23" Hannspree HF237HPB Widescreen 1080p HDMI LCD Monitor

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High Definition content is not limited to HDTVs, many people, myself included like to watch movies on our PCs, but to really enjoy the experience you need a full HD monitor. The majority of these monitors are rather expensive, especially for the larger sized one, but you can get them inexpensively if they are refurbished. Buying a refurb monitor is something that many people will stay away from, but I’ve never had any real problems with them. I’ve bought them myself and received them for review so there’s no bias involved there, I’ve had the same experiences either way.

Today for review Geeks.com has sent me over the  Hannspree 23” 1080P LCD monitor. Hannspree is company that is well known for making excellent quality and good performing products. The monitor I’ve got for review is a refurbished one so it does cost a bit less that it would buying it new, and I haven’t run across any dead pixels or problems with it so far. This monitor features a 5ms response time in addition to having a contrast ratio of 15,000:1, so it works very well for everything from gaming to movie watching.


This is one of those computer monitors from Geeks that is refurbished so it comes in a plain brown box, in other words no retail packaging, but it was packed well for protection.

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There was no instruction manual included, but I got one easily off of the Hannspree website, though you really don’t need it just to hook it up. Included with the monitor is the base, audio cable and a VGA cable.

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The Hanspree HF237 is one of those 23” Monitors that has a glossy bezel on it. I’m not sure when glossy became popular but I don’t care for it, I don’t like the glare and reflections you get from them. Up on the right side you’ll find three little stickers, one is the Energy Star logo, under that is an Eco Friendly logo and beneath that is the Certified for Windows Vista logo. The Hannspree HF23 is supposed to use less power than others on the market making it energy efficient.

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On the bottom right corner of the bezel, under it actually you’ll find the controls for power and settings.

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On the back you’ll find four mounting holes in the center. Underneath the lip of the cover is where you’ll find the connections. On the left side is where the power connector is while the right side is where you’ll find the video and audio connections.

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Specifications:

23″ Hannspree HF237HPB HDMI Widescreen LCD Blu-ray 1080p Monitor w/Speakers & HDCP Support (Black)

Price: $145.99

With Full HD 1080p support, you can enjoy high-def games and Blu-ray movies in 1920 x 1080 resolution! This spacious 23-inch monitor will bring smooth, blur-free motion to all your onscreen action, thanks to the 5 ms response time. Plus, the X-Contrast ratio of 15000:1 and the 300 cd/m2 brightness ensure a crisp, vibrant-colored display. Oh, and you won’t have to worry about getting an external source for audio — the HF237HPB already has speakers built in for added convenience.

Features/Specifications:

General Features:
* Black, glossy bezel
* 23-inch TFT LCD active matrix display
* 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution
* 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio
* 300 cd/m2 brightness
* Pixel pitch: 0.266 (H) x 0.266 (V) mm
* 5 ms response time
* Contrast ratio: X-Contrast 15000:1, DCR 1000:1 (typical)
* Displayable colors: 16.7 million
* Viewing angle: 170° (H) / 160° (V)
* Integrated 1W x 2 channel stereo speakers
* Color temperature: Warm, Nature, Cool, User Mode
* Horizontal frequency: 24 to 83 kHz
* Vertical frequency: 50 to 75 Hz
* Comes with tilt adjustable base
* 100 mm x 100 mm wall mountable
* Certified for Windows Vista

Connectors:
* HDMI (w/HDCP)
* 15-pin VGA
* Audio in
* 3.5 mm Headphone

Dimensions w/Base:
# 16 x 21.5 x 7-inches (H x W x D, approximate)

For installation I hooked up the Hannspree HF237HPB via HDMI to my Sparkle GTX260 video card. It was easy to do, I just had to use a DVI to HDMI adapter that I had lying around.

I should also not that I found no dead pixels at all on this monitor. When you get a refurb that’s one of the things people worry and complain about, but I found none at all.

As far as colors are concerned everything looked kind of faded or washed out when I first turned it on. I played with the settings of the monitor itself and just couldn’t get anything to look correct. I then went into the Nvidia control panel and found an option under ‘Adjust Desktop Color Settings’ for ‘Digital Color Format’, it was on RGB, but once I selected YCbCr444 all of the colors changed to the way they should be.

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Once I changed than setting the colors were perfect, the blacks are very black, everything is nice bright and crisp. Taking a picture of the screen doesn’t quite show you exactly the color look, but it’s close.

