LG L1980Q Flatron Slim 19" Monitor review


Like any other major product in its virgin state, the introduction of LCD monitors into the mainstream required hurdling several obstacles, with the highest one being price. High prices, small screens, dead pixels, reliability, response time, color intensity, and the “grainy look”, all made previous LCD monitors not very practical for the average PC buyer. The cons definitely outweighed the pros, but it’s still always been difficult to resist the space saving design of the LCD monitor.

Today’s LCD monitors are competitively priced, offer outstanding reliability, and look better than ever. The problems that once plagued the LCD industry are now corrected, and the new trend is focused on functionality and great looks. The LG 1980Q 19” LCD monitor we are testing today looks absolutely gorgeous, and offers a plethora of different features that are sure to make your LCD monitor experience a good one.


Some Company Background

LG is an innovative electronics company that dates back to 1958, when Goldstar was established in Korea. They created the first radio, television, refrigerator, air conditioner and telephone in Korea over a ten year span. Goldstar was the first in the electronics industry to reach export of $100 million to the United States, and created their sales subsidiary in the U.S. in 1978.

In 1995, Goldstar changed their name to LG, which is what they keep using today. After acquiring Zenith and participating in a joint venture with Philips, LG-Philips Displays was produced. LG currently employees over 55,000 people, and it’s primary focus is on Digital TV, CD/DVD drives, PC’s, monitors, and mobile headsets.


What’s Included

I have reviewed quite a few LG products in the past, and they usually don’t miss a beat when it comes to included items. In the box were the monitor, DVI cable, D-SUB cable, power supply, and even a wall mount attachment (with anchors and screws). Two sets of instructions were included, an easy setup guide which was very large and colorful, and a small driver installation guide. There are also two disks, one with drivers and the other contains Forte Manager software. Here is a look from behind:

And now from the side:

Auto pivot/mirror function

The most significant feature that will separate this monitor from others is the fact that it can tilt and rotate in any direction. The base of the monitor is connected to a swivel, which enables the user to position the monitor in any fashion. This type of movement may be used in a meeting type of environment, from a presenter that is possibly sharing information on his/her screen.

  • Ultra Slim Design (2.8” Folded Height)

  • Integrated LCD Picture-Enhancing F-Engine Chip

  • Heat-Sensor Power On/Off Button and Controls – control switches without actually depressing a button

  • Auto-Pivot / Auto-Mirror Functions – Auto-pivot is used when spinning the monitor around. This isn’t new technology, but previous you had to adjust your display settings to achieve portrait mode. The monitor’s hardware accomplishes this automatically, and works great. The auto-mirror function flips the screen content when you turn the display over. This is controlled by software, but still works pretty good. When you flip the monitor over horizontally, the picture automatically flips so folks viewing the monitor from behind will see the display in the proper format.

  • TCO ’99 Low-Emission Complaint

As the manufacturer specs read, the LG L1980Q goes a step further with its tilt and rotation capabilities. Software included in the package allows screen content to be automatically placed for best readability depending on how you place the monitor.

Also I should add that when shopping for LG monitors you will notice there are various 19” models referenced similarly. In order to avoid confusion we contacted LG who were kind of enough of putting it very clear terms.

The monitor we received for review is the L1980Q which is pretty much the same as the L1981Q, the only difference being the power button where L1981Q's button is plush (-), so multiple monitors can be tiled together like the ones at the Wall Street trading floor. There is also available a L1980U model which works at a slightly slower response time at 12ms, while the former two work at 8ms.

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