Samsung's 22" HDTV Set

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Fitting an HDTV set into a tight space is no problem with Samsung's 22-inch UN22C4000 LED-LCD. Since the 720p display is only 1.2-inches thick and weighs just 8.4 pounds, it can be easily mounted on a wall. You're more likely to use the stand, but even then the set's entire depth will be only 7.5-inches. So, you can place the TV virtually anywhere in your home.

Helping to make the 720p display so thin is the new lighting technology called LED (for light-emitting diodes). Smaller and as much as 50 percent more energy-efficient than CCFL (cold cathode fluorescent) backlighting, LED lighting is being used in a growing range of Samsung LCD-based television sets. The UN22C4000 displays 1366 x 768 pixels, all framed in a black bezel with a Touch of Color. Coupled with Samsung's Mega Dynamic Contrast and Wide Color Enhancer Plus technologies, pictures appear with subtle shading and eye-pleasing color.

A built-in tuner lets you receive free over-the-air HDTV. Two HDMI inputs and a set of component video inputs enable you to connect your high-def cable box, DVR, Blu-ray Disc, DVD player, or games console. If you're into gaming, the TV's game mode brings out dark areas of the picture, sharpens details, quickens the image processing response, and enhances sound effects all at the touch of a button. The TV puts out 3 watts per each of its stereo speakers and you can boost the soundscape by connecting an outboard audio system to the set's digital or analog audio outputs.

More than a screen for viewing TV shows and watching movies, the UN22C4000 contains a VGA input for connecting a computer, so it could be used as a desktop monitor. (You'll be able to toggle between your spreadsheet and a basketball game.) There's also a USB input for attaching a memory storage device such as a flash drive or a digital camera so you can enjoy your music, photos, and videos. Samsung calls the latter feature ConnectShare Movie. The same remote that controls the TV plays content from your connected media. So, it's easy to sit back and enjoy the show.

The Samsung UN22C4000 is Energy 4.0 rated, so when the electric bill comes, TV watched will be pennies earned. With so much going for it, it's almost a shame that the ultra-slim 22-inch LED-LCD HDTV is so easy to hide away.