23/24″ 1920×1080 pixel widescreen monitors are becoming pretty much “the norm” these days. What makes the LG E2360V stand-out however is its slimness and generally attractive looks – not necessarily a bad thing in a sea of quite plain alternatives.
It maintains its slimness through a combination of factors – no extras (no USB hub or speakers), an external power supply and a back-lit LED screen. Not taking into account the stand, it’s just 31mm in depth!
The box contains the screen itself, minus the stand (well, not really, a short stubby bit is present, and this screws onto the other part of the stand), the stand, power supply, VGA cable, various paperwork and a CD (containing user guide and drivers). The monitor itself is shiny black plastic. It shows dust like you wouldn’t believe but does make the whole thing look very pleasing to the eye – the rear of the monitor almost acts like a mirror. The tiny bit of plastic holding the screen to the stand is transparent and from here a downward light (blue when on and red in standby) is reflected when the monitor is turned on – in essence, it creates the plastic part of the stand to light up. To the rear of the monitor are the connectors – you have VGA, HDMI, DVI, headphone jack and the power connector. By having the sockets stick outwards (rather than downwards with most monitors) they save even further on the depth of the monitor, but it does mean that you’re not going to be able to wall-mount this (or indeed get it right up against a wall on its stand). The stand doesn’t adjust, and that includes any swivel options, other than a small amount of tilting.
Underneath the screen are the power and menu buttons – 5 of the latter. These feel a bit plasticky to the touch and rattle. The menus themselves offer basic adjustment but nothing too complex. You can, however, store custom settings, and there are a number to choose from (movie, internet, etc).
LG talk a lot about “Low Power Consumption” but I struggled to find any raw statistics. However, I did and it consumes 30W in normal use and just 0.99W in standby – both of these figures are excellent (LG – why aren’t you shouting more about this?)
Image wise, I don’t use professional display testing devices, but rather the combination of my eyes and various calibration tools – these can be found online, but I use the one built in Windows 7. Calibration showed Gamma to be quite high and brightness a little low. The latter is odd as the screen appears very bright (some say too bright). Brightness is already at full, so the only way to adjust this is downwards. However, with the Gamma adjusted the result was a lot improved. There was no visible back-light bleeding and Inception on Blu-Ray looked fantastic.
Driver and manual updates are not available to download[review]At the RRP of £229, this would put it in the price bracket of high end monitors of this size. Sadly, other than its slimness, it doesn’t have the features to compete. The display is excellent, but the lack of stand adjustment will be a real issue for some. However, you can pick this model up from Amazon for around £173 1 and at that price it becomes competitive again. Certainly, if you don’t need all those missing features and don’t generally fiddle with the stands on monitors and want a monitor that looks very nice then the LG comes highly recommended.[/review]
- at the time of writing this review