LG W2363D Monitor - Full HD 3D Gaming


The Features

LG has done away with physical controls, and in their stead, introduced a series of capacitive-touch buttons. Admittedly, we are not big fans of touch buttons because they can either be too sensitive or unresponsive, and in the W2363D's case, it's the latter. In our time testing the monitor, we found the buttons were unresponsive at times, resulting in several moments of impatience and frustration. Another small but essential aspect that has been overlooked is that while they are are easy to discern in bright light, the buttons do not light up when in the dark, making changes extremely frustrating especially if you want to watch a movie in the coziness of a dark room.

These buttons are properly labelled, with clear markings to indicate. Changing controls are pretty elementary - it is a simple matter of touch and tap.

In the middle of the cylinder, LG has incorporated some gimmicky lighting modes that's tailored for three primary tasks: Gaming, Music or Movie. We found these to be rather intrusive and extraneous so we switched it off.

The LG W2363D's onscreen GUI is extremely straightforward and simple, with clear categorizations. Controls are like those you will find on a regular monitor. On touching the Source button, you would be brought to a panel where you can manually choose which source you want the monitor to scan, and alternatively, allows you to assign a default source or auto-switch when a change is detected. The Up and Down arrows allow you to toggle the value of a selected setting (where possible) and otherwise, double up as navigation keys. The Set button allows you to, well, finalize your settings. On tapping on the Menu button, you will get a pop-up that looks like this:

The GUI is simple and easy to follow through.

As mentioned earlier, the GUI is simple and straightforward. There are basically four grouped settings, and you can find  the usual suspects like Brightness, RGB, Contrast and Gamma spread across Picture and Color tabs. Under Tracking, you can customize the position of your GUI if you wish to. Strangely enough, LG has decided to go without presets like Movies, Games, or Sports - so users have to rely largely on their own naked eye to decide what's best.

You can easily maneuver from one section to another, making it extremely easy to access settings from anywhere you are in the GUI.

The Good
Comes with 2 HDMI ports
Simple and straightforward GUI
Decent 3D performance
Decent video playback and color reproduction
The Bad
Haphazard port placement
Unresponsive touch controls
No swivel and height adjustments

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