It’s generally recognised that IPS (In Plane Switching) panels are the most expensive of the current crop of monitor types available, on the market. These are usually significantly higher than the rival TN Film and VA screens. LG has pulled out all the stops here, to release a sub-£100 IPS display – cutting out all unnecessary frills and accessories.
The Super LED IPS225V monitor has a 16:9 ratio, with a 21.5 inch widescreen, surrounded by a relatively thick black plastic bezel, with a wood grain-textured feel. Along the bottom, is a row of control buttons with corresponding markers that link neatly to the menu options, once the OSD is called up. At bottom right, is a funky blue power light in the shape of a rainbow that is the only burst of colour, off-screen.
Unfortunately, the most obvious sign of cost-cutting is the decidedly wobbly rectangular stand that feels decidedly cheap and tacky. This only allows for extremely minimal (and stiff) tilting, and nothing else. Happily, the monitor can be wall mounted; weighing only 3.7Kg, it shouldn’t prove too much of a struggle. The other good news is that you have VGA, DVI and HDMI connections available, as well as a 3.5 mm audio socket. As you’d expect from an IPS screen, you have a viewing angle of 178/178, which is ideal for gathering a group of friends to watch a film or your gaming prowess.
The native display resolution is 1,920 x 1,080 – Full HD. This is coupled with an outstanding IPS quality of colour reproduction, which reveals virtually no colour shift from any angle. There is also a display brightness of 250 cd/m², where Blu-ray movies and professional quality photos in particular appear with rich, vivid tones. Furthermore, a consistent response time of just 5ms, fast action games like Modern Warfare 3 and Skyrim, show no signs of ghosting or lag at full throttle.
The OSD includes a Dual Package feature that allows you to set up a second screen swiftly and keep the task bar, in addition to the Web, on both monitors – very handy for graphic artists. There are five mode settings (User, Movie, Text, Photo and sRGB) and it’s highly energy efficient with up to 25 per cent more power saving, as compared to conventional LED monitors.
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- Ideal price point for an entry level IPS screen.
- Wobbly stand with only a simple tilt capability.
As an entry-level IPS monitor for under £100, it's hard to fault the LG IPS225V as it has excellent viewing angles, impressive colour reproduction, Full HD viewing via HDMI and dual monitor capability. Pity the stand is way too basic.