To test the Hanns.G HL231 monitor, we first needed to hook up the monitor to our system. We decided to use our own DVI cable instead of the included VGA cable. Once you’ve got both the power cable and DVI/VGA cable plugged in, you’re ready to go.
A blue LED will light up in the bottom corner to indicate that the monitor is currently on. You can use the other buttons just on the right to bring up the monitor’s menu. From here you can change the brightness, contrast and also which mode you want the monitor in (PC, eco, movie and game).
Each preset changes various settings to allow for the most optimal image, for that preset, to be displayed on the screen. We decided to go for eco mode, because we obviously use a lot of electricity and therefore thought we’d help the environment that little bit.
Eco mode works brilliantly in all environments and you’re still able to see the screen without any problems at all. We did find that when the sun is shining directly on the monitor, it became a little difficult to see, but then you can just change the mode to normal and everything looks great.
What’s great about eco mode as well is the fact that it only uses 1W of power whilst in standby mode, which, throughout the year, could save you a considerable amount of money if you tend to leave your computer on quite a lot.
We tested the monitor with some 1080p HD video as well as a couple of games and general use, and despite the fairly standard 1000:1 (8,000,000:1 dynamic) contrast ratio and 5ms response time, the HL231 was brilliant for its price range. The colours seemed very vibrant and the overall picture was good.
The HL231’s built-in speakers did let the side down slightly with them being rather quiet even when turned up fully. However, with the money you’re saving by buying the HL231, you should have enough left over to go out and purchase some high quality speakers.
Overall, we were very impressed with the build and image quality of the Hanns.G HL231 23-inch monitor. There’s more than enough room for multitasking, playing games and watching films, but we feel the built-in speakers were relatively weak in comparison.
However, if you’re only going to be paying £110 for a 23-inch widescreen monitor, you get what you pay for to be honest. With most people using their own speakers anyway, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
- Great value for money
- Good image quality
- Slimline and stylish design
- A range of effective image and preset modes
- Built-in speakers not brilliant
Bottom Line: For those on a budget and looking for a great widescreen display, the Hanns.G HL231 23-inch monitor is the perfect man for the job.