Hanns-G HG-281DJB 27.5-Inch Wide-Screen LCD Monitor
At a Glance
28-inch (27.5 viewable) LCD with HDMI is priced temptingly low but it failed to impress in graphics tests.
This extremely low-priced 28-inch wide-screen (27.5-inch viewable area) monitor produced very high text scores, making it ideal for people who want a large monitor to view several documents at a time. The HG-281DJB also has an HDMI port, but its graphics performance left a lot to be desired.
Tested for our
The Hanns-G model comes with a VGA port for analog connections, while the digital port is HDMI. It doesn't have a DVI port, but comes with an HDMI-to-DVI cable adapter instead. Many big monitors that we reviewed for our
Hanns-G's display comes with serviceable built-in speakers. Predictably they lack bass, but at maximum volume, movie dialogue was clear, and whispered dialogue was audible. Sounds emerged, such as background chirps of birds and distant galloping hooves, that I had a hard time hearing through the built-in speakers of other monitors.
The on-screen display (OSD) menu is easy, but basic, with a few presets for color temperature and speaker volume control. There is no extra software. The panel adequately tilts (20 degrees) and minimally swivels (30 degrees each side).
The Hanns-G HG-281DJB has a tempting $599 (as of December 10, 2007) price, and it does a decent job with office documents. But it does have a hard time in certain graphics situations, so you may want to look for a more well-rounded performer.