I like ultrawide monitors. They give me more space to work on and usually perform better with movies and they definitely give me an edge when playing games. That’s why I grabbed the LG Flatron W2252TQ from the stock room when our new editorial computers came along as testing it gave me the perfect excuse to catch up on some of movies and games I’ve missed since I last picked up a mouse in anger.
I’m not a fan of the ordinary black/gray drab corporate designs of typical LCD displays, and thankfully, the Flatron W2252TQ looks good, with smooth, rounded edges mated with a glossy black surface. All of the connections for the Flatron W2252TQ are located on near the bottom of the unit, so as not to disturb the smooth gloss black surface on the back. The power switch for this 22-inch display is located at the lower left, while the adjustment controls are on the lower right. The monitor offers several viewing modes (internet, movie, normal, user-defined and demo). The Flatron W2252TQ only has two connections-DVI and D-sub, which is disappointing, since the display can theoretically support HD resolutions.
Setting up the monitor takes about five minutes and does not need extraneous tools. Everything snaps happily into place. You can adjust the tilt of the monitor a few degrees up and down; sadly, it won’t rotate easily as there is no hinge for that. One nice feature of the Flatron W2252TQ is when you switch viewing modes-it allows you to view the difference of the viewing modes via a half and half approach-the right side of the screen shows you your current selection while the left side of the screen shows a preview of the scene mode, allowing you to judge the difference right away. You can tweak pretty much everything related to the performance of the Flatron W2252TQ including color temperature, color levels for green, red and blue, brightness, contrast and gamma. There’s even special screen effects like black and white, sepia and Gaussian blur, but why you’d want to use this is beyond me.
The Flatron W2252TQ’s performance is pretty good, with excellent color reproduction all around. It’s Digital Fine Contrast (LG’s version of Dynamic Contrast) ratio of 10000:1 did its part well-as the fade to black for the monitor was pretty fast during our test. I also used the Flatron W2252TQ extensively with games where its 2-millisecond response time proved its worth-I did not notice any significant ghosting effects during my extended gaming sessions. Probably the only complaints I have is the unit’s hard to use controls-it took me a good 20 minutes before I could properly calibrate the thing.