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Hanns.G HL249DPB review

With its 23.6in LED-backlit display, the Hanns.G HL249DPB is the largest of the company’s new ‘HL9′ range of budget displays. Its slim, minimal design lends it a rather elegant appearance although it’s clearly not a luxury product. Setting up the display involves attaching the small tilting stand to a simple and obviously very plastic circular base by means of a supplied screw.

Alternatively you could make use of the VESA 100 mount at the rear of the Hanns.G HL249DPB, where we also find both VGA and DVI inputs and a pair of 1W stereo speakers. See also: Group test: what’s the best budget flat-panel display?

The Hanns.G HL249DPB screen comes in a matt anti-glare finish and row of five tiny buttons sit under the bezel on the right-hand side. With these you can quickly adjust brightness and audio volume without having to enter the full menu. The menu system itself is clearly laid out, simple to use and allows you basic control over colour temperature, picture scaling and dynamic contrast for viewing movies. There’s also a control for switching between ‘video’ or ‘pc’ modes, although our review model does not come with an HDMI port which would make this option more useful.

If a 24in display is simply too big for you, then you’ll be please to know that there are four models in the range extending down to 18.5 inches in size starting at £69 inc VAT and all of Hanns.G’s displays are covered by a 3-year warranty. A version without the DVI-D port is also available. Visit Group test: What’s the best 19 to 24-inch LCD monitor?

Hanns.G HL249DPB: Performance results

Given the low price of the Hanns.G HL249DPB, we were expecting mediocre performance at best. However, we were very pleasantly surprised. Yes, it’s a TN panel with all the inherent limitations of the technology – most notably somewhat restrictive viewing angles, however in all other respects this display performed very well indeed.

We measured a checkerboard contrast ratio of 740:1, which is better than many more expensive monitors can achieve, colour accuracy and uniformity across the surface of the screen was also very good.

The manual states that “you may find slightly uneven brightness on the screen depending on the desktop pattern you use”. Our tests did indeed reveal a little reduction in brightness towards the left hand side of the screen when measuring with a calibrator. Although a weak point in this display’s performance, it’s not really noticeable in day-to-day use and in all other respects, the HHanns.G HL249DPB exceeded our expectations.

In general use, we were very pleased with the output of the Hanns.G HL249DPB and would certainly feel very happy with the results, given the low purchase price.

Power consumption is also exceedingly low for a 24 inch display. At its maximum brightness, which we measured at 246.9 cd/ m2, the monitor consumed only 18W of power, falling to a mere 11W at our standard brightness level of 120 cd/ m2. It’s also constructed with a high proportion of eco-friendly materials, so it’ll continue to be kinder to the environment when the time comes to recycle it.

Hanns.G HL249DPB: lab results

  • Measured Black point luminance (calibrated):    0.32 cd/m2
  • Maximum measured brightness (calibrated):    246.9 cd/ m2
  • Maximum checkerboard contrast:         740 : 1
  • Percentage of Adobe gamut:           73 %
  • Percentage of sRGB gamut:            94%
  • Measured native white point:            6900K
  • Colour error (min/avg/max)           0.28  / 7.69  / 0.95 deltaE
  • Power consumption at maximum brightness:   18W
  • Power consumption at 120 cd/m2:        11W

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