In a stroke of quite uncanny foresight, only a week or so ago one of our forum members asked what the differences are between a TV and a monitor, besides the fact the former includes a TV tuner. Well, just as I'd posted a succinct little summary of some of the differences, what should turn up on my desk? None other than a monitor that includes a TV tuner, which once again proves you simply can't know it all in this industry, no matter how hard you try.
In case you were wondering, the forum thread resides here. So if you fancy a bit more insight into the subject you may want to have a read. For the time being, though, I'll jump away from this aside and get back to the task in hand - seeing how good the LG Flatron M228WD is.
The M228WD, then, is a 22inch LCD monitor with a resolution of 1,680 x 1,050 that packs into its diminutive chassis a single digital TV tuner, a whole plethora of digital and analogue inputs, a couple of speakers, and a remote control, which is undeniably an impressive list of features. In fact, short of including TV recording facilities, there isn't much more you could ask for from this monitor, or at least so it seems on the surface. As is often the case, squeezing this many features into a small space for such a low price means there are plenty of compromises when it comes to quality, whether it be of the picture, sound, or build variety. Before we delve too deep into these issues, though, let's take a look a closer look at what the M228WD does have to offer.
Out the box, it makes a good first impression with its glossy black frame and under slung speaker grill giving it a suitably up-market TV-like appearance. The various logos dotted round the bezel are perhaps a little intrusive for a TV and the bright blue LED above the touch sensitive power switch could also prove distracting. However, altogether it's an attractive package.
Also, like many modern TVs, the M228WD's buttons are situated on the top of the screen, where they remain out of sight yet are easy to reach and, perhaps more importantly, read when needed. Given the inclusion of a built-in TV tuner, it's no surprise to see four of said buttons are dedicated to volume and program adjustment, though these do also double up as the navigation buttons for the On Screen Display (OSD) - more on this later.