Initially I bought this monitor as I had heard good things about the Hanns.G make, and on a budget of up to £120 the thought was that I couldn't go wrong. Unfortunately I found out at a later date that for a few pounds more I could of had a 22" of the same make (which is what I did for my own pc as this monitor was bought for my daughter). On first looks the monitor is well built and comes in a Black and Silver finish - the display is very crisp when set at the native 1440x900 display limit and has the usual DVI and VGA Connection as well as a line in socket for connecting your audio via the built in speakers. The sound from the built in speakers is very tinny and I would highly recommend using separate speakers connected direct to your pc. After just over a year of using the monitor I noticed a blue line had appeared going from top to bottom of the monitor screen approx 2/3 of the way across from the left hand side - at first I thought it was the graphics card and after switching back to the on-board graphics card and trying a spare vga cable we found out that it was the monitor that had failed - although still working the line is a bit anoying and as this happened just outside of the warranty for the monitor there was nothing I could do about it. This is the reason I am giving it 3/5.
Also I have noticed that the stand that it comes with is quite flimsy although does serve its purpose and the screen does come with holes on the back to enable wall installation.
So on summary I would say yes a good buy if your not looking to keep it for a long time and to make sure you invest in separate speakers.
The Hanns-G HW191D is a silver and black plastic cased 19inch LCD flat-panel monitor, sold for around £90 to £110 from several on-line outlets. On the face of it, it looks like a pretty standard budget monitor with the usual DVI/DSUB-15(VGA) connections and some internal speakers, but it is solidly manufactured and sports a 1440x900 WXGA+ resolution where many of the alternatives in the price-band often only go as high as 1366x768 (WXGA).
As I build PC systems for friends and family, I've purchased several of these over the last few years and never had anything except good reports of them - no reports of 'dead pixels', misalignment etc. - so I've tended to go back to this product when it has been the cost-effective option. A few months ago I spotted a HW191D in my local second-hand electronics shop for £30 - Bargain! - and knowing that my current NEC was on its last legs I bought it. When I got it home, I found that there were no dead pixels and barring some cosmetic scuffs to the case it was as good as new.
So that is all a good testament to it's durabilty and cost-effectiveness, but just how feature-rich is it? Well, the screen itself is reasonably non-reflective and, as discussed, has a good resolution for the price. The viewing angle is more than acceptable at 150degrees in the lateral plane, and the tilt on the stand in the vertical plane is also good with approximately 30degrees of movement. There are also standard wall mountings on the back-plate of the case, and the stand is very easily disassembled.
The internal speakers are suitable for general desktop use, but if you make a habit of media use (films, music etc.) or aurally immersive games then I'd invest in some external ones, as these are typical of in-built speakers and lack a lot of range - particularly bass. The On-Screen Display (OSD) is available in an impressive number of languages and features the expected adjustment options too!
The Hanns-G HW191D is a well manufactured, impressively spec'd unit with great durabilty. It is fully featured and with a 1440x900 WXGA+ resolution, it represents good value-for-money.
I picked up this monitor a couple of years ago as a cheap monitor for my university set up. It cost me about £90 at the time so I'm surprised to see Amazon selling it at £104 now.
The monitor is very much a budget monitor to my mind, although presenting a perfectly reasonable 1440 x 900 pixel resolution (a little stretched on a 19" screen today, but 2 years ago very acceptable) the colour presentation always seems off and I can't get photos to look 'right' on it, same for videos where I know what the colour should look like, but they just don't for whatever reason.
The monitor features dual inputs at the back, both VGA and DVI, this is particularly handy if you're short of space, as a student I hooked my PC in through the DVI socket and my Xbox 360 through the VGA, there are also a set of rather tinny speakers built in which you can also (with a bit of jerry rigging) run a consoles audio through.
The screen still plods along quite happily today and is something I've quite happy with for what I spent on it, that said today there are better options for similar money and it might be worth looking at bigger names such as Samsung and LG for a little bit more.
