REVIEW: Hazro HZ27WiDP 27-Inch HD Display

REVIEW: Hazro HZ27WiDP 27-Inch HD Display

Ike Leus is a veteran AkihabaraNews contributor and product reviewer. His work since our re-launch can be found here, and his massive archive of reviews and other coverage from the old site are here. And seriously, it’s some deep, deep geekery on the NAS and the SMB, and we can guarantee that no one else on planet internet went 2800 words into reviewing the Shuttle XPC SZ87R6 & SH87R6 "Black Boxes.”

Introduction

A few years back, Hazro was part of a select few companies introducing high-resolution panels to the European market. Nowadays, the market is a lot more saturated, and as 4K HD is getting a foot in the door and moving toward becoming the standard in our living rooms, WQ HD is a lot more common in the external display (PC/Mac) market. This trend was spurred mainly by graphics cards being very capable in bursting decent WQHD resolutions compared to 4K, which is a format still dependent on higher-end (more expensive) GPUs. In the current PC market, the value-for-money segment & budget-friendly cards strongly outsell the top-shelf cards (priced at 250USD and up).

And so, we pretty sure Hazro’s product, built & assembled in the United Kingdom and aimed to deliver the customer a very solid price/performance ratio, will be just as interesting as last year's model.

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Specifications

The HZ27WiDP is a WLED backlit high resolution 2560x1440 pixel IPS monitor aimed specifically at professionals and prosumers in the print, multimedia and engineering markets. Featuring Hazro’s most advanced controller to date, this 68.6cm (27”) monitor offers multiple colour settings including native support for sRGB (IEC61966-2.1) and 6-Axis coordinate correction which offers greater control in taming colors for certain color modes/gamuts (especially RGB/CMYK). Connectivity is simplified with support for Displayport, HDMI and DVI-D interfaces, and the monitor is housed in a sleek chassis complementing any professional work or studio setup.

Key Features:

  • 27” LED IPS 2560x1440 Monitor
  • AH-IPS 27" LED Glass Fronted Panel
  • 2560x1400 WQHD Resolution in 16:9 Aspect
  • PIP and PBP Support
  • Displayport, HDMI, DVI-D & Component inputs
  • 5.5ms Response Time & 1000:1 contrast ratio

Deep Specs: 

  • Panel: 27” WQHD AH-IPS LED 16:9 aspect
  • Bit Depth: 8bit 16.7million Colors
  • Viewing Area: 596.74 mm (H) x 335.66 mm (V)
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.2331 mm x RGB x 0.2331 mm
  • Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (Typ.)
  • Refresh Rate: 59 ~ 60 Hz
  • Response Time: 5.5ms [grey-to-grey]
  • LED Color Gamut Standard Gamut: 72% (CIE 1976) NTSC [100% sRGB Coverage]
  • Brightness: 440 cd /m² (Center 1 Point)
  • Viewing Angle: R/L : 89°/ 89°U/D : 89°/ 89°
  • Surface Treatment Glare: (Low Reflection treatment of the front polarizer)
  • Plug n Play Compatibility: Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win8/MAC OS X
  • OSD Menu Control: Power, Menu, Select, Up, Down, Left, Right
  • Operating Temperature: 0 ~ 35 °C; Storage: -5 ~ 45 °C
  • Operating Humidity: 10 ~ 90 % RH; Storage: 40 ~ 70 % RH
  • VESA Hole Configuration: None - Fixed Stand
  • Dimensions: Approximately 695(L) x 310(W) x 35mm(D) (excluding stand)
  • Weight: 7 kg before packaging and excluding stand [approx]
  • Power Consumption In Operation: <40W | DPMS / OFF: <2W
  • Energy Saving Mode: VESA DPMS [Display Power Management Signaling]
  • DC Input: AC 100V-240V, 50~60Hz; DC Output: DC 24V / 5A [approx]
  • Device/Connectivity Inputs: 24V DC Jack, 1 x (Displayport, HDMI, Dual Link DVI, Component YPbPr, VGA, Audio Out)
  • Audio: Line out - no built in speakers
  • Accessories: 1 x Displayport, HDMI & Dual Link DVI cable, 1 x IEC 3 Pin AC Power Cable and DC Power Adapter
  • EAN: 0710228901033

The LED IPS panel consumes less energy than standard CCFL LCD panels and reduces CO2 emissions, making the HZ27WiDP an Eco-Friendly display.

