Today I have to admit to feeling, well, just a little bit girly. In touch with my feminine side. Or at least, not quite as butch and muscle-pumpingly macho as usual (stop laughing, Riyad!).
The reason for this curiously effeminate turn of events is LG's 22LU5000: a little ‘designer' LCD TV perfectly styled to appeal to the lady of the house thanks to its gloss white fascia, slender, gently contoured bezel, extravagantly arched bottom edge, transparent desktop stand ‘neck', and last but not least, brazenly orange rear end and outer trim.
To your average grunty male, with their love of black metallic finishes and harsh angular lines, this description of the 22LU5000 probably sounds about as likeable as a Tupperware party. But that's what they (probably) said about the Apple iPod when it first appeared. And I'm not ashamed - just a little disturbed - to say that I'm actually quite enjoying looking at the 22LU5000, despite being happily married and even having managed to father a child. Go figure.
What's particularly great about the 22LU5000, though, is that it thoughtfully provides a high-tech excuse for a man to like it, in the form of a Full HD resolution. Yes, despite only having a 22in screen, LG has managed to squeeze 1,920 x 1,080 pixels into the 22LU5000, giving it a leg up over the 22LU4000 I looked at a couple of weeks ago, and making it the smallest Full HD screen I've seen. Wowza.
Awesome though this sounds on paper, I guess there's a pretty good argument to be made that having a Full HD resolution in a 22in screen is just an almighty waste of time. I mean, some 26in TVs struggle to convincingly show the relatively straightforward difference between HD and standard definition, so it's hard to believe that a 22in TV will be able to show the much finer difference between an HD Ready and Full HD picture.
But hey - I'm supposed to be testing this TV, not pre-judging it, so I'll shut up on this subject now and hope to be proved wrong further down the line.
Less controversial is the 22LU5000's connectivity, which does decently enough by including two HDMIs, a component video input, and a PC port. I was initially pleased to see a USB port too, but as with the 22LU4000, this port is only for system update data. In other words, you can't watch your photos through it.