- Review Price: £229.99
The M2294D is a 22in LCD monitor that’s as comfortable with TV and movie material as it is with PC and games content. It comes equipped with built-in digital and analogue tuners and all the connections you need to hook up a Blu-ray or DVD player, as well as providing excellent PC connectivity and features. This makes it perfect for bedroom use, where it doesn’t make sense to have separate screens for TV and PC viewing.
But the M2294D wouldn’t look out of place in the kitchen or living room either, as it sports a gorgeous design that puts the majority of PC monitors to shame. The screen is styled with a gloss black curved frame and an alluring electric blue power light, and it sits on an oval-shaped foot that screws into the bottom of the screen quickly and easily. When attached the screen tilts back slightly to create a comfortable viewing angle.
Around the back is a very generous array of sockets. There are two HDMI inputs, which is ideal if you own two hi-def sources, plus two SCART inputs and component video input for analogue sources. On the PC side you’ll find DVI and 15-pin D-Sub inputs, plus RS-232 and USB ports for service and control use. Audio sockets include optical digital audio output, analogue stereo input for the component sockets and a minijack input for the RGB and DVI inputs. Overall, an excellent selection.
The presence of a digital tuner not only gets you the entire spectrum of Freeview channels but also digital text, interactive services and a 7-day EPG. Also on board is a range of self-explanatory picture presets, including Standard, Vivid, Cinema, Sport and Game. It comes set to Vivid so that the picture looks good under intense shop lighting so be sure to set up the picture properly before you start watching. To do so, you can adjust the levels of contrast, brightness, sharpness and colour and tint in the Picture menu, but those who require even greater control over their images can access a separate Advanced Control menu that lets you adjust individual red, green and blue colour contrast and loads of other parameters. Having this level of control over picture quality is a real bonus.