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You'd love a Pioneer KURO, wouldn't you? Yes, you and me both. Unfortunately, most of us don't have the space (not to mention funds) to acquire one of these endangered beasts, and are instead left at the opposite side of the spectrum: with a combined LCD TV Monitor like the Asus 24T1E. This hybrid offers some enticing specifications considering its £265 asking price, including 24 inches of real-estate and a Full HD resolution, which stands it in good stead for both entertainment and productivity.
Starting off with looks, it's not too unattractive though slightly 'busy'. A far cry from svelte TV Monitor models such as the recently-reviewed Samsung SyncMaster P2370HD, the 24T1E weighs in at a hefty 7kg and is unashamedly bulky. Its piano-black finish is surprisingly good at hiding fingerprints though, and the large, organically-patterned speaker grille is a stylish touch, though it's hardly the kind of design that will appeal to everyone.
Ergonomically there's only tilt on the menu, but we've long since given up hope of finding a TV Monitor that will offer more. Physical controls consist of a power button in the bottom right, with the rest of the controls positioned for easy access along the top edge, integrated into the 24T1E's silver accenting. They're clearly marked and logically laid out, making them an easy to use alternative when the remote isn't immediately to hand.
Speaking of the remote, it's actually rather good. It's a tad on the long side, but its size does allow for a logical, uncluttered layout. Buttons are grouped intelligently so that - depending on where you hold the remote - the requisite ones are always comfortably under your thumb. Indeed the remote itself lies well in the hand thanks to its ergonomic shape and soft matte plastic underside. The buttons also offer a pleasant rubber texture and good feedback. Our only minor complaint is that the remote's glossy upper surface does pick up fingerprints more eagerly than the monitor.