Review: LG Monitor W2486L

March 1, 2010 / Reviews, Technology / 6 Comments

I recently received a review set of the LG W2486L monitor from the folks at LG. It’s a LED-backlit 24″ monitor (they also have a 22″ version). Now, I’m no tech geek so I’m going to review from a consumer / designer perspective. If you’re interested in the tech side of things, check out LG’s tech specs, as well as Lester‘s and Joe‘s reviews.

This is the W2486L. As with many LG products, the design is very sleek.

W86L from LG

What I Like About the LG W2486L Monitor

Aside from its its looks, here are few things that make this monitor stand out from the usual monitors.

Slim and Lightweight

It’s very, very slim. I have a very narrow table and it doesn’t take up much space at all. Here’s a size comparison with my Macbook.

LG W2486L connected to Mac

Ambient light sensor

It’s got a light sensor that changes the brightness of the screen according the brightness of your room. (Thanks Justin for pointing it out!) This is great for someone who frequently alternates between light sources like me. I switch between fluorescent and accent lights quite a bit.

Nifty software and menu

For me the selling point is its extensive menu and net cms software, the forteManager. Aside from the usual brightness and color controls, the LG W2486L menu comes built-in with nifty features like photo effects and cinema mode.

With photo effects, you could set the monitor display in Gaussian Blur, Sepia, and Black & White. Here’s a photo of the W2486L in Black & White Mode next to a book that I’ve currently reading, just so you know I didn’t Photoshop it.

LG W2486L in Black and White Mode

I think photo effects is a great feature for content creators like designers, photographers and video producers. Imagine viewing your movie, photos or your logo designs in black and white with just a touch of a button on your monitor. No more need for messy adjustments on Photoshop or Final Cut Pro!

For the movie buffs and YouTube addicts, the menu also comes with a special cinema mode, which blacks out the rest of the window so you could focus on the movie.

As for the forteManager, it comes with a slew of calibration tools to make sure the monitor display colors as correctly as possible. I’m very particular about good color reproduction, so this is a great software to have.

What I Didn’t Like About the LG W2486L Monitor

As always, there were a few things that I wished could have been done better.

Touch menu buttons

I think this could be my personal bias, but I don’t really like touch buttons because I need to have some sort of feedback when I press something. I also have very a bad habit of surfing in dim light, so I had to struggle to find the right menu buttons.

LG W2486L menu buttons

Fixed viewing angle

I don’t really know the right phrase for this but I couldn’t change the vertical angle of the monitor. I have a habit of slouching after surfing the web for too long and this monitor just wouldn’t let me slouch! I had to perpetually sit straight because I couldn’t move the monitor vertically. Perhaps this is not such a bad thing after all, since I probably have very good posture now. Hahaha!

Manual resolution and color adjustments needed

I think this could be just my machines or my tech noobness, but I had to make manual resolution and color adjustments when I hooked up the W2486L with my netbook and Macbook. My machines somehow couldn’t automatically detect the right resolution to display on the monitor. And when it was hooked to my netbook, the color reproduction just wasn’t quite… there. With that said, installing forteManager did fix that. 🙂

No forteManager for the Mac

Unfortunately, the packaged software is not compatible with the Mac. I would’ve liked to see how the color calibration would work with my Macbook. Perhaps I could’ve produced some of the best colors ever! Nevertheless, the built-in menu can do a majority of what the software does. So the nifty features like cinema mode and photo effects can be still be applied to the Mac.

Anime on the LG W2486L Monitor

Anime on LG W2486L

This is totally random but I couldn’t resist taking this shot. It’s my favorite anime of 2009, Kemono no Souja Erin on the LG W2486L. It’s like a mini TV!

So anyway, I hope you find this review useful. If you have any questions, do drop me a comment and I will try to answer as best as I can.

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  • Didn’t your Mum tell you not to surf in the dark. It can damage your eyes. 😛

  • I love LG, their design is always impressive. I almost bought my tv from LG just for aesthetic reasons, it’s so tempting.

  • Ivy

    @Danny Foo: Hahaha! But I hate fluorescent lights. It’s too harsh on my eyes.

    @Iman: I have an LG tv. It’s purdy alright! 🙂

  • Leo

    First off, loving the new theme. 🙂
    Would you say the pixel density is too sparse compared to the Macbook? I’m looking to get a screen but I’m worried that fonts are all going to look too big.

    • Ivy

      Thanks Leo!

      Mac OS X has a display option under system preferences, so if you think the pixel density is too sparse or the font is too big, you could increase the resolution. This can been customized for all external monitors. This particular 24″ LG monitor recommends 1920×1200 pixels.

      For me, I kept with 1280×960 pixels because I was using the monitor to design this theme. I needed a more common resolution to get a sense of how most of my visitors view the site.

      I was also using it as a TV. So 1280×960 was a good resolution to watch movies from a distance. 😛

      Hope that helps answer your question.