Hanns.G HZ281 review

28 inches and 16:10? Is this monitor just crazy enough to work?

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Our Verdict

Solid image quality and PC-centric 16:10 aspect ratio in a 28-inch panel makes a great overall package.


  • Very big but fairly affordable
  • 16:10 aspect ratio boosts resolution


  • Image quality is not immaculate
  • Cheap stand

In the battle of the big, budget-priced screens there can be only one. One winner, that is. But will it be this 28-inch Hanns.G HZ281 monitor or its nemesis, the 27-inch Iiyama E2710HDS?

The Hanns.G obviously squeaks it for acreage. It has a larger diagonal to the tune of a single inch. However, the HZ281 also sports a 16:10 aspect ratio to the Iiyama's 16:9.

That makes the size differential in square inches even larger, but it also means the HZ281 has more pixels. Both screens pack 1,920 in the horizontal plane. But the Hanns.G ups the ante from 1,080 to 1,200 in the vertical.

That's probably just as well given that the HZ281 is over £40 pricier. By most other metrics, it looks like a dead heat. We're talking TN panels, HDMI, DVI and VGA ports and tilt-only stands all round. May the best monitor win.

Power consumption
Watts: maximum / approx 170cd/m2 – lower is better
Hanns.G: HZ281: 79W / 32W
Iiyama E2710HDS: 48W / 17W
BenQ V2410T: 25W / 15W

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD Monitor
Number of Screens1
HDCP SupportedYes
VESA Mount CompatibleYes
Adjustable Display AngleYes
Brightness400 cd/m², 400 cd/m²
Screen ModeWUXGA
Colour Support16.7 Million Colours
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1200
Brand NameHanns.G
Contrast Ratio800:1
Mount TypeWall Mountable
Screen Size71.1 cm (28")
Aspect Ratio16:10
Response Time5 ms
Built-in DevicesSpeaker
Operating Power Consumption95 W
Height523.2 mm
Width652.8 mm
Depth254 mm
ManufacturerHannspree, Inc
Product ModelHZ281HPB
Product NameHZ281HPB Widescreen LCD Monitor
Manufacturer Part NumberHZ-281HPB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hannspree.com/eu/en/
Weight (Approximate)8.48 kg