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I’ve also just received the Spyder3 Express from Datacolor that I used with it as well, and it changed things a very little bit but not much at all from the settings I had them set on. So the default color settings are very close to what they should be.

As far as settings on the monitor itself, there really isn’t that much to change. The on-screen display is divided into six parts with a few options for each selection.

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There is a settings under Brightness and Contrast called X-Contrast, you can turn it on and off. I had it turned on for a while but eventually turned it off as I just didn’t like how it worked. What I mean is that it automatically changes the contrast ratio, if you’re watching something dark it seemed to make it much darker and watching something like a movie it would do that quite often with the levels of brightness or contrast always changing, it got to be annoying really so I ended up turning it off.

As far as viewing angle is concerned, the monitor can be viewed from most any angle with only the extreme viewing angles presenting any problems, for most people it should be fine.

I stuck a Blu-Ray movie in and watched it, I found no blur during movements and everything was clear, crisp and smooth overall.

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The included speakers are decent, a bit tinny sounding but not bad overall. Obviously the built-in speakers are not going to provide you with a surround sound experience or any heavy bass, but for general uses and light movie or TV watching they should be adequate.

Gaming on this monitor is heavenly really, it’s so nice to be able to run full 1920×1080 resolution. My other monitors are only 1680×1050 and I can see the difference easily between the resolutions. The motion is smooth, no blurring or anything like that at all in gaming. The response time seems fine for gaming.

With regular everyday work I found it does add quite a bit more desktop real estate, for instance in a word processes I can see two pages at once now on the screen.

I did run across one small annoyance with this monitor. When I put in a movie and go to full screen there’s a good five seconds where it’s just all black, I can still here the sound but just no picture. It’s minor annoyance, but still annoying nonetheless.

I’ve never used an HDMI monitor with my PC until now so I can’t compare to anything, and I did research this problem and couldn’t find anything about it. My guess is that it has to do with the HDCP of the system itself. Maybe someone reading this can help me out with this one and why it does this..


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Conclusion:
I’m truly impressed with this monitor, especially since it’s a refurbished product. There are no flaws physically or internally, it looks brand new. It offers a very nice high definition experience overall for a low price.

I don’t care for the glossy bezel, but there’s not much I can do about the design of it.

The minor annoyance with the blacking out when switching to full screen is one that I can live with, but it’s something that I’d like to understand why it does it.

9

Pros:
+Excellent picture for everything
+Easy to use and setup
+Inexpensive really

Cons:
-Glossy bezel picks up fingerprints, dust and reflects everything
-Rather long delay when switching to full screen for movies

Grades:
Overall score-9-10
Design score-9-10
Performance score-9-10
  • Chris

    Hey there!

    I just picked up the same monitor from the same people on eBay. Geeks. Anyway. I use a MacBook Pro and my wife uses a MacBook. I have a question. I am completely a noob with displays. But to get a nice clear picture I would have to use a DVI to HDMI cable right? I cannot get a clear picture at all with the DVI to VGA adapter I have. It’s horrible looking and it hurts my eyes. Any help/advice?

    Chris

  • jack

    This might help above poster.
    LCD’s hurt my eyes too. LCD’s use fluorescent lighting. Your basically looking into a bright light. This light gives off HEV and blue light. Those types of light are very bad for your eyes. I read an article saying HEV glasses and melanin glasses can help.

  • Chris

    Thanks a lot for the review! I got the same monitor from 1saleaday.com and experienced the same washed out display. The settings on the monitor did not make a difference, but I also went into the nVIDIA control panel. My settings did not have the RGB/YCbCr444 option, but i did fix it buy selecting “Choose how color is set — use nVIDIA settings” and adjusting the brightness/contrast there.

  • http://www.ubuntu.org HANNspree User

    I just purchased this very monitor today at Bestbuy for $138.99 w/ additional $24 extended 4 year black tie warranty.

    I have it hooked up to both my pc and my ps3. My PC via VGA and my PS3 via HDMI. The speakers to me are garbage, even with simple channel surfing. However, the clarity and response time is great. Games look pretty good.

    Overall, if you’re on a budget like I was…its the right thing to do. I’d be more satisfied if there was an option to take the audio input from HDMI and then connect my PC speakers to an Audio OUT port but…nope..doesn’t work so my PS3 will forever sound like crap.

