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Written by Marc Fruchtman - Edited by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Hanns-G HZ281HPB WideScreen LCD Monitor
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: HannsG HZ281HPB
HannsG HZ281HPB Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Gaming Performance
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Hanns·G Final Thoughts

The Hanns·G HZ281HPB 27.5" WideScreen LCD Monitor is truly an excellent monitor. The brightness, colors, and contrast are all user adjustable. Text is very crisp, and sharp. There is no visible flicker, and the screen is consistent in color and brightness thru-out the entire viewable area at standard viewing angles (sitting at the desk).

The price of similar monitors on Newegg, for example, are hundreds more. There are a couple of monitors in the same price range but the reviews of those other similar sized monitors were often negative. The biggest issue I faced with this monitor, was getting used to the monitor controls which are under the frame and recessed. The black on black descriptions for the buttons are very difficult to see, and I found myself time and again fumbling around trying to adjust the monitor. However, given the other positives of the Hanns·G HZ281HPB, this is a minor nuisance.

Hanns·G HZ281HPB Conclusion

The Hanns·G HZ281HPB performed spectacularly during the review process. The screen looks amazing. Its so huge that it dwarfs my 22 inch 1080p monitor. The 1920x1200 resolution really improves how I can work with various programming tools and modeling tools that I use on a regular basis. Autodesk Revit, 3DS Max, and Inventor, Microsoft Visual Studio, and other similar tools have more than enough viewing real-estate.

Games looked so big and real (they fill up your viewing area up close), that I felt I was immersed in the game itself. At one point during gaming I kept saying "Wow, I feel like I am here in the game" If your video card can handle the increased resolution, you will love how it looks. Games played on the PC look fantastic. Also played on Xbox 360 were Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and Left For Dead. Both looked excellent. The only connection needed for this monitor was the HDMI cable which handled both video and audio, and was auto detected.

On the other hand, the audio from the speakers lack bass and thus sound somewhat "tinny". Audiophiles would be wise to only use these as a back up to separate set of amplified speakers or head-phones. The supplied head-phone jack is a nice plus. For gaming, the audio thru HDMI was acceptable, with the greatest benefit being that it could save you from having to cannibalize your Xbox 360 connector in order to save a few bucks on a special HDMI adapter so that you can get audio to work, thru the the RCA Jacks. The X-Contrast does not perform well under certain conditions: dark movie scenes with multiple lights such as night time city views.

The Hanns·G HZ281HPB monitor is very slick. The glossy black frame, is stunning. The Active Matrix TFT produces an excellent bright uniform picture, with crisp text, and minimal distortion at normal viewing angles. Glare was also minimal. The frame and stand are quite sturdy even when fully tilted back. The screen includes an anti-glare coating. Both of the monitors purchased were free from any visible defects. The unit was very well packaged.

The video functionality of the monitor was excellent. However, the Hanns·G HZ281HPB could have had some minor improvements in user functionality. Specifically, the controls are too recessed under the bottom of the monitor to make them easily accessible. Side mounted button controls or even underside controls that were visible to the user would have been a better choice.

On the plus side, the actual user interface was well done. If you can remember which button to push, it is navigable, and almost any function you desire for adjusting the image in an LCD monitor comes included in the interface. However, grayed out were horizontal and vertical offsets, as well as clock and phase which are only available when using VGA inputs. The power button is not lit, making it somewhat difficult to easily identify.

The stand could benefit from height adjustment and ability to forward tilt about 5 degrees. It only tilts back from 0 to 20 degrees. Alternatively, it does sport HDMI, VGA, and DVI, as well as Audio Line-In and Headphone jacks. It also comes with a VGA cable, and DVI to HDMI cable which are the most common video card outputs. If your video card only comes with HDMI then you will need to buy the extra cable, as would be the case for Xbox 360 users. Many monitors now come with USB ports, but there were no USB ports on this version. The minor issues aside, this monitor displays a beautiful large image, with clear text, and vibrant colors.

The Hanns·G HZ281HPB is a superb value. Newegg has been selling these monitors for $309.99 as of December 2010, and there are promotions for even better savings. Monitors of this quality, with a 27.5 inch diagonal screen size (viewable), and 1920x1200 native resolution, are usually very expensive, typically in the $500 plus side.

This is a great looking monitor, that exceeds FULL HD 1080P at 1920x1200 resolution. Its best used when your are sitting in front of it, as opposed to a wide viewing angle. The pros far outweigh the cons as listed. Would I buy this monitor again? Absolutely. If you have been looking for a huge monitor, with a typical usage requirement, and a great price, then this monitor should be at the top of your list.

