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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 Final Thoughts

I'm really glad to see the arrival of the Hanns-G HG281DPB LCD Monitor. Having a product like this on the market makes it a little harder for some of the the 27" LCD models to justify the $1,000+ price tags. Sure they may have more features and better color accuracy, but there are quite a few of us gamers out there that really don't need all of those extras. We just want a nice large LCD screen running at a high resolution to shoot people on. Not all of us have unlimited budgets to justify the biggest baddest video card, the $1,200 CPU, or the $1000+ monitor. Some of us live in the real world.

Gamers will love the 3ms response time, the 1920x1200 resolution, and the 27.5" screen size. Would I love this monitor at $1,200? NO. Is it worth the money at under $600? YES. The saying you get what you pay for often is very true, and probably applies here. You get a very large LCD monitor running at a nice resolution of 1920x1200, fast response time, and the ability to connect your PS3 or 360. What you don't get is the best contrast ratio, the most accurate colors, the ability to connect multiple devices at the same time, or default settings that are anywhere near usable. But you also don't get a price tag that will break the bank. Currently a cheap 24" can be had for under $400 and the Hanns-G is under $600. Is the extra 3.5" worth it, maybe, maybe not, Keep in mind that the difference between a 20" and a 24" monitor is a much larger percentage gain than the difference between a 24" and a 27.5". If you are currently using a 24" monitor you may have a hard time making this leap, but if you are currently reading this article on a 17" or 19" you really need to figure out how to make the jump to 1920x1200 either with a 24" or higher.

On a negative note, my monitor did arrive with two stuck pixels. I was able to rub one of them out with a plastic stylus, but the other is still stuck. Hanns-G does not consider two stuck pixels enough to warrant a replacement monitor.

HG281DPB 28" LCD Monitor Conclusion

The packaging offered a clear presentation of the contents and product specifications, while still remaining attractive and inviting to consumers. I would say it is the typical retail packaging, very similar to what other monitors are boxed in. I would like to see a little more protection over the actual LCD screen inside the box but that may have more to do with my past experience with FEDEX.

The HG281DPB holds true to its monitor heritage, it looks like a computer monitor should. Nothing flashy, no bulky speakers attached to the side, a slim bezel around the edge of the monitor and black in color. Looks right at home next to a Dell Monitor. The stand is basic but does a nice job keeping the monitor secure. It looks very much at home on a my desk.

Construction is acceptable for the price. I'm a little bothered by the stuck pixel and the fact that it takes quite a few stuck pixels to be considered a warranty defect by Hanns-G. Other than that, I am pretty happy with the overall construction of the monitor. It feels solid, and doesn't give the impression of being cheaply made.

The functionality of this monitor really depends on your intended use for it. If you are a professional photographer and intend to use this monitor to edit your photos, you probably need to look elsewhere. If you are wanting this monitor as an HDTV you might be better off getting an actual HDTV with a built-in tuner rather than this LCD Monitor. However, if you are just looking for a large LCD screen to play games and also use as your primary desktop monitor you should be very happy with this monitor. Don't expect it to match the high end 27" or 30" LCD monitors out there but they may set you back 2 or 3 times what the Hanns-G will.

Currently the 28" widescreen LCD monitor is available from Amazon for $260. As a gaming monitor I feel the Hanns-G HG281DPB offers a great value. When you consider that just 2 years ago a typical 20.1" monitor cost about as much, I really glad to see a product like this one. At this low price, it may be a perfect fit for the gamer on a budget.

In conclusion, if you keep your expectations in line, you will be very happy with the HG281DPB. Hanns-G positioned this monitor to be a low cost entry level 27.5" LCD monitor and in doing so, they have given us a new option of having a very large LCD screen to play our games on without spending a fortune on features we may not need or even care about. Is it the best LCD monitor available? Absolutely not. It is a very nice LCD monitor to play games on? Yes. Keep in mind that my ratings below are based solely on how this monitor rates as a gamer's monitor.

Pros:

+ Extremely affordable for a large LCD Monitor
+ 3ms Response time
+ 3 Year Warranty
+ Option to connect High Definition devices
+ Slim Bezel
+ Great for Gaming

Cons:

- Poor default calibration
- Lack of multiple simultaneous connections
- Cheap speakers
- Possible stuck pixels

Ratings:

  • Presentation: 9.00
  • Appearance: 9.00
  • Construction: 8.50
  • Functionality: 8.00
  • Value: 9.25

Final Score: 8.75 out of 10.

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# 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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