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There is no shortage of cheap monitors these days, but if you want anything of a significant size you're still going to have to put down at least £150 to £200 and even more for something of true quality. Moreover, with demand for LCD panels remaining exceedingly high this isn't likely to change until at least 2009. So, until then, what's your best option for a budget 22in monitor?
One option might be this Hanns.G HG216G, a 1,680 x 1,050 monitor with a full viewable area of 21.6 inches. Available quite readily for less than £150 it certainly qualifies as a budget option opening up the possibility of having two 22in class monitors on your desk for less than £300, which, when you think about it, is quite remarkable. It also features an HDMI port and though this can prove problematic when moving a monitor around due to the lack of grips, there's little in the way of adjustability for this to be an issue.
Indeed, design, both in terms of styling and adjustability, is obviously the first sacrifice in budget screens and this one is no exception. It's certainly got a utilitarian streak to it, with the cheap looking silver bezel and black plastic accenting harking back to an age of industrial design that's best forgotten. As for adjustability your only option is a degree of tilt, with not even swivel integrated into the base. Moreover, whenever you use of the OSD buttons to adjust the settings the whole display wobbles despondently.
Suffice to say then that the Hanns.G is every bit as cheap looking as its price suggests, though it's not so bad that it can't be tolerated. On the inside it features a fairly bog standard TN panel and Hanns.G quotes a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 300cd/m2 brightness and a 5ms grey-to-grey response time - all of which is totally unremarkable.
Connectivity, however, is more noteworthy due to the inclusion HDMI. This makes this a useful budget offering for someone who owns a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 Elite who wants to use their console in the bedroom but doesn't have a display capable of connecting to them. In addition there's also the ever present D-SUB port for an analogue video connection, while an audio input provides sound to the integrated speakers - they are rubbish, in case you're wondering. Annoyingly, though, there's no headphone output, which means you'll have to find an alternative means of getting to the audio from the HDMI.