by October 11, 2002 0 comments

LCD monitors are gaining popularity in the market because they offer several benefits over regular CRT monitors. They consume lesser power, and emit lesser radiation making it possible to work on them for longer periods of time and in sensitive areas. They consume lesser table space and some can even be mounted on walls. Having said that, here’s a 18.1” flat TFT LCD monitor from LG that weighs 8.5 kg, meant for people who want a larger viewing area. It’s a fairly feature-rich monitor having both both D-sub and DVI interfaces for analog and digital inputs. You can connect two different video sources to these, and there’s a signal source button to switch between the two. The monitor also has a USB hub with three ports.

You can rotate this monitor from landscape to portrait view

Rs 83,000
Companies/Medical ICU
18.1” viewing area, TFT LCD screen, USB hub with three ports, plug-n-play, supports analog and digital inputs, OSD panel in front
Can view in landscape and portrait orientations; automatic adjustment of screen position, clock and phase; adjustable screen with wall mounting feature
LG Electronics India, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh

Another highlight of the monitor is that it can be rotated from landscape to portrait view owing to its 90° pivot feature. This allows you to have full-page views of lengthy documents, thereby saving some scrolling time. A rotation software called Pivotpro is provided with the monitor, which has to be run when you rotate the monitor. 

Other features include tilt, swivel and height adjustment. These allow 160° horizontal rotation, and 80 mm height adjustment. Its narrow bezel allows placing similar monitors side by side reducing the need for extra space. The settings can be adjusted from the OSD control provided at the front and the controls can be locked or unlocked. We tested it on an Nvidia Vanta display card with 16 MB VRAM as well as onboard graphics on a SiS 530/620 motherboard. The display was very clear with a wide viewing angle, allowing one to view it from all angles, sides and top. Its rated power consumption is 55 W power when turned on and only 5 W in power saving mode. Similar 18.1” monitors from Samsung and Sharp claim to consume less than 40W power.

The Bottom Line: Overall, a feature-rich monitor that takes less desktop space and offers more viewing area. Its hefty price tag of Rs 83,000 however, makes it an esteem value product, finding use in a company’s demo room, a game show, or even a CEO’s desktop. It can also be used in critical locations such as a medical ICU. 

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