Most TVs that get installed in second rooms - kitchens, conservatories, offices, bedrooms etc - are generally criminally underused. Not necessarily in terms of the sheer hours they’re watched for, but certainly when it comes to exploiting their full potential.
The main reason for this is simply that people don’t want to clutter up the space around their space-saving second TV with further boxes containing external sources. Which is precisely why products like Sharp’s LC-22DV200E make such great sense. For here you get a tidy, highly portable 22in LCD TV screen with a DVD slot cunningly tucked down its left side. So instead of, say, having to suffer the Jeremy Kyle show while you cook up a storm in the kitchen, you can stick on your favourite film instead, without having to mess your work surfaces up with an external DVD player.
The DVD deck has been niftily integrated into the 22DV200E, moreover, in that its inclusion hasn’t led to such a chunky rear end as we often see on combi TV products. In fact, the 22DV200E is quite a cutie aesthetically, with its glossy black finish, funky little stand and endearing arc along the bottom edge. If you get up close, its finish is a touch plasticky, but not offensively so.
Connections are a touch disappointing, though. For a start, unlike the 26in and 32in models in the DV200E range, the 22in model only has one HDMI input. Though to be fair, the inclusion of a DVD player within the TV’s own chassis reduces the need for more HDMIs to some degree.
It’s also disappointing, however, to find that a USB port on the DV200E’s rear is only there for Service use, and can’t be used for any multimedia purposes. Being able to play photos from USB memory sticks is always a handy trick for a second-room TV, in our opinion.
The TV isn’t wholly without multimedia functionality, though. For as well as a welcome D-Sub PC input, the built-in DVD deck is capable of playing JPEG photos, MP3 and WMA audio files, and standard def DivX video files burned onto DVD-R/RW or CD-R/RW discs. Plus, of course, as music CDs and DVD movies.
The 22DV200E’s screen is lit using conventional CCFL technology, and manages to squeeze an HD Ready pixel count of 1,366 x 768 into its reasonably small screen area. The TV also has a Freeview tuner, as we would expect - though this doesn’t extend to Freeview’s new HD platform.