Lenovo LI2821 Wide; An In-Depth Review
Ultra High Definition (UHD) or better known as 4K, has been taking a huge leap in the display market in the past couple of years, both the TV and computer monitor versions. It’s been touted as the highest peak of visual excellence and display performance. And the good thing is, as manufacturers release newer and better products, we’re also witnessing the drop of prices as the competition grows. One of the newest additions to the competition is making a compelling case for itself – the Lenovo LI2821 Wide. How does this 4K monitor stand against today’s fierce competition? Check out this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide and know more.
Who is it for?
If you’re a professional who do a lot of your job on your computer, and communicate with your people, clients, and business partners, etc. through online calls, then you should definitely check out Lenovo LI2821 Wide. It’s a well-engineered monitor for web-conferencing, and packed with features that makes video calls hassle-free.
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Most reasonably-priced 4K monitors are made for professional color-demanding work and entertainment. Lenovo however, had other thing in mind when they made the LI2821, as this monitor is loaded with web-conferencing features that make online calls a whole lot easier for professional users. It has 2MP webcam, a noise-cancelling microphone and a pair of JBL speakers. Obviously, these features can deliver seamless web-conferencing solution.
Excellent Online Calls for Better Web-Conferencing Quality
One of the best ways to test this monitor’s functionality is by testing its web-conferencing capability, as it’s what the manufacturer intended it to be. In terms of Skype calls, the webcam and microphone of Lenovo LI2821 performed quite well, as they provide highly detailed video quality with crisp and sound audio. It also comes with convenient ‘mute mic’ feature with a simple touch of a button and shutter the camera without having to drop the call.
One thing worth mentioning about the web-conferencing feature of this monitor is that, there seems to be a humming noise with the speakers. This is quite audible if you stop the sound you are playing, but it’s a very minor issue that should not put the monitor off by any means.
The monitor also has a quick answer button for answering calls using Microsoft Lync, which makes a great connectivity. There are also different multiple mics scattered through the monitor with dual-array noise cancellation, making your voice clearer on the other end of the call.
Good But Color Accuracy and Grayscale Performance
Performance-wise, the Lenovo LI2821 is pretty much in line with most TN-based Ultra High Definition monitors in the market today, such as AOC U2868PQU, Asus PB287Q, and the Philips Brilliance 4K Ultra HD Display 288P6LJEB. Color accuracy is typically good for its class. Based on chromaticity test, colors red and blue stayed close to their ideal CIE coordinates. While green is way off the point. The skewed green however, is a common issue among TN-based panels, but it doesn’t cause any noticeable oversaturation or tinting, and colors still remain sharp.
Lenovo also did a great job in showing light and dark, as DisplayMate 64-Step Grayscale test shows it can deliver grey shades sharply, with well-defined ultra HD imagery.
Good Pixel Response and Input Lag for Regular Day-to-Day Tasks
The Lenovo LI2821 has 5ms (gray-to-gray) pixel response, short from the ideal, but definitely decent enough for any job that requires fast motion display. Of course, expect traces of blurring when playing demanding big title games such as such as Crysis 3 on PC. However, it’s not that noticeable, unless you are intentionally looking for them.
The input lag (the time it takes for the monitor to react from keyboard and controller commands) scored at 35.5ms (measured by Leo Bodnar Lag Tester). Again, this is below the ideal, as most gaming displays scored at 9.9ms, such as BenQ GL2760H.
With Lenovo Split Screen for Multi-Tasking
The Lenovo LI2821 is wide enough for handling multiple windows and opening multiple applications at once. Lenovo intends this product for professional users, and they definitely understand the importance and convenience of multi-tasking. Thus, they equip this monitor with their own ‘Split-Screen’ technology, which basically divides the screen into two separate inputs (i.e. plug other peripherals for viewing, or even your Xbox to the monitor at the same time). This is quite a useful feature, and it’s accessible through OSD menu through the button controls.
Typical Viewing Angle
Like most TN-based panels, the viewing angle is not the most impressive quality of Lenovo LI2821. Its viewing angle is below the ideal; noticeable color shifting starts at around 60⁰ when viewing from center when viewing from either side angles, while the image darkens at about 55⁰ when viewing from the bottom.
VESA-Standard Mounting Holes
With a screen size of 28-inch, the Lenovo LI2821 is meant to be a primary monitor, or at least, take up a sizeable space on your desk for you to complete your daily tasks. If you want full ergonomics however, you can always settle for third-party solutions and make use of the cabinet’s 100x100mm VESA standard mounting holes. It’s also a great feature for wall mount.
