A great idea, if you need it...
When it comes to screens of all kinds,
bigger is better. At least, that’s what most people seem to think. But there
comes a point when a large screen becomes impractical, particularly as far as
TVs go. It is easy to be dazzled by that massive flat panel, only to find that
you have too much TV for the room it is placed
Small TV screens are not really in demand,
but there certainly is a space for them. Particularly if that small TV is also
a desktop PC monitor, like the LG Flatron M2362.
The functions of this monitor-TV hybrid may
not be immediately apparent, but there are a variety of reasons why someone
would want a TV on their desktop, ranging from space problems to industry-specific
requirements. Whatever the need may be, the M2362 takes care of the problem,
providing the user with a 23 inch flat screen monitor that has full TV
functionality - including a built in TV tuner.
What this means is that the device isn’t
quite as skinny as other monitors of its size class. But, then again, it’s not
just a monitor. It features DVI, HDMI and component inputs, as well as an
antenna cable port and audio in jack. The front has a host of TV related
controls, including programme selection, volume controls and those kinds of
things. A headphone port is mounted on the side of the device, too, for easy
So why would you want one of these? Well,
this really is a case of necessity. This is hardly a device that you would get
unless you really needed it, for whatever reason. But should you require one,
it’s good to know that it’s there...
Image quality via the matt screen is,
naturally, very good - one wouldn’t expect anything less from LG. It comes with
a full function remote as well, which does seem a little redundant, as you’re
not realistically going to be viewing this device from a long distance away.
Perhaps the desire to keep the front free from finger prints would be a viable
reason for the remote, or perhaps using it is a little simpler than the various
front mounted controls, but in all honesty it seems a little unnecessary.
Still, it’s there and it works well.
This screen is, in short, a very versatile
and handy one, but unless needs dictate, there isn’t much reason to get one
just for its ‘cool’ factor. The inclusion of the TV tuner makes it a bit more
of a niche item, which is great if you need it, but inflates the price
unnecessarily if you don’t. The choice, in the end, is up to the consumer.
At a glance
combination of TV and monitor with a 23 inch screen
Tech Specs: 23 inch screen, Built-in TV tuner, Full function remote, DVI port,
HDMI port, Component ports
great combo, Clear visuals, Space saver
something everyone would need