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HannStar CY199D

We have reviewed HannStar monitors recently and now I’d like to add another model to our knowledgebase.

The specifications make it clear that the CY199D is an RTC-less monitor with a TN matrix and without anything innovational. Interestingly, the viewing angles are measured for a contrast ratio reduction to 10:1 rather than to 5:1 (the latter method is more popular because it yields higher values that can be written into product specs). Visually, most TN matrixes have similar viewing angles that are incomparable to what you can have from a *VA or S-IPS matrix.

The appearance of this monitor is typical of HannStar products. It has a gray plastic case with a very wide screen bezel. The speaker grids in the bottom corners of the front panel enliven the monitor’s face somewhat, but I doubt many people will like this design. It reminds me the unsophisticated models of five or more years ago.

The stand is simple, too. It is a black plastic disc with a protruding pole. The stand allows you to adjust the tilt of the screen. It can be replaced with a VESA mount if necessary.

Somewhat surprisingly, the monitor provides a full selection of connectors: analog and digital video inputs, a connector of the integrated power adapter, and an audio input. You can also find a headphone socket in the bottom edge of the case.

The controls in the bottom center of the front panel are unhandy, though. The blue LED in the Power button is way too bright, shining right into your eye at work. The icons on the buttons are barely readable and incomprehensible. Can you guess which button of the four – marked as Plus, Minus, Arrow Left, Arrow Right – opens the menu?

The monitor provides quick access to the sound volume setting. You can also quickly mute the speakers.

The menu is unfriendly. In most menu items it is unclear what button you should press to achieve the desired effect. I won’t even give you specific examples because the whole navigation is awful. On the other hand, the menu matches the monitor’s overall appearance as it resembles the menus of low-end models produced a few years ago.

The monitor has 100% brightness and 50% contrast by default. I achieved a 100nit white by setting both at 36%. If you increase the contrast value above the default, you will lose light halftones as they will be displayed as pure white. Color gradients are reproduced without banding. The brightness is regulated by means of pulse-width modulation of the backlight at a frequency of 211Hz.

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