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.