Lenovo ThinkVision LT3053p IPS LED-Backlit LCD Monitor Review


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Virtually all IPS monitors these days claim full 24-bit color support, meaning they can at least on paper reproduce 16,777,216 colors, generally abbreviated as “16 million colors”. The Lenovo ThinkVision LT3053p uses an Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching (AH-IPS) screen that has 30-bit support for a theoretical display of 1.07 billion colors covering 99% of the Adobe RGB color gamut. According to Lenovo, mainsteam monitors on average cover only about 78% of the Adobe RGB gamut. Lenovo supplies a large snap-on hood that blocks light from coming from above or to the side of the monitor for the best color rendition.

lenovo_LT3053p_34_frontHowever, as long as you don’t have a window behind you, you’ll probably be happy with the display without the hood. While Lenovo didn’t provide a colorimeter with this review unit, each LT3053p ships with a sheet detailing its performance on Lenovo’s calibrations tests:

lenovo_LT3053p_calibration_sheetWith color and gamma tested at 25 points on the screen, my review unit was subjectively perfect. Not a one of the 4 million pixels was stuck on or off that I could see, and the colors were simply amazing: by contrast the display of my older Dell UltraSharp looked subtly washed-out, with a distinct orange cast.  The difference was almost as dramatic as comparing a standard IPS monitor to a TN monitor. If you’ve been using a TN monitor, the LT3053p will rock your world.


How can you effectively use 2560×1600 pixels? One way is to combine the displays from two computers. The Lenovo ThinkVision monitor supports a picture-in-picture (PIP) feature that lets you place a secondary display from another input at any corner of the screen. You can choose from different sizes; this shot shows the display from my Hackintosh at the lower right, at the largest size available.

lenovo_LT3053p_side_by_sideAlternatively, you can select picture-by-picture (PBP) mode. With each image allocated 1280 pixels of horizontal space, they’re actually large enough to be usable, although if you plan to do a lot of work this mode it would be best to set the resolution on each computer appropriately. In this image the Hackintosh and PC are both set to 2560×1600, which obviously must be scaled down to show in PBP mode. This makes screen icons and text too small be to usable.

And remember those keyboard-and-mouse labeled USB ports in the previous section? This is what they’re for: you can use the upstream USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connectors to connect to two different computers, and control them with a keyboard and mouse plugged into the labeled ports on the monitor. Pressing a single switch on the front of the monitor switches the keyboard and mouse between the two computers, as sort of a poor man’s KVM. The only restriction is that each computer’s video must be connected to a different port on the back of the monitor (you select the port to use for the secondary display when you configure it), and the DVI and HDMI ports can’t be the two ports (apparently they use the same internal connection circuitry or something).

I’ll give my final thoughts and conclusion on this monitor in the next section.


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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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