I really had to do was just plug the provided cable into my graphics card and boot the PC. The monitor came with two cables, one for each type of connection you might have on your graphics card which is a handy bonus and unheard of in most other monitors and a CD, which I never needed to use. All I had to do after Windows booted was change the display resolution to match the monitor's native resolution of 1680 by 1050 pixels.
The buttons for changing the settings are easy to access and the menu sy6stem is fairly self-explanatory making display tweaking easy to do. Adjusting the vertical tilt angle of the monitor required a little elbow grease, but not so much as I was worried about damaging my new toy. I had the monitor set up pretty much to the way I wanted within 5 minutes of opening the box.
The display was clear, bright and HUGE! There was so much desktop workspace to use, I had to start changing the way I used some programs. Word processing and internet surfing changed, for starters. In the past I had previously ran these programs maximised, to fill the entire screen, now it doesn't make sense. Writing something in Microsoft Word, in 'print layout' mode means that approximately two thirds of the screen is wasted grey space. I can now open two documents and have them sitting side-by-side and view both at once, should I have the need.
Web browsing is exactly the same. Quite a lot of web pages only take up a fixed width of the screen, wasting a lot, so my web browsers are now scaled to approximately 60% of the screen width, letting me see pretty much every web page without having to scroll across plus I can have something like Skype, MSN or Yahoo Messenger open at the same time without having to Alt-Tab between programs.
Some applications do benefit from having the extra real estate onscreen. Email programs, especially those where you have the inbox and preview pane separated vertically, can now display much more information in full screen mode (full details of each email plus all of the email itself). Graphics tools and mapping programs (Microsoft Autoroute, maps.live.com, Google Earth) can display an awful lot more because of the widescreen nature of the monitor and the high resolution.
All text is displayed clearly whether it's a word processing document, labels for menus in programs or icon labels on my desktop. The colours seem to be displayed correctly, though I've no doubt that further, careful, tweaking could improve the image, though by how much is still unanswered and I'm currently happy with the setup.
When it comes to moving images such as DVDs, my digital Freeview card or the odd game, the monitor takes everything in its stride, even though my graphics card is set to the maximum resolution. DVD picture is excellent, especially from recent DVDs such as Casino Royale and the fast response time means the monitor can keep up with the fast-paced action. The superb image quality of the monitor is a little more unforgiving when using my Freeview card as the imperfections of the Freeview signal/image are more apparent. On the days when I can get a good signal, the monitor does its job very nicely.
As I previously mentioned, my current graphics card is currently right at the top end of its display resolution, so fast moving, 3D games are scaled down to something a little less demanding, but as with the DVD display, the monitor still manages to keep up with the action splendidly (though I am now torn between buying a beefier graphics card now or waiting until I do actually build the new one later this year).
I was about to say that I don't usually get excited with computer gadgetry, but that's a barefaced lie. However, as it's used as a combined television and computer monitor and it was only £187 (from eBuyer.com at the start of July 2007), I have been over the moon with how good the monitor has performed. The fact it's about 11 inches shallower than my old 19" CRT means I've also got a lot more desk space to play with, too.
In fact, I'm hard pressed to think of a single negative thing about it, edven after four weeks of almost daily use. I suppose some people might be put off by the lack of height adjustment (though it's only the minority of TFT monitors that offer such a thing), but mine's perched on a raised platform that eliminates such a need.
If you've got a couple of hundred quid in your pocket and you're considering a replacement monitor, then this is superb. The specs are pretty much standard fayre (except for the contrast ratio), but it's a good looking monitor with an excellent image, mine had no dead pixels and a capability of matching live television, DVDs and games as well as the normal computery stuff and all for under £200.