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LG W1943TB-PF 19-Inch PC Monitor

Written By: Best Sellers LCD Monitor on April 14, 2010 3 Comments

  • 1366×768 Resolution
  • 30,000:1 Digital Fine Contrast Ratio
  • 300 cd/m2 Brightness
  • 170º/160º Viewing Angle
  • 16:9 Widescreen Format

Product Description
The 19″ 43 series utilizes LG’s award winning f-engine to ensure that what is being viewed is life-like and color correct. Combined with refresh rates as low as 5ms and dynamic contrast ratios of up to 30,000:1 this series is perfect for today’s demanding graphics and video intensive applications. The 43 series also incorporates the “Fun Package” suite, which includes image auto-scaling, photo effect and ez-zoom further enhancing the capabilities of this ser…

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LG W1943TB-PF 19-Inch PC Monitor

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3 Responses to “LG W1943TB-PF 19-Inch PC Monitor”

  1. Edith M. Cina says on: 14 April 2010 at 5:05 pm

    With both VGA and DVI inputs, this inexpensive, light monitor was exactly what I needed.

  2. Anikin says on: 14 April 2010 at 5:07 pm

    It was cheap, but had a stuck pixel right out of the box, which is really annoying.

    I know a certain number of stuck or dead pixels is considered to be “acceptable”…, but i don’t consider it so! I bet Mr. LG doesn’t have any pixel problems on his monitor…

    Another annoying thing about this monitor is that this is one of the manufacturers that sizes by the old method of calling an 18.5″ usable screen to be a 19″ screen. I always thought that was really lame and dishonest…

    Supposedly, LG monitors are really high quality, but i don’t believe it now. Definitely, will not get another one… (Had an Acer before this one, which worked and lasted great until today, and was a true 19″. It was too rich for me to replace it with another Acer right now… Maybe next time…)

  3. Paul Rudoff says on: 14 April 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Below is a review of this product: LG W1943TB-PF Black 18.5″ 16:9 Widescreen LCD Monitor. Amazon may display this review on the page of another version of this product, for which this review may not apply. After reading this review, please click on the link so that you can be assured that the product this review applies to is the same one you thought it was for.

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    (NOTE: The original version of this review was submitted on October 10, 2009, so that’s the date that Amazon will unfortunately use for this completely revised version that I rewrote on January 16, 2010. This review was updated on March 13, 2010.)

    Since July 2007 I’ve owned an Acer AL1917WAbd 19″ LCD Monitor. It works great and I’ve never had a problem with it. However, with the recent purchase of a Blu-ray drive, it no longer meets my needs as it’s not in a 16:9 aspect ratio (it’s 16:10) and it’s not HDCP-compliant (a requirement for Blu-ray playback). So I went online and looked for an affordable monitor that met those two new requirements, and also has a DVI-D input and is physically no wider than 18 inches (the maximum amount of space I have available on my desk for a monitor). I found a monitor that met all four of my requirements, but I sure had a heap of trouble with it since practically day one. Here’s a nice detailed timeline of the ordeal I went through.

    09/30/2009 – Purchased the LG W1943TB-PF 18.5″ LCD monitor brand-new for 119.95 from Newegg, in spite of their horrendous Monitor Replacement Only Return Policy which states that “there must be a minimum of 8 dead pixels to declare an LCD display defective and eligible for return” within 30 days of purchase. Since the Acer LCD monitor never gave me a single problem in 2 1/2 years of use, I figured that I wouldn’t have any with the LG monitor, and so that horrendous return policy didn’t scare me away.

    10/01/1009 – Received the monitor via UPS. On it’s SECOND USE, in less than a week of ownership, I noticed a big ugly black spot in the screen! It was on the left side, where it got in the way of my work. I work frequently in word processing applications, which have a white background, so it very easy to see. Since I never experienced this phenomena with the Acer monitor, I went online to see what it was. I’ve learned that it’s known as a “dead pixel”, and apparently there’s nothing that can fix it – as opposed to a “stuck pixel”, which apparently CAN be fixed.

