The E2441v has a large 24in display and energy saving features, but the picture quality falls short
Saves energy, VGA, DVI and HDMI connectivity
Not bright enough, washed out colours, no USB ports
All companies are looking to cut costs wherever possible, and one way to reduce energy bills is to invest in eco-friendly monitors.
The LG E2441v is the latest example of a monitor aiming to attract customers based on its energy efficiency. The 24in display is good when it comes to cutting the carbon footprint, but perhaps not quite as good as it could be.
Plain and simple
In terms of design, the LG comes with a pretty simple frame and has dimensions of 569x179x419mm. The rectangular base isn't too obtrusive, and the display has a nice slim look.
There are six physical buttons on the bottom right hand corner to adjust the basic menu settings. They aren't the biggest buttons, but the positioning makes up for this.
The 24in size makes it easy to view multiple documents and applications, but the LG E2441v is pricier than similar sized models at just under £200.
An anti-glare coating on the screen means that the monitor isn't affected by bright overhead lighting, and the ability to tilt the display down five degrees and up 15 degrees offers reasonably flexible viewing angles in line with most other displays.
Eco display isn't the brightest
In terms of technical specifications, the Super LED screen comes with a brightness of 250 (cd/m2) and a 5m/s response time, which isn’t going to win any awards. However, the maximum resolution of 1,920x1080 and 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio is up there with the higher-end models.
LG claims that the E2441v is 25 per cent more efficient than other LED-based monitors on the market. We welcome energy efficiency, but it is clear that this compromises the performance of the monitor.
Despite an LED backlight and the same Mega Contrast ratio present on the larger 27in ViewSonic display, colours on the E2441v, especially black, look washed out. Text isn't as sharp as it could be and, although it is not as pixelated as the screen grab below suggests, it should be better. This doesn't make the unit ideal for word processing or regular internet browsing.
The Eco Saving Mode is set up from the start, and the display informed us that it saves 17W/h, reducing our footprint by 53g of carbon dioxide. Companies wanting to save more energy can manually activate the Super Energy Saving Mode, which reduces brightness even further and saves another 5W/h.