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Written by Robert Arz - Edited by Olin Coles   
Friday, 28 March 2008

LG L226WTQ-SF 22" Monitor

Very recently Benchmark Reviews celebrated our first year on the web, and held a contest for our readers. One of the incentives to earn additional contest entries was to submit a user review of the monitor or television of their choice. A few of these articles are good enough to share with our audience, so we hope that you will find it just as helpful as our professional reviews. In this short article, Robert Arzoomanian reviews his LG L226WTQ-SF 22-Inch widescreen LCD monitor.

LG Premium Series L226WTQ is ultimate in performance especially for gaming and multimedia usage. Featuring 2ms response time and industry-leading 3000:1 (DFC) digital fine contrast ratio. Certifed for Windows Vista.

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When you think about it, 100% of the time when youre on the computer, what are you looking at? Yes, the monitor. So as you suspect, the money you spend and the high quality components that are inside the computer are displayed through you're monitor. Today, we will be taking a look at LG's L226WTQ-SF 22" wide screen monitor.

This monitor is fairly new, was received April 26, 2007 as a birthday present of my choosing, so research had been done. The prices of LCD's has been dropping significantly since the purchase of this in April, and the price has nearly halved, this now goes for $249.

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LG Electronics is one of the world's largest electronics manufacturers, producing a large range of consumer electronics and IT products. LG has created reputation for progressive technology and innovation with the latest technological developments in consumer electronics, home appliances and IT products.

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Product Description LG L226WTQ-SF - flat panel display - TFT - 22"
Device Type Flat panel display / TFT active matrix
Colour Black, silver
Dimensions (WxDxH) 50.2 cm x 24.4 cm x 42.4 cm
Weight 5.65 kg
Diagonal Size 22" - widescreen
Dot Pitch / Pixel Pitch 0.282 mm
Max Resolution 1680 x 1050 / 60 Hz
Colour support 24-bit (16.7 million colours)
Image Aspect Ratio 16:10
Response Time 2 ms
Image Brightness 300 cd/m2
Image Contrast Ratio 3000:1
Digital Video Standard Digital Visual Interface (DVI)
Signal Input DVI-D, VGA
Compliant Standards TCO '03, FCC Class B certified, CE, CSA, UL, TUV GS, EPA Energy Star, ISO 13406-2, SEMKO
Power AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Power Consumption Operational 45 Watt

LG L226WTQ-SF Specifications

Display Type Flat panel display / TFT active matrix
TFT Technology TN
Width 50.2 cm
Depth 24.4 cm
Height 42.4 cm
Weight 5.65 kg
Enclosure Colour Black, silver
Diagonal Size 22" - widescreen
Dot Pitch / Pixel Pitch 0.282 mm
Max Resolution 1680 x 1050 / 60 Hz
Colour support 24-bit (16.7 million colours)
Max Sync Rate (V x H) 75 Hz x 93 kHz
Video Bandwidth 135 MHz
Response Time 2 ms
Controls / Adjustments Contrast, H/V position, gamma correction, phase, clock, white balance
OSD Languages English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Finnish, Swedish, Russian, Spanish, Greek
Display Screen Coating Anti-glare, hard coating
Signal Input DVI-D, VGA
Features SRGB colour management, f-ENGINE technology, HDCP
Image Aspect Ratio 16:10
Image Brightness 300 cd/m2
Image Contrast Ratio 3000:1
Image Max H-View Angle 170
Image Max V-View Angle 170
Analogue video Signal RGB
Digital Video Standard Digital Visual Interface (DVI)
Interfaces 1 x VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) ¦ 1 x DVI-D - 24 pin digital DVI
Windows Vista Certified for Windows Vista
Flat Panel Mount Interface 100 x 100 mm
Features Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)
Compliant Standards TCO '03, FCC Class B certified, CE, CSA, UL, TUV GS, EPA Energy Star, ISO 13406-2, SEMKO
Voltage Required AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Power Consumption Operational 45 Watt
Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep 1 Watt

There are many monitors in this price range and this is going head-to-head with the Samsung 226BW. Evaluation of this monitor is as follows:

The original monitor which was purchased was the Samsung 226BW with the A panel. I was astonished when it was received. The looks and the rated 2ms response time was phenomenal. Although there were many problems relating to this. First in Counter Strike: Source, my favourite game, surprisingly there was alot of ghosting. When grenades were thrown there was a light blue/green trail 4mm behind it as it flew through the air. Originally i thought the monitor had to be worked in, but alas it did not go away. The backlight bleeding on that monitor was also horrid. It was replaced the next day with the same LCD except it was the S panel, which was known to be better.

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The problems still persisted yet they were even worse. Replaced that with this $50 cheaper LG 22" monitor, which has been working almost flawlessly until today. There is veyr littly to no backlight bleeding, and there are no signs of any ghosting. Very high picture and video quality are apparent with this LCD.

One thing to note is that with the large resolution of this monitor, 1680x1050, a powerful video card is necessary to crank up the model and texture details without lagging.

One problem with this LCD however is that whenever a dark picture, or dark area in a game comes on, the LCD turns down its brightness so its almost impossible to see what is happening. I dont know if this is a power saving feature or what, but it is very annoying and hard to deal with.

LG L226WTQ-SF Conclusion

Overall, this has been a great monitor for me so far (knock on wood). Has been with my to many lans, and has gotten many ooh's and aww's. The 3000:1 contrast ratio is also a very nice bonus if youre really into color and picture quality. Although this and the Samsung both have 2ms Response time, this LCD does outshine that one for many reasons.

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The first one purchased does not have any bleeding, color quality, dead pixels, unlike the 3 Samsungs that were returned. The frame has a more modest look to it rather than the Samsungs 'sex' apeal (does look very nice). All in all, if youre looking for a solid monitor with many advantages, look no further.

Pros:

Good colour Quality
Swivel stand
22" of viewing pleasure
LG with great Customer Service

Cons:

Expensive
Screen dims when dark images present
Single DVI, VGA. No Component


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