REVIEW: Herakles HT-181 TV Part 2
The front face is held completely silver and makes a good appearance. The back side of the case is black. Also the lateral view seems convincing to us. The foot which is crafted from metal makes a high valued impression and offers an ideal amount of stability to the panel. There is a small, chrome colored, oval emblem with the labeling DIGITAL fit into the front part of the pedestal.
A plastic aperture that looks like a display is supposed to be mounted at the lower area of the front face. But it does not have any kind of function other than to look nice.
The display is merely tiltable. Height adjustment or swiveling is not available. Especially providing a swiveling function would have made sense for the intended use as a TV set.
The distance from the lower edge of the panel to the desk is about 5.3 cm. The actual picture starts at a height of about 11 cm since the lower frame is 5.7 cm thick. The frame measures 3.3 cm at the top and 5.8 cm at the sides.
The case is completely made from plastic. There is a speaker bar incorporated at the sides at the height of the panel. Unfortunately only a fraction of it is actually being used for the speakers. Purely optical the speaker bar has a size that is 3 cm in width and 34 cm in height. The fragment for the actual speakers is only 2 cm times 6 cm in oval form. The sound quality in TV mode could still be called satisfactory by all means, but it is clearly lacking some bass. In PC mode the sound quality yet gets worse. However, all in all the sound quality is still way better than the one of the recently reviewed Eizo L767. But it is completely incomprehensible to us why they didn't use the entire space of the bar. One could have had built a lot more into it and thus to the benefit of the user additional speakers wouldn't have become a necessity.
The control elements are mounted to the underside of the panel and very poorly accessible. Why the buttons have been moved somewhat to the right couldn't be comprehended by us as well, it doesn't even make sense from a design perspective. The black labeling is not too well done and significantly devaluates the otherwise beautiful design. In our opinion it would have been reasonable to just integrate the buttons in the surface or to place them behind the inoperable aperture which would have a function at least this way.
Operating the monitor is definitely going to happen by means of the remote control in most cases, so people won't have to bother with this unreasonable challenge of control elements.
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