For general use in the home, or if you were to purchase multiple displays for a modern office, this is an extremely effective solution that, together with effective eco-credentials, offers savings before and after you buy.
Decent performance; range of preset modes; slim and lightweight; well priced.
Colours a little washed out in bright environments; no HDMI; awkward tilt mechanism.
23in (1920 x 1080) LED backlight display, 1,000:1 contrast ratio (8,000,000:1 dynamic), 5ms response time, VGA, DVI-D, 3.5mm line-in inputs, 547 x 19 x 352mm, 3.3kg.
Recently we looked at the BenQ V2220 LCD monitor with an LED-backlit display and were impressed with the slim-line designs that are possible with this new technology.
Hanns.G is becoming increasingly prominent in the display market, and it's no real surprise to see the firm following suit.
The Hanns.G HL231 is the firm's first LED-based display. It's similarly (but not quite as) slim at 17.5mm, which contributes to an extremely lightweight build and a very stylish design.
The 23in 1920 x 1080 native resolution (1080p) panel is finished in gloss black with a protruding "crystal-like material" (read Perspex protrusion) at the underside that we can only assume is for aesthetic qualities, though the reflection of the controls off this surface does make them slightly easier to locate at a glance.
Our only real issue with the design is that the tilt-stand provided doesn't make for a particularly stable base, which becomes apparent when you realise you need one hand to hold it to the desk when the tilt angle is adjusted. This isn't a major drawback, but does detract somewhat from an otherwise apparently solid design.
Hanns.G offers typical presets for custom environments - PC, eco, movie and games - and these and the other settings are very easy to locate through the on-screen display.
It's difficult to distinguish between the latter two, but we found that colour balance and brightness were effectively adjusted to typical requirements in these environments.
It also offers a range of colour schemes ('nature', 'cool' and 'warm') and manual adjustment. Those who prefer not to mess about with fine-tuning can use the X-contrast mode, which automatically seeks the darkest and lightest areas of an image and enhances contrast to improve clarity. We found this worked very well as the default mode for operation.