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Lenovo ThinkVision LT3053p IPS LED-Backlit LCD Monitor Review

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From the front, there’s not much to see: a large screen, a black plastic bezel, and some buttons at the lower right:

lenovo_LT3053p_buttonsAs is  all too common these days, these buttons perform multiple functions– which function depends on the mode you’re in. The leftmost button brings up an input selection window, the next buttons switches between the USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 input ports on the back (more on this later), the next button does nothing by itself (it looks as if it would control brightness, but it doesn’t), the second to last button invokes a functions menu, and the rightmost button is the power button. Most buttons have secondary functions (menu navigation, for example) once the control menu is invoked with the menu button.

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At the rear of the monitor, facing downwards, are the video inputs: from left to right, they are old-school analog VGA(!), DisplayPort, dual-link DVI, MHL (Mobile High definition Link), HDMI, and a DisplayPort-out daisy-chain port to connect another DisplayPort monitor. The MHL port is the first I’ve seen on a monitor and it’s easy to plug the HDMI cable into this slot and then wonder why you’re not getting anything.

lenovo_LT3053p_usb_inputsContinuing to the right we see the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 input port followed by a USB 2.0 input port (Lenovo included cables for both of these). Next are two standard USB 2.0 ports. Note that they are identified with keyboard and mouse icons. Why? We’ll get to that later.

lenovo_LT3053p_usb_portsOn the left side of the monitor are three USB 3.0 ports. Yes, the rightmost port in this image really is yellow! It provides 1.5 amps of +5V power for charging your tablet. It was able to charge my iPad with no problem.

So, what’s it like to use?


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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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