|Hanns-G HZ281HPB WideScreen LCD Monitor|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Monitor | HDTV|
|Written by Marc Fruchtman - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 21 December 2010|
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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.
+ Large 27.5-inch screen
- Lacks forward Tilt, height Adjust
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