Hanns-G’s range of LCD monitors range tends to deliver a significant number of screen inches for a modest price tag. Sometimes, at the lower price levels, the quality suffers a little too much, but the 23in Hanns-G HL231DPB appears to have got the balance about right.
Hanns-G makes great claims for the appearance of the Hanns-G HL231DPB, and it’s true that, at its slimmest, the screen is just 17.5mm thick – more than the 14mm of the BenQ V920, but still reasonably slimline for an LCD panel this size. However, the HannsG lacks the looks of some of its more stylish rivals. The frame isn’t as delicate to look, while the plastic underlay seems a peculiar addition.
Like the HannsG HP222DGB, the Hanns-G HL231DPB controls are very straightforward. It isn’t the most elegant of menus we’ve seen, but it’s reasonably simple to navigate the limited options. Choice of colour modes is only offered through a menu, rather than from a dedicated button.
The screen resolution is a handsome high-def 1920x1080, and the contrast ratio can be extended from an advertised 1,000:1 to a ludicrous 8,000,000:1 using X-Contrast. The latter is something of a novelty – a screen at this level is clearly incapable of anything approaching such a range – but even at its ‘1,000:1’, the Hanns-G HL231DPB thankfully has enough colour. Viewing angles aren’t fantastic, although the Hanns-G handles head movement better than many screens with twisted nematic (TN) technology.
Past Hanns-G screens haven’t always been noted for image quality, but given its price and size, the Hanns-G HL231DPB works well. Characters are reasonably well defined in word processing and other office calculations, and the colour palette, if just a touch too light, is still pleasing to the eye.
The screen uses the increasingly ubiquitous LED for backlighting. This keeps power consumption down, and Hanns-G lists a mere 27 watt. Given the size of screen, this is a remarkably low figure, and strengthens the Hanns-G HL231DPB’s green credentials.
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