|HANNS.G HG281DPB 28-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Monitor | HDTV|
|Written by Larry Fraser - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 04 December 2007|
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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.
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.
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.
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.