The latest series of monitors from LG is the W53 range, and this not-so-little beast is the 23-inch model. It looks much as we’ve come to expect from LG: a slick black panel, with a trendy see-through strip running along the bottom and touch sensitive menu controls just above it. The touch sensitive buttons even detect the approach of your finger, lighting up with red dots so you can clearly see where to press in dimly lit conditions.
Pretty funky stuff, and indeed the only let-down on the design front is the monitor stand, which is rather cheap and plasticky. It does the job, though, and allows a reasonable amount of tilt (around 5 degrees forward and about 15 degrees backwards). But enough of the physical aspects of the W2353V, let’s move swiftly on to the all important picture.
Which is impressive right out of the box. We fired up some games and, with just a few minor adjustments to the brightness and colour settings, we were pleased with the richness and clarity of the image. Running the 16:9 aspect ratio panel at 1920 x 1080 helps, of course, as does the 50,000:1 contrast ratio and 2ms response time. No evidence of any ghosting was present, although we’ve pretty much come to expect this from contemporary monitors.
LG users will be familiar with its F-engine technology, which allows the user to quickly switch between different display modes. There’s a default setting, one for movies, a darker one for text and a user defined mode. However, this monitor also has a fancy new trick up its sleeve.
Eye strain is obviously a concern for serious users of computers, this reviewer included, so it’s laudable to see a company add a feature to help relieve it in some measure. It’s called auto-brightness, and when turned on the W2353V will adjust its own brightness levels based on the ambient light conditions and what’s being displayed on-screen.
Cue a load of experiments, during the course of which our neighbours probably thought we’d finally completely lost it, as we opened and closed our curtains again and again. The feature works and it works well, performing some intelligent dimming (if that isn’t an oxymoron).
A colourful game in a half-lit room is only subject to a slight correction, but pull up a stark white Word document in a fully dark environment and the W2353V seriously tones the brightness down. Auto-brightness certainly saves a fair bit of manually fiddling about in the menus.
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