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HannsG HH221DPB review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £89
inc VAT

A decnt budget 22in monitor with a Full HD resolution and good selection of inputs, but spend a few pounds more and you can get better image quality


21.5in screen size, 1,920×1,080 resolution, DVI: yes, VGA: yes, HDMI:

Until recently, it was hard to find a 22in Full HD monitor for less than £100. Even more impressive, the HannsG HH221DPB doesn’t skimp on features and has a DVI-D HDCP-compatible input, which you can hook up HDMI devices to using an adaptor. Should you go this route, you can use the VGA input for your PC, and the DVI input for a games console or Blu-ray player.

HannsG HH221DPB

The one downside of the DVI input is that it can’t accept the sound from an HDMI device. If you’re using a Blu-ray player, you’ll either need to hook it up to an AV amp first, or look for a model with analogue outputs; for an Xbox 360, Microsoft makes an official audio adaptor for this exact purpose.

Using the monitor’s internal speakers via their analogue input isn’t a bad idea. They’re a touch tinny, but sound bright. Sound is directed downwards, bouncing off the desk’s surface creating a clear audio that’s fine for spoken-word or casual gaming.

HannsG HH221DPB back

A clear, green-and-yellow menu system is controlled by proper buttons that sit under the screen. Image quality controls are limited to brightness, contrast and colour temperature, plus a few pre-set modes. User mode is the best and you should adjust this to the settings you’re happiest with. We recommend turning off the dynamic contrast and sharpness controls. Dynamic contrast introduces annoying changes in brightness, while sharpness can add quite a lot of noise.

HannsG HH221DPB side

Sadly, we didn’t find image quality inspiring. The backlight was a bit duller than other monitors we’ve tested, and there was persistent red cast. While this added a glow to flesh tones, it made blue skies seem darker. Contrast wasn’t great either and reflections lacked sparkle, while shadows weren’t quite as menacing as on Philips’ 221V2SB. The red cast favours films as it adds warmth, but for photo and desktop work it’s a bit distracting.

That said, for the price it’s quite a bargain. Considering this monitor costs less than £100, you get a decent choice of inputs, pretty good speakers and acceptable image quality. The problem is that the Philips 221V2SB is only a few pounds more expensive, yet has much better image quality. It’s the better buy.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***


Viewable size 21.5 in
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Contrast ratio 1,000:1 (15,000:1 dynamic)
Brightness 250cd/m²
Horizontal viewing angle 170°
Vertical viewing angle 160°
Response time 5ms
Response time type black-to-white
Screen depth 63mm
Base (WxD) 282x178mm
Screen elevation 111mm


Portrait mode no
Wall mount option yes
Height adjustable no
Internal speakers yes (2x 1W)
Detachable cables yes
USB hub none
Integrated power supply yes
Kensington lock lug yes
Display extras none
VGA input yes
DVI input yes
S-video input no
Component input no
Composite input no
HDCP support yes
Audio inputs 3.5mm line in


Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption on 24W

Buying Information

Price £89
Warranty three years onsite

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