This week I made the decision to invest in a brand new PC monitor. My current monitor was serving it’s purpose reasonably well, but I decided to take a shot at a monitor with IPS technology – that monitor being the LG IPS234V.

Update: I’d just like to update this post quickly and say that 7 months down the line, my IPS234V is still performing marvellously. I’ve since sampled a few movies and the colour reproduction is outstanding. I still stand by my thoughts that this monitor is about as good as you’re likely to get for the price – so for those looking for a solid monitor on a budget, I can’t recommend it enough. If you have any further comments please do post them below and I’ll promise to reply ASAP. Thanks!

IPS technology, or “In-Plane Switching”, is a relatively new monitor technology that allows for greater viewing angles, and more importantly, better colour reproduction over standard LCD monitors. Basically, it’ll allow me to become a better designer *ahem*.

So on to my monitor of choice, the 23″ LG IPS234V. This monitor has a feature set to rival much higher priced panels, so I can only thank LG for allowing it to be sold within the price range of a mere mortal. With HDMI (& headphone), VGA & DVI Outputs, a great contrast ratio & response time and very stylish looks – the LG IPS234V suits my needs perfectly.

Included in the box is the monitor itself, a tilt stand to allow for plenty of movement, a VGA cable, an external power supply (that’s why the monitor is so thin), driver CD (wasn’t necessary on my W7 desktop) and instruction manuals. Everything you need for a swift and efficient setup.

So how does it perform? Very bloomin’ nicely! I’m using it with the supplied VGA cable. I was very impressed with the quality of the image that this monitor produced, and compared to my previous monitor, it’s incomparable! Even the monitor settings straight out of the box were very impressive and would suit even the most critical of owners.

The stand for the monitor is finished in the same piano black as the monitor bezel, and tilts forwards and backwards a more than adequate amount. It does wobble a little when you’re particularly heavy handed, but as long as you’re on a nice sturdy desk this won’t a problem. Besides, the monitor is compatible with a VESA mount – so if you’re that way inclined, it’s ideal.

I’ve only been using the monitor for one day, so I can’t yet comment on factors of longevity. Likewise, as it will be used in an office environment I will rarely (if ever) use it for gaming or watching movies, so I can’t comment on the performance of it with these sources  – but I can certainly recommend it to anybody who is in the market for a cheap, stylish and all-round awesome new monitor.

Here are the basic specs, and if you want to give the monitor a try, I’ve added a link to purchase it on Amazon.

– Resolution: 1920 x 1080
– Brightness: 250 cd/m2
– Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 / 5000000:1 (dynamic)
– Response Time: 5 ms
– Interface: VGA, DVI-D, HDMI, 3.5mm Headphone Out

Buy the LG IPS234V on Amazon UK

Buy the LG IPS234V on Amazon US