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Amber Bouman

Oct 26, 2011

LG E2370v

At A Glance

SWITCHBLADE

Incredible clarity, detail, color, and black representation; cheap for an IPS.

BUTTER KNIFE

Lack of movement; no DisplayPort or USB input.

Detail so razor sharp it’ll cut you.

Back in December, we reviewed LG’s E2350v—a serviceable display that featured a two-way stand and an energy-efficient design but had poor-quality black reproduction and a frustrating menu experience—so it was with a skeptical eye that we tackled its big brother, the E2370v. An IPS display with a slim, brushed-aluminum bezel, the E2370v is nothing like its little brother.

At 23 inches and running a standard resolution of 1920x1080, the E2370v also features LED backlighting, two HDMI inputs, one DVI and one VGA input, and a remote. That’s right—a remote. Used to control brightness, volume, inputs, aspect ratio, picture-in-picture, Thru Mode (to optimize reaction time of video content while gaming), and more, the remote is a nice touch. While some reviewers have said the stand feels cheap and wobbly, we didn’t experience any troubles with it while testing, although we were disappointed in its range of movement: The E2370v tilts back a bit but does not swivel left to right, adjust for height, or go into portrait mode (Why? Why, cruel world?!). It also lacks a DisplayPort and USB input.


The E2370v is well worth its price tag, producing exceptional detail and clarity.

Fortunately, its performance far makes up for any lacking features—from start to finish, the E2370v offered a superb image in both clarity and color. It aced the majority of our DisplayMate tests, doing a superb job in color tracking, primary color reproduction, color scales, and color purity and uniformity tests, which all indicate true, accurate color representation. However, it stumbled some during the grayscale tests, specifically the 256‑ intensity-level ramp, where there was some vertical banding, which could produce lines or streaking through images—however, we didn’t see that problem reproduced in our Blu-ray or game testing. The E2370v also produced a true, deep black without any significant loss of detail—a major win, especially considering that the display suffers from some light leakage in the corners.

The crisp, sharp images, super color representation, and solid black made for a quality experience while watching V for Vendetta, where it handled dark scenes and action scenes effortlessly and produced amazing brightness and clarity. While playing Batman: Arkham Asylum, the E2370v never stuttered, providing us with a solid gaming experience with no ghosting (and we never even turned on the Thru Mode).

Overall, the E2370v gave us a stunning image with colors that popped and impressive details in dark scenes. Although it has its drawbacks—the light leakage and stingy range of movement among them—they never interfered with the user experience in real-life video watching or gameplay. Indeed, this is a worthy contender and a significant improvement over the E2350v. More importantly, with a street price of $240, it’s difficult to see buying a TN panel when such a good IPS is available for just a little more.

$280 ($240 street), www.lg.com

THE VERDICT

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