The new LG E2360V, the company would like us to believe, ticks not just one but three categories: it’s a Full HD panel, for entertainment, it’s fashionably slim, at just 12.9mm thick, and it’s also got some decent environmental credentials too. Still, at around $300 it’s not a cheap display, so how does the reality live up to the PR hype? Check out the SlashGear review after the cut.
The LG E2360V has a 23-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD 16:9 panel using LED backlighting. LG quote a 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio or 1,000:1 static contrast ratio and 5ms response time, while the inputs consist of D-SUB, DVI and HDMI; there’s also a 3.5mm headphones socket on the back. Unfortunately LG provide neither DVI or HDMI cables, only a regular VGA one.
Aesthetically, there’s a lot to like about the E2360V. LG is making a big fuss about the E60 Series’ thinness, and indeed it’s just 12.9mm thick. The matching stand is similarly waifish, though the glossy black plastic – which also forms the screen bezel – is a fingerprint magnet. You won’t be touching it that often, however, since there’s only minimal tilt adjustment available; LG has also missed off a VESA mount on the back, so there’s no wall-bracket option. That’s a shame, as it’s a very light display and seems ideal for hanging off the wall.
It’s also supposed to be reasonably Earth-friendly, meeting ENERGY STAR criteria (as, to be fair, most gadgets seem to these days) and LG claiming the E2360V uses around 45-percent less power than a “normal” 23-inch display.
First impressions of the E2360V are that it’s bright: too bright, in fact. Even if you work in an office with the harshest of overhead lighting, you shouldn’t have a problem ramping up the LG to compete. As for picture quality, there’s little to fault. Colors are bright, pleasantly saturated and vivid, and there’s a reasonable amount of adjustment available in the on-screen setup to tweak the settings to suit your preferences. We tested the E2360V with some fast-moving video, and found it to be blur-free, while it’s definitely one of the sharper, clearer displays we’ve used of late.
The LG E2360V is certainly stylish, and the screen quality is strong; it looks good, too, as long as you’re content to leave it on your desk. Our main complaints are in its flexibility: the trio of inputs are good, but the fixed desk stand lacks adjustment, there’s no rotation to flip the E2360V into portrait aspect, and the omission of a VESA mounting plate feels cheap considering the $300 sticker.
Around $90 less gets you a 23-inch HP display with the same Full HD resolution, but a significantly less appealing case design. If you’re going to be looking at a monitor all day then you may as well grant desk-space to a good looking one, and we’d expect the E2360V’s street price to come in lower once retail picks up.
Writing for R3 Media since 2006, Chris Davies is currently executive editor for SlashGear, Android Community and the other network sites. Based in London, UK, he's responsible for SlashGear's editorial decisions and covers all forms of consumer technology. You can follow him on Twitter.