Editor's Rating: 3.0/5.0
LG monitors have always blended style and functionality, and the new LG 23ET83V-W is no different. This sleek 23-inch monitor sports an IPS panel and 10-point projected capacitive touch technology to deliver a colorful and responsive touch-screen experience. Its cool, white finish and seamless glass design will draw a fair amount of attention, and its color and grayscale performance will satisfy all but the most demanding users. However, it's missing some of the features that I've come to expect from the new crop of touch-screen monitors.
Design and Features
Taking a page from the Apple stylebook, the 23ET83V-W's 1,920-by-1,080 resolution panel is housed in a slender (1.7-inch) glossy white cabinet and sports a sheet of edge-to-edge glass over black borders. There's an LG logo in the center of the bottom border and five touch sensitive function buttons and a power switch off to the right.
The cabinet is supported by a white base and mounting arm that offers 30 degrees of tilt, but unlike Dell S2340T, it doesn't allow you to fold the panel flat so that it is parallel with the desktop surface. Nor does it offer height, swivel, or pivot adjustments. The stand is permanently attached, which prevents you from mounting the cabinet on a wall.
The rear of the cabinet houses two HDMI ports, a VGA port, and an upstream USB 2.0 port. There are no downstream USB ports on the 23ET83V-W, which is disappointing, nor are there any speakers, but there is a headphone jack. The monitor ships with a USB (upstream) cable and a VGA cable but doesn't include an HDMI cable. A resource CD and Setup Guide are also included in the box. LG covers the 23ET83V-W with a one-year parts and labor warranty.
The on-screen menus are uncluttered and easy to navigate. There are five picture presets while operating in PC mode (Custom, Text, Game, Cinema, Photo) and five AV modes (Custom, Vivid1, Vivid2, Standard, Cinema). Basic image settings include Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, Black Level, and Overscan, and Advanced settings include Gamma, Color Temperature, and Six Color, which lets you adjust hue and saturation levels for red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, and yellow colors. One of the buttons is a hot key for the Super Energy Savings (SES) feature which, when enabled, lowers the screen brightness and shows you total power reduction, CO2 reduction, and how many trees you have saved with the SES feature enabled.
The 23ET83V-W offers excellent touch-screen functionality. I had no trouble swiping in the Windows 8 Charms bar and gestures such as pinching, zooming, and scrolling were smooth and accurate. Moreover, the stand kept the panel firmly in place while using the touch-screen.
On the DisplayMate 64-Step Grayscale test I observed a trace of compression at the light and dark ends of scale but the effect was minimal and still much better than what you'd get from a TN panel. As with any IPS panel worth its salt, colors remained sharp from every angle.
As illustrated in the CIE (International Committee on Illumination) chromaticity chart below the 23ET83 produced fairly accurate colors; reds and blues were right in their respective zones (each small box represents the ideal color coordinates set forth by the CIE) and greens were just a tad off, but not enough to affect overall color quality or cause tinting.
The monitor averaged 24 watts of power usage during testing, which is typical for a 23-inch IPS panel. Engaging the SES (Super Energy Savings) feature had very little effect on picture quality and only saved 2 to 3 watts. No trees were saved during my testing either.
With the LG 23ET83V-W you get a gorgeous 23-inch touch-screen monitor that delivers robust colors and relatively good grayscale performance. Its responsive 10-point touch technology is ideal for navigating Windows 8 and it has dual HDMI ports so you can stay connected to external peripherals without having to swap out cables. However, it's missing a few key components found on similarly priced touch-screen monitors, including downstream USB connectivity, speakers, and a flexible stand. If USB connectivity and speakers are a must, consider our Editors' Choice for touch-screen monitors, the Acer T232HL.