    Newegg specifically mentioned that a minimum of eight dead pixels has to be present before they would take it back, so I didn’t bother wasting my time trying to return it to them – though in retrospect maybe I should have lied about how many dead pixels there were and tried doing an exchange with them, because the alternative was much worse. Instead, I contacted LG customer service to see if they would honor the three year warranty. I originally made the mistake of using the newly-learned phrase “dead pixel” in my transmission to them, which resulted in an e-mail that read, “Unfortunately that is a standard that they [Newegg] use based off of all LCD monitor manufactures. We would have the same policy to have the repaired/replaced only if the unit had that many pixels out.” I waited a week or two and tried contacting them again, this time only referring to the defect as a “black spot” (which is what I was calling it until I learned the proper terminology online). This time I had better luck, as they allowed me to exchange it for another monitor in a process that they call a “Standard Swap”.

    10/29/2009 – First Swap claim was initiated via e-mail, but would not get processed until I had the chance to call customer service two weeks later. I couldn’t even file the claim through their online form as the monitor isn’t even listed on their website!

    11/16/2009 – First Swap claim was processed, monitor was shipped to LG on 11/19/2009.

    Now before I go any further, I want to provide the complete parts list for the brand-new monitor:

    – W1943TB-PF Monitor.

    – W1943TB-PF Monitor Stand.

    – DVI-D Signal Cable.

    – 15-Pin D-Sub Signal Cable (standard VGA cable).

    – Power Cord.

    – W1943TB-PF Drivers/Users Guide disc (an actual factory-pressed disc, not a CD-R).

    – W1943TB-PF Easy Setup Guide paper.

    – Standard LG Monitor Warranty Information Sheet.

    In the Swap instructions letter that I was e-mailed (along with a pre-paid FedEx label to print out), I was told in bold capital underlined letters, “PLEASE SEND ACCESSORIES (CABLES. CORDS, REMOTES. MANUALS ETC.)” So I included every single one of those items listed above in the package that I sent to LG. To this day I still have not received the last three items back. Granted, they’re not required for the normal operation of the monitor (even though the Quick Start Guide says to use the drivers on the disc instead of the standard Windows plug & play driver), but they ARE something that I paid for – and I feel insulted that I was told in bold capital underlined letters to send everything back, only for LG to decide not to send it all back to me in return.

    11/24/2009 – First replacement monitor was shipped from the LG warehouse to me.

    11/27/2009 – Received first replacement REFURBISHED monitor. I was expecting a brand-new monitor like the one I purchased brand-new less than 60 days earlier. This monitor had a small defect in it, though not as noticeable as the one in the other monitor. There was a small thin black line in the lower right area of the screen, about an inch above the clock in the tray area of Windows.

    Also, I didn’t get back half of the items that I sent back with the original monitor. This replacement unit was missing the DVI-D Signal Cable, Drivers/Users Guide disc, Easy Setup Guide paper, and Standard LG Monitor Warranty Information Sheet. I’ve had to temporarily borrow the DVI-D cable from the Acer monitor in order to connect the replacement LG monitor to my computer. Instead of getting a real drivers disc, LG had sent me a CD-R which has no drivers on them at all (only user guides). Because (as I would later learn) the drivers I installed from the original monitor did NOT get fully uninstalled when I used the “uninstall driver” button in Windows, Windows kept looking for them at every boot, prompting me with this message: “Please insert the Compact Disc labeled ‘LG Monitor Profiles Installation Disk’ into your CD-ROM drive and then click OK.” As the monitor is not listed on the LG support site, I couldn’t even download drivers for it. So for a few weeks I was annoyed at every Windows boot-up by this message. (I eventually learned that pressing the “rollback driver” button would fix the problem by reverting back to the standard Windows plug & play driver. You know, the one that the Quick Start Guide said not to use.)