Pros:

+ Large 27.5-inch screen
+ Bright and immersive LCD panel
+ 1920x1200 resolution
+ Glossy black frame is sturdy, tilts back
+ Inputs for VGA, DVI, HDMI, and Audio
+ Good menu system
+ Economical price

Cons:

- Lacks forward Tilt, height Adjust
- Button controls are hard to use
- Speakers lack deep bass
- Pixel return policy
- Marketed as 28" monitor

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# I OwnDK 2010-12-22 10:18
I own this amazing monitor and any of you who think they know what HD (720p 1080p) is at a smaller monitor is joking themselves... The Difference is amazing.
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# Your jokingToeringsandthong 2010-12-23 04:20
sorry chum my 30inch led samsung @2250x1920 HD THAT ! and with a 2ms response time and i only paid 350.00 usd blows this out of the water!plus i got a 5 year warranty to boot ! im sorry your joking yourself !
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# RE: Your jokingMack 2010-12-23 08:15
What model is that Samsung that has 2250x1920?
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# What do you get out of lying to strangers?Derp 2010-12-25 00:55
Is that really necessary? I have not seen any consumer screen go past 1600 resolution and that's already at 2560x1600. Unless you've got some specially manufactured monitor, get your head out of your a$$ and don't bother commenting.
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# RE: Your jokinghahaha 2011-01-12 05:16
LED, man you spent 350USD on an LED "backlight" Samsung. There are no real LED monitors yet available, these are all just backlight LED monitors.
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# I thinkshin0bi272 2011-07-31 23:52
I think he bought a TV and is using it as a monitor... either that or hes trolling
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# LairC 2011-01-19 12:40
Not only is there no Samsung 30" for 350, but there is no 30" of any brand for 350. They have some real cheap models of 28" for 300, but even the 22" Samsung monitors that are high quality are 250+. You're a liar.
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# HannsGharald 2012-09-10 10:51
Hello,

Please give your opinion about your Hannsg monitor.

I am really looking for a 16:10 ratio for my flightsim.

Thanks for your replay.

Harald

The netherlands
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# RE: HannsGDavid Ramsey 2012-09-10 12:59
The review is the opinion.
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# RE: RE: HannsGSWAT 2012-09-18 12:23
Wow this thread still gets activity? I still have my 2 HANNSG monitors and they are working fine. I had one that has been back for repair 2 times but for the most part I am very happy with them. 1920x1200 resolution is nice. I don't game as much anymore because my computer business has been so busy. It was funny to read what my system was when I posted in this section. I have been through 2 Core i7 and 2 Core i5's since then, lol. Go Technology!
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# ips mva or gthips mva? 2010-12-22 21:31
wow a TN panel for cheap? wow so different than all the other tn panels for cheap that look like ass compared to a real monitor with a pva, or ips. this is a monitor for ppl that don't know any better. much like the rest of the tn garbage out there. anyone that thinks a tn panel looks good is either one of the unwashed masses, or needs their eyes examined, or replaced.
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# Got 2 of theseSWAT 2010-12-23 00:12
I purchased my 1st one in 2008 for about $450 and my second one this year on NewEgg when it was on sale for $279. I have sent in my 1st monitor 2 times in 2 years because of warranty work. HANNS-G customer service gets a 3 star out of 5 for me. My 3 year warranty is limited. The first time it went out on the 1 year mark costing me about $35 to ship to the manufacture. The 2nd time I had to pay for shipping plus $120 for the LCD screen, as it was not covered. So remember limited is a key word. Only the labor is covered for 3 years, not all the hardware.
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# LIMITED IS WHAT?Toeringsandthong 2010-12-23 04:31
SORRY to you too chum BUT your WRONG it clearly states right in the specs 3-Year Limited (3-Year Parts/Labor,1-Year LCD/Backlight) PARTS AND LABOR 3YEARS 1-YEAR LCD cant you READ?? so YES ALL PARTS AND ALL LABOR IS COVERED FOR three years EXCEPT THE LCD BACKLIGHT ! i know these backlights ALL BURN OUT regardless of the brand WHY DO YOU THINK I WENT WITH LED??? You'll be like that DK chap and always be repairing the backlights ,LCD lighting is considered OLD School these days !UPGRADE TO LED !
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# Smart ASSSWAT 2010-12-23 20:06
LED at this size was not available when I bought back in 2008 or at the beginning of 2010 for that matter, at least at the prices mentioned. So your LED is a 30"? I looked at Samsungs website, lol, you're a troll. And no one is selling a 30" LED Panel for $350 in the US, surely not a samsung. Hanns-G might not be the best out there for LCD's but for the price it is unbeatable. Samsung's top PC Model Spec is a 23" LED, don't believe it? Check it for yourself "O'l Chap". samsung.com/us/computer/monitors

Toeringsandthong = Troll & a Liar. Next Please! :)
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# Learn your stuff, before you blabDerp 2010-12-25 01:02
Again, get your head out of your ass. There is no such thing as LCD backlight, it's called cold cathode fluorescent backlighting and it does not burn out as easy as you think it does. I've got a 7 year old LCD monitor that has not burned out yet, despite being used almost everyday. Same concept for my laptops, I haven't had one burn out on me all these years.
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# Small CorrectionLoki 2010-12-29 13:29
Typically for almost all LCDs displays (stand alone/laptop) it isn't the cold cathode tubes themselves that burn out, it is the power inverters failing.
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# For the recordSWAT 2010-12-23 20:12
This monitor is not the best out there. But if you look hard on such sites like NewEgg you can pick it up for under $300 and have a nice 1920x1200 reso with 3-5ms response. If I had the money I'd throw down on an HP 30", but $1,100 is hard to swallow for gaming these days. My current rig has a 6 Core AMD 1090T Proc / 8gig DDR3 Memory / 2x 120gig G-Skill SSD's in Raid 0 / 3x 150gig WD Raptors in Raid 0 / 2TB HDD for media / EVGA GTX 580 GPU / 650watt BFG PSU / ASUS M4N98TD-EVO MoBo / Logitech G9x Mouse / Logitech G930 Wireless Headset / G13 Gaming Pad / and a simple logitech Wireless WAVE Keyboard.
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