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July 29, 2006 2:30:06 PM

I'm in search for a 20" widescreen LCD mainly for gaming and watching movies sometimes, I don't want to spend too much either, I narrowed it down to the:

Samsung 205BW - 600:1 6ms HDCP
LG L203WTX - 1400:1 8ms
LG L204WT - 2000:1 5ms HDCP
Viewsonic VX2025WM - 800:1 8ms

I was just wondering if anyone has tried or seen a decent review about the
LG L204, because it 'appears' to be an awesome LCD. And has anyone had any experiences with LG???

Thanks tons

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August 5, 2006 1:32:48 AM

I guess the L204 is way too new to be able to find any reviews on it. Since I'm going budget, has anyone tried the Samsung 205BW??
August 7, 2006 4:48:38 AM

If it's any consolation, I'm looking at the exact same two monitors, and i can't find any information either.

The Samsung info that i have shows it at 700:1, not 600:1.

My previous 17" LCD was LG and it was a superior product for its price. Unless I see a bad report that's probably what i'll buy; not impressed with Acer or Viewsoniq.

It would be nice if someone with better info could post here tho'.
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August 8, 2006 4:16:18 AM

I too am choosing between the LG L204WT and Samsung 205BW.

Both appear to be rather capable displays given the $$$ and have a similiar feature set. From what reviews that are available (see the hardocp forums) it seems that the LG may offer better blacks and is a bit cheaper... tho I can appreciate the height adjustment of the Samsung. Hmm...

Unfortunately, I can't seem to find anywhere nearby that stocks/sells both monitors so an in-store side-by-side comparison is out. I'm thinking of just grabbing the LG for now and putting it through the paces... i'd have a 14-day window to return it without penalty.
August 8, 2006 6:27:22 PM

I have the screen and I LOVE it, planning on getting another one for my second PC. Games..movies...pictures... everything looks very sweet on it.

The only thing that I DON'T like is the base, it feels kinda cheap. (cheap plastic)
August 14, 2006 3:33:40 AM

I just bought the LG204WT yesterday from Circuit City. So far I'm happy with it. The monitor tries to self adjust whenever you launch a new game and usually does not get it right. This is rather annoying however it only does it once per game as far as I know. If any one know how to turn this off drop me a line. In addition, I have not been able to prevent it from streching 4:3 games to fit 16:9 screens. I'm using a 9700pro with latest ATI driver; if some one knows how to use the ATI driver to force 1:1 screen ratio let me know. The 2000:1 contrast is dynamic contrast provided by LG/Phillip's DFC software (it's inside the monitor you don't have to install it). The actual contrast ratio is 800:1 which is quite nice/standard. The only monitor that I'm aware of that has higher true contrast ratio is the Samsung 215W which boast 1000:1 ratio (the 205BW has 600:1). This monitor is rated at 5ms and I have not seen any ghosting playing Warcraft 3 and FIFA 06. However, I don't think these games are adequate to force the ghosting issue. I'll try a FSP later and post the results. The control buttons ae placed in the bottom right corner on the back side of the monitor which is a pain for me because I don't know which one I'm pressing. There were some report of backlight bleeding at the edges but I have yet to see that effect. You can't adjust the height nor the swivel of the stand but you can tilt it up and down. The stand is actually one solid plastic disk so eventhough it look flimsy, you can't knock it over that easily.

Side note, I got this model for 326 USD at Circuit City after a $40 coupon (Google it and you can print it out, it works). Newegg, ZZF has other models, the L203WT and L203WTX on sale for the same price. As far as I know, the L203 doesn't have HDCR and this one does. As I mentioned before, the Samsung 215W is better handsdown but it is selling for 459-499 USD. That's $150 more for 1 inch and a feature that white-page can solve.

Hopes that help some people make up their mind.
August 14, 2006 3:10:03 PM

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The Samsung info that i have shows it at 700:1, not 600:1.



The Samsung 205BW is 600:1 according to Samsung themselves. Here's the link: http://www.samsung.com/sg/products/monitor/lcdmonitor/2... . If you go to www.samsung.com pick singapore as your country, it's not on the Samsung US website. Last I checked, you can get it as low as 289-300 USD after rebates and coupons. The best deal for that I heard is from OfficeMax (Physical Store, not online they don't even list it online) for $339-ish regular then it's 50 buck off automatically and then you can use a $30 coupon which I assume you can find online buy Googling it. Otherwise CompUSA has it for the same price but you'll have to deal with rebates...

