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Lenovo ThinkVision LT3053p IPS LED-Backlit LCD Monitor Review

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Some enthusiasts were horrified with IBM sold their personal computer division to Lenovo. Surely the Chinese could not match the enviable reputation for quality and features IBM had spent decades building? Well, as it turns out, they can: ThinkPads and other Lenovo products are now just as accepted as they were under IBM’s tutelage. The performance of this monitor is exceptional: sure, you can construct a larger desktop from two or more smaller, much less expensive monitors, and if you don’t require ultimate color accuracy and display quality, then there are 30″ panels that are several hundred dollars cheaper. But I found I was quickly spoiled by this monitor’s size and stellar image quality.

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I spent two weeks with this monitor on both my Hackintosh and Windows computers. The response time is easily fast enough for action gaming, with no noticeable motion blur. The LED backlighting is utterly even, without noticeable bleeding around dark areas or screen corners.

The construction quality is excellent: the included stand is sturdy, simple to attach, and easy to use, and provided a wide range of height, tilt, and rotation adjustments. There’s not much to comment on for the rest of the monitor, except to note that the plastic casing fits perfectly, the logos are precisely aligned, and the switches on the front worked well.

Aesthetically, I wish Lenovo had done a bit more. While monitors are utilitarian things, the “black plastic rectangle” theme is too prevalent. Dell, for example, continues to trim their high-end monitors in classy brushed aluminum, but Lenovo has stuck with plain matte black plastic. Still, it’s not an unhandsome beast…just plain. Somehow I think that a monitor this exceptional should show it a little more.

Functionally, this monitor excels as well. I like that Lenovo recognized that even in the second decade of the 21st century, sometimes you might need to plug a VGA source into your display. And having every current digital video source– DVI, HDMI, MHL, and DisplayPort– available as well future-proofs this monitor for the next decade or so. It’s also nice to finally see a USB 3.0 hub in a monitor, and the ability two switch the keyboard and mouse between two computers connected to different inputs could be very useful in some situations. The stand deserves special notice, since engineering a stand to hold a 25+ pound monitor at any angle reliably, and yet still be easy to move and position, does require some extra work. Of course at this price level one expects perfection in all the details.

Value is the big issue here, given the $1,500 MSRP. There must be some demand for this monitor since it’s sold online for $1,542 (Amazon|Newegg) as I write this, but I suppose to the people who need displays of this quality, it’s worth it. Still, it’s priced far out of the reach of most enthusiasts: while it’s demonstrably a better monitor, it’s still hard to justify for non-professional users.

My only complaints about this monitor are the overloaded function switches and the price. If you don’t require ultimate color accuracy, but want the large size, there are less expensive 30″ monitors available. However, I think the Lenovo ThinkVision LT3053p may have forever spoiled me for anything less.

Pros:

+ Amazing image quality and color fidelity
+ Massive 2560×1600 screen shows a LOT of information
+ Supports every video input format you’ll ever run across
+ Internal USB 2.0 and 3.0 hubs
+ PIP/PBP functions with keyboard and mouse switching
+ Excellent stand

Cons:

- Typically fiddly button/menu controls
– Very high price

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.25
  • Appearance: 8.00
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 9.25
  • Value: 7.50

Final Score: 8.70 out of 10.


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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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