Summary

Our Score

7/10

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Hazro HZ26W 26in Display - Hazro HZ26W 26in Display

Out of the box the display proved to be far too bright and displaying a distinct green tinge. However, after prolonged use and running through the calibration tool it produced a better, more balanced picture.

The main problem was that starting DisplayMate revealed a major issue - dark streaks running horizontally across the screen, with one right in the middle and a couple towards the top. These are quite hard to see under normal circumstances, but they are there, and if you're serious about owning a colour accurate display you'd simply pack the unit up and send it back. However, I would hope though that this is just a one off problem with this sample.

Another issue was that there was the greys generally had a mild green tinge to them, though it was subtle, but visible on several tests.

This is a shame as aside from this the Hazro put in a good performance. In DisplayMate, bright colours were accurate and strong throughout and scales faded pretty evenly. There was a hint of banding though in the 256 colour ramp test. Greyscale gradations were even too and the small text was perfectly sharp. The black level test was less convincing, with slight greyness of tone present rather than a deep black. However, on many tests, particular the full screen red test, there was no getting away from the patchy streaks.

Playing both games and videos was a smooth experience but though it was fine, it wasn't the most vivid experience mostly down to the average black level. Then again it's not a TV, it's a monitor and if content creation is what your doing, then this will be fine. The viewing angles also live up to the billing, with a small amount of colour shift vertically and only extreme angles horizontally.

I hooked up an Xbox 360 via component and was treated to bright colours and smooth motion, which actually looked more vivid than Windows did over DVI.

The bottom line then is that if you want a colour accurate screen with fewer compromises, then NEC has a better 26in widescreen display. However, if your budget doesn't stretch to this, then the Nazro is a credible alternative, and I would say that it delivers better image quality than the Dell 2707 - that is, aside from the streaking flaws that plagued this particular screen. This in a sense is what you pay extra for on something like an NEC, which is likely to have undergone more rigorous quality control.

The Hazro lacks also features such as height adjustment and pivot but the image quality combined with the stylish design, and a great price are sure to win it a lot fans.

Verdict

Hazro has pulled together a quality panel in a stylish design with generally very good image quality. However, it lacks height adjustment, pivot and HDCP. In addition, minor dark streaks mar what would otherwise have been a very good picture performance, so while it has strong appeal for the price, I can't recommend it unreservedly.

Scores In Detail

Value
8/10
Image Quality
7/10

Our Score

7/10
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