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LG 22LU4000 22in LCD TV

With its 22in screen, LG's 22LU4000 is one of the smaller TVs we've tested on TrustedReviews. But that doesn't mean it's low on visual impact.

In fact, LG's designers seem to have gone into overdrive with this second-room TV. For instance, it's clad in a high-gloss white and gently curved bezel that follows through to the cutesy desktop stand, and gives the TV instant Apple Mac-style appeal. The white bezel is emphasised, moreover, by the tasteful transparent edging, while the set's shape is given added distinction by a curved bottom edge and a boldly back-angled metallic neck link to the cute oval stand.

It's very easy indeed to envisage a 22LU4000 sat on a dressing table in a teenager's room, or sat on a desk in a high-tech home office, or perched on the microwave in a modern kitchen.


Turning to the TV's rear end, I was surprised to find the glamour continuing, with a glossy black back, subtly sparkly panel that makes a distinctive contrast with the white fascia.

I was also initially happy with the amount of connections housed on this rear panel, which include two HDMI inputs, a D-Sub PC port (it's always handy if such a small screen can double up as computer monitor), and a USB port. But this happiness was dinted a touch with the discovery that the USB port is actually only for updating the TV's firmware; you can't playback multimedia files through it.

Scanning through the 22LU4000's specifications sheet, I was pleased to find it sporting an HD Ready resolution, and a promising (for this size point) claimed contrast ratio of 8,000:1. The set also appears to benefit from LG's XD Engine video processing.

On the downside, the screen's brightness is only rated at a pretty lowly 350cd/m2, and the set's colour processing is a relatively 'low-rent' 8-bit system. Still, to be fair, specs like these last two are far from uncommon once you get below the 26in point in the market.

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