Who says that being green means having to compromise? LG doesn’t think so, and they’ve proved that it’s possible to be environmentally friendly without compromising on quality or features.

The LG W2252TE is one of LG’s latest widescreen LCD panels boast power consumption of just 22 Watts. That is about 50% less energy consumption than other monitors of the same size.

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There’s not much difference in looks from this monitor and the one I was reviewing from LG a few weeks ago (W2261V). The design philosophy is consistent across the current monitor range which typically includes a thin glossy bezel, coloured power button and a bottom lip with its own striking colour. On this model, the power button has been shaped to look like the smile from the LG logo and glows a cool vibrant blue when the monitor is being used.

The stand comes in two parts with the main trunk and the circular base. These are very simple to lock in to place and the best design is one that doesn’t require any tools like this monitor.

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Connectivity comes in the form of VGA and DVI (with HDCP) for outputting a 1680 x 1050 resolution display. Whilst 1920 x 1080 is the new ‘it’ resolution for 22-inch displays, I think 1680 x 1050 is the real sweet spot for monitors of this size. The pixels aren’t too big that you lose desktop space or image clarity, but they’re also not too small that fine elements like text start to become a bit more difficult to read.

Image clarity is of course the most important and this is where we see if the energy-sipping design of this eco-warrior monitor has impacted image quality at all. To test this, I watched several high definition trailers in 720p. Colour reproduction was very accurate with dark rich blacks and vibrant colours. The traditional set of brightness and contrast controls are available through the setup menus. LG also includes a set of ‘fun’ controls on their latest range of displays that allow you to manipulate your screen with different visual effects. This includes a black and white control and blurring options to create the desired effect. I’m not sure in what situations you would want to use these controls but they are available if you do decide that you want to revert back to monochrome displays from back in the day.

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Lag isn’t an issue, even for fast paced action games with an Xbox 360 attached to it on a VGA cord. You get a nice HD picture from the 1680 x 1050 panel in 720p mode or 1080i.

The only criticism of the W2252TE is that the eco-tag does come at a heavier price tag. This monitor isn’t for you if you’re looking to save pennies on your next electric bill (unless you’re buying these in the hundreds for an office). This monitor is for you if you do want to do your bit in reducing your carbon footprint, especially if you spend a lot of time in front of a screen whether it be for work, pleasure or a mixture of the two. The W2252TE is a justifiable purchase since there are real energy savings and not just another product that has jumped on the bandwagon.

2009-03-14 Onwah Tsang

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