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LG D2342P Cinema 3D Monitor review

LG's first Cinema 3D passive monitor should fit the bill

LG D2342P Cinema 3D Monitor
Flicker-free, passive 3D option

For

  • Good passive 3D
  • Connectivity
  • Lightweight glasses

Against

  • Drop in motion resolution
  • Not brilliant greyscale tracking

The LG D2342P 23-inch LED backlight display has an FPR (Film Pattern Retarder) filter, which means it can be used with low-cost, passive 3D glasses that appear flicker-free.

This is important considering most PC monitors are used in environments with a high level of ambient light, usually from a multitude of different sources. What's more, the loss of 3D resolution characteristic of an FPR screen matters far less here than on a large screen TV, because it's harder to perceive.

The screen looks much like any other widescreen PC monitor. It has a thin, glossy black bezel and is just 5.7cm deep (although it bulges at the rear). There are no speakers, but you do get a headphone jack.

This PC Cinema 3D screen works rather well. Tron: Legacy is a challenging 3D Blu-ray, yet this LG does a grand job of giving it depth. The caveat is that there is a very narrow sweet spot available to enjoy crosstalk free 3D. Move off axis, particularly vertically, and double imaging spills across the picture.

The D2342P may lack a TV tuner, but it does sport an HDMI input, as well as PC D-Sub and DVI-D inputs, making it easy to use with 3D Blu-ray players and games consoles.

The passive 3D glasses used with this set are lightweight and comfortable. LG includes a pair of polarising clip-ons for spectacle wearers. These can literally be pinched onto any regular prescription glasses.

It's worth noting that the D2342P's panel has a static resolution of 1080 lines, but its motion resolution is rather less, topping out at around 650 lines. There's no fast frame-rate tech on board to cure this subjective drop. That said, blur wasn't deemed a problem during gaming sessions.

Greyscale tracking is not a strong suite and the screen struggles to deliver a rich, deep black level.

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Steve May

Home entertainment AV specialist

Steve has been writing about AV and home cinema since the dawn of time, or more accurately, since the glory days of VHS and Betamax. He has strong opinions on the latest TV technology, Hi-Fi and Blu-ray/media players, and likes nothing better than to crank up his ludicrously powerful home theatre system to binge-watch TV shows.