Now we come to the single biggest factor of any monitor; its image quality. After some of the unrealistically inflated figures thrown around by somce manufacturers (like Samsung with its SyncMaster T200), it’s nice to find Hannspree quoting fairly modest specifications, including 300 nits of brightness and a 1000:1 contrast ratio. It also quotes the response time in both grey to grey (2ms) and typical (5ms), which again is a rare display of honesty.
Viewing angles are not only better than expected; they’re actually quite good for a TN panel, with only some loss of contrast and hardly noticeable colour shift. Backlighting is not completely even, and there is some noticeable bleed along the right bottom corner, but again it’s no worse than on many other displays. The W22’s budget nature shines through – or rather, doesn’t – when it comes to our grey-scale tests, where it fails to distinguish between the most subtle black shades. But apart from its slightly weak dark tone performance and not quite sharp text below 12pt, the W22 still managed a very respectable performance, with no signs of banding across colour ramps and hardly a hint of visible dithering.
Hanspree has done a good job of calibrating the screen at the factory, which made watching movies quite pleasant without having to re-configure anything other than brightness and contrast. The best example of this is unusually natural skin-tones, and resistence to over saturate colours, as many budget monitors do. The dynamic contrast setting, meanwhile, is best left turned on for entertainment, since its effects are quite restrained but still positive. Just keep in mind that as with most TN LCDs, the Hannspree is not ideal for graphics work.
I must admit that I began this review thinking the Hannspree Verona W22 wouldn’t be anything special, but though more recognisable brands can be had for only twenty pounds or so more, it’s actually quite good for the price. It doesn’t excel in any area, yet is competent in its design and image quality, and its speakers do the job. The lack of adjustability, meanwhile, is a flaw it has in common with many pricier rivals.
Score in detail
Image Quality 7