LG recently sent us one of their latest monitors to review, namely the 24” LG W2486L LED monitor which is very slimline to look at and has definitely been designed with modern gaming and media performance in mind sporting a 16:9 ratio screen that makes great viewing of full high definition video thanks to the 1920×1080 resolution.
First of all, the LG W2486L LED monitor has certainly had a good deal of time spent on it from the designers as it looks very sleek and stylish from the outset and as such immediately improves the look of your workspace, even when it’s turned off. It’s features a glossy black exterior with some red tinting on the small oval base. It reminds me of the recent HDTV styling that we’ve come to expect from the likes of LG and Samsung, so it’s good to see that they are carrying that design philosophy over to their computer displays too.
Monitors have certainly come a long way since the small 15-17” CRT screens which at the same time took up huge amounts of space on your desk. This is in no small part thanks to the LED back-lit screen technology that is employed, the benefits of which can be immediately seen and felt when you first put this monitor on your desk; the first thing you notice when lifting this out of the box is just how little this weighs. Even compared to previous 24” LCD monitors I’ve used — this is one of the big advantages of LED back-lit technology since it’s means the case can be made much thinner than its standard LCD counterparts.
The W2486L LED monitor also has the added benefit of reduced power consumption over traditional LCD screens and because it is more energy efficient, it also runs much cooler, so as well as wasting less energy, the components are no doubt being put under less stress, so presumably this will equate to less chance of failures, which can only be a good thing?
At the back of the monitor there are the connectors with ports for DVI, 2xHDMI, D-SUB, 3.5mm audio and the DC-IN power connector (which connects to an adapter box which in turn plugs into your wall socket). Thanks to the variety of connectors they’ve included on this monitor, it means that it’s quite easy to use it as your computer monitor and also use it as a display for your Xbox 360 and PS3 gaming/Blu-Ray/media viewing.
However, this LG LED monitor comes with a variety of picture settings and options that you can tweak to get the exact brightness/contrast/colour balance that you’re happy with — these are option menus are accessed and adjusted with a set of touch-sensitive buttons that are located on the front of the monitor, so when you’re in need of them, you hardly even know they are there.
The one thing I would comment on about that though is that the on/off button is also a touch sensitive button which combined with the glossy styling, means that you’ll no doubt always have some form of fingerprints or smudge on that small part of the front panel (unless you are constantly wiping it with a duster) — not a major issue, but perhaps a frequently used button like that might have been better positioned as a physical button elsewhere on the monitor?
The second issue I found was that due to the glossy nature of the base, if you’re anything like me and tend to end up pushing your keyboard up over the monitor base when not use it, despite the fact the underside of my keyboard is quite smooth and curved, I did find that the monitor base got scratched quite easily, again not a major issue, but something to consider if you get one.
Overall, the LG W2486L LED monitor is definitely a good option for general computing, gaming and HD video; it’s got a great crisp and clear picture which looks really good no matter how much action there is on-screen, ie. no ghosting at all and I’m someone who can easily spot and be annoyed by that kind of thing if there is any.
So, if you’re in the market for a modern, stylish looking 24” LED 16:9 1080p monitor then I’d definitely recommend you take a look at the LG W2486L which can bought for less than £250.
I’d say that this is definitely worth a good 4 out of 5.