As for the Viewsonic, it's way too expensive and unless you stare at these 3 monitors and concentrate you won't find the diffrence. So go with the one that's cheapest that you can get your hands on. Oh and if any one think of the Dell 2007W, forget it. You'll have to deal with their A0 vs A2 vs A3 hardware and if you have to return it you'll be talking to some body from Bombay, which isn't too bad if you live there but I recommend buying these relatively large things in a store so you can return it relatively hassel free. Consider this these monitors has 1,600,000+ pixels. Unless the manufactures are godlike, they'll have some defects; I would rather just drive to the store for an exchange over a RMA any day.

Edit (2006-08-15) Circuit City has this monitor for 319 (369-50 weekly special) right now. You can use the 40 bucks coupon on top of that for a total of 90 bucks off. Therefore, you can get a 20 incher with good performance for $280 without any need for rebates. Wow!!!
August 15, 2006 7:43:35 PM

I'm also looking at the LG 204WT, but I was disappointed with the lack of a height adjustment. Where did you find the coupon? I've done a search but nothing came up.
Anonymous
August 17, 2006 9:02:31 PM

I just bought the LG 194WT. This is my first LCD but I have been wotking and setting them up for years. I am a Computer Tech by trade and bought my first computer in 1986. No, I'm not 100 years old, only 50.

Let me tell you how to check out LCD's in general. When you go to Fry's, Best Buy, CompUSA, CircuitCity ect. first off make sure the display is in it's "native resolution". I only found one out of ten widescreens that were. If they are not, and I would bet all the ones that are on a long line of shelves which only have monitor after monitor are not because they are all going through a "video spliter" to share one 1280 by 1024 signal. Ask someone to move the monitor you want to check out over to a system that will provide the proper signal. For me it was 1440 by 900 19" for a 20.1" it will be 1680 by 1050.

Next do an "auto adjust". This will not be the best the monitor will do but it will give you a great idea how it will handle Color and Text. Speaking of Text...do not for get to open "Note Pad" and check out how sharp the Text looks at "10 point" thats the standard for Emails. Also remember to turn on and off "Clear Type Fonts" to see how this affects the Icons on the Desktop.

Now, about this monitor. I went to my local BestBuy and put the LG 194WT next to the Gateway FPD1975W and the Samsung 940BW. I by passed the 19" MAG and Westinghouse because of personal prefrences.

Next I did an "Auto Adjust" on all three monitors. I checked the resolution and they were all at 1280 by 1024 so I knew I was not going to see the best picture on any of these monitors until I picked the one i like the best and had it moved to system that could provide 1440 by 900. In the mean time, I watch their slideshow and checked out the Color, Contrast and Sharpness of all three monitors.

Then I played with the menus of each monitor and made my choice the LG.

I took it home and really gave it a work out with Emails, Letter Writing, Web Surfing, DVD Movie "Inside Man" (which has a lot of dark scenes) and Unreal Tournament 2004 (which I had to hack some settings to get to work in 1440 by 900...bty it can also do 1680 by 1050).

The first thing I did was turn the contrast down to 50 and the brightness to 30. So much for having a "2000:1 Contrast rating" You will never use it.

The GOOD: Movies look great , text is very sharp, Unreal Tournamet is very cool.

The BAD: Web Sites only fill 1/2 the screen which will take some getting used to but the worst part ins the "On Screen Menu Buttons" They will drive you CRAZY. First, their located on the back of this monitor which is just WRONG. Even though there are little icons printed on the front of the screen, it is just to hard to work it. It is in my opinion a "deal breaker" and I will be returning the monitor for just this reason. The Gateway is better but the Samsung is the best of the bunch. Buttons on the front and very easy to navigate.

If you switch between Emails, Web Surfing, Game Playing and watching DVD's, you want to be able to adjust the Brightness and Contrast quickly and easly. The LG just dosent to it and thats why even though this is a new monitor, LG is droping the prices. I understand the nest models will have the buttons on the front and a diffrent interface.