This Lenovo display runs 34 watts of power when set at Text mode. Switching the settings to Web mode will not make any difference at power consumption. Video mode on the other hand, raises the consumption at 39 watts. That however, is still lower than most of its competitors; Acer B286HK runs at 43 watts, the Philips Brilliance 288P6LJEB consumes 57 watts, while Planar IX2850 runs at 40 watts. Samsung U28D590D had the best score at 26 watts.
Packed with Features Especially Designed for Video Conferencing
The monitor comes with a 2-megapixel 1080p webcam and is sandwiched between two noise-cancelling mics. The camera also comes with a privacy shutter that automatically closes when not in use. The audio of this display is supplied by two JBL speakers, which are quite loud for decent use. But like most built-in speakers, it lacks the deep bass response.
Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Setup Option
The Philips Brilliance 288P6LJEB is a work monitor especially designed for office setting and provides the best avenue for collaboration, as it’s fully equipped with great web-conferencing features. However, unlike most work monitors, this Philips display doesn’t come with a flexible stand, limiting adjustability to basic options and short range of adjustments. For serious users, this is easily insufficient. Good thing the backside of the cabinet is equipped with VESA standard mounting holes.
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The Deluxe Dual Monitor Stand is a cheap, yet efficient dual monitor stand for 28-inch displays like this Philips Brilliance monitor. It’s made up of high quality materials, and it’s robust enough to withstand the rigors of daily office use. Plus, it is fully adjustable, giving you a practical solution for dual monitor setup with your display. The small footprint of the V-shaped base keeps the two monitors stable. It’s a perfect choice for office settings.
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If you want to upgrade your office with a good height-adjustable sit-stand desk, then you should check out MultiTable ModTable Crank-Type Height-Adjustable Desk. A well-designed, highly rated height-adjustable desk, easy to adjust and with great weight capacity support.
Design and Features
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Huge and simple, these are the two best words to describe Lenovo LI2821 Wide’s aesthetic design. It’s a 28-inch display that uses TN (Twisted Nematic) panel for its screen, and runs at a maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160p. The screen is layered with a non-reflective antiglare coating, and housed in a nondescript matte-black cabinet that is 2 inches thick and weighs 11 lbs.
The cabinet is a plain black panel with black bezels and very limited details, such as status lights on its lower right corner, and an integrated webcam on top with sliding door privacy. The cabinet is supported nicely with a detachable metal V-shaped stand.
Buttons and Controls
Lenovo LI2821 Wide has six (6) function buttons, with a Power Switch below its bottom bezel. The function buttons provide easy access to the Menu settings, but it can also work for lowering and raising speaker volume, mute the mic and speakers, and answering video conference calls.
The ports can be difficult to reach though, as they are awkwardly placed at the back side of the cabinet. Those who wish to place this monitor near the wall, or those who plan to wall mount this display may find it inconvenient to connect this monitor to other devices and workstation peripherals, particularly USB-powered gadgets, such as smartphones and tablets.
The buttons also gives quick access to the display’s Picture settings, including the four (4) presets (Text, Web, Video and Split Screen), along with the basic image quality adjustments, namely Brightess, Contrast and multiple selection of Picture-in-Picture (PIP) and Picture-by-Picture (PBP) settings. These features position the display to different windows sizes and positions.
The control menu offers access to five (5) Color Temperature settings, namely, Neutral, Bluish, REdish, sRGB and Custom. It also has lots of adjustments for analog signal, like Clock, Position, Phase, and Auto (auto-adjust).
Generous I/O Ports Selection
The backside of the cabinet houses the generous video inputs and port selections, including DisplayPort, VGA, two (2) HDMI (with one MHL-ready), two (2) USB 2.0 ports, USB Type-B, headphone, speaker output, and microphone.
Solid Metal Stand, But with Limited Adjustability
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The cabinet is rests securely atop of a detachable V-shaped solid stand, which allows 5⁰ forward tilt and 22⁰ backward tilt. But that’s pretty much the adjustments it can offer. The stand doesn’t allow swivel, height adjustments and pivot options.
Package includes the HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, audio, and USB cables.
To conclude, the Lenovo LI2821 Wide is quite an amazing display. It delivers sharp Ultra HD images with solid grayscale performance. And though color accuracy is a bit lacking, it can still deliver good image quality in great details, as the bran d packaged it with crisp UHD 4K display, particularly impressive for its price tag.
The biggest draw of this display however, is its web-conferencing capabilities. It comes equipped with a 1080 webcam and excellent noise cancelling microphones for good online call experience. It also comes with generous set of I/O ports.
What you don’t get however, is advanced color settings, which normally comes with mid-range UHD displays like the Acer B286HK. Also, its stand doesn’t offer much adjustability. Nevertheless, it’s still a great buy for professionals who do a lot of web-conferencing on their computer.
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