Originally Posted by JackCY
The contrast on this LG panel is a true disappointment.
Indeed, but i need to point out one thing here. It seems contrast is "bad" only after calibration. It has been noted in the TFT central review that contrast on anything other than gamma 2 (which is the one calibrated by LG) actually approaches 1000:1, but after calibration they fall down to circa 800:1 again. Now, according to the following user, he was able to calibrate gamma 4 while retaining a 1000:1 ish contrast:
I don't know how he was able to do this, and TFT central wasn't. Could be luck, he could be exaggerating, but even though i do not possess a tool for calibration, i wanted to try it, not the least because i don't really need perfect accuracy since i don't do anything with graphic design, i just want the screen to look "good" in my eyes.
So i installed his icc profile, fiddled around the settings, and... nothing much happened. Then i switched to gamma 1, while keeping his icc profile, and that actually cleared the fog a bit, to the point now it's basically identical to the 23" inch panel. Gamma 1 seems to "clear" the image which one would think would make the contrast worse but what it does is that it makes detail stand out and not get smothered by the visual fog created by the poor contrast. I was able to "eye" (i know, what can i do) a decent white point by setting the RGB to 47, 48 and 53.
So now the contrast is basically the same as the 23", which is to say, mediocre but not as terrible as before. I really wish i could measure it but it does look like an improvement to my eyes, and the colors look very similar to sRGB.
At this point i may just keep it and sell it if something decent comes out later on, or return it to amazon, probably get put on a list since this is the third monitor i refunded now, and then hang to my crappy 23" and get something better down the line. I was stupid to pick this model anyway, since i seem to care more about the contrast than speed, but live and learn i guess. I just figured, hey, 800:1, 1000:1, how different can they be? Guess i know now.