Final Thoughts: Even if I got a handel on the Menu Interface I would not keep this Monitor and I'll tell you why...If your going to upgrade to a Widescreen LCD you should get a 20.1"! The 19"'s are just a tiny bit taller screen size than a 17" and for some strange reason are much smaller then the 20.1"'s. Also make sure the monitor supports HDCP if you want to watch HD-DVD in its full glory. The Gatway both 19" and 20.1" do. The Samsung 940BW 19" and 205BW 20.1" do and the LG L194WT and
L204WT.

OK so you all want to know what I will be buying? The Samsung 205BW for $299 at www.NewEgg.com! The Viewsonic VX2025WM is also very impressive but...if your going to spent that kind of money you should get HDCP and the Viewsonic does not come with it.
Anonymous
August 17, 2006 9:04:54 PM

I just bought the LG 194WT. This is my first LCD but I have been working and setting them up for years. I am a Computer Tech by trade and bought my first computer in 1986. No, I'm not 100 years old, only 50.

Let me tell you how to check out LCD's in general. When you go to Fry's, Best Buy, CompUSA, Circuit City ect. first off make sure the display is in its "native resolution". I only found one out of ten widescreens that were. If they are not, and I would bet all the ones that are on a long line of shelves which only have monitor after monitor are not because they are all going through a "video splitter" to share one 1280 by 1024 signal. Ask someone to move the monitor you want to check out over to a system that will provide the proper signal. For me it was 1440 by 900 19" for a 20.1" it will be 1680 by 1050.

Next do an "auto adjust". This will not be the best the monitor will do but it will give you a great idea how it will handle Color and Text. Speaking of Text...do not forget to open "Note Pad" and check out how sharp the Text looks at "10 point" that the standard for Emails. Also remember to turn on and off "Clear Type Fonts" to see how this affects the Icons on the Desktop.

Now, about this monitor. I went to my local Best Buy and put the LG 194WT next to the Gateway FPD1975W and the Samsung 940BW. I by passed the 19" MAG and Westinghouse because of personal preferences.

Next I did an "Auto Adjust" on all three monitors. I checked the resolution and they were all at 1280 by 1024 so I knew I was not going to see the best picture on any of these monitors until I picked the one I like the best and had it moved to system that could provide 1440 by 900. In the mean time, I watch their slideshow and checked out the Color, Contrast and Sharpness of all three monitors.

Then I played with the menus of each monitor and made my choice the LG.

I took it home and really gave it a work out with Emails, Letter Writing, Web Surfing, DVD Movie "Inside Man" (which has a lot of dark scenes) and Unreal Tournament 2004 (which I had to hack some settings to get to work in 1440 by 900...bty it can also do 1680 by 1050).

The first thing I did was turn the contrast down to 50 and the brightness to 30. So much for having a "2000:1 Contrast rating" You will never use it.

The GOOD: Movies look great , text is very sharp, Unreal Tournament is very cool.

The BAD: Web Sites only fill 1/2 the screen which will take some getting used to but the worst part is the "On Screen Menu Buttons" They will drive you CRAZY. First, their located on the back of this monitor which is just WRONG. Even though there are little icons printed on the front of the screen, it is just too hard to work it. It is in my opinion a "deal breaker" and I will be returning the monitor for just this reason. The Gateway is better but the Samsung is the best of the bunch. Buttons on the front and very easy to navigate.

If you switch between Emails, Web Surfing, Game Playing and watching DVD's, you want to be able to adjust the Brightness and Contrast quickly and easily. The LG just doesn’t to it and that why even though this is a new monitor, LG is dropping the prices. I understand the nest models will have the buttons on the front and a different interface.

Final Thoughts: Even if I got a handle on the Menu Interface I would not keep this Monitor and I'll tell you why...If you’re going to upgrade to a Widescreen LCD you should get a 20.1"! The 19"'s are just a tiny bit taller screen size than a 17" and for some strange reason are much smaller than the 20.1"'s. Also make sure the monitor supports HDCP if you want to watch HD-DVD in its full glory. The Gateway both 19" and 20.1" do. The Samsung 940BW 19" and 205BW 20.1" do and the LG L194WT and
L204WT.

OK so you all want to know what I will be buying? The Samsung 205BW for $299 at www.NewEgg.com! The Viewsonic VX2025WM is also very impressive but...if you’re going to spend that kind of money you should get HDCP and the Viewsonic does not come with it.
August 17, 2006 9:05:52 PM

I just bought the LG 194WT. This is my first LCD but I have been working and setting them up for years. I am a Computer Tech by trade and bought my first computer in 1986. No, I'm not 100 years old, only 50.

