I bought this screen around 18 months ago when my old screen broke, the main reasons i decided to get this screen were because it was very cheap (under £70) and very big (18.5") - it also looked quite nice and sleek, i had heard some good things about Hanns G as well, so purchasing this screen really was a no brainer.
Setting up was quick and painless, the screen clicked into the stand easily enough, it has 1 standard 15pin VGA input, 1 Audio jack and 1 power supply, so it took around 1 minute to set up, i turned on my computer and surely enough the screen worked as expected, however, almost immediately i noticed there was a blurriness, a slight lack of crispness which was instantly noticable, i tried altering my settings but things didn't improve, don't get me wrong, the picture is acceptable, and for £70 i wasn't expecting anything special, so i couldn't have too many complaints.
The best thing about this screen is it's design, for such a cheap model it really does have a beautiful design, it has a sleek, shiny black casing, the Hanns G branding on the bottom and a couple removable stickers on the left side, Also the stand is of a very high quality, it is move-able so you can change the angle of your screen, but it is extremely solid as well.
The speakers are average, they aren't particularly loud if you are relying on the in-built speakers as your sound output, and i would certainly recommend using separate speakers if this was being used on a daily basis, they are hidden around the back of the screen so i find the sound is aimed towards the wall/away from my ears, the sound is sometimes muffled, but again, for just £70 i wasn't expecting high quality sound.
Like i said earlier, this screen only has 1 input, (1 x VGA) it doesn't have a HDMI input, Scart Input or TV Aeriel input, this screen can not be used as a Television screen, i would of liked to have a seen 1 HDMI input but again, for just £70 i can't be to disappointed.
I should add, sometimes, the screen will take anything up to 5 minutes to actually turn on, for example, if i hooked up my Acer Netbook to the Hanns G screen using the VGA cable, it will usually take around 5 minutes for the picture to appear, i have no idea why it does this but i just thought i'd add this to my review to let people know.
So, as my title says, you get what you pay for, i am still happy with my purchase as i was looking for a cheap screen, and to be honest i only use this screen a few times a month, but for anyone who is looking for a screen to use on a daily basis, i would recommend spending an extra £30 or so, and getting a slightly better screen.
Thank you for reading my review.
OK, before I start, please be aware that I am not a techie type person at all, and that this computer monitor review will be purely about my experience using this product, rather than lots of technical detail and facts. But that is what this site is all about, isn't it?
The Hanns G 194 is the monitor that came included with my new computer, which was provided courtesy of the government's Home Access scheme (yes, I really am that poor!). When it arrived, I was quite curious about it as this is my first experience with an LCD screen. I know that may sound strange, but our TV is a big chunky cathode ray type, and so was our previous monitor, so LCD screen are completely new to me, and I was worried that it was going to be quite fragile. The monitor came in a box that included:
The Screen itself
Base and screw
User Manual (on CD)
A quick start quide
The quick start guide was all I really needed to set up the monitor and I didn't need the user manual, which is just as well, because surely I needed the monitor to be up and running before I could use the manual, a bit of a chicken/egg scenario! The manual explained with simple diagrams how to connect the screen to the base, which was really simple to do, and I was surprised how sturdy the screen was once connected to the base.
The next part of the guide had diagrams of how to connect the wires up to the computer, which again, was really simple and easy to do. I just needed to run a cable from the screen to a power source, and a cable into the back of the computer. I also opted to use my own speakers, but if I hadn't, I could have connected the screen to the computer via an Audio cable which would have utilised the speakers in the computer for sound.
The monitor comes with a 3 year guarantee, which I think is really good and reflects the quality of the product, as many electrical items only have a 1 year warranty, so the manufacturers must expect this monitor to last a long time.
The monitor has an 18.5 inch screen, which fits just perfectly in my computer cupboard. It does not get too hot, like my previous monitor, or collect too much dust or dirt, although the kids do get fingermarks all over the screen and I am quite wary of what to use to best clean it without damaging it. Any ideas anyone? The monitor makes no noise and has stickers on the front which state that it is Eco friendly and Energy Star, as well as the fact that it is compatible with Windows 7 and Vista.
The monitor itself does not have many buttons, but there are 5 located underneath the screen, which I personally think is an awkward place for buttons. My kids always find it difficult to turn the monitor off because they can't find the button, and you have to feel your way along the underside of the screen. There is a power button, a menu button and buttons to adjust volume and brightness. The picture quality in my opinion, is extremely good, and certainly adequate for my needs.
The monitor has a light that lights up yellow when the computer is not in use and green when you are using the computer. This is an eay way to tell whether you have switched off the monitor, or the kids have forgotten!
I am not familiar with the brand Hanns G, and this is the first product I have of theirs, but I am very impressed with the good quality of the product and picture quality, the ease of setting up and the fact that the box contained everything I needed to get going. This, for me, is an ideal computer monitor, and I only deduct one point due to the fiddly, hard to reach, power button.