Back in August 2007 I purchased my computer and was supplied with a bog standard 18inch TFT monitor, I don't even know what make it was as the box it came in was not labeled.
At the beginning of this year the monitor started to become very hard to turn on, I would have to press the power button for up to five minutes before the screen worked so it was time to purchase a new monitor.
I didn't want to spend a lot on my monitor so after browsing around various sites I settled on this monitor and purchased it from amazon.co.uk for the price of £91.99 back in February (today it is listed at £156 and £199 depending on the seller and item you click on).
The monitor was very easy to set up with my PC, I was able to just unplug the power lead from the old one and swap it straight into this monitor and once connected to my tower set up was done.
Once I turned the monitor on (just click the blue button) I was impressed with the brightness, my whites had never been so white and its very easy to change the settings via the buttons on the screen in the right hand corner.
It also reacts very quickly whilst turning on, my old monitor seems slow in processing the information compared to this one.
There is a 4.3 in Wide button which changes the screen from wide screen to standard, a Menu button which allows you to change the picture, colour, tracking and set up using the up and down buttons.
You can also pick pre set modes by clicking the engine button picking from movie, internet, user and normal and a demo mode to show you how to utilise the monitor to its best ability.
The option that I use is the auto set button which picks the best resolution for whatever you are doing, I only use my PC for the internet, email and basic gaming so don't need to know how technical I can get.
I am very happy with this monitor for the price I paid but on looking at the prices offered today I am not sure I would purchase it from Amazon now as they do have better and bigger screens available but if your looking for a good quality decent sized screen its worth looking around for this screen elsewhere.
I now have this product for a while, around a month. In this time I already had a screen replaced because it's color was set to blue. I mailed this to the support of LG, got the question to call. I called on monday morning, monday afternoon they called me to make an appointment to replace the screen. tuesday I had the new screen. That's service!
But now to the screen itself. The picture quality is excelent. I connected it with a DVI connector, so everything is digital from my videocard to my display. My PowerMac G5, my laptop and my normal PC all have an excelent picture. The foot is a little bit instable, but normaly you wouldn't notice this since you set it up, and then just watch it. It takes a little bit of time to aling the two screens to the exact same tilt, but once done, you won't regret it.
I primarily use this setup to do some programming and website developing. But I also use them to game. I primarly play Mirror's Edge on it and everything is super smooth, the reaction time is great. At first I disabled the dynamic brightness (Set the F-Engine to user, set the brightness as you want and both other options to 0. Then save it) but this looks really bad in game. The normal setting is quite good for this in my opinion. I rarely change this because then I have to change it on two screens.
The resolution of 1680x1050 is large enough to do some serious work, especially if you have two of these screens. Nonetheless, I am already looking to get a third screen since I have to screens completely filled when doing some webdeveloping (one screen with the editor, the other one splitscreen between documentation and the result so far). When programming I also have both screens filled, one with the editor, the other one with documentation.
Since the screen that was to blue was so easily switched to a good screen, no questions asked, I feel this is a great screen. Especially for those that are on a budget. I got mine for Euro130,- each. This is about 115 pound. Unfortunatly, this screen seems to have risen quite a bit in price since I bought it. But still, it is one of the cheapest 20" screens you can get. And I certainly has a good quality.
High brightness: 300 nits
Wide viewing angle: 170° /170°
Resolution: 1680 x 1050
Ultra high contrast ratio; 8000:1 (DFC)
Ultra fast response time: on / off 5ms