Summary

Our Score

7/10

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Assembly is effortless, merely requiring you to click the base into the rest of the monitor. It's not quite so simple getting it apart again, but then that's something many consumers might never have to do. However, ergonomics is another area of disappointment, with tilt as your only adjustment - though at least it's smooth and stable. Since pivoting the monitor is not an option, you might think Hyundai would have angled the screen's connectors outward to make it easier to hook up your equipment, much like the LG Flatron M228WD LCD TV monitor. But no such luck, meaning that swapping cables - or even getting them in in the first place - is a real chore.

The reason I mention cable-swapping is not because I happen to have a multitude of AV gear that only the most input-rich TVs could handle, but because the HM22D only features a single digital connection, in this case HDMI. While this is a flaw that, probably due to its budget nature, it shares with the aforementioned LG, in this day and age, one digital input really isn't enough. If you want to connect your PC properly (using DVI-HDMI, or a simple HDMI cable if your PC is new enough to have this connector), you can't even hook up a modern console anymore without resorting to analogue.

Apart from this, you get the expected video selection of composite, component, S-Video, D-SUB and non-RGB SCART. For audio there's 3.5mm and dual phono inputs, and a single pair of phono outs. It's very unusual that there is no headphone socket, although you could create one using an adapter for the phono outputs. But this means that having external speakers and headphones hooked up at the same time is impossible, leading to yet more cable swapping.

Nor does the ranting end here, as the BlueH HM22D joins the 24in BenQ V2400W and Samsung SyncMaster 226cw in the hall of shame for not providing any form of digital connectivity out of the box. All you get are power, D-DUB and composite cables. There's no CD, cloth or quick-start guide either, but a very comprehensive manual covers pretty much anything you need, despite recommending you connect your PC using analogue D-SUB.

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