LG 22LU4000 review

LG's 22" LCD TV shows that cheap doesn't have to mean bad

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Our Verdict

Pretty-boy looks and excellent pictures make this a definite temptation, despite its wimpy sound

For

  • Good picture quality and connections
  • Feature-rich

Against

  • Weedy sonics
  • Standard-def images could be better

With its dazzlingly glossy white finish, 'glittery' black rear end, funky desktop stand and seductive combination of gentle curves and dramatic angles, this 22-inch LG set really is a sight for sore eyes.

Thankfully the 22LU4000's beauty is more than just skin deep. Its roster of connections includes two Scarts, two HDMIs, and a PC input. In an ideal world, the provided USB port would play JPEGs and MP3s rather than just being for 'service' use, but when is the world ever ideal?

The 22LU4000's HD Ready panel, meanwhile, claims a contrast ratio of 8,000:1 that's streets ahead of most rival small screen TVs. And pictures should further benefit from the set's unexpected carriage of LG's XD Engine video processing system, designed to boost sharpness, contrast, motion handling and colour response.

Yet more good news finds the TV providing far more picture tweaks than most people will ever need.

Examples of the less common stuff include a gamma adjustment, a black level booster, a dynamic colour processor, and even the facility to shift to a Wide Colour Gamut if the standard colour setting isn't bold enough for you.

Despite having so many features, though, the 22LU4000 remains a doddle to use thanks to some attractive and clear onscreen menus, plus an unusual Picture Wizard system that helps you calibrate your image settings via a series of test signals.

Performance

Immediately impressing us is the image's clarity, in terms both of the detail reproduced with HD sources, and the lack of motion blur.

The 22LU4000's black level response is in a different league to that of most small televisions, too, delivering dark scenes with a sense of genuine depth and naturalism.

The lack of unwanted greyness in the picture also helps the television produce decently vibrant colours, given added appeal by some subtle blends and natural tones.

Or at least, that's the case with high-definition material. When it comes to standard-definition content, colours start to look less natural and a touch softer than we'd ideally like, but then that's a common failing of Freeview.

Even at their worst, though, the 22LU4000's pictures are never less than watchable. And when they're at their best, this set is undoubtedly one of the best small screen picture performers around.

It's a pity, then, that its sound is so flimsy. The underpowered speakers, hidden away somewhere in the cutesy bodywork, struggle to make The Jeremy Kyle Show sound convincing, never mind a decent action movie soundtrack.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format720p
Digital TunerDVB-T
Number of HDMI Ports2
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyLU4000
Brand NameLG
Screen Size55.9 cm (22")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle170°
Vertical Viewing Angle160°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Analog TunerSECAM, PAL, NTSC
USBYes
HDMIYes
RMS Output Power6 W
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
ColourGlossy White
Brightness350 cd/m²
Sound SystemDolby, Surround Sound
Product SeriesLU4000
Maximum Resolution1366 x 768
FeaturesTeletext, Channel Labeling
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product Model22LU4000
Product Name22LU4000 22" LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number22LU4000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

The LG 22LU4000 features smaller screen sizes without sacrificing anything in the way of performance, which makes them the perfect secondary TV for your home, bedroom, kitchen, or office. HDMI compact connection technology makes it easy for you to transmit uncompressed digital audio and video, at high speeds.

Response Time5 ms
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)5 kg