Let me tell you how to check out LCD's in general. When you go to Fry's, Best Buy, CompUSA, Circuit City ect. first off make sure the display is in its "native resolution". I only found one out of ten widescreens that were. If they are not, and I would bet all the ones that are on a long line of shelves which only have monitor after monitor are not because they are all going through a "video splitter" to share one 1280 by 1024 signal. Ask someone to move the monitor you want to check out over to a system that will provide the proper signal. For me it was 1440 by 900 19" for a 20.1" it will be 1680 by 1050.

Next do an "auto adjust". This will not be the best the monitor will do but it will give you a great idea how it will handle Color and Text. Speaking of Text...do not forget to open "Note Pad" and check out how sharp the Text looks at "10 point" that the standard for Emails. Also remember to turn on and off "Clear Type Fonts" to see how this affects the Icons on the Desktop.

Now, about this monitor. I went to my local Best Buy and put the LG 194WT next to the Gateway FPD1975W and the Samsung 940BW. I by passed the 19" MAG and Westinghouse because of personal preferences.

Next I did an "Auto Adjust" on all three monitors. I checked the resolution and they were all at 1280 by 1024 so I knew I was not going to see the best picture on any of these monitors until I picked the one I like the best and had it moved to system that could provide 1440 by 900. In the mean time, I watch their slideshow and checked out the Color, Contrast and Sharpness of all three monitors.

Then I played with the menus of each monitor and made my choice the LG.

I took it home and really gave it a work out with Emails, Letter Writing, Web Surfing, DVD Movie "Inside Man" (which has a lot of dark scenes) and Unreal Tournament 2004 (which I had to hack some settings to get to work in 1440 by 900...bty it can also do 1680 by 1050).

The first thing I did was turn the contrast down to 50 and the brightness to 30. So much for having a "2000:1 Contrast rating" You will never use it.

The GOOD: Movies look great , text is very sharp, Unreal Tournament is very cool.

The BAD: Web Sites only fill 1/2 the screen which will take some getting used to but the worst part is the "On Screen Menu Buttons" They will drive you CRAZY. First, their located on the back of this monitor which is just WRONG. Even though there are little icons printed on the front of the screen, it is just too hard to work it. It is in my opinion a "deal breaker" and I will be returning the monitor for just this reason. The Gateway is better but the Samsung is the best of the bunch. Buttons on the front and very easy to navigate.

If you switch between Emails, Web Surfing, Game Playing and watching DVD's, you want to be able to adjust the Brightness and Contrast quickly and easily. The LG just doesn’t to it and that why even though this is a new monitor, LG is dropping the prices. I understand the nest models will have the buttons on the front and a different interface.

Final Thoughts: Even if I got a handle on the Menu Interface I would not keep this Monitor and I'll tell you why...If you’re going to upgrade to a Widescreen LCD you should get a 20.1"! The 19"'s are just a tiny bit taller screen size than a 17" and for some strange reason are much smaller than the 20.1"'s. Also make sure the monitor supports HDCP if you want to watch HD-DVD in its full glory. The Gateway both 19" and 20.1" do. The Samsung 940BW 19" and 205BW 20.1" do and the LG L194WT and
L204WT.

OK so you all want to know what I will be buying? The Samsung 205BW for $299 at www.NewEgg.com! The Viewsonic VX2025WM is also very impressive but...if you’re going to spend that kind of money you should get HDCP and the Viewsonic does not come with it.

Update: I think I might have been a little hasty with my "Menu Bashing" of the LG. I'm off to Circuit City to pickup the LG 204WT and give it a try. I will report what I think in a few days.

PS: Can someone delete the two other "reviews" that are posted above.
August 17, 2006 11:52:32 PM

Yep, the Samsung 205BW is onsale for $300 at NewEgg, however I would recommend that you stay away from NewEgg when buying LCDs, their dead pixel policy suck. You'll need to have 8 or more for a replacement. If you have 1 dead pixel in the middle of the screen, they won't help you! Other then that NewEgg is awsome, I just purchased 2 set of computer components from them. If you must get the 205BW for the height adjustment then try Zipzoomfly, I think they have it for comparable price. Other then that I recommend going to a local store. BTW all these sites list the 205BW as 700:1 when clearly Samsung themselve says 600:1.
August 20, 2006 3:04:22 PM

