I bought a hansol 710A about 6 months ago after my old 14-inch monitor decided it didn’t want to work anymore. I wasn’t sure if I was going to sell my old system and buy a new one with a monitor, so I decided to buy the cheapest new 17 inch one I could, which at the time was the 710A It cost £136 from dabs, which is pretty good for a 17-inch monitor, From day one I have never been really happy with the display it can look very grainy somedays, and others it can be ok (and no it’s not my eyes) even just switching it off and on again sometimes fixes the problem., I think this is a fairly minor, complaint, so I have never felt the need to send it back under its one year warranty. But on the plus side its been totally reliable as you would expect, and apart from the intermittent grainy days the display is good, maybe I just got a bad one. But for the price I cant really complain. It has a 16 inch viewable display, 0.27 dot inch resolution, on screen menu's for brightness,contrast,geometry,HV size and position,moire etc etc, so you can get the perfect screen for yourself, even if it takes some time getting it right. It also has a tilt base that can rotate 90 degrees horizontally and 17 degrees vertically, so you can make it comfortable for yourself. I think for the price its excellent value for money, but I think you should always have a “ test drive “ of any monitor you are thinking about buying as you will be looking at it for years to come, see if a local pc shop has one for you to look at and see if you like it, as they are heavy things to send back.
Hansol are a company that produce a lot of the monitors that are supplied with other manufacturers machines as a default monitor... ...the main one being Novatech - that's not bad. Alas, PC World have also been known...ahem, NOT good for a self-respecting manufacturer...? However, this should not put you off...just because you are getting a relatively cheap monitor does not mean in this case that the monitor will be substandard. The 710A is their bog standard 17` (unless you agree with Mr Blair that `bog-standard` is unfair, in which case it`s a `promising` 17`... :-) ) I`m writing this on it right now. The text is clear, well defined - and the colours seem natural. It`s nothing to rave about, though, if you`re used to better...my second machine has a 19` Iiyama monitor which is more comfortable to the eye. But no image complaints really - it`s quite untiring over long stints, although I would advise buying a UV filter as that would probably help. Actual screen size is just under 16` - average for a 17`. The controls are fairly self explanatory - you have a menu button, + and - buttons which serve concurrently to move the menu cursor around, and an enter button to select/deselect the options. All the main monitor functions are available, although the brightness doesn`t seem to have as much effect as it might? Just a thought - it`s not a major niggle. Documentation is scant, but fairly unnecessary as it`s not exactly complicated to work out what the 'menu' button does for example... Tech spec wise, it chugs along at a fairly stonking 85hz at standard 1024x768, impressive stuff, and certainly enough to make Half Life look Half Decent. It's max is 1280 by 1024, but that's not really worth it, like the 110hz maximum. To be honest, plug it in, switch it on, and forget about for a few years. Not the best, not the worst, but it will happily chomp through those pixels for a little while. So basically - it`s average. Whi
lst it`s nothing to write home about image-wise, it`s not too deep and consequently doesn`t hog your deskspace! BUT, I have had a certain, shall we say, issue with mine... I bought my first one (I bet you`re smelling the rat already!) about 2 years ago - the equivalent (it was just the 710 then). It died after 18 months, which is actually why I now have the 710A - Novatech replaced it under warranty, and to be fair, it seems a little sturdier than its older cousin. But that might be an issue - so make sure you have a warranty for at least three years. Overall, good stuff: a sturdily built, clear and passable monitor. If you are considering just buying a PC for light home use, this is well worth the look. At under £150, it's a bargain. Otherwise, you`d do well to look higher budget.
From the point-of-view of price/performance nearly unbeatable. Under 200 Euro 17´-monitors are hard to find. Fulfills the swedish radiation norm TCO 99. Manual and installation simple and understandable. Technical specifications: ---------------------------- Max. resolution: 1280 dots x 1024 lines Max. frequency: 110 MHz ---------------------------- Disadvantage: No driver disk or CD-ROM. But there is a standard Hansol driver in Windows 98, which means the installation works without and the newest driver is fast downloadable from the net. But this little problem doesn´t harm the fun at all. For the Onscreen-Display with the adjustements for contrast, brightness, centering the picture etc. you need a little habituation but it´s understandable. Cool Monitor which shows that 17´-monitors with low radiation doesn´t have to be expensive.
The Hansol 710A offers great value for money. The display is a rock steady 85hz at 1024 x 768 (the best resolotion for a 17" monitor). It's very easy to set-up, with the on screen display being very intuitive and the picture is quite good. Colours are clear and I've found no sign of any ghosting. It isn't the world's best monitor but it's not the worst either. If you are on a tight budget, and want a decent 17" monitor, put this on your short list.