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Really excellent for the money! But not a true edge to edge display!,
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I took delivery of 2 of these yesterday, and I am amazingly impressed. It's great to have full HD at last. They look great, the power lights switch off after a bit (so no obtrusive LEDs) and I haven't found a dead pixel on either of them.
I won't go into setting up a dual screen display except to say I advise against using the LG dual screen utility - use windows instead, much simpler.
People have had problems with the size of the display on the screen. This is, admittedly, partly due to LG being naughty with their advertising (more later). The problem I had was different sizes for HDMI vs DVI-D. Most graphics cards don't have duplicate outputs, but 3 different ones. The solution is to go into your graphics settings (in my case AMD's Catalyst Control Centre) and find the 'GPU Scaling' option. Enable that and all's good.
Also, the brightness adjusts itself depending on what the monitor perceives the load as. Suddenly dimming full screen video in a very annoying way. I went into the actual monitor's options and disabled the 'Super Energy Saving' feature. That sorted it out, and I turn off unused displays by hand anyway.
Finally, if you use HDMI for one display, it will automatically switch to 'AV Mode' rather than 'PC Mode'. This applies slightly different brightness, colour and contrast profiles, so 2 displays calibrated the same on the same graphics card look quite different side by side. Again, there's a setting on the monitor to switch between the 2 modes.
As far as the monitor controls go, the touch buttons take some getting used to, but play around with it for a while. There's a convenient 'Reset' option to restore to factory defaults. Once you've got it/them how you like you'll probably never need to use the monitor controls again.
Now for LG. Naughty, naughty LG! Their advertising clearly boasts of a display that goes right up to the frame of the monitor. THIS IS NOT THE CASE! There is about 8mm of bezel hidden under the front panel. I've measured the screen dimensions very carefully and what displays is the full 23" that I paid for, though. To be honest, I suspect that most flat panels have this sort of border, but it's usually hidden behind plastic frame. The plus side is that, without a bulky frame, these monitors look very much slicker than others whether switched on or off, and you really would think they're much more expensive than they are.
So to sum up:
1. They look great and work very well. Amazing at the price.
2. A bit fiddly to set up unless you're happy with the defaults (which are fine, really, just different for different inputs
3. Use the GPU Scaling on your Graphics Card
4. Naughty, naughty LG!! No, really, bad LG! Dirty LG! In your bed!