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LG monitors are produced by LG Display, a Korean company well-known for advances in flat screen technology. LG Display continues to be one of the industry leaders in innovation.
LG Display was formed by two companies, LG Electronics (from which it gets its name) and Koninklijke Philips Electronics. However, Philips pulled out of LGD about two years ago, and now the company is controlled primarily by LGE. It continues as a partially independent company, and is one of the industry leaders in flat screen technology. LG Display, ironically, began its career focusing almost exclusively on plasma televisions and monitors, and continues to produce the highest quality plasma monitors in the world. However, they, like all plasma TV and monitor producers, have been hurt by the meteoric rise of LCD technology in recent years.
Unperturbed, LG quickly moved into LCD technology, and now produces both plasma and LCD displays. Plasma displays are heavier, use more power and are more expensive than LCD technology, but they still have some advantages. LCD technology tends to be fairly dark, as most people noticed when they got their first LCD monitor. At times this can be a problem, as heavy lighting will wash out the image of an LCD display. A lot of recent research by Samsung, LG and others has focused on increasing the contrast ratio to overcome this problem. Even so, LCD displays are comparatively dark. Many people are unhappy with the dimness of LCD technology, and LG has carved itself out a niche in plasma monitors as other companies largely abandoned it.
Despite turning itself into an industry leader in LCD displays as well as plasma television, LGD is still clearly eager to move away from LCD technology. In the past few years, they have become leading researchers into organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology, a new alternative to the now dominant LCD technology. As you might guess from the name, OLED technology uses a film of electroluminescent organic compounds to produce a high quality display. When electricity is put through this film, it will light up with varying colors. The advantage of this is fairly straightforward: electroluminescent compounds require no backlighting of any kind. This has the important effect that the screen is not easily washed out by strong light sources. This provides OLED monitors with incredibly high contrast ratios, and they are also far less harsh on the eyes in low light than an LCD display can be.
Nonetheless, commercial OLED technology is years off, and for now, LGD continues to produce some of the highest quality LCD monitors on the market today. LG is especially well respected for its image quality, and tries as mch as possible to provide television-quality images for watching films, while providing very fast response time when gaming. LG is not as popular a brand in North America as other companies, but their monitors are actively sought out by many computer users. They tend to have extremely high contrast ratios, which shows LG's wish to improve on the weakness of the technology. A good example of this is LG's 23-inch LG W2353V. It offers 1080p width for true HTDV viewing along with an extremely high 50000:1 contrast ratio and a two millisecond response time. This is literally every spec that a film viewer or gamer could ask for, and it is sold at the reasonable price of around $200.
LG Display is a fascinating company, and there's a good chance that their OLED technology will do to LCD what LCD did to cathode ray tube monitors. Until then, though, they still remain one of the highest quality flat screen display companies, and the concern for high quality that they show in their research and development shows itself in the highly sought-after monitors that they produce.
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