I bought the L204WT yesterday around $400 Canadian (~$356 US) and i havn't tested it yet. I'm waiting for the new hard drive to arrive and i'll let you guys know what i think.
August 21, 2006 3:40:56 PM

Quote:
I just bought the LG204WT yesterday from Circuit City. So far I'm happy with it. The monitor tries to self adjust whenever you launch a new game and usually does not get it right. This is rather annoying however it only does it once per game as far as I know. If any one know how to turn this off drop me a line. In addition, I have not been able to prevent it from streching 4:3 games to fit 16:9 screens. I'm using a 9700pro with latest ATI driver; if some one knows how to use the ATI driver to force 1:1 screen ratio let me know. The 2000:1 contrast is dynamic contrast provided by LG/Phillip's DFC software (it's inside the monitor you don't have to install it). The actual contrast ratio is 800:1 which is quite nice/standard. The only monitor that I'm aware of that has higher true contrast ratio is the Samsung 215W which boast 1000:1 ratio (the 205BW has 600:1). This monitor is rated at 5ms and I have not seen any ghosting playing Warcraft 3 and FIFA 06. However, I don't think these games are adequate to force the ghosting issue. I'll try a FSP later and post the results. The control buttons ae placed in the bottom right corner on the back side of the monitor which is a pain for me because I don't know which one I'm pressing. There were some report of backlight bleeding at the edges but I have yet to see that effect. You can't adjust the height nor the swivel of the stand but you can tilt it up and down. The stand is actually one solid plastic disk so eventhough it look flimsy, you can't knock it over that easily.

Side note, I got this model for 326 USD at Circuit City after a $40 coupon (Google it and you can print it out, it works). Newegg, ZZF has other models, the L203WT and L203WTX on sale for the same price. As far as I know, the L203 doesn't have HDCR and this one does. As I mentioned before, the Samsung 215W is better handsdown but it is selling for 459-499 USD. That's $150 more for 1 inch and a feature that white-page can solve.

Hopes that help some people make up their mind.


Can you or someone please tell me if this monitor has that extra glass sort of "layer" on top like the sony and xerox LCD's do? I love the way that looks.

THANKS !! :) 
August 21, 2006 5:36:57 PM

Quote:
I just bought the LG204WT yesterday from Circuit City. So far I'm happy with it. The monitor tries to self adjust whenever you launch a new game and usually does not get it right. This is rather annoying however it only does it once per game as far as I know. If any one know how to turn this off drop me a line. In addition, I have not been able to prevent it from streching 4:3 games to fit 16:9 screens. I'm using a 9700pro with latest ATI driver; if some one knows how to use the ATI driver to force 1:1 screen ratio let me know. The 2000:1 contrast is dynamic contrast provided by LG/Phillip's DFC software (it's inside the monitor you don't have to install it). The actual contrast ratio is 800:1 which is quite nice/standard. The only monitor that I'm aware of that has higher true contrast ratio is the Samsung 215W which boast 1000:1 ratio (the 205BW has 600:1). This monitor is rated at 5ms and I have not seen any ghosting playing Warcraft 3 and FIFA 06. However, I don't think these games are adequate to force the ghosting issue. I'll try a FSP later and post the results. The control buttons ae placed in the bottom right corner on the back side of the monitor which is a pain for me because I don't know which one I'm pressing. There were some report of backlight bleeding at the edges but I have yet to see that effect. You can't adjust the height nor the swivel of the stand but you can tilt it up and down. The stand is actually one solid plastic disk so eventhough it look flimsy, you can't knock it over that easily.

Side note, I got this model for 326 USD at Circuit City after a $40 coupon (Google it and you can print it out, it works). Newegg, ZZF has other models, the L203WT and L203WTX on sale for the same price. As far as I know, the L203 doesn't have HDCR and this one does. As I mentioned before, the Samsung 215W is better handsdown but it is selling for 459-499 USD. That's $150 more for 1 inch and a feature that white-page can solve.

Hopes that help some people make up their mind.


Can you or someone please tell me if this monitor has that extra glass sort of "layer" on top like the sony and xerox LCD's do? I love the way that looks.

THANKS !! :) 

The "layer" you're speaking of is called Brite Screen. Many makers have them, and they are all the same regardless of the name they are using... licensed from one company.

