Although my Hansol 710P (17 inch) monitor is destined for retirement, do not be mistaken: neither defect nor disaster played a role in it's destiny. That 21 inch monitor I've always dreamed of is now within financial reach and if it serves me only half as well as my trusty Hansol, the replacement will not have been in vain. UPON UNPACKING... The Hansol 710P is so well cushioned in its large box that the polystyrene blocks consume about 15% percent of the space; thus: most buyers will get a much larger package than they anticipated. Alongside the monitor you'll find a mains power lead, a stand (with easy to follow assembly instructions), a driver disk for Microsoft Windows® (95/98/ME/2000/XP), a fold-out users manual and a three year (repair or replace) warranty. The stand is actually a tilt and rotate base capable of moving the monitor through 17° vertically and 90° horizontally. Assembly is not only obvious, but a ten second process, making the provision of instructions seem odd. COMPATIBILITY Aside from supporting all variants of Microsoft Windows®, the 710P is Macintosh compatible - although an optional (generic) adapter must be purchased. Being DCC equipped, the monitor is instantly compatible with the Linux X-Windows system. For those not familiar with DDC, the acronym stands for 'Display Data Channel' and this monitor supports three DDC standards: DDC1, DDC2B and DDC2Bi. Translated: a DCC equipped monitor can inform the video adapter in the computer about its properties, such as maximum resolution and colour depth. Simplified even more: a DDC equipped monitor is essentially a 'plug & play' monitor and should be supported by any present day Operating System (not just Microsoft Windows®). As you would expect, this monitor is also VESA DPMS compliant. Meaning: when not in use, energy consumption is decreased and you save on electricity. ONCE UPON A TIME... In the not so dis
tant past, monitors were often small and had a maximum vertical frequency of 60Hz. Screen flicker was high and IT Departments were full of squinting staff. It wasn't nice, healthy or comfortable and in these modern times, potential monitor buyers should always consider a model with a vertical frequency of - at the very least - 70Hz. Thankfully, the 710P not only has a vertical frequency of up to 160Hz, but a flat, square screen to reduce image distortion and glare. Combined with low-leak radiation prevention and reduced magnetic field emissions, it's not only enough to relieve eye strain but provides good user safety. TWICE UPON A TIME... Back in the days of mostly 14 inch monitors, graphic design and software development was a kludgy process. A desktop resolution of 640x480 pixels was all very well for games and word processing, but for large GUI's (Graphical User Interface's) everything got a bit squashed on screen. Fortunately, higher resolutions, and thus, more desktop space, became a reality; unfortunately, cheaper monitors often sacrificed vertical frequency (and gained flicker) to attain it. The Hansol 710P (being a 'cheaper monitor') doesn't suffer from any of these problems. At the highest resolution of 1600x1200 pixels, you get a huge desktop (if desired) and the vertical frequency drops no further than a flicker-free: 75Hz. THRICE UPON A TIME... When I was a lad, creamy coloured monitors seemed the defacto standard. After a few months they always ended up a ghastly smokers yellow colour - whether you smoked or not. And they always had such a confusing array of knobs on the front panel. Well bells and whistles are one thing, but thanks to Hansol - knobs are a thing of the past. Not only has this monitor got just four flat buttons to adjust all kinds of settings, but after twenty-nine months of use it's retained the original off-white colour it had upon arrival. And god knows I rarely clean
the thing! A GEOMETRIC REVELATION Via the OSD (On Screen Display), you can tweak so much: brightness, contrast, h/v position, h/v size, geometry, moire, languages (English, Dutch, French, Spanish and Portuguese), colour adjustment, zoom settings, recall (reset to factory defaults) and degauss (demagnetizes the screen). As far as screen geometry is concerned, you can adjust incredibly important attributes: pincushion (increase/decrease curvature to both sides), pinbalance (increase/decrease curvature to either side), parellelogram (increase/decrease side tilt), trapezoid (ensures bottom and top of screen is same width), and rotation. Why so important? The video adapter in a computer rarely sends an image that fits perfectly on the screen. We're all familiar with a disproportionate or geometrically incorrect screen image aren't we? With so many adjustable settings, Hansol have ensured it's not only a perfect rectangle but will also fill all available space from edge to edge. AND THE FAIRYTALE CONCLUDES... For the price, the Hansol 710P is nothing short of a visual epiphany. Back in September 2000, it cost me £159 (inc. VAT) - a bargain for that time. Although available from fewer stores nowadays, you can still pick one up for around £100-£110 (inc. VAT) - an ideal price to upgrade to a 17" monitor if you're stuck with a 14" or 15" model and short of cash. Such is the quality of the Hansol brand that upon selling a computer last year, my brother asked if I wanted to swap my Hansol 710P 17" for his 19" Samsung monitor; it wouldn't have made much difference to the selling price. This stylish baby has been so reliable, easy to use and has such a pin-sharp display - I'd have been a fool to let it go. So, he sold his computer and I not only kept my 17" Hansol, but intend to retain brand loyalty when I purchase a 21" model. I suppose what I'm trying to say is
: me and my Hansol 710P really did live happily ever after.
