Comparison Of 15" LCD Monitors - Part I

LG 575LM (not Currently Available In All Regions)

Most manufacturers tend to introduce ever-improving products as time goes on, but not LG! The 575LM is worse than its predecessor. The 563LE used to be one of the best-value products on the market. While the 575LM offers two speakers that the cheaper model didn't have, it's still a step down from the 563LE in almost every other area. And it looks it, too. Our first complaint is about the reduced viewing angle. Here's a tip: tilt the monitor slightly downward. If you're seated directly opposite it, you'll see darker areas at the top of the screen. Our second complaint is that the stated response time of 45 ms is utterly underwhelming. When playing games, you see a jumble of blurry zones and, even worse, images break up when the mouse is moved very quickly.

The only (or practically only) positive point is how well the 575LM displays colors. No other monitor, be it TN + film or MVA, is able to display different shades as well as this one. The best of this batch of TFTs (the Belinea 10 15 35, Eizo L365, Iiyama AX3816U, Neovo F-15, etc.) don't even get close to the color purity this LG can offer. But the 563LE was already a fantastic monitor in its own domain - and for a cheaper price.

If you dig hard enough, you can come up with some selling points for the LG 575LM - the removable speakers, the complete and intuitive design of the OSD menu, the rapidity and efficiency of the auto-adjustment feature for phase and clock. And finally, if you like this monitor, you'll also love how little space it occupies on your desk...

But one thing is clear - there are better and cheaper models, even in the LG product range.