  • Bruce

    Thanks. I was thinking about buying one of these from Geeks and found this review pretty easily. The Slow video switch would drive me a little mad so this was a very helpful review.

  • Bob Zink

    Hi, I picked up one for $129.00 on Geeks.com. No dead pixels and not a scratch on this refurbished LCD . The only problem I seen and I new it was in the setting some where was the fonts were kind of blurry. I was looking on the menu on the monitor. Under image settings I changed video settings to PC, Low and behold nice and crisp and I was doing back flips, LOL. Now its even better. I had also changed to RGB to YCbCr444. The video card I am using is a geforce 9500gt . I tried HDMI and DVi to HDMi and all is good. Bob

  • Juan

    I saw one of these at BestBuy on clearance for $199 but they were out of stock. So I went to another BestBuy and there it was $169 but they were also out of stock. I had the salesperson do a computer search and he found a store about 40 minutes away that had 4 in stock. When I got there they were down to 2 still in sealed boxes so I bought them both…at $119 each! I think they screwed up because that’s lower than what the were selling the 20″ for. They work perfect. 1080p, hdmi, speakers, 23″ widescreen,… I’m a happy camper.

  • http://www.technogog.com Kristofer Brozio

    I’m still using this monitor today, I love it really..For whatever reason mine stopped doing the delay when switching to full screen… I don’t recall what I did though.. and I fixed any and all color issues using the Spyder3Express that I reviewed a while back…

  • John

    Hey @HANNspree user! The black audio jack to the right of the green audio jack is an audio out port for headphones, and it will also work for computer speakers. This is what I use to get sound into my computer speakers through HDMI. Just make sure you’re using stereo sound, and not 5.1.

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    i have a hf199h water got in it, is it worth it to get it fixed

  • Vlad

    Hi there. I got two monitors. It’s a good buy. The only problem is that I’m using one with Vista… It works great. the other one is is hooked up to my old PC that still has Windows XP on it. The picture is horrible, because the driver is for vista ot windows 7. I can’t find one to XP. Does anyone know how I could get the driver, or just get it to work with XP?

    Thank you

  • mike

    this is from Hannspree’s website:

    Question: The disk that came with the monitor only has drivers for Windows Vista and Windows 7, where do I find drivers for Windows XP?
    Answer: All Hannspree monitors are plug-and-play meaning that they do not require a driver to work. There are no performance enhancing drivers for a monitor. The drivers provided on the disk simply provide your computer with the Hannspree marketing model name rather than a default monitor.

  • Monica

    I bought two of these monitors a little while back and am using one as my pc monitor with no problems. We also have a 40″ HD monitor used as a tv in the living room so I was thinking of using the other Hannspree monitor as a tv in my child’s room. Would it work like the one in my living room?
    Thanks.

  • rfinley

    I own a Hannspree Television and computer monitor (hsd150mx19).

    The TV and PC monitor plays(displays) but is without sound I thinks its the its the little heat sink like amplifier thats gone bad. If thats is the problem where can I find a replacement?

  • anonymous

    i have a 19” hanns-g hw191d, i’m so happy with i don’t know i’ll find another 19” monitor like this when this thing get’s discontinued.

  • http://www.thecomplexmedia.com theComplex

    Thank you so much for writing about this! Our 25″ Hanspree TV has been going dark for dark scenes which gets especially annoying. We tried so many things and your advice about the X-Contrast is the only thing that worked. For anyone with the same issue, it’s hidden on page 2 of the Picture settings.

  • Jen

    I’m sorry, this is going to sound so ignorant, but hoping for some help here. I purchased this monitor a couple years ago and never really hooked it up for some reason. I just decided to a few days ago, and love the new desktop real estate, but I am a graphic designer and the color is so far off it’s not even workable. I realize as a serious graphic designer I should probably purchase a much better set-up but that’s just not really in the cards right now. I see in the original post that the color was far off and after working with the Nvidia settings it looks much better. I don’t see anything anywhere about Nvidia settings on my machine, so I gather that this has to do with your video card? I have this monitor connected to my HP laptop with Vista 64-bit and an ATI Radeon graphics card. Is this my problem? I have messed with every possible setting in the ATI Catalyst Control Center and the color doesn’t look any better. If I purchase the SpyderExpress3 to calibrate, do you think there is hope for this monitor? Or would I just be better off spending that money on a new monitor all together? Thanks so much for any advice you can provide.

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