The LG 23MP68VQ provides an all-essential package that’s designed to offer the best value per dollar in a sea of high-speed, high-resolution displays. The device is great for basic applications in the home or office, but its 75Hz extended refresh rate adds a bit of headroom for some gaming value. The LG 23MP68VQ doesn’t offer a lot of features and creature comforts, but how does it perform where it matters most?
LG 23MP68VQ Specifications
- Screen Size: 23Inches
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Full HD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: In-Plane Switching (IPS)
- Refresh Rate: 75 Hz
- Response Time: 5 ms (8ms Typical)
- Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 250 cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: No
- Stand: Height -No
- Stand: Tilt – Yes
- Stand: Swivel – No
- Stand: Pivot– No
- VESA Compatibility: Yes
- Connectivity: , HDMI 4x 1, DVI-D x 1, VGA x 1, 3.5mm Audio Jack
- Dimensions with Stand(WxHxD): 21.32″ x 16.39″ x 7.35″
- Weight: 7.18 lbs
Design and Features
The LG 23MP68VQ sports a minimalist design that follows the concepts applied to its higher-tiered siblings in the brand’s portfolio. The device embodies a laid-back appearance with its almost frameless design and its minimal proportions which makes placement in tight spaces such as study corners very easy. The screen isn’t truly bezel-free, but LG achieved the borderless look by making shallow strips of plastic which is almost level with the panel’s outer coating.
We love that LG used a tiny joystick for the OSD instead of clunky buttons or the difficult to use touch-sensitive panels they preferred back in the day. The tiny gadget is located at the middle below the bezel and the LG logo, so you don’t have to reach too far. It gives access to a limited, yet well laid-out menu which carries everything you will need to operate the display.
One thing we dislike about the LG 23MP68VQ’s aesthetics is its piano black finish which looks sophisticated but is a magnet for stains and fingerprints. You’d need to have a microfiber cloth handy if you want to keep the product smudge-free since it attracts prints no matter how clean your hands are. The whole back of the monitor is also smooth and glossy with no decorative accents apart from the LG logo dominating the center.
Build quality for the LG 23MP68VQ is within reasonable limits if you consider its pricing, but it does have a slight wobble. The device doesn’t feel stable when you try to tilt it with a single hand, so pressing on the stand to secure it from toppling over is a must. However, we feel that it would be unfair to consider the monitor unreliable due to these misgivings since we’ve had good and lasting experiences with the brand’s products.
Another limitation you can expect is the very limited stand which can only offer tilt in adjustments. The ArcLine base provides excellent footing for the lightweight device, but we feel that the wobbling defeats that characteristic. You are going to need a 100 x 100 VESA mount if you want more flexibility, but its practicality is only achieved if you are planning on dual or triple display setups.
The LG 23MP68VQ is a very basic monitor, so it doesn’t come with connectivity extras such as USB hubs or even built-in speakers. The connectivity panel on top of the stand mount only includes HDMI 1.4, DVI-D, and a D-Sub port for older systems. You don’t need higher-standard slots like DisplayPort 1.2 for this model, but it would be nice to have since modern GPUs and motherboards are starting to phase out the older types.
It’s also worth noting that you don’t get an internal power supply with the LG 23MP68VQ since its so thin. This characteristic means you have to deal with an external unit which is a bit annoying to place or conceal. But to be fair, these minor issues are almost always part and parcel of a budget monitor, so its totally understandable.
Display and Performance
The LG 23MP68VQ utilizes a 23-inch IPS panel with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 75Hz maximum refresh rate, and 5ms response time. A typical 1000:1 contrast ratio is also listed along with a 250 cd/m2 backlight that is sufficient for daily use. These aren’t gaming specs, but the extra 15Hz makes it a great choice for entry-level to midrange machines for decent performance.
23-inch or 24-inch monitors are perfect for 1080p resolution since it will not expand the limited pixel count to the point of softening the images. It’s also relatively easy to run even with iGPUs in the latest processors, so enjoyment is within reach even if the budget is very limited. The low price and standardized specifications also make the LG 23MP68VQ excellent for daily use whether if its in the office or at home.
Unfortunately, the LG 23MP68VQ failed to impress despite its very attractive value proposition for a daily-use display. The color coverage is limited to 89% of the sRGB gamut which falls too short of what we see from budget IPS variants. However, the great part is its accuracy which limits Delta E to .9, ensuring that most shades and colors are close to their natural looks outside of a monitor.
We also found out that color temperature is only a few notches below the ideal 6500K so the screen doesn’t look too warm or imbalanced. Calibrating the display is futile since the resulting improvements are too low to consider while gadgets like the DataColor Spyder V Elite cost considerably more than the display. We recommend adjusting the brightness instead to ensure you get a comfortable and safe experience, especially for extended periods.
The LG 23MP68VQ reaches a fantastic contrast ratio of 1150:1 which is very rare even for IPS monitors twice or thrice its price. This gives users a reasonable black depth with lessened grayishness during night time use, so games and movies look satisfying up to some extent. Again, adjusting the backlight is key to maximizing this strength which also helps in punching up the colors by a bit.
The screen’s gamma is also slightly off at 2.0, and the only way to alleviate it is to use the monitor’s Black Stabilizer feature. Doing so will increase gamma to 2.1, but it will drop contrast considerably, which is not worth it by any means.
Panel uniformity was decent for the LG 23MP68VQ which is prone to backlight leaks or bleeding. There are minor peeks of unwanted illumination at the corners, but the brightness deviance did not exceed 12% on all quadrants. Colors are also unaffected, with DeltaE from the D65 standard staying well under 2.8.
One of the weaknesses of the LG 23MP68VQ is its motion handling due to the blurs we saw while testing with Apex Legends. Swiping the display showed some trailing from rich colors, although there are VA monitors which perform worse in this regard. We think its difficult to find something better unless you go with TN panels or a higher refresh rate, so the flaw is forgivable in most cases.
What’s great about the LG 23MP68VQ is it has FreeSync despite its low spot in the firm’s monitor categories. This device is a great match for budget AMD builds, but there is also reports of G-Sync compatibility functioning from our users. Input lag is slightly high at 15ms, but it shouldn’t affect casual gaming massively.
Thoughts on the LG 23MP68VQ
The LG 23MP68VQ is a very reasonable choice if you want an affordable IPS monitor for office work or light gaming. The display has a lot of shortcomings, but many are entirely forgivable due to the low price. The screen also has a few strengths worth considering such as its great contrast and extended refresh rate.
We think it’s unfair to dismiss the LG 23MP68VQ as one of the worse since it has a few handicaps compared to the 144Hz models we’ve tested. It’s understandable that a budget option has a few cut corners since manufacturers have less room to work with to meet a price point. Overall, this product offers excellent value but you have to manage your expectations with it.