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Hazro HZ27WC review

Ardjuna Seghers



  • Recommended by TR
Hazro HZ27WC


Our Score



  • No competitors at its low price
  • IPS panel with 2560 x 1440 resolution
  • Glass front and good build quality
  • LED backlighting ensures low power usage


  • No adjustments beyond tilt
  • LED backlighting has issues
  • Glass front causes reflections
  • No scaling, OSD or presets
  • Only a single video input

Review Price £399.98

Key Features: 27in IPS panel with glass front; 2560 x 1440 resolution; Dual link DVI, 3.5mm audio; 5W stereo speakers

Manufacturer: Hazro

Update: Hazro has discontinued the glass front for new revisions of this monitor. It has been brought to our attention that, in some cases, the glass of this model may become detached due to an inadequate attachment process, which in turn presents a potential safety hazard. Therefore we would recommend that anyone looking at buying the glass version of this display be cautious of this possible issue.

If a 24in monitor's 1,920 x 1,200 isn't enough pixels for you and your budget or available desk space won't stretch to a 30in like the NEC MultiSync LCD3090WQXi, a high-resolution, 2,560 x 1,440 27in is the perfect compromise. Hazro has a whole range of new entrants to this market, and we're taking a look at the most affordable model, the HZ27WC. This gets you a glass-fronted, LED-backlit, IPS-panel display with stereo speakers for under £400, which is frankly amazing value in anyone's book. Read on to find out if this is the best-value high-end monitor around.

First off, let's clarify the HZ27WC's position in the Hazro 27in range. Hazro doesn't have a model that is everything for everyone (like Dell's U2711, the larger sibling of our award-winning UltraSharp U2410), though its selection will certainly cater for the majority of users. The HZ27WB is a CCFL- rather than LED-backlit monitor in a snazzy metal frame that's fully adjustable, and it utilizes 10-bit processing for its matt panel allowing it to cover the AdobeRGB and 110 percent of the NTSC colour spaces. It's the most professionally oriented of the lot and arguably the most desirable. However, it lacks inputs other than a single dual-link DVI port, and doesn't do any scaling within the screen.

Next we have the HZ27WA, which is a very different beast. It shares the same plastic chassis and glass front as the HZ27WC and is also LED-backlit, though panel processing is still at 10-bit compared to the HZ27WC's 8-bit. Nevertheless, both these models only cover 72 percent of the NTSC colour space. Where the A model really stands out is in its extensive connectivity (including HDMI and component) and dual scalers, allowing you to connect consoles and other devices that can't output at the panel's high native resolution.

The HZ27WC is considerably cheaper than either of these, and indeed the cheapest high-resolution, IPS-based, 27in display in the UK by a large margin. Thankfully it doesn't particularly look the part, thanks largely to its glass front. In fact, its borderless, uncluttered design lends it a vibe almost on par with the Apple Cinema Display when viewed from the front, though this impression is ruined if you look down to the cheap plastic stand or around the thick plastic sides.

Unfortunately, looking cheap isn't the stand's only drawback. It also doesn't allow any adjustability beyond tilt, a hallmark of budget displays. Looking at the display from the side, the thin strip of silver plastic framing its glass section gives way to a dull matt black plastic, and this isn't exactly the slimmest of monitors.

However, it's worth keeping in mind that even if you were to spend £80-odd on a fully adjustable VESA stand, the HZ27WC would still come out as a decent bargain. We've also been informed that Hazro will be bringing out an optional adjustable stand for its 27in monitors within the next two months.

Build quality is good throughout. Despite an alarming amount of creaking when making tilt adjustments, all the plastics used feel solid and there's a large amount of metal in the stand and base.

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June 16, 2011, 3:38 pm

That's a lot of horizontal pixels. Shame about the vertical pixels. I have more on my 15" laptop.

Bloody 16:9.


June 16, 2011, 6:10 pm

Wow, really? What resolution does you laptop screen have? After all, this 27in monitor has a higher vertical pixel count than most 16:10 24in monitors, so it's not too bad...


June 16, 2011, 8:07 pm

"..so if you want something that can deal with other sources, the HZ27WA is your only choice from Hazro at 27in."

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but what you're saying is that this monitor can't display any other sources than a PC? As in I can't play my 360 on this? Or are you just saying that you can't calibrate sources other than a PC?

That could definitely be a deal-breaker if the former is the case.


June 16, 2011, 11:33 pm

youre laptops probably 1440x990 or even 1920x1080 tops

990 and 1080 is less than 1440.


June 17, 2011, 2:25 am

Rubbish, show me a 15" laptop with a display above 1920x1080.

I have an Apple Cinema Display I bought about 3 months ago and I'm a bit green as it cost me £740. Though it is pretty much perfect, not a single pixel out, totally uniform brightness and colour.


June 18, 2011, 10:48 pm

Wow, people on this thread either have short memories or don't know too much about laptops. Dell and others have offered 1920 x 1200 as at least an option in some of their 15" and 17" laptops for years. Such as the XPS and I believe Inspiron ranges.

I know I have a 5 or 6 year-old XPS Gen 2 sitting on the shelf here with that res. Admittedly, that's a 17" screen, but I believe it was offered in the Studio 15 line recently too.


June 20, 2011, 2:27 pm

It's not just calibration, but scaling too. As the display lacks a scaler, anything else that will display will do so at its native resolution. So while you should be able to hook up a console in theory, you would end up with massive black bars on all sides, which is far from ideal.

Their essential point, and mine, is that @piesforyou's laptop must be a time-traveling piece of awesomeness to have a vertical resolution higher than 1440 pixels.

David Levine

July 2, 2013, 1:39 pm

Just bought this today and apparently doesn't work with a Mac. Disappointing.


August 8, 2013, 10:50 am

The glass just came off my display, so I googled it and found this. You say the detached glass "presents a potential safety hazard". Can you explain what you mean by this? I just removed the glass and can't see why it would be unsafe now.

Are you referring to some potential accident when the glass falls off (eg. hitting someone in the head oh noes), or do you mean it's not safe to use without the glass?


August 15, 2013, 3:56 pm

Likely that they consider it dangerous that it can fall of at all. Like if it produced shards and hurt someone or a kid flipped the screen over or whatever.


August 15, 2013, 3:57 pm

Guess it mean a mac doesn't supply the signal used / Apple suck.

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