Today's flat-panels appear to be slim, slender and lightweight. This doesn't necessarily make for long life, though, and the HannsG HP222DGB - HannsG's newest 22in LCD - is aiming for increased durability.

The glossy acrylic screen is actually the first feature to hit you. Only when you turn on the monitor do you realise that reflections could be a serious problem - if you're going to be positioning near a window, you might want to consider a different model. However, there is a serious point to the HannsG HP222DGB's shiny side, and the acrylic surface is claims to protect the main panel from wear.

In other respects, the HannsG HP222DGB is rather plain. Its slightly blocky casing is a far cry from the slim looks of this month's BenQ, while the grating effect running along the bottom of the HP222DGB is unattractive.

HannsG has kept controls relatively simple. The HannsG HP222DGB's four-button panel isn't the slickest of solutions, but it does work quite effectively, and the simple navigation allows you to move through the menus with relative ease.

Part of the speed could be down to the dearth of in-depth options - there simply aren't many ways of adjusting the colour. Even the choice of colour modes (which would be rather more convenient were they assigned a dedicated button) is limited to just three presets; none of which very vibrant. You can create a user-defined mode as well, although there isn't a great range of colours here.

Given the generally high quality of today's screens, the HannsG HP222DGB's image doesn't quite measure up. It's fine for office applications, with clearly defined characters making it easy to work with text and spreadsheets. However, the focus isn't as consistent as it should be, and viewing angles are terrible - even twitching slightly causes the top and bottom of the screen to become discoloured.

Graphics and video are more problematic. The HannsG HP222DGB is quite pleasing to look at, but the colours lack fizz, making it a slightly dull screen to watch. This is in spite of the X-Contrast feature, which promises to turn the contrast ratio of 1,000:1 into a supposed 15,000:1.

In fairness, the HannsG HP222DGB screen will be perfectly acceptable for uncritical situations, and those used to older models might be pleasantly surprised. But given the calibre of some of today's flat-panels, the HannsG struggles to keep up.

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HannsG HP222DGB: Specs

  • 22in flat-panel
  • 1680x1050 native resolution
  • TN technology
  • 0.282mm pixel pitch
  • 5ms response rate
  • 1,000:1 contrast ratio (‘15,000:1’ with X-Contrast)
  • 170/160 degree viewing angle
  • 250cd/m2 brightness
  • VGA, DVI connectors
  • 510x203x421mm
  • 5.6kg
  • 3-year warranty
  • 22in flat-panel
  • 1680x1050 native resolution
  • TN technology
  • 0.282mm pixel pitch
  • 5ms response rate
  • 1,000:1 contrast ratio (‘15,000:1’ with X-Contrast)
  • 170/160 degree viewing angle
  • 250cd/m2 brightness
  • VGA, DVI connectors
  • 510x203x421mm
  • 5.6kg
  • 3-year warranty

OUR VERDICT

It’s hard to tell how much more colourful the HannsG HP222DGB would be if it wasn’t for the protective surface. We may applaud its nod towards longevity, and the HannsG remains affordably priced; but in terms of overall performance, there are definitely better 22in and 23in screens out there.

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