MSI has long pushed the boundaries of invention with its ever-evolving range of laptops but it has now pulled off a world first with the new MSI Creative 17.
Tyagi 2298 LCD television
A versatile LCD television for the bedroom or kitchen.
- Bright screen, in-built DVD player, 1680x1050 screen
- 16:10 ratio means black bars when watching TV or DVDs, low contrast, no 100Hz mode
As a simple, functional television that’s not the main screen in the house, the Tyagi 2298 is an acceptable choice. It does not have the pedigree of more expensive small screens like Sony’s KDL20S4000 panel, but it packs in plenty of functionality at the cost of image quality.
Price$ 495.00 (AUD)
The Tyagi 2298 LCD television is a 22in panel suitable for smaller living spaces. A built-in DVD player means your movie collection is easily accessible, while multiple digital inputs let it double as a PC monitor. It does not produce a brilliant picture but for most viewers it will do an acceptable job.
The Tyagi 2298 looks unimpressive; it is a far cry from Sony’s KDL20S400, which comes in a range of funky colours. Its glossy black bezel is nice, albeit slightly too bulky for our liking at the lower edge of the screen due to incorporating a pair of three-watt speakers.
The DVD player works efficiently and quietly. Our test disc of The Matrix was loaded quickly and played without fuss. Image quality was as high as can be expected of DVD video, so there is no downside to using the integrated player.
Plenty of inputs are available, with a single HDMI connector as well as component, composite, S-Video and several audio outputs available.
The 22in panel has a 16:10 ratio, which is slightly taller than the 16:9 widescreen television standard. If you’re watching DVD or digital TV content, this means there will be black bars or stretching taking place to accommodate the image. This LCD panel’s resolution is 1680x1050 — almost Full HD — betraying its origins as a PC monitor. This makes it versatile, since it can fill the role of television, DVD player and PC monitor with only a few cables. Switching between these inputs is easy enough as well, with well-labelled buttons easily accessible on top of the device.
Colours were quite vibrant and consistent in our tests, though we did find a little tweaking was necessary to create a more accurate picture; greens were far too prominent by default. This is easily changed using the fairly comprehensive on-screen menu. Contrast was a little low for our liking, with detail lost in white and dark areas of the screen, but the screen is on par with the specifications of the Sony KDL20S400.
We found the screen was easily bright enough to be used in daylight or under fluorescent light, so it will be well suited to bedrooms and kitchens that traditionally have stronger lighting than living rooms.
During our high-definition tests using a Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite, we found the Tyagi 2298 LCD television to display Full HD 1080p content impressively. Thanks to the downscaling to 1680x1050 taking place images were a little softer than native Full HD sets — but it is possible to set the Xbox 360 Elite to output at 1680x1050 natively for a sharp picture.
This is not the case with dedicated Blu-ray players, which only offer 720p and 1080p resolutions as standard. When watching Pearl Harbour we did notice softening and loss of edge detail, which is most likely a result of the screen’s downscaling software. That’s not to say that the image is a blurry mess, though — we were still able to see the minute facial details and intricate detail that is the hallmark of Blu-ray video.
The VGA PC connection also displayed an acceptable picture, although it needed significant colour calibration as well as some phase adjustment to achieve a consistently sharp image.
For a cut-price television the Tyagi 2298 does a good job, with bright, vibrant images that have plenty of detail. It is significantly cheaper than its premium-brand competitors, too.
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