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.