LG Flatron M2294D: When monitors and TVs get it on

LG's just released the Flatron M2294D LCD TV-cum-PC monitor -- a screen that looks like a telly, acts like a telly, but also packs a high-resolution panel so it can be used as a proper PC monitor

When Crave inherits the Earth, we're gonna change a few things. First, we'll make everyone watch Lips 2 Da Floor at least three times a day, every day, indefinitely. We're also going to sort out world peace, but not before making it compulsory for every PC monitor to include a TV tuner.

LG's priorities seem just as sorted as ours. It's just released the Flatron M2294D LCD TV-cum-PC monitor -- a 22-inch screen that looks like a telly and acts like a telly, but also packs a high-resolution 1,680x1,050-pixel, 16:10 panel so it can be used as a proper PC monitor.

The specs make for good reading: analogue and digital Freeview tuners, two Scart inputs, two HDMI inputs, component in, and optical digital audio out for surround-sound goodness. You'll need that, because the little speakers are pretty rubbish. There's no on-board USB hub or card reader, but the monitor does have a PC Card slot discretely tucked away at the side, so you can add further connectivity.

We've spent the last couple of days playing with it and have decided the picture quality isn't bad at all. Its colour reproduction isn't as good as our Dell 3007WFP, but it's a capable all-rounder that will work well for movie playback and gaming. Oh, and it doesn't have a nasty glossy surface reflecting your own face back at you, which is always welcome.

We like it, and so should you. You can buy one this October for approximately £250. -Rory Reid

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