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HANNS.G HG281DPB 28-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor E-mail
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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

Closer Look: Hanns-G 28" LCD

I must admit, the primary reasons for choosing this monitor had more to do with price than it did with other factors. All I pretty much cared about was that the monitor supported at least 1920x1200, had a fast response time for games, and was cheap. I would love to have one of the new 30" LCD monitors running at 2560x1600 but couldn't justify the high price tag so I had to look at other options. My previous big screen gaming monitor had been a 32" LCD TV which was limited to 1366x768. While it was nice for some of my racing games, it really didn't work that well for first person shooters such as BF2 and COD4. I missed the option to run at the higher resolutions and the small text wasn't really clear enough to use as an every day desktop monitor. This really should come as no surprise given that the intended use of an LCD TV is watching TV, not using it as a desktop monitor. The nice thing about the Hanns-G monitor is that it is a computer monitor first, and can be used as a HDTV monitor as an option. Keep in mind that this monitor does not have a built in tuner of any kind, however it does support HDMI and component input so you can connect your HD satellite receiver or an HDTV tuner to the monitor.

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The monitor arrived in a nice colorful box with the typical detailed specs clearly listed. The monitor does support a full 1080p for all of your Blu-ray and HD DVD needs, as well as your XBOX 360 and PS3 needs. This monitor is also HDCP compliant. One thing that I do have a small issue with is the method of rounding up the listed size of this monitor. Hanns-G has labeled this monitor as a 28" LCD, the model number has 28 in it, the box even has a very large 28"w printed on the front cover, but in much smaller print they point out that the monitor is in fact only a 27.5" monitor. This practice was used extensively by the older CRT monitors where a 21" CRT might only give you a little over 19" of viewable display, but for the most part was abandoned with the arrival of LCD monitors. Today almost all LCD monitors are correctly listed at the true viewable screen size all the way down to 1/10 of an inch. A 20.1" monitor is listed as a 20.1", not as a 22" or 23". Granted Hanns-G may be a new player to the desktop LCD market, but adopting an outdated method of measuring their monitors is just wrong and deceptive.

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The monitor arrived undamaged and nicely packaged. It would have been nice to see a little more protection surrounding the entire monitor but everything arrived just fine. The monitor is supported on the four corners by Styrofoam and the monitor and all accessories are packaged in plastic bags.

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The monitor is actually very slim considering we are dealing with a monitor that is over 26" wide. The monitor itself will swivel and tilt on a fairly solid base but there is no option for adjusting the height of the monitor. Adding a height adjustment would have been a welcomed addition. The monitor has a depth of 8.4" with the base unit. This is actually .6" less than my Dell 24" monitor.

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The exterior of the monitor has an attractive flat black finish with an approximately 1" glossy black border around the screen. The base unit is black and silver with a flat finish. The bezel size is not that bad. It is larger than my Dell's bezel but nothing like most of the LCD TV's that like to add on a few inch's of plastic around the screen. The bezel is small enough to run an extended desktop with another monitor next to it without much concern.



 

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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