The NEC 20WMGX2 and Gateway 2185W are two widescreens with Brite screen.
August 21, 2006 8:10:14 PM

so is that a no to the LG having it?
August 21, 2006 8:24:49 PM

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so is that a no to the LG having it?


Probably not. I don't see any LGs with a Brite screen (yet).
August 21, 2006 8:53:31 PM

Quote:
I just bought the LG204WT yesterday from Circuit City. So far I'm happy with it. The monitor tries to self adjust whenever you launch a new game and usually does not get it right. This is rather annoying however it only does it once per game as far as I know. If any one know how to turn this off drop me a line. In addition, I have not been able to prevent it from streching 4:3 games to fit 16:9 screens. I'm using a 9700pro with latest ATI driver; if some one knows how to use the ATI driver to force 1:1 screen ratio let me know. The 2000:1 contrast is dynamic contrast provided by LG/Phillip's DFC software (it's inside the monitor you don't have to install it). The actual contrast ratio is 800:1 which is quite nice/standard. The only monitor that I'm aware of that has higher true contrast ratio is the Samsung 215W which boast 1000:1 ratio (the 205BW has 600:1). This monitor is rated at 5ms and I have not seen any ghosting playing Warcraft 3 and FIFA 06. However, I don't think these games are adequate to force the ghosting issue. I'll try a FSP later and post the results. The control buttons ae placed in the bottom right corner on the back side of the monitor which is a pain for me because I don't know which one I'm pressing. There were some report of backlight bleeding at the edges but I have yet to see that effect. You can't adjust the height nor the swivel of the stand but you can tilt it up and down. The stand is actually one solid plastic disk so eventhough it look flimsy, you can't knock it over that easily.

Side note, I got this model for 326 USD at Circuit City after a $40 coupon (Google it and you can print it out, it works). Newegg, ZZF has other models, the L203WT and L203WTX on sale for the same price. As far as I know, the L203 doesn't have HDCR and this one does. As I mentioned before, the Samsung 215W is better handsdown but it is selling for 459-499 USD. That's $150 more for 1 inch and a feature that white-page can solve.

Hopes that help some people make up their mind.


Can you or someone please tell me if this monitor has that extra glass sort of "layer" on top like the sony and xerox LCD's do? I love the way that looks.

THANKS !! :) 

The "layer" you're speaking of is called Brite Screen. Many makers have them, and they are all the same regardless of the name they are using... licensed from one company.

The NEC 20WMGX2 and Gateway 2185W are two widescreens with Brite screen.

FWIW....

" ... It Just Looks Awesome
Of course, all these features mean nothing if the screen itself isn’t a good one. Fortunately, the NEC 20WMGX2 doesn’t fall into this trap. In fact, the resolution is so bright, so clear, and so pristine that you’ll never look at another monitor the same way again. It has OptiClear technology, which means that it increases contrast and brightness, and reduces glare better than other, sub-standard LCD screens...."

The Verdict
In case it’s not clear enough by now, I really love this monitor. I’ve been around the block when it comes to different monitor formats, and this is bar none the best one I’ve ever used. It just hits everything right on the mark, from its superior screen resolution to the absolutely overwhelming amount of home entertainment features. If you’ve got the money and you log in any sort of significant time with movies or games on your computer, this monitor is for you...." -- Mark Raby, I4U News, 8/21/2006

http://www.i4u.com/section-viewarticle-124.html
August 22, 2006 5:07:33 AM

so i'm gonna basically buy this brite screen layer and put it on my lg monitor and be the happiest kid alive
August 22, 2006 12:02:25 PM

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so i'm gonna basically buy this brite screen layer and put it on my lg monitor and be the happiest kid alive


I don't think that's possible. However there is a website where you can send in your monitor (up to a certain size) and they will put it on for you. With shipping back and forth, hardly makes it worthwhile.

If you like and want a Brite screen, you unfortunately have to choose from the limited offerings.
August 22, 2006 12:15:43 PM

thanks for the tip hose but i was just being facetious. That would be so amazing though....
August 22, 2006 12:25:07 PM

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thanks for the tip hose but i was just being facetious. That would be so amazing though....


The thought crossed my mind, too. Most of the new laptops have the Brite screen, but desktop models have been slow to follow. The trend has been towards faster and cheaper TN screens for gamers. Unfortunately that means lesser picture quality as both the Brite screens and PVA or S-IPS panels are more expensive.

