On any normal day, you’d be pretty pleased to find even a bog-standard, no-frills-whatsoever 22in LCD TV selling for under £280 including delivery. But today is no normal day.
Firstly, we’re just two weeks away from Christmas, and the big brands are thus even more competitive than usual. And secondly, the 22in TV in question is from arch price buster, LG. And so it is that we find the brand’s new 22LU7000 somehow managing to offer a built-in DVD player as well as a 22in Freeview TV for 273 pounds and 13 pence.
As if this wasn’t impressive enough, LG has even managed to integrate the DVD drive in a rather innovative way. For rather than following the usual approach and just providing a slot down one of the screen’s rear sides, LG has boldly attached a whole extra DVD player section to the TV’s bottom edge, which angles gently out and hides the disc tray behind a pair of slide back doors.
This instantly makes the 22LU7000 the most ergonomic DVD/TV combi I’ve ever seen, removing from the equation the usual difficulties - especially if your combi TV is hung on a wall - associated with trying to locate a typical rear-mounted slot when you want to insert a DVD.
On the downside, the 22LU7000’s intriguing approach to DVD integration obviously makes it a bigger unit than any other 22in TV we’ve ever seen, and dust has a nasty habit of settling on the angled disc tray. I have to say, too, that for me the disc tray doors feel a bit flimsy, and the rather rickety, strained sound the unit emits when they open is a little alarming.
But typically for an LG TV, the 22LU7000 wears a stylish finish, and the sheer cleverness of the whole concept will make it instantly aesthetically appealing to gadget hounds.
For such an affordable combi TV, the 22LU7000 is respectably connected. It has two HDMIs, for instance, for feeding in HD consoles or Sky HD. Plus there’s a digital audio output so you can feed digital audio tracks from DVD discs out to a separate AV receiver, if you wish; a D-Sub PC input; and even a USB input that can play both MP3 audio and JPEG photo files.