"Really great monitor"on by zwxbob
Pros fantastic visuals, razor sharp images,bright and colourful,stylish design,touch sensitive buttons,good range of imputs.
Cons takes time to set up to get the best from this baby as its default settings are rubbish.
Summary After reading loads of reviews on the net about this monitor I like others were a little hesitant about getting the w2486l, I am now so glad I went for it.I had owned an LG monitor previously and had 8 years from it without any problems at all and just wanted to upgrade to a bigger screen, that in part helped me make my decision to go for the LG over other brands, plus it looks real stylish compared to the Samsung which I was also considering.
I have to say I really like the touch control buttons and have had no problems with them at all unlike some people who find the hard to get to grips with and use.The menu system took a couple of minutes to get to grips with but I soon could navigate my way through it and believe me I am no expert.I found loading the software on the bundled CD and making adjustments via the fortemanager easier than via the screen itself.it took me a few sessions of tweaking over a couple of days before I got the settings right,I am however a total nightmare with these kinds of things and I have to get everything spot on,all I can say is wow,I am so happy with the image quality this monitor produces,it does take a bit of setting up but its really worth spending a bit of time doing so as its simply stunning.Movies look great in HD via my PS3 with fine detail and great colour rendition,with very good detail in the dark areas of the image,this monitor looks as good if not better than my 50" Pioneer Plasma it really is that good.For those people who have slated this monitor I just don't understand why? maybe the colour gamut may be off slightly but to me its not noticeable in the slightest and surly unless you are a professional photographer ,in which case you should not be using this in the first place I cannot see any reason to complain because in everyday use the W2486L produces totally amazing images and no I don't work for LG.
As you can tell I am completely won over by this gem of a monitor and would wholeheartedly recommend it to any of my friends as it does what it is meant to do and does it really well with style to boot, thank you LG for once again making such a brilliant piece of kit and at a sensible price point too,
Pros Contrast, stability
Cons Less color fidelity, lost color cohesion and contrast at low brigtness, limited viewing angle, forte manager problems.
Summary The LED backlit itself is advantage of this montior. I have "neon alergy" so any CCFL backlit monitor is freak for me.
The contrast is very high but the color fidelity is not enough.
Unfortunately LG engineers lost the main advantage of led backlit. Their use 240HZ inpulse to control brightness. So if the brightness less than 100% then the display flash with 240HZ...
The forte manager (remote controll from PC) is very "made in India". If you have only one LG monitor connected work without problem, but if the configuration more complex then you meet with some trouble.
If you choose the better color and bright combination then you can work with trough many hours without you're eyes get tired.
Pros Bright, sharp picture, stable base, energy efficient
Cons Blue-tinted colors, dorky glossy black styling
Summary I think it looks dorky -- c'mon, glowing red and shiny black? Only 14 year old gamers like that kinda nonsense! I looked closely at another 24" LED monitor that closely matched the stylish esthetic of my Macbook Pro, because the LG looks like a 12 year old tween girl playing grown-up with too much makeup on sitting beside the sleek stylish supermodel look of my Macbook Pro. But the other monitor lacked the DVI input and forced all input to be HDMI, and Apple's support for HDMI is iffy (requires a third-party converter that may or may not work properly).
Reading CNET's "review" above, I'm wondering whether they even reviewed the same monitor that I brought home. They claim that this monitor is dim, for example, but mine is bright, *very* bright, so bright that it washes out the colors unless I turn the brightness down. They claim that the color reproduction was very good, but on my monitor the color reproduction is horrific, everything is blue-tinted -- if it were not for my Macbook's ability to artificially "warm" everything going out its DisplayPort, I would have returned the monitor. They claim the monitor is wobbly. But my monitor doesn't wobble at all, the base is heavy and weighted and holds the monitor upright like an anchor.
All I can think is that either a) LG's quality control must be bizarre, b) LG maybe made some changes since the early review quality monitor that CNET got, or c) CNET reviewed someone else's monitor and got it mixed up with the W2486L. In any event, this is one of the few LED monitors in this size range, it is decently priced (it is *NOT* $350 anymore), it uses less then 35 watts of power (more like around 24 watts in normal use) and is mercury free. And LED backlights don't burn out like fluorescent ones. So even though I think it looks dorky, and the colors are not at all accurate, it still was the best monitor on the market for my needs, where low power consumption, size, sharpness, and the correct assortment of ports were all prime requirements.
Pros Great sense of depth when playing video games
Cons Awful color reproduction, Excessively bright, Irritating low-glare screen
Summary I tried really hard to like this product after reading all the positive reviews - but there were just too many negatives to overcome.
Many of the reviews refer to the colors being a tad too cool. Well, this is a massive understatement. The colors are bleached and washed out and it is impossible to obtain an accurate representation on one without throwing off the others. In general, blues and reds were not bad - but greens and yellows were way off. I considered overlooking this since I was buying it primarily to game with, but it translated into significantly mismatched colors within my World of Warcraft account as well.
The one other major issue that I've seen documented elsewhere is the fact that they appear to over over-laminated the screen with an awful coating that does not intereact well with the led lighting. The result is incredibly taxing on the eyes after a few short hours of use. You get this strange optical illusion from the screen that I cannot quite describe.
The one redeeming feature would be the sense of depth that the LED lighting gave to my video game ( World of Warcraft ). But this nowhere near compensated for the drawbacks.
Bottom line: LG appears to have jumped out of the gate a bit too quickly on this LED screen. I ended up taking it back and buying one of their non-LED screens which I love. If you are thinking about buying this because of the positive things you've heard about LED screens, I'd advise you to think twice or at least make sure you keep your receipt!
Pros contrast, brightness, aesthetics
Cons I'd tell you, but I first have to find a REAL review
Summary I have never seen such a biased and nonsense review. It was clear from the getgo that that this reviewer has an agenda for the xl2370 as pathetic as that sounds.My mistake on the "no measurement of contrast" part. I meant no mention of the black level of THIS display. Instead we get a pitch for the black level of the xl2370. The monitor scored a 92 on their test and all we get as a summary is:
Why is it that:
1. The review page calls this a 23 inch display when it clearly says IN ITS NAME that its 24 inches?
2. How is 226 candelas too dim when in the G10's review you said that its brightness, which is only 6 candelas more, was "never a problem"?
3. No measurement of contrast, inaccurate info, constant and often contradictory statements pitting this against another monitor which totally skews this whole analysis.
4. Much of this article is copy and pasted from the xl2370's review which further highlights the incompetence of the reviewer.
I was choosing between the lg w2486l and the samsung xl2370 but I hesitate to trust CNET if it continues to publish such blatant bias and call it a "review" instead of what it really is (propaganda).
Be wary of this review and look for others with more substance before buying either monitor.
Updated on Oct 4, 2009
"People will buy the other monitor"
Really cnet? Really?