REVIEW: Hazro HZ27WiE Hi-Res Display

REVIEW: Hazro HZ27WiE Hi-Res Display - AkihabaraNews.com

Though absent since last December (REVIEW: Synology DiskStation DS1513+), veteran Special Contributor Ike Leus has returned! Specializing in the hardcore techier/geekier side of our coverage, his extensive collection of absurdly popular home server reviews, along with a variety of other tech coverage, can be found here. Good to read you again, Ike!

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Introduction

A few years back, Hazro was part of a select few companies introducing high-resolution panels to the European market. Nowadays, high-res displays have become a much more common sight, to the point where a few manufacturers are already trying to build awareness for 4K HD resolution.

Built & assembled in the United Kingdom and aimed to deliver the customer a very solid price/performance ratio we are pretty sure the new display will be equally as interesting as last year's model.

Specifications

The 27-inch HZ27WiE supports 3.68 million pixels across a 2560 x 1440 panel displayed in a 16:9 WQHD aspect ratio format. This combination of high-resolution and a large workspace is guaranteed to increase efficiency and output and allows users to display content in piercing detail. The glossy LED panel offers deeper blacks and brighter whites and is preferred by gamers who require the very highest contrast ratios.

  • Panel TechnologyAH In Plane Switching - 2H Gloss Coating
  • Size: 27“ / 68.47 cm (WQHD)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Viewable Image: 596.73 x 335.66 mm
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.2331 mm
  • Luminance (typ.): 440 cd/m2
  • Contrast (typ.): 1000:1 / 2000000:1 (dynamic)
  • Viewing Angle: 178° horizontal / 178° vertical
  • Response Time (typ.): 6 ms (grey-to-grey) 
  • Colors / Gamut: 16.7 million (8bit) / 100% sRGB
  • Connectivity: 1 x DVI-D, 1 x DisplayPort (10 bit), 1 x HDMI, 1 x RGB (VGA)
  • Power: DC 4pin 120W (24V)
  • Horizontal Frequency: 31.5 - 98.7 kHz
  • Frame Rate: 30 - 85 Hz
  • Optimal Resolution: 2560 x 1440 Pixels @ 60 Hz
  • Mounting Options: VESA 100x100 (M4 Thread) / Base removable
  • Warranty: 2 Years Swap-Out
  • Assembled in: United Kingdom

  • Plug n Play Compatibility: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/Win7/8/MAC OS X
  • OSD Menu Control: MENU, LEFT, RIGHT, UP, DOWN, POWER
  • Inputs: 1 x Dual Link DVI-D, 3.5mm Stereo In/Out, Kensignton Security Port
  • Sound: 5W + 5W Stereo Speakers
  • Accessories: Display link Cable, UK 3 pin or 2 Pin Power Cord [Kettle Lead] * , DC 24V Adapter, Instruction Manual
  • Weight: Package Weight = 5kg [max] Monitor Weight = 3,5kg [max]
  • Monitor Dimensions: 654 [W] x 479 [H] x 180 [D] - (with stand) 654 [W] x 404 [H] x 81 [D] - (without stand)
  • Ergonomics, VESA: Tilt, VESA 100x100 [M4 thread]
  • Pixel Defect Policy: ISO13406-II, 36 months RTB

  • Operating Temperature: 0 ~ 35 °C
  • Storage Temperature: -5 ~ 50 °C
  • Operating Humidity: 10 ~ 90 % RH
  • Storage Humidity: 40 ~ 70 % RH
  • Power Consumption In Operation: +-74W | DPMS / OFF: <4W
  • Power Input: AC Input: AC 100V-240V, 50~60Hz | DC Output:AC 24V / 5A [approx]

The LED IPS panel consumes less energy than standard CCFL LCD panels and reduces CO2 emissions making the HZ27WiE an Eco-Friendly display. 5W TV quality stereo speakers are also included and are noticeably louder, clearer and crisper than the standard 2W speakers found in traditional LCD monitors. Finally, the HZ27WC is VESA 100x100mm compatible allowing for connectivity of arms, brackets and stands without the need for special adapters.

Test results

We have been testing this Hazro HZ27WiE on a couple of operating systems: Linux distributions, Windows 7/8.1, OSX Mavericks & other wild cats.

Our review unit included only a displayport cable, however, Hazro informed us that customer models will be shipping with an HDMI cable as well. Hazro does recommend having a proper native graphics card to get the maximum resolution out of this panel.

On a PC with a dedicated graphics card with displayport support, you get the native 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. No issues. Things tend to get a bit less high-resolution when connecting them over HDMI; even those 4K HD supported cables don't give you anything higher than standard HD 1080P. No matter if this is connected to PCs or Macbook's (even the Retina models with native HDMI out haven't managed to kick the resolution).

A few noteworthy points to get the maximum out of this monitor: if bought with a new PC, notice that you will not be able to boot over HDMI as you won't see the BIOS screen. Connect over DVI cable (if you have one available) or use the displayport cable supplied in the box (if your graphics card supports this). This way you're assured you'll be seeing the BIOS instead of nothing.

If you bought this Hazro HZ27WiE 27" Ultrawide LED to replace a current display, or use it as a 2nd display, you should be good. Even on notebooks over HDMI it's a nice display, especially if you intend to use it as a preview display or TV panel. Because it won't accept any resolution higher than 720P or 1080P HD on an HDMI interface, for most Macbooks we wouldn't recommend it as a work screen.

Color wise, the Hazro display remained about identical to its predecessor. Color gradients and detail precision on high resolution is still fantastic, and they even managed to shave off a few watts in power consumption while retaining the same visual bliss. Actually, for those not aware, Hazro uses the exact type of LG display panel in this 27-inch model as Apple uses for their 27-inch Imac displays.

Verdict

Compared to last year's model, this Hazro HZ27WiE is actually one of the better price/performance packaged displays on the store shelf.

The new 27-inch display got a serious weight reduction and has slimmed down to about 1/4 the edge width of its predecessor. By using a newer, denser LED technology, Hazro also managed to shave off a few watts from the consumption average. Even though it’s slimmed down, a front panel webcam might be a nice addition for customers who are using this display for mainly family-PC activities such as chat & social networking.

Gamers on the other side will also appreciate Hazro's HZ27WiE. Since high-resolution capable graphic cards aren't an issue for gamer PCs, this particular HZ27WiE model is priced very competitively, making it a cheap(er) alternative for creating a multi-display setup.

For gamers, there might be the little trade-off that it isn't as lightning fast in display refresh speeds compared to some competitor's displays, and equally the power consumption might be a bit on the high end when having the intention to buy 2 or 3 for multi-display setups. That said, you can hardly beat the price of the Hazro. For a bit less power consumption and a few milliseconds faster response speed you are paying 20-30% more for the same size display (when compared to the direct competitors). So it really is up to you to decide if this perfectly capable display will look good on your desk or not.

MSRP: 299£ (+- 499 USD or 359 EUR at the time of writing). The main selling point for the HZ27WiE is that its using the exact same panel as a high end Apple iMAC for a quarter of the price.

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