After you have used a 17" monitor, either at work or a friends or whatever its very difficult going back to a smaller 14" or 15" one. I am very interested in design work and I had to get at least a 17" monitor at the very least. After looking around the usual stores I noticed that my local independent store were selling a "Viewpoint" monitor for £169.00 and I decided to go for it. When I opened the box I had a couple of surprises. Firstly the power lead that came with the monitor was a 2 pin US style one (dodgy import?) the second surprise was that the monitor was a re-badged Hansol model. I could tell this from the grill pattern, it was exactly the same as my old 14" Hansol, The guy in the shop confirmed this, I was quite happy because the 14" unit was very good quality and very reliable. The monitor is excellent, good build quality, large viewing area and a very nice flat screen. The monitor features on screen display controls which allow you to adjust the size, shape, position of the screen etc. as well as degaussing it. It has a dot pitch of .25 which is very good and gives a nice clean, sharp image. I have absolutely no complaints about this monitor and feel for the money I got the very best I could. The monitor comes with a 3 Year warranty as well. Excellent. No Complaints.
I bought my Hansol 710D a little while ago and haven’t been disappointed by it! I was looking for a budget monitor and couldn’t believe my look when I found a 17” for less than £200 (this was about a year ago.) As far as its technical specs go its very impressive. It can manage a 19” monitor beating 1600*1200 @ 75Hz. I challenge you to find a better specked 17” monitor for less than £200. Although it only has the normal analogue connection (D-Sub) it really is (no matter what the elitist magazines say) fine for most people use, take a look at your graphics card, do you see a flat panel digital output? If you do, congrats, you have an expensive or very new card, however most of you will probably say “No!” Its OSD (on Screen Display) is very intuitive and simple to control, unlike other brands I wont mention. As far as its picture goes, its impeccable. With its 0.25 DPI (dots per inch) its image is very sharp and its geometry is good, although this did take a bit of messing to get right initially. Die to its Flat screen it has a very good non-reflective screen, its anti-glare coating is also very unobtrusive and cant really be seen apart from at extreme angles to the monitor, when its turned off! The image successfully goes completely to the edge of the screens borders, without warping. It has a good crisp image throughout, with no fading or warping in the corners. It came very well packaged, with no wasted space and a driver’s disk for all OS’s. To top it all, it even has the TCO 99 standard compliancy, therefore making it very economical. I have absolutely no qualms over recommending this monitor to anyone and urge you to choose it over its slightly cheaper Brother, the 710P, the extra money really is worth it, as the flat-screen and lower DPI make all the difference.
I have been using this monitor now for over five months and have no complaints at all. I must admit that I was a little dubious about it to start with as the price was only £169, which is at the cheaper end of the 17” monitor market, but as you can see from the specs below it was very good value; 17” Dynaflat screen, 16” viewable 0.25mm dot pitch 1600 x 1200 max resolution @ 75Hz 1280 x 1024 optimum resolution @ 85Hz MPR-II, EPA Energy Star and TCO’99 compliant The monitor’s dimensions are only 418mm wide, 417mm high and 419mm deep so it will not take over your desk completely, but at 15.0Kg it should be handled with care. The ‘Dynaflat’ screen is almost completely flat, eliminating the feeling that you are looking at a curved screen and reduces sun glare and reflections. The monitor is also microprocessor controlled offering a steady and reliable display. In use the display is very crisp and colours are very well defined with no bleeding, even with mixed high / low contrasts. Four buttons at the bottom of the screen allow access to the monitors on screen display for controlling contrast, brightness, position, size, geometry, moiré, language, onscreen display positioning, colour temperature, degauss and zoom. The monitor is plug and play compatible and also Mac compatible with the correct adapter. Overall a very impressive display with more features than you can shake a stick at and a three year replacement warranty. Then when you consider that they can be picked up for as cheap as this, it is a definate must buy.
I have had many monitors (as you might have realised if you look at many other monitor types) and if you ask me the Hansol 710 at £200 including VAT is certainly one of the best. It's a low-end price but does that mean a low-end product? I suspected something had to give at this price, but the 710D surprised me immediately, with a maximum resolution of 1,600 x 1,200 that's as close to usuable as any 17-inch monitor achieved. Dropping back to 1,280 x 1,024 proves to be the best mode, though, and the 85Hz refresh rate keeps the display free from flickers. The Dynaflat tube isn't the flattest type of screen around, but it does reduce reflections. The 710D does well on image quality, too, with vivid colours and sharp text. Graduations of colour are less distinct with very dark images, but not enough to cause problems unless you're planning to use it for professional graphics work. My only other concern was with the on-screen display's design, where I was frequently pressing the wrong button. The functionality is there, though, and as most other manufacturers make a pig's ear of the OSD anyway, it doesn't worry me that much. This is a fine monitor for general use.
I was going to buy a Hansol 710P but when I saw the flat screen version for just £25 more I decided to go for it. The 710D is a joy to use with a greater spec and a great picture to back it up. For the exact specs follow the link above to the web site (which is also very good). I got the monitor as part of a system I was having built by my local back street specialist. The PC is primarily a games PC so therefore I needed a monitor that could support high refresh rates at high resolutions which the 710D can. I received the monitor and it was great until it blew up 5 days later. So I looked on the web site for the warranty details. I had not looked in to the warranty much before buying (which I should have) but it was great. A next day exchange promised or a free upgrade, cool. I phoned the number and was told it should be the next day but later got another call saying it was only in stock for 2 day shipping. No upgrade was offered but I did not push it as I would have only been offered a 19" not flat screen which I did not want. 2 days later it arrived. And 3 months on no probs. I always say that no company will have a 100% reliability but the good companies sort the problems out well and fast, and Hansol get top marks here. And I have not even mentioned that these are meant to be budget monitors yet either.
After struggling for years with an ancient 14-inch monitor I finely decided that the headaches were not worth it and decided to purchase a decent monitor. And after much deliberation and research I chose the Hansol 710D 17-inch monitor, mainly on cost grounds. The FST monitor has a viewable screen size of 16 inches, a .25mm dot pitch, a max resolution of 1600*1200 @ 75Hz and conforms to the stringent TCO99 standards for emissions. In use I have found the 710D to be quite capable. Working at a resolution of 1280*1024 with a refresh rate of 85HZ is quite comfortable with no flickering evident. Image quality is good and the flat screen appears to live up to the manufacturers claims, although I did find some very slight discoloration on the lower left edge of the screen, which is a small annoyance. The OSD controls work reasonably well, with all the usual features for brightness, contrast and geometry. Overall I am pleased with my purchase, if cost is a major consideration, don’t want to compromise too much on quality, and want the peace of mind a 3 year onsite warranty provides, then I would readily recommend it.