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July 23, 2012
- Very good image quality
- Extra wide viewing angles
- 1080p webcam
- Base easily comes unlocked from stand
- No HDMI or DVI inputs
The Lenovo ThinkVision LT2323z is a 23-inch IPS LED panel monitor that has a business-focused design and feature set. It is the first monitor to be certified for use with Microsoft Lync, a business-focused VOIP technology. It also has a 1080p resolution and extra wide viewing angles in addition to very good image quality.
While we typically do not review enterprise or business-focused products, Lenovo approached us to review this monitor because of its VOIP technology and good image quality. You can certainly use this display with consumer VOIP software, like Skype, which is how we will approach this review.
The size of the monitor is about standard for a 23-inch monitor measuring 21.5 x 15.1 x 2.2-inches (whd) and weighing 13.6-pounds. The design is very minimalistic and definitely business-like. The stand has a half-circle base that provides good support for the monitor, which mounts onto a column-like stand. We will say that the locking mechanism that holds the column onto the stand's base seemed to come loose when we tried to pivot the monitor horizontally. This could cause the monitor to tip over since it does become unlocked and unstable.
The LT2323z has a dark gray finish and a fairly thick bezel surrounds the display. The bottom of the display has a built-in speaker and front-facing buttons for the OSD and controls of volume. On the top front of the display, there is a full 1080p HD webcam with a privacy door.
The built-in stereo speakers that were actually quite loud and clear when we tested them while playing HD streaming video and doing some video chatting. The dual digital microphones also provided decent quality audio with only a little bit of "tin can-like" audio at times.
Lenovo included both VGA and DisplayPort connections as video inputs on the ThinkVision LT2323z. There's also a USB hub with three USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports. We would have liked to see HDMI and/or DVI video inputs as well. A unique feature this monitor features is the dual-display mode, which lets you connect two computers to the monitor and split the display into two for each computer to see them side-by-side.
The integrated 1080p HD webcam provided a bright, clear image that looked good on the other end of our Skype video chat. This monitor is designed for use with Microsoft's Lync VOIP client but it can of course be used with other video chat software. For privacy and security, there is a door that slides over the camera when you're not using it.
In our subjective testing, we found the quality of the display itself to be very good. The 1080p full HD resolution provided a very crisp, vivid image. The IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology also led to very wide viewing angles that almost go to 180 degrees.
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