I have recently bought this model for a bargain £250 new, and let me start off by saing I am not disappointed, it's widescreen allows viewers to sit back without actually having to squint to see the screen which isn't very good for the eyes. Aswell as that it is fairly simple to setup as long as you know how to setup a monitor. But there is one downfall, the Blue socket that plugs into the back of the processor does bend fairly easily if forced, or put in wrong so do be careful on that, as mines broke fairly quickly, but it is fairly easy to fix the clip. Aswell as that it has built in speakers, but don't be fooled just because it says that it's got speakers does not mean they are any good. These aren't that recommendable as the sound is fairly quiet and rarely and good, so you will need to plug in some speakers if you have them. All in all though a nice bit of kit
Had this monitor for about a year now and are very happy with it. Its nice looking and has a small footprint when sited on the desk. Straight out of the box it was a case of connecting and away we go. No dead pixels and a solid vibrant picture quality.
Technically wise the resolution max is 1440*900, the contrast ratio is 700:1 and the response time a respectable 5ms. A nice feature of this monitor is that it has both d-sub and dvi inputs, something not found on many monitors in this price range. There is a headphone jack located next to the video input socket but this is very inaccessible. It's worth noting that there are onboard speakers which although lacking bass, as you would expect, are fine for general use. The buttons to change settings are all down the lower right side of the bezel and are ok to use once you have memorised their positions!
Aesthetically the monitor is nice looking but functional. Hey, it's a monitor!
Ergonomically it's a bit silly having buttons where you can't see them and on top of that they are slightly recessed. If you have the requisite space to crank your head around to see them then it's fine providing you have the patience. My gripe is that as I use both inputs I like to be able to switch between analogue and digital as I also have my Xbox 360 connected to it. I don't use the headphone as it is so inaccessible and you really have to bend the lead to connect it! Why?
To summarise this is an excellent monitor with dependable performance. It is cheap and prices are falling. Expect to get a 22" now for the original cost of this model.
I should also point out to hi-def afficianados that this monitor is not HDCP compliant. This means if you have a decent graphics card and install a blu-ray drive into your PC you won't be able to play hi-def discs. Note also that XP and Vista don't natively support blu-ray. Aha! Get PowerDVD Ultra, the latest edition and also AnyDvdHD which rather nicely circumvents the HDCP non-compliance. As far as I know this is a technical issue resolved which doesn't infringe on any copyright, such as when you flash the firmware on a DVD.
We moved house and when I unpacked my monitor it looked fine, when I plugged it in and set the computer up it didn't work properly. Googled the problem and the techguy came up with the answer when the symptoms were explained: it's ****ed.
Having spent so much time hassling BT to get the broadband set up, being without due to lack of monitor was going to be a big problem, so I set off in search of a cheap (I'd just moved house remember) flat panel monitor with short delivery time.
Some in-depth kelkoo-ing came up with this baby for £89.99 plus vat at Misco. It's 19 inch widescreen, so was an improvement on the previous 17 inch and at under a hundred I thought "why not?"
Simple ordering on line from Misco who confirmed the order by email and telephone the same day and dispatched it the next. Being a cheap skate (even though I was desperate) I paid only for three day delivery, but it arrived on the right date and was well packaged and undamaged.
Took less than 5 minutes to plug in and I was off. Easy and cheap. bingo!
USING IT: THE PROS
1. It sits nicely on the desktop and doesn't take up too much space.
2. I like the look of it.
3. It has built in speakers which are not great especially on bass notes but adequate and did me until I could find my proper speakers in a packing box somewhere two weeks later.
4. It is very easy to adjust the angle of the screen.
5. Clarity of picture etc is great - and being widescreen you can watch movies and actually enjoy them - it is a good as the telly.
USING IT: THE CONS
1. The on/off switch and the volume buttons are in an annoying place on the side of the monitor. Sleek design but difficult to work out which button is which as they don't face you and they all feel the same. When switching off the computer is would be easier to have the on/off nice and easily displayed on the front of the monitor - to encourage you to save energy and switch it off when you walk away.
2. Mine came with a dead pixel. They only refund if you have 5 dead pixels or more. So I only have one, but if you had, say four all in the middle of the screen that might be a bit annoying. Have to say mine doesn't bother me at all when it is in use and I keep reminding myself I paid less than £100 quid....
3. The cable for the power lead is at a bit of an awkward angle going in to the back of the monitor. But then they all are. Why is that?
So all in all - its great and I've only had it for 7 months but no problems so far. It came with a two year off-site warranty.