    Anyway, I was willing to live with the small defect, though I e-mailed and phoned Jennie Ramey (SWAP Coordinator, RA Department) and customer service to get the missing accessories. Jennie told me that I shouldn’t have to live with the defect and that I should send it back for another monitor. Jennie also told me over the phone (on 12/7/2009) that “customer service generally sends a reconditioned unit for units over 60 days old”. That’s all fine and dandy, except that the claim was initiated LESS THAN 30 DAYS after the original purchase, and the replacement was sent out LESS THAN 60 DAYS after the original purchase. She didn’t know why I wasn’t sent a brand new unit, but she was willing to send me one. The only problem is that she didn’t have any brand new W1943TB-PF units in stock at the warehouse in Alabama (where she’s located), and she wouldn’t be able to order any for me. I don’t know why she couldn’t order any as she works for the company that makes the product, but so be it. However, none of the alternate models we discussed met my few qualifications: 16:9 aspect ratio, DVI input, HDCP compliant, and 19″ in screen size (20″ would be a stretch for the space I have, anything bigger definitely wouldn’t fit). So I was in store for yet another refurbished unit.

    12/08/2009 – Second Swap claim was processed, monitor was shipped to LG on 12/15/2009.

    12/29/2009 – Second replacement monitor was shipped from the LG warehouse to me.

    12/31/2009 – Received second replacement REFURBISHED monitor. Again the package was missing the Drivers/Users Guide disc, Easy Setup Guide paper, and Standard LG Monitor Warranty Information Sheet. At least this time it came with the DVI-D Signal Cable. At this point I’ve realized that I’m never getting those three items back, even though they are technically something I paid for when I bought the original monitor.

    This second replacement monitor is, sadly, not 100% defect-free, though it contains the least annoying defect of the three monitors to date. About 2 1/4 inches from the right side of the screen, about half an inch from the bottom (a little above the tray area, in the status bar of most applications) is a very faint dark spot (probably a dead subpixel or half-pixel or whatever it’s called). It’s only noticeable if you know that it’s there and you know where to look, which is a BIG improvement over the defects in the other two monitors. Still, this just proves to me that LG is incapable of manufacturing a 100% perfect defect-free monitor. Considering the poorly-designed LG Chocolate cell phone that left my mother with hundreds of dollars in unwanted charges a few years ago because it kept doing things other than what she was trying to do, I’ve come to the conclusion that LG stands for “like garbage”.

    I’ll live with this most minor of defects, but a bigger injustice is present that LG would not correct on their own.

    They would not give me a refund of the difference between the full retail price I paid for the brand-new monitor and the value of the refurbished monitor I received as the replacement so soon thereafter. Jennie Ramey told me via e-mail that she “can not refund [me] the difference in price”, but she did not say why. She did say that “replacements that are sent out for units over 90 days old are reconditioned”, which is a change from the “60 days” she mentioned over the phone on 12/7/2009 (I guess she can’t keep her story straight). However, whether 60 or 90 days, I should have received a brand new unit. The first claim was initiated LESS THAN 30 DAYS after the original purchase, the first replacement was sent out LESS THAN 60 DAYS after the original purchase, and the second replacement was sent out LESS THAN 90 DAYS after the original purchase. So there’s no reason that I should not be granted a refund for the difference.

    On February 1st I sent a letter to the President and CEO of LG Electronics USA at the U.S. Corporate Headquarters (1000 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632). I figured as the head honcho, he’d be the single best person to contact about the matter. After waiting three weeks for a reply and not getting one, I contacted the Better Business Bureau on February 22nd for help.

    Four days later on 2/26 I received an e-mail from Jennifer Adams-McKee, Asst. Manager of the Customer Resolution Team. She told me that “the warranty statements on our monitors do state that parts or units may be replaced with reconditioned units at LG’s discretion. It does not specify any age of the unit at all. However, we at LG do try to make it a “good” practice to use new stock for any units less than 60 days old whenever stock is available.” Okay, that explains the situation better than what I’ve been told over the past few months.

    Jennifer was very willing to grant me a refund of the difference in cost between what I paid for the new monitor and the value of the refurbished monitor I received as the replacement. She told me that refurbished units sell online for 89.95 to 99.95, and that she would be able to offer me a refund of 30 dollars. I replied back to let her know that this would be quite acceptable to me. The check was cut on 3/5, and received by me on 3/8/2010.

    Although I’m happy with the end result, after this experience, I certainly won’t buy another LG product ever again, and certainly won’t recommend LG to others.

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