REVIEW: HANNspree XM Verona
++ very good, + good, +/- satisfactory, - bad, -- very bad
* Backlight noise
At a price of less than 200.00 Euro, the HANNspree Verona XM is one of the least expensive 22-inch models on the market that comes with a digital input. Instead of the usual DVI port, the manufacturer has decided on HDMI so that the LCD monitor can be cabled conveniently with home cinema devices.
Hannspree is present in Germany in the form of two brands: whilst the label Hanns.G Europe has already made a name for itself with functional PC monitors with an excellent price-performance ratio, multimedia monitors or screens with rather unusual designs apart from the mainstream are marketed under the brand HANNspree.
Alongside monitors whose exteriors represent footballs or basketballs, the Verona XM with its piano-lacquer exterior seems almost plain in the HANNspree product palette. However, perhaps people do not want to adorn their desks with monitors that are quite so unusual.
The price is much more important for most users and this seems temptingly low for the HANNspree Verona XM. Whether the label can follow in the footsteps of the popular Hanns.G-Displays with the new 22-inch model will be seen from our detailed test.
The monitor was run on an XFX GeForce 8800GTS Extreme via HDMI-to-DVI cable.
You may well rejoice too soon about the 22-inch bargain for less than 200.00 Euro. It will be come clear when you open the box if not before that the Verona XM does not come with a HDMI-to-DVI cable for digital connection with the PC.
This means that you will soon need to shell out another 10.00 to 20.00 Euro and the price is therefore beyond the 200 Euro point if you are not happy with the (analogue) D-Sub cable that is included. You still do not have to dash to the electric store for audio and power cables.
In order to save space, the base is not already attached to the monitor and must be clicked into place before you can start to use the monitor. This is also the case for the cable clip. If you cannot find your feet straight away, you can refer to the Quick Setup Guide and illustrated mounting guide that are included.
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