Hanns G HL225D review

A decent TN monitor for gamers on a budget

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  • Good price
  • Decent colours


  • Blacks get a bit muddy
  • Whites can be a bit washed out

How much difference can a good monitor make to your PC? If you're into editing photos, a screen with flawless colour representation and sharpness is crucial. For gamers, add high native resolution and quick response time to that list.

Even the casual PC should be able to watch videos of zoo animals sneezing and strangers' infant children laughing in sparkling high definition. Will the Hanns G HL225 set your eyes alight with blinding, unbearable beauty?

No. But come on, it costs a hundred quid – give it a chance! It's one of many competing value-end 22-inch screens snapping for your £100 like rectangular black piranhas, alpha males of the pack being the Liyama Prolite E2208HD and Viewsonic's VX2239WM 22.

Like both these snappily named screens, Hanns G's offering supports 1920 x 1080p natively, and has a 1000:1 contrast ratio. No HDMI connector here though, which seems a bit stingy.

The colour quality isn't anything to get excited about either. Blacks get a bit muddy, whites get a bit washed out, and the 'X-Contrast' setting only seems to accentuate this.

Such is the competition at this price point that even these minor bugbears means the HL225D loses a lot of ground to the forerunners.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD Monitor
Number of Screens1
HDCP SupportedYes
Green CompliantYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
VESA Mount CompatibleYes
Adjustable Display AngleYes
Brightness250 cd/m², 250 cd/m²
Screen ModeFull HD
Colour Support16.7 Million Colours
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Brand NameHanns.G
Contrast Ratio15,000,000:1, 1,000:1
Screen Size54.6 cm (21.5")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Response Time5 ms
Operating Power Consumption28 W
Height375 mm
Width515 mm
Depth45 mm
ManufacturerHannspree, Inc
Product ModelHL225DBB
Product NameHL225DBB Widescreen LCD Monitor
Manufacturer Part NumberHL225DBB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hannspree.com/eu/en/
Weight (Approximate)3.10 kg