At least the aerial socket and CI slot (for subscription channels) are easily accessible at the left hand side of the unit, and Hyundai provides a little elbow extender for the aerial socket that makes connecting it a breeze. Meanwhile, at 22cm (nearly nine inches), the remote control is very large by TV/Monitor standards. This is an advantage in that buttons are well-spaced, but though layout is good, they feel cheap and are somewhat awkwardly shaped.
The OSD should also be easier to use than on most monitors, since the BlueH actually has up and down buttons in addition to the usual left and right (of course using the remote is easiest, but this is handy when your said gadget gets lost/chewed up by your dog/kid or runs out of juice). However, input selection is confusing. A dedicated button brings up the input menu, which tells you to use left/right arrow keys, when all the monitor has is +/- and up/down. Talking of up/down, despite the menu being presented in two rows, you can’t jump vertically from one row to the other directly, instead you have to move horizontally to the end of one row before moving to the next.
The main OSD is a relief, in that when using the remote it’s fairly straightforward. The main icons are bright, clear and large enough to comfortably see from a distance. Of course, one of the HM22D’s main features is the ability to watch digital and analogue TV without turning on your PC, and here menus are a bit less transparent. Analogue TV tuning is buried a bit, though easy enough to find. Digital, though, is not only difficult to find, but the menus we had to go into were different to the ones in the manual. Even odder, the BlueH’s Service Setup asked for a pin before allowing access. Four zeros did the trick, and once scanning completed, everything worked.
As a TV, the HM22D is fairly good for a hybrid at this price point. Compared to the LG Flatron M228WD, for example, you get a more vivid picture and slightly better detailing. But that’s not to say that most ‘dedicated’ LCD televisions won’t provide better results, as will a five-year old CRT. The reason is that you’re scaling SD content to fit a 16:10 (1,680 x 1,050) screen with a much higher native resolution than 16:9 720P televisions, and at this price point, you can’t expect a decent scaler. This means that even the potentially pristine digital BBC SD channels displayed a lot of noise, dot crawl and artefacts, in addition to mild flickering over certain parts of the image (though these effects are not as bothersome when at a distance of two metres or more). Then again, if you’re a TV image purist, you probably wouldn’t be looking at buying this screen in the first place, and for casual TV viewing, the HM22D is adequate.