However, I do really like the simple straightforward connections at the back. On virtually every monitor your cables are plugged in vertically, which usually requires some form of arm contortion. This however, simply has them pointed straight out at the back – easy to reach, simple to plug in. Lovely. Right next to the DVI port is a D-Sub port, and underneath this are three phono connections for component.
In the OSD, the D-Sub connection is labelled as RGB. There are no S-Video or composite connections. Looking at the specs I could see no mention of HDCP compliance, vital for viewing DRMed-up movies on Blu-ray and HD DVD. To test this, I hooking up to an Toshiba HD DVD deck but though the display switched to 1,280 x 720 I got no picture, so it looks like HDCP is off the menu.
The OSD is quite an odd beast. Touch sensitive controls sounds cool but in practice it’s quite awkward to use. It also doesn’t work that logically. You use the up and down buttons to move between menu options, but the other way round when you want to increase or lower your choices, which is confusing.
Specifications wise, the Hazro, has a good CV. The panel is an S-IPS, which means that it won’t suffer the pitfalls of standard TN panels, which is colour shift when viewed at an angle and washed out colours. The S-IPS is inherently an 8-bit panel so it should deliver smooth colour gradations. Brightness is given as 500cm2, and the response time figure is listed a 5ms, though that is a grey-to-grey, so most likely a true figure of around 12ms, still not too shabby.
Hazro is clearly serious about the displays credentials as a serious image tool, and bundles its own customised colour management tool. Hazro will be releasing the same display under its Professional range bundled with a hardware calibration unit early next year and later on another version of the display will have programmable LUT controller boards as well for more in-depth and advanced hardware calibration.
The software enables you to set the white point at either D65, or D55, the two reference standards set by the International Commission on Illumination (CIE), choose your Gamma curve, and select the luminance level. Once done, it then creates a profile so applications such as Photoshop will know how the display deals with colour.