This Monitor is a tidy offering from Hansol and offers a low dot pitch 0.26 at a reasonable price. When buying my monitor I took a few things into consideration A - Cost - always important B - Styling - Another important factor C - Picture display - I dont require great detail but working with PCs alot means I need a clear, flicker free display that isnt going to make me tired and hurt my eyes too quickly. The highest dot pitch I had previous to this monitor was the 0.27 dot pitch of my philips 107s. This was a good clear picture and I decided from then on that I wouldnt accept any less in terms of quality. 4 - The screen has to be around 17" After about 6 months usage I have compiled a simple list of features Im pleased with and not so pleased with: Picture - 0.26 dot pitch - good standard for a desktop to have I think this monitor offers a clean crisp picture typing while using it to do this opinion. Operating System - simple menu system with standard adjustments - horrible light blue, dark blue menu options with a crimson colour highlighting your choice. Styling - Normal computer beige couple of sharp edges to give it a modern feel Price - Very reasonable the operating system isnt much of a problem at this price This monitor has been reliable for the time ive had it offering a clear clean picture for a good price. I rate it alongside the Philips 107s for performance, value and would recommend it to any prospective monitor buyers.
The Hansol monitors have always been great... but in my mind, the 710P is not so great! Standing next to it when it went all red and green, then yellow and then fizzed was not my idea of settling down to work on a Monday moring. Yes, it had died. One week - that's all it takes - I urge you to not buy this monitor! Scary, isn't it! Well, I'm just glad the vacuum didn't blow and explode everywhere. On a more positive note, I would like to congractulate Hansol on the 710A monitor, a superb choice. ;-)Happy looking!
I spent some time deciding which monitor to buy before purchasing the 710P, my reasons where simple, I needed a high quality 17" monitor with an affordable price tag. The Hansol 710P suits my needs perfectly. Trying to find a 17" monitor with a sharp 0.26mm dot pitch is a conquest alone, but to my surprise the 710P offered this and a superb refresh rate of up to 85Hz. This results in flicker free performance which is excellent for people who stare at a monitor for lengthy spells. Perhaps the best aspect of this monitor is the units depth, which is surprisingly small for a 17" monitor, leaving extra desk space for mugs of coffee. Bundled with a 3 year warranty and supporting plug and play configuration, the 710P was a simple to set up, and has been a pleasure to use. Combined with a good display adaptor, the 710Pis also excellent for computer games.
