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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

Hanns-G HG281DPB Monitor Review

Ask any gamer how big of monitor is the perfect monitor and you might just get a response of "the bigger the better". Today Benchmark Reviews takes a look at a LCD monitor aimed squarely at the "bigger is better" gaming crowd. The Hanns-G 28" LCD HG281DPB monitor seems to fit perfect with the typical gamer looking for the largest LCD screen they can get without breaking the bank. Featuring an Active Matrix TFT, 3ms response time, 1920x1200 resolution, and at a cost of under $600. On paper the specifications look great, but how would it actually perform in reality? I had to give it a shot.

The last Ten years have brought about some significant changes in the computer industry. Most are familiar with the term "Moore's Law" which states "the number of transistors that can be inexpensively placed on an integrated circuit is increasing exponentially, doubling approximately every two years". (Intel was kind enough to change the two years to 18 months) Basically what this meant to the average consumer is that every two years your identical investment bought a computer that was twice as fast. Unfortunately, Moore's Law never applied to monitors. For years the typical desktop monitor was a small CRT screen inside a very large case. The screen may have been small, but the foot print and the electric bill was anything but small. The invention of the LCD computer monitor has changed the look of the standard workspace, and over the last few years, the competition in the LCD computer monitor market has become intense. The advances that LCD monitors have made over the last 5 years is amazing. They seem to be getting larger, faster and cheaper all at the same time. The typical LCD desktop monitor has jumped from 17" to 19" to 22" or even 24", and the prices keep falling. Currently there seems to be a rather large jump from 24" to 30" in both price and performance. This is where the Hanns-G 28" LCD Monitor comes in. Priced similar to the high end 24" monitors and carrying the same resolution it tries to fill a niche market of those that desire a larger monitor but lack the actual need for the ultra high resolutions or the bank roll to buy the 30" monitors.


The saying "you get what you pay for" is often the case. Sometimes this isn't such a bad thing as long as you know what you are getting and what you are not getting. If you are looking for a monitor to do your professional photo editing on, where displaying the perfect color is critical, you probably need to look elsewhere. But then again, if you are a professional photographer your lens most likely cost more than this monitor. If you are simply looking for the most desktop space to open multiple application windows, two cheap 24" LCD monitors might be a better fit. But if you are a gamer wanting to play on a "BIG" screen, (or for that matter simply need a bigger monitor to help you see small text) then this may just be the monitor you've been longing for.

About the company: Hanns-G

I wish I could provide you with an informative background of Hanns-G but honestly I don't know that much about the company. What I do know is that they are a branch of HannStar which is most known for the small LCD monitors made for children. If you have ever seen the little 9" LCD monitors that look like an apple or a football, most likely those are HannStar. The good news is that they seem to like to compete in the low cost sector of the market and with the current product being reviewed they really don't have much other competition at this price point. From the research I did, I can tell you it seems they favor the budget offering in all areas, warranty included. Don't expect to get a new replacement monitor just because you have a couple of stuck pixels.

Hanns-G Features & Specifications

Screen Size
27.5" Viewable
Native Resolution 1920x1200
Response Time
Rated Contrast Ratio
Maximum Brightness
PC Inputs HDMI and D-Sub VGA
Video Inputs Component
TV Tuner
USB None
Pic in Pic
Speakers 2 x 2.5w
Adjustibility Tilt and Swivel
Display Colors

Viewing Angle

160deg H and V
Weight 30.2lbs
Warranty 3 Years



# 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 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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