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Many people wonder why they should buy a separate TV and monitor when buying 32in or below. After all, many monitors - like the Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP - come with many inputs that allow you to hook up consoles, DVD and Blu-ray players, and other AV gear; while with an actual HD-ready TV, the resolution will be too low for varied PC use in many scenarios. So why go for a small TV at all? Well, apart from often superior picture processing, there's SCART (an outdated and inferior but tenacious connection), TV-tuners, and that wonderful piece of technology that turns us into couch potatoes, the remote.
So what's the ideal solution? Why, combining the two, of course, which is exactly what Hyundai is offering with its 22in BlueH HM22D LCD TV monitor. After its rather impressive Hyundai W241D PVA monitor, we expect good things from the company, so let's hope this model matches up.
Unfortunately, the first thing that struck me about the HM22D was that it is rather unattractive. The entire monitor is finished in matte black. Now I'm not suggesting that a non-glossy monitor is inherently less attractive, as the Dell 2408 proves, it's just that this implementation looks somewhat dull. It doesn't exactly sport clean lines either: in this time of hidden speakers, there is a narrow but visible speaker bar running along the bottom. Let's hope, then, that it manages to produce some halfway decent audio.
Perhaps I've been a bit harsh on the monitor's looks until now, but there's one design-choice I simply cannot forgive, concerning the small LED and bar set just above the controls and between the speakers. Whoever had the brilliant idea of putting a blue power LED in a small transparent surround, set in a glowing red bar should be shot. Just in case no-one told them, red and blue are two primary colours that do not mix! Overall, the only people I can possibly see this kind of design appealing to are fans of old, low-budget Sci-Fi movies.
Strangely enough for a monitor that's marketed under the BlueH name (Hyundai's name is not even on the packaging), the LED is the only blue bit to be found, and then only when active, as it turns orange in standby - which is less offensive, if not particularly attractive. The BlueH designation actually refers to the Italian branch of Hyundai's digital division, that designed this LCD hybrid, proving that the country that produced the Ferrari doesn't always hit the nail on the head (as with the ugly new Ferrari California - ed.).