The 22DYT has one or two interesting discussion points among its connections, too. First, there’s a disappointment: the provision of just a single HDMI socket. I guess a 22in TV is never exactly going to become the hub of any all-singing, all-dancing home cinema system. But it’s certainly possible that someone might want to simultaneously attach a PS3 or Xbox Elite games console and an upscaling DVD player even to a second-room TV.
Rather more pleasing is the provision of a D-Sub PC input, and everything you need to enjoy the UK’s digital terrestrial broadcasting service – including a Common Interface slot for adding a Top Up TV subscription card. Please note, though, that this is not one of Humax’s TVs with a built-in HDD for making Freeview recordings. For that functionality you’ll have to step up to the £380 LGB-22DRT.
Although you can find cheaper 22in TVs if you look around, the 22DYT is hardly expensive at just under £300. So it’s no great surprise to find it relatively low on features beyond those we’ve already mentioned. The only things of interest I could rustle up are SRS TruSurround XT audio processing to try and make that speaker bar reproduce some sense of a surround sound audio track; a handy radio alarm/snooze function; a clock function available on the front display; and a skin tone correction option.
To be honest, though, I’m actually rather glad there aren’t loads of features to get my head round, for the simple reason that the onscreen menus are a nightmare to read. Their text is way too small and this situation is compounded by the fact that the backdrop to the text is semi-opaque. Honestly, it’s hard to believe anyone at Humax has actually sat down and tried to use the TV at all in a normal room environment.
The 22DYT’s picture performance is just about as mixed a bag as I’ve ever come across, in that while it gets a few things surprisingly right, it gets a couple of others disturbingly wrong.
Let’s get this ‘wrong stuff’ out of the way first. My single biggest gripe with the set is that its odd native resolution causes it to show widescreen material using an incorrect aspect ratio. For instance, when feeding in the superb Sky HD broadcast of ”The Italian Job”, it’s blatantly obvious right away that the picture just doesn’t look quite right. The first thing you notice is that the black bars to the top and bottom of the picture don’t look as proportionally wide as they should. But then you also notice that Charlie and his gang all look considerably taller and thinner than normal, thanks to the way the 22DYT is stretching the image out vertically.
Actually, this problem doesn’t even just affect widescreen stuff, either. Switch the set into its 4:3 mode, and the image still looks noticeably stretched.
Although the degree to which you notice the aspect ratio problem varies according to the content of the image you’re watching at any given moment, it’s a problem that can prove regularly distracting, and which really should not be there at all.