Though our sample didn’t come with one, we are assured the W22 will ship with an HDMI cable. Together with the VGA cable provided, that means you get cables to cover both of the display’s connectivity options. We’re seeing an increasing move from DVI to HDMI, which is a double edged sword. On the one hand, since this move is reflected not only in monitors but also in laptops and video cards, HDMI is the future. It’s less bulky, is more easily available in longer cable lengths and can transfer an audio signal; but it is also less secure in its physical connection, lacking DVI’s screw retention mechanism. Still, there’s no halting progress, even if in some areas it does take a few steps back.
Furthermore there is a 3.5mm audio-in jack for use with VGA or those whose computers don’t carry audio over HDMI. This leads to the speakers hiding behind the bezel at the monitor’s top. They’re actually visible through the ventilation grille, but don’t sound as pathetic as they look. Though music is tinny and bass is strained, their inclusion is a bonus for general Windows sounds and the occasional YouTube video. Unfortunately there’s no headphone socket, which could have made the integrated audio useful.
In terms of adjustability, Hannspree doesn’t make any effort to distinguish itself from just about every budget monitor that passes through our office these days. This means you get basic tilt and nothing more. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: height adjustment at the very least is an ergonomic essential, and I’ve nothing but praise for the few manufacturers who manage to include it without adding significant price premiums. At least the display’s build quality is pretty decent, with no flex or creaking anywhere, and thick plastics used throughout.
Not just due to a lack of certain specialist adjustments, but also thanks to a logical and uncluttered layout, the OSD’s menus are some of the easiest I’ve ever used (despite the horrible and confusing colourful icons). Everything is where you expect it to be, and well-labelled. The only potential point of confusion could be DCR, which unsurprisingly stands for Dynamic Contrast Ratio, and is sensibly found under Contrast/Brightness.