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Lenovo ThinkVision LT3053p IPS LED-Backlit LCD Monitor Review

By David Ramsey

Manufacturer: Lenovo
Product Name: WQXGA IPS LED Backlit LCD Professional Monitor
Model Number: ThinkVision LT3053p
UPC: 0887770180800 EAN: 0887770180930
Price As Tested: $1,542 (Amazon|Newegg)

Full Disclosure: Lenovo provided the product sample used in this article on loan, and was returned after publication.

In the past year or so flat panel monitor prices have entered free-fall, with massive 27″ displays widely available for under $300. Given that, why would anyone even consider spending over $1,500 on a somewhat larger 30″ display? Lenovo has lent Benchmark Reviews one of their ThinkVision LT3053p units to review, so let’s see what all that extra money buys you.

First as a programmer, and now as a reviewer, I spend many hours per day using my computers. Consequently I tend to be picky regarding the “tools” I use: so I have a fancy Herman Miller Leap office chair, and prefer an IBM Model M keyboard. Mice and pointing devices rotate out rather frequently, but I’ve been staring at the same Dell Ultrasharp 27″ monitor for the last five years or so. Its 1920×1200 screen was big enough for my use and the color reproduction was among the best available at the time.

Of course, “at the time”, most serious photographers and videographers were still using studio CRT displays, since LCDs simply couldn’t reproduce the range of colors required for their work. Lenovo says the ThinkVision LT3053p can. If superior color reproduction isn’t enough, Lenovo also baits the hook with a number of additional, interesting features. I’ll see how the monitor works as a replacement for my trusty Dell Ultrasharp.

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Features & Specifications

Display
Brightness 350 cd/m2
Max Colors Built in Screen 1.07 billion
Connector MHL,VGA,Dual-Link DVI-D,HDMI 1.4,DP
Contrast Ratio 1000:1
Display Type LED
Dot Pitch 0.251mm
Emissions Standard TCO 6.0,TCO Certified Edge
Ergonomics TUV Green Mark,EPEAT Gold,UL Environment Gold,Energy Star 6.0
Height Adjustment 4.33 inches
Maximum Resolution 2560×1600
Monitor Technology AH-IPS
Power Supply Type Internal
Refresh Time 6ms
Viewable Image Size 30 inches (diagonal)
Viewable Image Height 15.78 inches
Viewable Image Width 25.25 inches
Stand Lift Tilt Swivel Pivot
Swivel +/-45 degrees
Tilt -5~30 degrees
Vertical Viewing Angle 178 degrees
Video Input D-sub, Dual-Link DVI-D, HDMI 1.4, DP1.2, MHL
Physical Properties
Agency Approvals & Certifications Green Mark (Taiwan),TCO Edge 1.1,C-Tick,VOC test,CECP,EPA,ULE Gold,TUV,TUV-GS,CB Report,CCC (China),TUV-S Argentina,FCC Class B,SASO,Energy Star,EPEAT Gold,CE,CSA,VCCI,KC (Korea),BSMI,KUCAS (Kuwait),KVALITET(Serbia),JEIDA,NEMKO,NOM (Mexico),GOST (Russia),PSB (Singapore),KONCAR(Croatia),CSM(Bulgaria),SONCAP(Nigeria),IC (Canada),INSM (Moldavia),SABS (South Africa),STZ (Uzbekistan),BELLIS(Belarus),RoHS,RoHS (China)
Maximum Operating Humidity 80%
Minimum Operating Humidity 8%
Operating Temperature Range 0 – 40 degrees Celsius
Power Consumption 88 watts
Depth 2.44 inches
Height 18.55 inches
Weight 25.35 pounds
Width 27.17 inches
Warranty
Warranty Period Three Year
Warranty Type Customer Carry-in or Mail-in Rapid Replacement Service

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  1. aaron253

    at a 6 ms response rate , looks like a FPS ripoff of bottle-necking your everything else you did to speed up your pc to get the cutting edge on gaming , since tht’s all I really do , disabled and bored out of my mind ,,lol Is this a correct assumption? With all the current hype about ssd drives, OC’d video cards that can only flash as fast as the screen will allow , and not to mention the suffering going on in the cpu oc’ing department , >: )

  2. David Ramsey

    I’m sure there’s a question in there somewhere, but damned if I can figure out what it is. Wanna try again?

  3. Anono

    My favorite 30″ monitor is the LP3065, but it was superceded by the ZR30w which is too bright and takes 10 seconds to boot up. So HP is out and I’m looking for another 30″ monitor now. How are the black levels on the LT3053p, and is there any backlight bleeding around the edges of the screen?

  4. David Ramsey

    Although I didn’t have the equipment to measure them, the black levels looked very good to me. I didn’t notice any backlight bleeding at the edges. Personally, I just bought a Dell Ultrasharp U3014, which appears to use the same panel, comes with a similar color calibration sheet, has the same capabilities as the Lenovo monitor, but can be had several hundred dollars cheaper.

  5. buteaur

    I am thinking of using this monitor to analyze video quality and for image editing and MMO and FPS gaming.
    Do you think it handle all three very well?

    How is the Panel Coating? Is the same as the Dell U3014?

    You mention that you didn’t see any motion blur. Did you notice any over or undershoot? The dell U3014 has terrible overshoot. It’s describe on these two threads: ( http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/dell_u3014.htm and http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1754377 )

    I would like to know if this unit has the same problem.
    Have you try measuring the input lag with SMTT tool or something else? is there a game preset link on the U3014?

  6. buteaur

    My last question was about Lenovo ThinkVision LT3053p
    Is there game preset on LT3053p with no or low delay?

  7. David Ramsey

    The only presets on the monitor affect the color gamut, not the responsiveness of the display. I didn’t notice any lag playing games, and I don’t have the equipment required to measure over- and undershoot, sorry.

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