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Thursday, June 19, 2008
LG L246WH-BN

1. Introduction, features

My first LCD monitor was an LG L1915S, a popular model among gamers due to its relatively low range. Later I moved to a more advanced solution, the Viewsonic VP930. But my latest upgrade was the most important for me, since I joined the 24" category. But why 24"? Well, I was thinking of a monitor that would offer 1920x1080p but would not cost me more than €500. After spending a morning walking around the local stores, I decided that the LG L246WH-BN was more or less what I wanted.

- LG L246WH-BN 24" LCD Monitor

The LG L246WH-BN monitor comes with a massive 24" dimension and it is based on a TN panel. There have been so many online discussions about panels and of course the MVA, S-IPS panels do offer much better colour re-production and wider viewing angles. However, their "high" lag of 16~30ms makes them less attractive when it comes to absolute gaming. In addition, their retail price is around 1.8~2.5 times the price of a TN LCD monitor. For some reason, I think that the specific panel from LG will not carry the "negative" characteristics of the TN panels. We will say some more about that later.

As we previously mentioned, the LG L246WH-BN retails for around €410~450, depending on your region and the VAT.

The most important features of the LG 24" LCD monitor are:

  • Brightness 400 nits , non- Glare
  • Viewing Angle 170° /170°
  • Resolution 1920 x 1200
  • Contrast Ratio 2000:1
  • Response Time 5ms

The official full specifications are very informative about what you can expect from sthe LG monitor. The TN panel has been manufactured by AUO Technology (M240UW04 V1), offering a brightness of 400nits , a viewing angl of 170° and a high constrast of 2000:1. The reported 5ms response time is usually measured between gray-to-gray so it doesn't represent the whole truth.

General

Inch 24W

Maker

AUO

Panel Type (TN,IPS)

TN

Aspect Ratio

16:10

Resolution

1920 x 1200

Brightness

400 nits , non- Glare

Contrast Ratio

2000:1

Response Time

5ms

Viewing Angle

170/170 (CR>5)

Surface Treatment

2H coating

The panel comes complete with various inputs/outputs. This model supports the HDCP protection and has an HDMI input that allows you to connect any compatible digital video source. Of course the traditional D-Sub15 and the Component inputs are also available, mostly for connecting your game console. The supported frequencies are always depending on the selected resolution. The monitor gives a typical 1920x1200@60Hz.

PC Input / Output

D-Sub Yes

HDMI

Yes

PC Audio Out

Yes

USB

Yes (USB 2.0, 1 up /2 Down)

(Jack Position)

Rear (USB down & PC Audio Out : Side)

Video Input / Output

Component

Yes (Video only)

(Jack Position)

Rear

Frequence

H-Frequence (Analog)

30 ~ 83 kHz

H-Frequence (Digital)

30 ~ 83 kHz

V-Frequence (Analog)

56 ~ 75 Hz

V-Frequence (Digital)

56 ~ 75 Hz

The main menu of the monitor is accessed through the buttons placed on bottom left side of the monitor. It's also good to see that LG supports various OSD languages.

Control
Key Number 8EA(Power Key Included)
Key Location Front
Key Type Tact Switch Type
LED color Blue/Amber
OSD Language English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Russian, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Ukraine
Power Consumption
Normal 80W
DPM 1W
S/W Off 1W
Mechanical S/W No
Power Type (Adapter or LIPS) Built in Power
Set Color
Front Color Black / Silver Option
B/Cover Color Black
Stand Color Black Glossy

The monitor's stand is very stable, after mounting the provided screw to keep the whole structure secure. The overall size of the monitor is big, compared with a 19" LCD monitor. It's weight is 9.6kg.

Stand

Stand Alone

Yes

Base detachable

Yes

Tilt

Yes

Height

Yes

Pivot

No

Swivel

Yes

Dimension (W x H x D) (mm)

Set

560 (W) x 270.2 (D) X 444.5 (H)

Box

621 (W) x 494 (D) x 265 (H)

Weight(Kg)

Set

9.6 kg

Box

12.0 kg

The monitor offers various features, including auto resolution expanded and of course PIP, a very interesting feature that allows you to view two windows on the same screen. Lastly, all regulation standards are present with VESA mounting.

Special Features

sRGB

Yes

Pb Free

Yes

DDC/CI

Yes

HDCP

Yes

Intelligent Auto (Auto Resolution)

Yes
PIP Yes

Standard

TCO99, UL(cUL), TUV-GS, SEMKO, FCC-B, CE, EPA

Yes

VESA Mounting

Yes (100 x 100)




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