The LG D2343P combines IPS (In Plane Switching) panel technology with passive 3D technology to deliver stunning colors and a relatively good multi-dimensional viewing experience. Additionally, this 23-inch monitor offers wide viewing angles and good grayscale reproduction, and it comes with two sets of 3D glasses. The D2343P lets you watch 2D content in a simulated 3D mode, but as is usually the case, the results are subpar. Moreover, it could use a few extra features, such as a height adjustable stand or a couple of USB ports.
Design and Features
The first thing you’ll notice about the D2343P is its extremely thin cabinet, which measures just 0.75 inch, except for in the center where it juts out an additional half-inch to accommodate the I/O ports and mounting hinge. The rear of the cabinet sports an attractive textured matte black finish and the front contains narrow top and side bezels (also black) and a slightly wider bottom bezel with an LG logo in the center. A set of five buttons and a power switch nestled beneath the bottom bezel are clearly marked with white labeling.
The 1,920–by-1,080 IPS panel has a glossy finish but is not as reflective as the one used on the Acer T232HL. It is supported by a trapezoid-shaped glossy black stand and mounting arm that has a tilt hinge but lacks height, swivel, and pivot adjustments. All of the ports on the back face outward and are easily accessible. They include HDMI, DVI, and VGA video inputs, a headphone jack, and a power jack. The D2343P doesn’t offer speakers, USB ports, or a webcam, but it does come with two pairs of lightweight 3D glasses and a VGA cable. You’re on your own if you want to use a digital signal, though. LG covers this monitor with a one-year warranty on parts and labor.
For gamers who like to compete against each other but don’t want the limitations of a split screen, the D2343P supports LG’s Dual Play technology. Dual Play lets each player see only their own point of view in full screen mode rather than split screen, which is bad news for cheaters who like to peek at what their opponents are up to. You’ll need special Dual Play glasses though, which are not included and will run you around $25 for two pairs.
The function buttons serve as navigation keys for the OSD (on screen display) and are hot keys for often used functions. There’s a key that converts 2D images to a faux 3D image, an auto-adjust key for use with an analog signal, an input key to select a signal source, a key to change 3D settings, and a menu key to access the OSD and change picture settings. Menu options include brightness, contrast, and aspect ratio settings as well as sharpness, black level, white balance, and response time (switch this setting to Fast if you experience motion blur). Color setting include gamma and three color temperature presets (warm, medium, cool) as well as a user definable temperature setting that allows you to change red, green, and blue values.
The D2343P does a good job of displaying true 3D imagery, (i.e., content that is meant to be shown in 3D). I connected the monitor to a 3D Blu-ray player and loaded the IMAX Under The Sea 3D disc. The 3D effects had very good depth and strong color quality, and the picture remained bright and highly detailed. However, crosstalk (a halo-like artifact) was apparent when I changed my viewing angle to either side and was particularly noticeable while viewing text, which is fairly common with passive 3D technology. That said, the glasses are fairly comfortable and can be worn for long periods of time without pinching the bridge of your nose.
The D2343P offers 2D-to-3D conversion with the push of a button but the quality of the faux 3D is subpar at best. Background scenery in my test photos appeared fuzzy, and Blu-ray movies were riddled with crosstalk. If you want to experience 3D the way it is meant to be viewed, stick to watching real 3D content.
Regular 2D performance was solid. The IPS panel produced rich colors and was able to correctly display every swatch from the DisplayMate 64-Step Grayscale test. Viewing angle performance was outstanding, and small text was crisp and legible.
The D2343P used 22 watts of power during testing, which is good for a 23-inch IPS panel but not great. It doesn’t offer an ECO mode like the similarly sized Acer T232HL, which used 26 watts of power in standard mode but only 18 watts in ECO mode.
The LG D2343P delivers robust colors and solid grayscale handling, both of which remain true from any angle. It’s also handles 3D with aplomb, as long as you’re using real 3D content. Just don’t expect the same kind of 3D quality with the built-in 2D-to-3D conversion feature. A few extra features like an ergonomic stand or USB ports would be nice, as would at least one digital cable, preferably an HDMI cable. For a more full-featured 3D monitor, check out our Editors’ Choice, the BenQ XL2420TX. It’ll cost you a bit more but it uses active shutter 3D technology, has a 120Hz refresh rate, and is loaded with ports.
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|Native Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Supported Video Formats||1080p|
|PC Interfaces||Analog VGA, Digital (DVI-D), HDMI|
|Video Inputs||DVI, HDMI|
|Diagonal Screen Size||23 inches|
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