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October 9, 2013

HannsG Releases Its First Touch Monitor, a 23-Inch LCD

Since Microsoft has released its Windows 8.1 operating system, various hardware makers are unleashing products made for it, so to speak. HannsG has just added its name to the list.
It's actually a bit of a stretch to advertise a new monitor as specifically conceived for the Windows 8.1 OS, but that's what HannsG did with the HT231HPB.

The 23-inch LCD will work just fine with the regular Windows 8 though. After all, the 10-point touch control can work very well on the regular Windows 8 OS.

Spec-wise, the 23-inch newcomer isn't all that shocking, with a contrast ratio of 1,000:1, a brightness of 250 cd/m2 and LED backlighting.

Even the 80,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio isn't all that stupefying, since it only determines clarity in low-light scenes during films, when watching the monitor in a dark room. DCR is actually relevant more to TVs, which the HT231HPB is not, and even there, it's just a nice curiosity that looks good on paper.

Likewise, the native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD) is nothing to gawk about (16:9 aspect ratio), and neither is the 5ms response time. They are still decent parameters though.

The viewing angles are also pretty good, for a non-IPS LCD anyway: H/V 170°/160°.

Other important assets include built-in stereo speakers, -10°~60° tilt stand, VESA mount support (can be put on a wall) and three video inputs: HDMI, DVI (HDCP) and VGA.

Add to that the support for multiple operation/ color calibration modes (intuitive settings menu for PC / Movie / Game / Eco modes) and there isn't much to complain about.

HannsG has even managed to make the 23-inch 10-Point Touch LED-backlit monitor compliant with Energy Star 6 and China Energy Level 1 standards. All in all, not bad for a £199 / $319 / €235 product


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