When you get a chance, you really should view that NEC 20WMGX2... could be that it's in a class by itself... uses an S-IPS panel with the Brite screen. It's a WOW in my book.
August 22, 2006 2:45:07 PM

you're an asshole hose, all morning i've been thinking about how nice it would be to have that brite screen on two L204WT's...ALL YOUR FAULT.

A friend of mine works at a mailbox etc and I could ship it for free back and forth...how much do u think they'd charge for those screens to be put on? I think if i could get them to do both for 100 i'd go for it.
August 22, 2006 3:05:31 PM

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you're an ******* hose, all morning i've been thinking about how nice it would be to have that brite screen on two L204WT's...ALL YOUR FAULT.

A friend of mine works at a mailbox etc and I could ship it for free back and forth...how much do u think they'd charge for those screens to be put on? I think if i could get them to do both for 100 i'd go for it.


If I recall, they don't do screens that big. Try Crystal Brite or CrystalBright, or something like that. I'm sure it's more like $100 per screen.

The Brite screen is actually a polarizing film. I read somewhere it costs about $20 per screen, but the monitor makers are charging about $100 for it... Duh!
August 26, 2006 8:05:21 PM

I'd hate to be a pain but can someone tell me where I can get the drivers for this monitor???? I looked on the LG site and couldn't find the exact monitor. Please and thanks!
August 30, 2006 9:06:18 PM

I picked one up recently for 349. CDN and it appears to at least be in that proverbial best bang for the buck category. The panel itself seems good though I'm finding it hard to fine tune my (visual only) calibration. Would be interested in knowing what adjustments were made if anyone's hardware calibrated one of these already.

The lack of height adjustment needs to be compensated for. I just put mine on a box of ~2" extra height for now. Not sure what my LT solution will be. If you are using it with even moderate vertical viewing angles, you are doing yourself a disservice.

I had a spare DVI-D cable lying around so that was handy!

As others have noted, you need to crank the brightness & contrast down. I tried someone else's setting of 52/50 and that seems to work ok.

I think you'd need to hardware calibrate it if needing accuracy. I had a really hard time trying to set Gamma correctly - used a few different methods.

Watched a couple of movies on it and have no complaints. This will spare my 50" plasma some use.

HDCP is nice - should be Windows VISTA compatible.

No stuck/dead pixels. Minimal light bleed. I don't mind the OSD button location. If you really hated it you could get software to control that for you.

No driver support on their website. CD is the latest version. My photoshop reported the L204WT profile was corrupt but I'm using it anyway.

Update: 8/31 - Did some more visual calibrating and am now at Brightness: 50 & Contrast: 30 with a gamma change as well. I have no top backlight bleed and slight along the bottom edge. This is for DVI. VGA will differ.
September 20, 2006 4:20:54 AM

HEY...I was WRONG!!!...Took the Samsung back and got the LG204WT...Much better Monitor...2000 to 1 Contrast does make a diffrence in Games and Movies! Plus...it's HDCP Ready...5ms...and Silver...and it's only $350...not $500!!! You get this Monitor and if your not Happy...I'll but it off you and then I'll have two! Who said you cant teach an Old Dog New Tricks? (BTY: I'm only 51) :oops: 
September 20, 2006 4:22:40 AM

they come with the monitor...if you nee more help please write me at "ron-davidson@comcast.net" and I'll get them to ya.... :) 
September 28, 2006 12:42:47 PM

Hello

Can I get this in Black?

Which is better for all kind of uses?

A 19" LG 1970HR or the L204WT


Are you users of the L204WT still satisfied with this monitor?

Thanx
September 28, 2006 1:03:45 PM

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"... Which is better for all kind of uses?

A 19" LG 1970HR or the L204WT..."/quote]

They both have a TN panel, so they will be equal... except for the 204 is a widescreen.
September 29, 2006 2:40:40 PM

Hello,


I can get the Acer AL2051Ws for the same price then the l204wt, I couldn t find reviews between both monitors,

so I ask here which is better?

Thanx
September 29, 2006 4:12:20 PM

Quote:
Hello,


I can get the Acer AL2051Ws for the same price then the l204wt, I couldn t find reviews between both monitors,

so I ask here which is better?

