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LG Electronics Flatron L1730S

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  • Generic Company Place Holder L1730S Silver 17

LG Electronics Flatron L1730S
Photograph: Rick Rizner

On the Flatron L17030S, LG included LightSurf Colorific color-adjusting software, which does a nice job of helping you fine-tune the image for ambient light conditions. Likewise, LG's F-Engine settings technology lets you choose presets of brightness, clarity, and color. Though we like F-Engine's real-word names--"green enhance" and "flesh tone," for instance, control what their names imply--these presets are no more compelling than the usual array found in most competing displays.

Given the L1730's image quality scores at default settings, users will want to use the screen adjustments. When the screen was set to default, our jurors gave the L1730S a score of Very Good on text; the only consistent complaint was some difficulty reading white text on a black background in a Microsoft Word document; still, most of the 17-inch LCDs we've recently reviewed earned text scores of Very Good, and the L1730S placed in the lower end of that group. On our photo test screen, the LG had trouble reproducing detail in dark areas. The L1730S earned so-so a rating of Good for graphics. For overall image quality, it finished in the middle of the pack. Many screens looked distinctly better after we ran Colorific and selected the appropriate F-Engine settings.

Imposing and attractive, LG Electronics Flatron L1730S uses the same curved back cover found on other recent LG models, so it has a tidy and composed appearance from the back as well as from the front. Unfortunately, the L1730S doesn't offer a swivel adjustment or a height adjustment.

LG's Flatron L1730S is a good text-only monitor for workplaces with two-sided desks or tables.

Laura Blackwell

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder L1730S Silver 17

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