I can honestly say that a few weeks ago I knew absolutely nothing about monitors. If they came on and worked I didn’t really worry about them in the slightest. Until mine started acting up that is. It’s a little old and therefore dated for the applications I am now asking it to run. I finally accepted that it must be consigned to the scrapheap and replaced with a more capable piece of kit. The first decision was easy. I need (want really) a bigger screen, so I first waded through the opinions here on DooYoo on 17” monitors. It didn’t make my choice any easier as everyone rated each of the monitors highly. I set a budget of £200 for my new monitor (shame there isn’t a budget section on DooYoo for this!). So I trawled the internet, looking at various models within my price limit on various sites such as buy.com, jungle.co.uk, insight.com and dabs.com (I found these to be the best ones). IT took almost a week to narrow the search down to a few models, but I eventually picked the Hansol 710P from the vast selection on offer. In the end there wasn’t much to choose between jungle.com and dabs.com for price. I picked dabs.com as they were slightly cheaper (at £159.79) and had the quickest delivery time (so they claimed anyway). The nearest comparative monitor I could find to the 710P was a full £35 more for a similar specification. Why / how did I choose it? Well, the Hansol 710P monitor gives a high resolution and refresh rate, which was the most important area I considered after screening (what a BAD pun I’m so sorry) out other models for price. The dot pitch of 0.26mm is also a good factor at this level. These features together provide a crisp picture, even at the maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200. According to the manufacturers it has been specifically designed for detailed applications such as CAD work. I personally do not use it for this at home, but I do use CAD applicati
ons at work and would feel very confident of the 710P performing well on them. The picture is of an equal, if not better quality to the CAD monitors I have used in my work. Hansol 710P Main Features: • 17" screen (with 16" actual viewing screen area) • Maximum resolution 1600 x 1200 (runs at 75Hz) • 0.26mm dot pitch • 5 languages in the on screen display (OSD) • “Degauss” function which eliminates the build-up of magnetic fields • Fully Windows 95, 98 and ME compatible • PC and Mac compatible (adapter needed for Mac) • Three year on site warranty Most of the other 17” monitors on the market right now will not give the display capabilities available here. I found most at this price range (£150 to £200) offer a maximum resolution of 1280 x 1040 with a dot pitch of 0.27mm at best. Essentially this lower dot pitch should give the monitor a more detailed and less flickering display. The higher the refresh rate (in Hz) then the less flicker will be seen by the human eye. I can’t make any flicker out at all (whereas with my previous monitor I could just make out a slight flickering). It complies with MPR-II, Energy Star guidelines, and with TCO 99 standards for low radiation, heat reduction, and energy efficiency. It is classified as a class B digital product and complies with the relevant legislation (i.e. it shouldn’t interfere with any local radio frequencies). Not something I had even considered but still nice to know in hindsight. The 5 Language OSD (On-screen display) is simple and straightforward to use (it has to be for me to adjust anything!). I found the configuration and set-up to be quick and easy too (it comes supplied with the windows drivers on a 1.44mb floppy disk). On boot up with the new monitor attached the system will guide you through the steps. I have used it so far on many differen
t applications and have found it has increased the efficiency and speed of my system (but I was using a poor monitor so I wouldn’t read too much into this). I can now realistically play DVD movies on my system. Trying to watch them before on a 15” screen was a nightmare and must have been extremely bad for my eyesight. I am very impressed by the Hansol 710P so far and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to upgrade their 15” monitor or who are looking for an inexpensive replacement. Very good value for money indeed, with a three year guarantee to boot! P.S. ==== On a final point I have to say well done to dabs.com (they delivered within 48 hours of receiving my order by email). No dents, all the parts in the box and an email confirmation every step of the way. Nice one! • Update - March 2001 I've now been using this for over three months and not a solitary problem with it so far. One of the best computer buys i've made to date.
I bought this monitor almost a year ago. I decided upon it because it was a very good price for 17” monitor at the time, the specification sounded impressive and I had a recommendation from a friend. Since then it has performed excellently. It can support very high resolutions for a 17” monitor 1600x1200, is of a good build quality and has an easy to use and understand On Screen Display. The only very minor gripe I’d have is that it uses a captive cable, so if the connector gets damaged the whole monitor has to be sent away or replaced. The picture quality is very good, straight lines are and the colours are nice and vibrant. It is not a Trinitron, but still manages a pretty flat screen. Highly recommended as it can compete with far more expensive monitors, for a fraction of the price.
This monitor is very good. It supports res's to 1600 x 1200, most 17" monitors I looked at only go to 1280 x 1024 at a rubbish refresh rate ( 70 Hz). This monitor supports 1280 x 1024 at 85 Hz and boy can you see the difference. It has 0.26 dot pitch, most at this price are only at 0.28. It has quite a small back so it will fit on to most desk tops with ease.It also has a 16" viewable area most only 15.7" . The only thing wrong with it is that it has quite a curved screen, if you want a flatter screen you can pay £100 and get a philips or sony. This monitor i great value and would recommend it to anyone who is building their own computer and wants a large screen.