Thanx


Probably not a significant difference. Both have TN panels.
September 29, 2006 5:59:38 PM

i picked up 2 Gateway FPD1975W 19-inch LCD Monitor.

can you tell me if thats a TN panel?
September 29, 2006 6:33:01 PM

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i picked up 2 Gateway FPD1975W 19-inch LCD Monitor.

can you tell me if thats a TN panel?


Probably. Specs look like it. Pick it up, tilt the screen away from you and view from the bottom. If it goes significantly darker, it's a TN screen.
October 1, 2006 9:47:57 AM

Hello,

what about the acer ferrari f20 with tv tuner, is it better then the l204wt?

Thanx
October 1, 2006 12:53:42 PM

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Hello,

what about the acer ferrari f20 with tv tuner, is it better then the l204wt?

Thanx


Have you considered a separate TV tuner card to plug into a PCI slot or a separate TV tuner box? Personally, I don't think the "monitor with included TV tuner" is the best option unless space is an issue.
February 2, 2007 1:35:08 AM

I just picked up this monitor (L204WTX) today from Canada Computers for $339 CDN + had to buy a DVI cable ($29.99 CDN.) The first monitor I got had a green pixel in the very top right corner and a bright blue one about 2 inches off centre. This was obviously unacceptable to me. I don't mind dead pixels but bright pixels are excessively annoying, especially on a dynamic contrast monitor because the pixel ends up "flashing".

Anyhow, I took it back and Canada Computers was kind enough to allow me to return it and find one that didn't have any issues. The next one I picked up was fine.

I had a really hard time deciding what LCD monitor to buy. I'm not looking to do any Photoshop work so perfect colour reproduction isn't important. What I need is a sharp and clear monitor for programming and the occasional game or two. I didn't want an expensive LCD either.

I had narrowed my choice down to the Samsung 205BW and the L204WTX. I spent about an hour in the store looking at various pictures and dark backgrounds on both monitors. I found that the Samsung looked smoother, but was also a bit weaker displaying subtle variations in colours, where as the L204WTX displayed those subtleties better. Blacks also look truer on the LG. The Samsung looked a touch "warmer" but the colours on the LG were slightly more vibrant. It was a really tough choice. What swayed me is that the LG has a faster display (at least it is rated faster), has better contrast and more vibrant colours, less back-light leak, and movies look better on it. I have also been reading that this TN panel is actually 8-bit. Not sure if that is true as apparently the 205BW and L204WTX panels are made by the same company.

Something I thought was interesting was that the service desk told me that LG has a pretty good warranty. He said that they will replace the monitor (and ship it to your door under the SWAP warranty) if ONE pixel becomes stuck and it is 2-3" from the side of the display. I haven't confirmed this yet, but I've heard similar info from other LG owners/suppliers.

So far I am very happy with this monitor. The text is clear, colours are vibrant, dark greys and blacks are pretty accurate, and movies looks decent on it. I'm going to try some games tomorrow. Definitely satisfied (and extremely impressed with the service and care from Canada Computers.)

P.S. I bought a Samsung 931C for my wife around Christmas and it has been fabulous as well. Though putting these two monitors together, you can clearly see that the LG displays greys and black better. Her monitor also has a noticeable amount of light leaking from the top and bottom of the display.
February 2, 2007 2:35:12 PM

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I just bought the LG204WT yesterday from Circuit City. So far I'm happy with it. The monitor tries to self adjust whenever you launch a new game and usually does not get it right. This is rather annoying however it only does it once per game as far as I know.

What is it adjusting? Perhaps you can force it to always select whatever it is trying to adjust for instead of auto selecting it?

For example, on a monitor with DVI and Analog, you can force it to always choose DVI to solve some problems with selecting the right one.
February 12, 2007 3:26:26 AM

hey bud i just bought one l204wt i like it.
Go to www.macworld.com they give the ratings

the viewsonic was not that good at all.
my lg is very bright and sharp.

You can also do a monitor reviews or go to www.tomshardware.com

silvio

let me know

silvio@rogers.com
February 12, 2007 3:06:15 PM

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they come with the monitor...if you nee more help please write me at "<email address removed>" and I'll get them to ya.... :) 

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let me know

<email address removed>

I'd recommend editing your post and removing your email address.
Don't ever display your email address out in the open for anyone to see; you are just asking for spam. There are spam crawlers that crawl the web looking for any email address that they can find (so they can spam them). If your email address ever appears on a public website, then you have practically given spammers your email address; this is likely to result in a whole lot of spam at that address.
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