If you’ve got a heart- or a child - you’ve got to have a soft spot for Hannspree. For while the brand doesn’t generally trouble the higher end of our performance quality scale, it certainly knows how to have a bit of fun where design is concerned.
Among past glorious excesses on the Hannspree CV can be found TVs designed in the shape of footballs, oversized fruit, safari animals, and even Cinderella’s coach. Compared with these delightfully bonkers efforts, we guess the brand’s new HANNSjoy TV is a bit normal - despite it’s unashamedly evocative name. Compared with the rest of the TV world, though, there’s still plenty for ‘black TV haters’ to get excited about, given the HANNSjoy’s bold, ultra high-gloss finish and two striking colour options: deep red and bright white.
There is one concern with its design, though, namely that it doesn’t look quite as wide as a normal widescreen TV should. Further investigation reveals that it is indeed built to a 16:10 aspect ratio rather than the usual 16:9, with a 1,920x1,200 pixel count rather than the usual 1,920x1,080.
This is troubling on two counts. First, it’s going to mean that the TV won’t be able to show normal 16:9 programmes without either digitally manipulating them to fill the frame, or else leaving black bars above and below them. Second, 1,920x1,200-ratio screens tend to be associated more with the PC monitor than the TV market, making us wonder if the panel at the TV’s heart has been built for PC use first and TV use second. While quality PC monitors are arguably more colour accurate than TVs, cheap monitors can be pretty ropey and certainly aren't optimised for video viewing.
Getting back to positives, the HANNSjoy will also appeal to bargain hunters on account of it costing just £199. Not bad at all for a TV that looks cute and sports a 28in screen.
Of course, though, as noted earlier, Hannspree TVs haven’t generally set the world alight with their performance. So for the reasonably quality-motivated buyer likely to be reading this article, just looking different and not costing much is certainly not a case of ‘job done’ for the HANNSjoy. It also needs to be at least half decent with its features and performance.
It only gets off to a pretty average start where features are concerned by not including any USB sockets among its connections. Given the HANNSjoy’s likely potential as a second-room TV, not providing some quick means of playing back AV files stored on USB sources, especially digital photos, is a pity.
Otherwise we guess the connection count is pretty par for the course for a budget 28in TV. There are a couple of HDMIs, a component video input, a single Scart, and perhaps best of all, a VGA input. Being able to double the TV up as a PC monitor makes its £199 price look even better potential value.