My gaming days are mostly behind me but the LG Flatron 1970HR LCD monitor caught my eye when I saw the 2 ms response time. John R. Delaney has kicked its tires at PC Magazine and here’s the net:
Known for turning out stylish TVs, cell phones, and computer displays, LG Electronics continues the trend with its 19-inch Flatron L1970HR ($420 street) LCD monitor. This flashy 1,280-by-1,024 panel features a 1,600:1 contrast ratio and the fastest LCD pixel-response rating—2 milliseconds—I’ve ever seen. Gamers and video buffs will appreciate the monitor’s smooth motion performance, but if you’re working with lots of small text or photos, look elsewhere.
The big story here is the L1970′s amazingly fast 2-ms (black to white) pixel-response rating. I put it to the test while playing several rounds of Doom 3 and was blown away by the panel’s smooth motion performance. Granted, it’s not CRT quality, but there was no noticeable ghosting and very few motion artifacts. I fired up The Matrix on DVD to see how the monitor handled the tough combination of fast action and dark shading and came away impressed, although there was a slight loss of shadow detail. Even so, gamers and multimedia mavens will have a ball with this display.
He does report some problems with grayscale rendition and ultra small fonts, although I suspect those are way, way down on most people’s “must have” feature lists.