Hanns.G HZ281HPB review

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Large format screens are becoming more numerous and affordable by the month, and this is Hanns.G’s second budget 28in model. The HZ281HPB will set you back a very reasonable £232 exc VAT, putting it only a few pounds above a good quality 24in TFT.

Hanns.G HZ281HPB review

It’s a TN panel with a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution and a 400cd/m2 backlight – so far so good. That backlight is powerful and largely even across the panel, and white screens are suitably crisp at the default settings. But switch to a black screen and the low 800:1 contrast ratio comes into play: put simply, there is no black. To achieve a usable picture we had to lower the brightness by around 10% and drop the contrast significantly, and only then did we begin to eliminate the washed out, pale picture.

Hanns.G HZ281HPB

This done, the colour accuracy isn’t too bad, passing our tinting test with few real issues. But there’s still very little black to speak of – our gradient tests had a mere sliver of black at the dark end, and test photos had far too much detail visible in what should have been shadows. It’s a pale TFT, and as a result it has no real vibrancy or punch to its picture, whatever the content.

It isn’t all bad, though. In Windows it’s perfectly usable, and in our HD video clips we didn’t notice the bars above and below the screen, while the picture itself was sharp and showed no blurring in fast-moving scenes. Next to a good-quality panel you’d notice the blandness, but on its own the huge screen size does distract from the weaknesses.

The HZ281HPB has a basic tilting stand, as well as the choice of HDMI, DVI and D-SUB inputs. There’s a set of 2W speakers, but they’re too weak and tinny to consider them as your main audio option if you plan to watch films and play games on the large screen.

The bigger problem is, if you go back a year, Hanns.G launched the 28in HG281DJ at an almost identical price to this. Despite the intervening months the image quality hasn’t significantly improved with this newer model, so even at such a seemingly attractive price it’s hard to get overly excited by the average HZ281HPB.


Image quality 3

Main specifications

Screen size 28.0in
Aspect ratio 16:10
Resolution 1920 x 1200
Screen brightness 400cd/m2
Pixel response time 5ms
Contrast ratio 800:1
Horizontal viewing angle 170 degrees
Vertical viewing angle 160 degrees
Speaker type Stereo
Speaker power ouput 4W
TV tuner no
TV tuner type N/A


DVI inputs 1
VGA inputs 1
HDMI inputs 1
DisplayPort inputs 0
Scart inputs 0
HDCP support yes
Upstream USB ports 0
USB ports (downstream) 0
3.5mm audio input jacks 1

Accessories supplied

Internal power supply yes

Image adjustments

Brightness control? yes
Contrast control? yes


Forward tilt angle 0 degrees
Backward tilt angle 20 degrees
Swivel angle 0 degrees
Height adjustment 0mm
Pivot (portrait) mode? no


Dimensions 653 x 254 x 523mm (WDH)

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