L1980U full review

Wonderfully chic, the LG Flatron L1980U's eye-catching design is bound to send pulses racing. LG argues that it's also incredibly functional. The actual screen is the thinnest we've seen yet and, when folded up, it's a mere 26mm high. And for a 19in screen, the fact that the LG weighs just 5.4kg is sensational.

The control buttons are a little fiddly to use. Luckily, all relevant image options - and there are plenty of them - can be tweaked onscreen by loading up the Forte Manager software. Installing this program has the additional advantage of switching on the auto-pivot feature - rotate the screen through 90 degrees, and the image automatically adjusts itself.

While this is very useful, just touching the screen can sometimes make the image rotate - not always with the right results. As a general flat-panel, the L1980U works very well. Graphics quality is strong, with acres of depth and colour. At the native resolution of 1,280x1,024, we didn't find text to be quite as sharp and vibrant as we've seen elsewhere - even when in the text mode option - although it is perfectly adequate.


L1980U: Specs

  • 19in flat-panel
  • native res 1,280x1,024
  • 0.264mm pixel pitch
  • 500:1 contrast ratio
  • 160/160 degree viewing angle
  • brightness 250cd/m2
  • 422x261x410mm
  • 5.4kg
  • digital connector
  • 3-year warranty
  • 12ms response time

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