Although the LG Flatron L227WTG is a bit expensive for a 22-inch widescreen monitor, it’s a solid choice for gaming or video, thanks to its vivid color reproduction and high resolution. But its glossy screen may not appeal to people who work under bright fluorescent lighting.
Pleasantly slim and a little over 12 pounds, the L227WTG is easy to handle. The stand allows the screen to swivel nearly 360 degrees and tilt 25 degrees fore and aft, but it lacks pivot and height adjustments. The monitor’s design is clean and svelte; the downside is that there are no built-in extras such as speakers or USB ports. Input connectivity is also limited to a single, analog D-Sub connector and a digital DVI connector; there’s no HDMI or other home entertainment-friendly inputs. The control buttons and on-screen display are merely average, but they get the job done. Fiddling with the settings made the screen just about bright enough to burn eyeballs, but it also oversaturated the colors.
Thanks to its 1680x1050 resolution, vivid color, and quick pixel-response time (LG says that it’s 2 milliseconds), the L227WTG is a strong performer. The company’s claimed 10, 000-to-1 dynamic contrast ratio is a bit hyperbolic—as contrast ratio claims often are—but the monitor was able to handle the DisplayMate tests without major problems, especially via a DVI connection. You’ll have to supply your own DVI cable, though.
White-level saturation, color tracking, and gray-scale tests all returned near-perfect results, although the extreme end of the dark gray scale was barely distinguishable from black. In gaming and DVD testing, the L227WTG performed like a champ, with no noticeable ghosting or noise in dark areas. Text was easily readable down to 5.3 points, but if you’re doing a lot of reading on this display, you’ll probably want to turn down the brightness a bit.
The glossy screen does a good job of making the colors pop, which is great for watching movies or playing games, but reflections were a real issue in our labs. No amount of adjusting or moving the monitor could solve the problem. In fact, during testing we found ourselves mistaking the stripes on a reviewer’s shirt for banding patterns on the screen.
Unfortunately, the version of this monitor without a glossy screen, the L227WT, is only available in Europe. That, combined with the inflexible stand, makes it less than ideal for office use, but for home users who can control ambient light sources, the L227WT is worth a look.