HannsG HH221DPB review

Barry de la Rosa
6 Nov 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
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, 1,920x1,080 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



Viewable size21.5 in
Native resolution1,920x1,080
Contrast ratio1,000:1 (15,000:1 dynamic)
Horizontal viewing angle170°
Vertical viewing angle160°
Response time5ms
Response time typeblack-to-white
Screen depth63mm
Base (WxD)282x178mm
Screen elevation111mm


Portrait modeno
Wall mount optionyes
Height adjustableno
Internal speakersyes (2x 1W)
Detachable cablesyes
USB hubnone
Integrated power supplyyes
Kensington lock lugyes
Display extrasnone
VGA inputyes
DVI inputyes
S-video inputno
Component inputno
Composite inputno
HDCP supportyes
Audio inputs3.5mm line in


Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption on24W

Buying Information

Warrantythree years onsite

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