Westinghouse LCM-22W2 22″ LCD Monitor Review

Written by: Maxwell Anderson
Date: December 5th, 2009
Rating: N/A

They make sweet blenders, a mashed potato maker, ceiling fans, and monitors. Who else could it be other than Westinghouse? They make all kinds of things, or rather, market all kinds of things. I doubt they actually physically manufacture any of these, but they do put their name on ’em. I don’t know how good the other stuff is, but I’ve heard good things about their blenders. I’d imagine that if they make good blenders, they must make some decent monitors too, right? It’s just logical. That’s why I’m testing out one of their monitors today. Not just any monitor, but a monitor that’s a borderline TV. It has all kinds of inputs, including component and DVI connections, along with S-video, your normal monitor connector, and our old friends, the A/V ports. Are all those ports really useful? I guess so, if you want to play your XBOX while watching the newest episode of “The OC.” A monitor is not to be judged by how many ports it has, though, so we’ll take a look at how the Westinghouse LCM-22W2 22in Multifunctional LCD display looks and functions. I’m liking what I’m seeing at first glance, but will I keep digging it? Read on.

Check the specs:

Viewable area: 22″ Diagonal
Pixel Pitch: 0.282 mm
Brightness (Typical): 280 cd/m2
Response Time (Typical): 5ms (gray-to-gray)
Viewing Angle (H/V): 170deg/160deg
Contrast Ratio: 700:1
Native Resolution: 1680 x 1050
Interface: Analog/Digital
Audio: Two 2.5 watt speakers
Dimensions: 17.8″ x 20.9″ x 8.5″ (with base)
Warranty: 1 year parts and labor

The Westinghouse LCM 22W2 LCD Monitor looks like a little LCD TV on a stand. Not that little, though, ’cause this thing measures out at a full twenty-two inches diagonally, which is pretty decent for a computer monitor. They’re going for the whole silver-and-black design, which I think looks pretty good. It matches my computer case, keyboard, and mouse, so it’s more than fitting on my desktop, but it’s not for everyone. Is this monitor elegant-looking enough for an office environment? I’d say it would get by, but it’s probably a bit more than what’s needed in an office. There are a bunch of ports on the back of the monitor so you can use it as a TV, but it does not come with a TV tuner itself, so you’ll have to use either a tuner card in your computer or something like a cable/satellite box. There are a couple speakers on the monitor, which is cool, but probably not needed for most users, since I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have at least a 2.1 speaker set for their computer. If you plan on using it strictly as a TV, the speakers would probably come in pretty handy. The control buttons are on the back, which is both good and bad at the same time – good because they’re hidden, but bad because you can’t see them when you’re trying to access the control menus. This monitor is pretty good looking, and more solid than I would have expected. I think they mixed form with function pretty well when designing this monitor.

Here’s a look at what’s included in the box:

In the above pictures are the following: a base to stand the monitor upright with, a speaker cord, a D-Sub (regular monitor input) cable, and a power cord. Sorry, it comes with no DVI cable. I don’t know who they think they are, sellin’ a DVI-capable monitor without a DVI cable, but is it really their fault? I mean, they’re a toaster manufacturer, after-all. It’s like a five-year-old asking a bald guy why he has no hair on his head — they just don’t know better.

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