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Hansol H750S

I already reviewed this model a few months ago (see our article called Closer Look at 17" LCD Monitors Features. Part III for details) and to a manufacturer’s reaction: they replied that monitors produced in 2004 had much better characteristics due to a new advanced matrix. So I couldn’t help but test this monitor once again. Note that the monitor I tested was not a special sample from the manufacturer, but one taken directly from the retail net – such monitors have been selling since the beginning of this year. According to the label at the monitor’s back, it was made in January 2004, while the previous model I tested was dated end of 2003.

The appearance of the H750S has nothing very remarkable about itself: a simple and large white-color case (with silver edging around the control buttons) stands on a massive base that only allows adjusting the screen tilt. The two oval elements at the bottom of the front panel are decorative covers over integrated speakers: the manufacturer preferred this solution to the ordinary perforation. Like the earlier-reviewed sample, this one lacks robustness: when you press the edge of the case, there appear dark stains on the matrix.

The monitor has an analog input as well as an audio input and a headphones output. The power unit is integrated into the case, but the dimensions of the base as well as of the monitor itself are big enough, so the thickness of the case is quite explicable.

In many multimedia monitors, the “+” and “-“ buttons provide access to the volume setting, sacrificing the access to brightness and contrast controls. The developers from Hansol chose another way – they added two more buttons, “Mute” and “Vol”, to the four traditional ones. This is convenient for the user: all the frequently adjusted settings of the monitor can now be accessed with one touch of a button.

Well, enough of the design impressions, since the monitor doesn’t differ externally from the H750S sample that I reviewed earlier; let’s get directly to the tests.

By choosing 65% brightness and 75% contrast, I achieved a screen brightness of 100nit. By default, the brightness and contrast settings are both set to 80%. The user-defined color temperature setting by default provides 7110K white and 8720K gray colors. The “6500K” setting gives you the following temperatures: 6980K white and 8530K gray. “9300” means 7510K white and 9280L gray. Gray color on this monitor has a slight tincture of green.

The color curves are very neat – better than in the sample I tested earlier.

The response time is only 21msec – a little better than the specified 24msec. Well, the previous sample had a response time of 23msec, so this divergence is rather small and fits into the measurement error range (besides the sensor’s fault, the response time may depend on the room temperature, for example).

The contrast ratio has grown considerably – it doubled in some modes. Last time, the low contrast ratio was listed by me among the main disadvantages of the H750S, but now it is at a good level, varying from 300:1 to 400:1, while the manufacturer announces a modest value of 350:1.

Thus, my tests suggest that the Hansol H750S manufactured in 2004 does have another, noticeably better matrix. The revised H750S can compete with other monitors of that price category on equal terms (as of the time of writing this, its average retail price was a little over $400). For example, in contrast to the above-described e-Yama model, it is simply winning due to a higher image quality at a lower price. Overall, the Hansol H750S can serve as an inexpensive home model as well as an office monitor for text-processing.

 
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