Hanns.G HL196 review

Is this slim-line monitor a worthy addition to a Mac setup?

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  • Anti-glare surface


  • Poor viewing angles
  • Feels flimsy
  • No height adjustment

Fans of matte anti-glare screens, rejoice. With the Hanns.G HL196 19-inch display, you can wave goodbye to much of the annoying reflection from windows or lights that affects glossy displays.

It's not the only thing we like about this monitor – it's thin and light, and can be hung on the wall with a VESA mount.

On the back are both VGA and DVI-D connectors, and you can switch between the two using the control panel on the lower front edge.

But the fact that the unit's so light means that when you press the buttons, you end up wobbling the whole thing from side to side. Putting the controls on the front wouldn't have been much better, since the whole thing rocks around when you touch the casing, and adjusting the angle of the screen made us rather nervous something would snap. It isn't height-adjustable either, so you'll likely need a stand.

The 5:4 ratio screen isn't ideal if you plan to watch a lot of films on it, since these will be letter-boxed. But as a second monitor, it'll take up less room on your desk than most widescreens and gives plenty of extra workspace.

As you'd expect, colours look slightly washed out next to a glossy Apple display, but seen on their own, they're decent, if not especially bright or vivid. There's a clear distinction between white and the lightest shades of grey, and between black and the darkest greys.

The monitor's viewing angles were poor, though, with even slight sideways movements causing colours to change.

It's a cheap and cheerful but unremarkable product, and bear in mind that you can get 19-inch widescreen monitors for less.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD Monitor
Number of Screens1
HDCP SupportedYes
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityTCO '05, ENERGY STAR
Backlight TechnologyLED
VESA Mount CompatibleYes
Brightness250 cd/m², 250 cd/m²
Screen ModeSXGA
Colour Support16.7 Million Colours
Maximum Resolution1280 x 1024
Brand NameHanns.G
Contrast Ratio15,000,000:1, 1,000:1
Screen Size48.3 cm (19")
Aspect Ratio5:4
Response Time5 ms
Operating Power Consumption28 W
Height440 mm
Width458 mm
Depth117 mm
ManufacturerHannspree, Inc
Product ModelHL196DBB
Product NameHL196DBB LCD Monitor
Manufacturer Part NumberHL196DBB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hannspree.com/eu/en/
Weight (Approximate)2.40 kg