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Hazro HZ27WC - Connectivity, Controls and Speakers

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

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Hazro HZ27WC

Summary

Our Score:

8

Connectivity is one of the sacrifices that have been made to get the HZ27WC's price point so low, and for a PC user who doesn't need to use the display with other devices, that's absolutely fine. Thus all you'll find around this Hazro's rear is a dual DVI port for video and 3.5mm jack to carry audio from you PC to the speakers. Here you'll also find a proprietary connector for the external power brick. We would much rather this had been integrated, especially since it's a rather large affair (60 x 40 x 135mm). Hazro provides all the necessary cables, including a dual-link DVI and 90-degree-angled 3.5mm cable.

As already mentioned, the entire front bezel of the monitor is kept clean, aside from the Hazro logo and a tiny, unobtrusive power LED, which is blue when the screen is turned on and red when it's in standby. The power button and other controls are found around the monitor's back.

This is where we come across our second example (after the stand) of some serious corner-cutting: only the top four buttons offer any feedback, as the lower two are just dummies – a carry-over from the HZ27WB, which offers more functions. Added to this, that feedback isn't particularly good, and your fingers don't automatically fall on the right buttons. It's not a big issue but certainly doesn't make you feel like you're working with a premium product.

The four working buttons function solely as brightness and volume up/down. There are no other adjustments, no scaling and no processing. Thus there's no OSD either: this Hazro is a PC monitor in the purest sense of the word, and all adjustments need to be made through software. This restriction is shared by the 'professional' HZ27WB, so if you want something that can deal with other sources, the HZ27WA is your only choice from Hazro at 27in.

Before we get onto image quality, let's check out how the audio side holds up. Encouragingly, the speakers are the largest we have seen on a monitor and their wattage rating of 5W is higher than the usual two or three. Indeed, they get pretty loud; the problem is they don't do so with much refinement. There's distortion in the bass at even close to maximum, though if you keep volume levels to about half this is avoidable.

Even then a general lack of clarity and presence prevents them from being star performers, and as they're rear-firing you'll want to put the monitor near a wall to reflect some of that sound back. With all this in mind they're still decent for casual movie watching and gaming, but we wouldn't recommend them as your sole entertainment audio source.

piesforyou

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.

TechVegan

June 16, 2011, 6:10 pm

@piesforyou:
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...

Cookie

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.

betelgeus

June 16, 2011, 11:33 pm

youre laptops probably 1440x990 or even 1920x1080 tops

990 and 1080 is less than 1440.

xenos

June 17, 2011, 2:25 am

@piesforyou:
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.

MickyG

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.

TechVegan

June 20, 2011, 2:27 pm

@Cookie:
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.

@MickyG:
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.

Etni

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?

aliquis

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.

aliquis

August 15, 2013, 3:57 pm

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

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