LG 22LU5000 review: LG 22LU5000

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The Good Picture quality is great for a TV of this size; cute design; can also be used as a monitor.

The Bad Sounds weedy; design won't be to everyone's taste; the need for a 1080p resolution on a 22-inch screen is debatable.

The Bottom Line The LG 22LU5000 has almost unbeatable shelf appeal thanks to its appealing appearance and 1080p resolution. It produces some really decent picture quality as well. But we're not entirely sure that such a high resolution is that important on a 22-inch set, and its audio is distinctly low-fi

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7.5 Overall

Having recently injected new life into the small-TV market with the glamorous 22LU4000, LG wants to add more quality to its range of diminutive sets with the 22LU5000: an LCD TV that brings a 1080p resolution to the 22-inch table. But, since this high resolution also makes the 22LU5000 about £50 dearer than its £300 sibling, we can't help but wonder if it's really necessary on such a small screen.

Not for the butch
If you like your TVs to look manly, you might as well stop reading this review now. The 22LU5000's flamboyant design is about as far from masculine as you can get.

For a start, its bezel is glossy white. Then there are the subtle curves to the TV's extremities, and the way the bottom edge arcs down in the middle. If this hasn't already upset you enough, how about the eye-catching orange in which the TV's rear and edges are clad, and the glass-like neck that connects the TV to the predictably cute desktop stand?

Any TV design that's as in your face as the 22LU5000's is going to polarise opinion. But many of us at CNET Towers have a soft spot for it, even if we don't like to admit it.

Cop a load of the orange backside on the 22LU5000. The same colour can be found on the edges of the set

Once you get over the colour of the 22LU5000's rear, you'll notice it's reasonably well provisioned with connections for such a small TV. There are two HDMI ports, for instance, as well as a VGA PC port so the TV can do double duty as a computer monitor. The only disappointment is that the on-board USB port can only handle firmware-update data, and not JPEG photos or MP3 audio.

Redundant resolution?
The rest of the 22LU5000's specs are dominated by its 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution. Fitting so many pixels into a 22-inch screen really is quite a feat. But does it really serve any useful purpose other than to give the TV an easy selling point for in-store staff to latch onto?

After all, you can't always appreciate the difference between 720p and 1080p resolutions at the 32-inch size level, so it's hard to imagine that a 1080p resolution will really make its presence felt on a 22-inch screen.

But the 22LU5000 doesn't only have a high resolution to boast about, though. It also carries a surprisingly long list of picture-tuning options, such as gamma adjustment, a dynamic colour enhancer, a black level enhancer, and systems for reducing video noise and sharpening edges.

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