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Written by Larry Fraser - Edited by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 04 December 2007
Table of Contents: Page Index
HANNS.G HG281DPB 28-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor
Closer Look: Hanns-G 28" LCD
HG281DPB Detailed Features
Hanns-G LCD Menu and Interface
LCD Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

HG281DPB Detailed Features

The accessories included with the Hanns-G monitor are pretty basic but cover all your needs. You get a power cord, VGA cable, DVI to HDMI cable, VGA to Component adapter, and a couple of audio cables. You will notice that there is no remote for the Hanns-G monitor. Keep in mind that this is a primarily a computer monitor and using it as a HDTV monitor is for the most part a bonus. While I would have welcomed a remote to turn on and off the monitor and to switch the inputs from HDMI to component, unfortunately a remote is not even an option.

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If you were expecting the typical assortment of LCD TV connections on the back of this monitor you may be in for a shock. The connection options are about as sparse as you can get. The good news is that what is there pretty much covers what you will need for a computer or high definition hookup.

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A standard D-Sub connection is offered for computers along with a HDMI-DVI cable allowing you to run your DVI video card directly into the HDMI port. As for your component inputs you will need to use the provided D-Sub to Component adapter. The downside to this is pretty obvious. You are going to be severely restricted as to how many devices can be simultaneously hooked up. Again, this is intended to be a computer monitor and keeping in mind that the 30" Dell monitors only provide you with a DVI option I shouldn't gripe that much I guess. The monitor does have built in speakers but you really should only consider using them if sound is of minimal importance to you. It is a nice add on considering you can't even see the speakers when looking at the monitor and they don't seem to add to the overall size of the monitor. I really get annoyed with LCD TV's with speakers permanently mounted to the side, I was glad to see that this was not an issue with the Hanns-G.

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The image above gives a good comparison of the Hanns-G to the Dell 24" 2405FPW. While the Hanns-G monitor doesn't really dwarf the 24" Dell, it is still noticeably larger. I have been using this monitor of over a month now as my primary monitor, and I have noticed one significant change. I now find myself using non-maximized windows much more than I ever did in the past. The actual screen width is so large that trying to read a web page that is over 26" wide is actually a little difficult. It took quite a bit of adjusting but I finally was able to get the colors very similar to the Dell monitor, the contrast is still lacking compared to the Dell. Blacks are deeper on the Dell than on the Hanns-G. I doubt you would notice it as much if they were not side by side though.



 

Comments 

 
# PresidentRobert 2010-05-23 15:32
This monitor is a piece of junk. Text is hardly legible and pages have washed out areas that can not be gotten rid of. Adjustment proved impossible even for our professional tech. Thankfully I had bought it from Costco on line. Brought it back a day after arrival for immediate credoit and bought a Samsung 27" instead, which works beautifully. Stay away from Hanns unless you enjoy wasting time.
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# RE: HANNS.G HG281DPB 28-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitorstan 2010-08-02 05:56
I love this monitor, I liked it so much I bought another for my second computer to replace the Dell 24 inch which I gave away. I watch movies, play on-line games, and write papers where the text is clear and sharp. I have no doubt there are better monitors available but expect to pay four times more and the quality will not be that much better.
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# HG281D Flat Panel MonitorP-Dunk from Alabamy 2011-02-04 10:40
I've had mine for over a year and haven't had one problem yet. I use it at work, so it's on 8hrs a day 5 days a week... Highly recomend!
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# Unhappy CustomerMatt Walker 2011-02-17 19:53
The screen began to go black after 7 months. I really enjoyed the monitor while it worked. The manufacturer was willing to repair the monitor but it would take 10 days an I had to pay for shipping one way. How many time do I need to pay for a product before I can expect it to work.

I work from home and would be unemployed without a monitor. After 2 months without a satisfactory resolution I took it back to Walmart. Walmart was unable to view the receipt because it was purchased at Walmart.com. The customer service rep did find me a direct number to the manufacturer and work with me for 90 minutes. They only option I had was to buy a new monitor, pay for shipping on the old monitor and return my new monitor when the repairs were finished.

After the Manufacturer was not willing to accept that "Policy" was flexible our conversation ended. Walmart found a way to accept the return. I appreciate Walmart having the backbone to stand behind a product they sell even when the manufacturer will not. I have a new found respect for Walmart.
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# RE: HANNS.G HG281DPB 28-Inch Widescreen LCD MonitorGSmith 2011-05-28 09:43
I have had one for 2 years plus & love it. Now looking to buy a second one so that I can run two monitors simulaneously.
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# RE: HANNS.G HG281DPB 28-Inch Widescreen LCD MonitorSteve Bradfield 2011-08-22 21:57
I've had mine for almost a year, and have had no problems so far. It's big, it's beautiful and I wouldn't trade it for anything...well, maybe something in the 42" range.
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# RE: HANNS.G HG281DPB 28-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitorkathryn hepburn 2011-09-18 20:05
its # nobodys works after a year stop making them there useless.
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# very disapointedLinda Johnson 2011-11-03 12:33
I purchased this Monitor as a Christmas gift for my nephew. Best Buy had it displayed and I loved the color and the graphics this monitor had. The disappointing part is my nephew only used it 6 times.. He lives in Fl and only visits holidays. The picture starts to crack and eventually goes black. I tried to return the Monitor to Best Buy and told them the warranty was up, that I would be happy to pay to have it fixed. They no longer deal with the company and could not help me. I called the company and the wanted 300 and something to fix it and I had to pay shipping and handling before they fixed it. I said no thank you and now I'm looking to see if I can find a local electronic repair shop that can fix it.. will keep you posted...
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# mrjim 2011-11-12 16:39
I bought the Hanns G about a year or so ago and now I have to turn it on and off about 5-7 times at the start to keep it on, then if my PC idles to long I have to go thru the same procedure again. Its annoying and probably gonna buy another monitor soon, just not this brand!
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# RE: HANNS.G HG281DPB 28-Inch Widescreen LCD MonitorEtonie E 2012-12-26 05:16
I`ve been running my 27.5inch now for over 3 years and haven`t had any problems whatsoever especially this fading to black issue some folk have experienced? It`s not the best monitor in the world but in it`s favour is the very low price and bang 4ur bucks u get in it`s size of image.

Ok the blacks arn`t as black as they could be and the screen does have this kinda like hot spots of light in it, but that`s not visible when playing games or watching films. If I had the money I would buy a monitor which is three times the price of this one but I would not gain anything in size just quality of picture. I`d still buy another one of these if lack of money was the problem.
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