At 20.1 inches diagonal, the LP2065’s screen is slightly smaller than Samsung's 214T, but it boasts a similarly slim bezel and the same wide range of ergonomic adjustment options. It too comes with a software utility that provides a more user-friendly alternative to the OSD image-adjustment options, as well as PivotPro for easy picture rotation.
The LP2065 sports only two DVI video inputs, but throws in four powered USB ports—two on the underneath and two along the left side of the cabinet.
In our various tests, the LP2065 performed respectably, but alongside the 214T it pales. Literally, in fact, when it comes to the former’s black level, which just isn’t as deep as the 214T’s, particularly off-axis. Nor is its white as vibrant. In grayscale reproduction, the LP2065 is adept up to 128 steps, where slight kinks and ripples disrupt a smooth gradation of shades. These are minor flaws, however, and the screen looks quite nice displaying real-world content. Plus, it held its own in our various gaming tests, revealing no signs of smearing or ghosting, making it an all-around good performer for the price.
It’s worth noting that the LP2065 was the only monitor we tested that suffered from “image persistence.” This is a condition similar to, but less serious than, the “burn-in” that plagues CRTs. This display will show the ghost of an image on the screen long after the image has been changed. In LCDs the condition is temporary—it can usually be fixed by turning off the monitor for a period of time—and can be prevented altogether by running a dynamic or solid-white screen saver, but it’s an annoyance you don’t get with other screens.
Month Reviewed: April 2006
+ SEE AND BE SEEN: Nice picture; ergo stand; and powered USB ports.
- SEE AND BE SNUBBED: Slight grayscale issues and image persistence.