LG Flatron L1780U

This agile 17-inch LCD’s design brings to mind the first flat-screen iMac G4. Dressed in black and white with a silver base and edges, this very thin display can be moved up and down as well as tilted backward and forward. But unlike the iMac, the L1780U can pivot to portrait (vertical) mode or it can collapse to lay down flat on its ring-shaped base.

After we plugged in the display’s power brick and attached the included DVI cable to our test Mac (an analog connector is also included), the L1780U booted into its native 1,280-by-1,024-pixel resolution, but the colors looked a little blue and washed out.

It was a challenge to adjust the colors using the unit’s buttons and menus. The buttons on the front of the display, which are labeled cryptically, are directly underneath the lower edge of the display and were very sensitive. I inadvertently double-clicked the keys quite often, and accidentally hit the glowing blue power button a number of times, turning off the monitor. I resorted to using our GretagMacbeth EyeOne display calibrator to adjust the display’s color.

After calibrating the display, the colors were fairly accurate and text was very legible. The L1780U’s viewing angle was good, though there were some obvious shifts in color when I moved left to right, or up and down from the center of the display.

Macworld’s Buying Advice

The LG L1780U’s small and stylish design is very flexible. Once calibrated, it performed well as a general-purpose display and would be a good fit for users with limited desktop space.

Jury Tests

Viewing Angle Good
Color Fidelity Good
Text Quality Very Good

Scale = Excellent, Very Good, Good, Flawed, Unacceptable

Specifications

Size 17 inches
Native Resolution (in pixels) 1,280-by-1,024
Connections 1 DVI, 1 Analog
Viewing Angle 160 degrees
Brightness 250CD/m2
Contrast Ratio 500:1

LG Flatron L1780U

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