Test Results

To get the most out of this splendid display, we resorted to Club3D's expertise in computer graphics. Products used for this test included:

The R7 265 sports a Pitcairn Pro GPU with clock speed of ~925 MHz (Stream Processors: 1024). It also includes 2048MB of GDDR5 memory (256BIT) running at a clock speed of 5600 MHz. The reason why we picked this card was mainly because it's a bit of a swiss army knife in features, combined with a cost-effectiveness ratio that few similar cards on the market can match (~$150 USD). In particular, the Radeon R7 265 Royal Queen supports the following features:

  • DVI: 1x Dual-Link DVI-I
  • HDMI: 1x version 1.4a
  • DisplayPort: Version 1.2
  • HDCP Ready
  • RAMDAC: 400MHz
  • Resolution Dual-Link DVI: 2560x1600
  • Resolution HDMI 1.4a: 4096x3112
  • Resolution DP 1.2: 4096x2160
  • Maximum Outputs Simultaneously: 3
  • Maximum Display support: 5 (Via DisplayPort and using the MST Hub, please refer to CSV-5300)

Other items included in testing this display were:

  • CLUB 3D Multi Stream Transport Hub CSV-5300A (more info) Although the R265 used can support 3 displays by default, common ultrabooks and notebooks don't, this is why an MST Hub comes in as a must have item if you wish to combine multiple displays when your source is incapable on providing you the necessary outputs.
  • DisplayPort to HDMI 4K Adapter (more info)
  • Mini DisplayPort to HDMI 4K Adapter (more info)

We have been testing the Hazro HZ27WiDP on a couple of operating systems including Linux, Windows 7/8.1, OSX Mavericks, and other wild cats.

Hazro does recommend having a proper native graphics card to get the maximum resolution out of this panel. We have connected ours through a gold-plated displayport cable from Club3D, recommended to get the best signal interaction with both devices. A gold-plated HDMI was used (in combination with a 4K mini displayport adapter) to test if we could get the maximum resolution out of this panel through Macbook Pro and Air models.

On a PC with a dedicated graphics card (displayport support), you get the native 2560 x 1440 resolution, with no issues whatsoever. 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. And it doesn’t matter if it’s connected to PCs or Macbooks (even the Retina models with native HDMI out haven't managed to kick the resolution).

A few noteworthy points: while it’s a very nice feature to see 2 screens simultaneously on 1 panel, we recommended connecting this display to your computer before you start fiddling with PiP settings. Unless one of your sources is over DVI or VGA, it might take a bit of fiddling to get PiP set up properly on DP + HDMI. If you're trying to test this with, let's say a console and PC, it shouldn't be troublesome. If you're using PiP to combine a PC and Macbook source, however, it will largely depend on the resolutions at which both devices are set.

If you bought this Hazro HZ27WiDP 27" AH-IPS to replace a current display, or use it as a second display, you should be good. Even on notebooks over regular 1080p HDMI it's a nice display, especially if you intend to use it as a preview display or TV panel. Unlike last year's edition, where we wrote “for most Macbooks we wouldn't recommend it as a work screen, because it won't accept any resolution higher than 720P or 1080P HD on HDMI interface,” this isn't the case anymore. The new panel seamlessly accepts higher resolutions, you just have to make sure the cable and adapter you're using supports native 4K.

Color wise, the Hazro display remained visually identical to its predecessor. Color gradients and detail precision on high resolution is still as fantastic, and they even managed to shave off a significant number of watts in power consumption while retaining the same visual bliss.

Last year we mentioned that Hazro uses the exact same LG display panel in this 27-inch model as Apple uses for their 27-inch iMac displays, and while this year's panel has elevated in quality, the physical design of the HZ27WiDP model makes it really fit in well next to any existing Apple hardware you may have. To pick up the thread on power efficiency again, last year's LG panel consumed up to 74W when active, but this year's AH-IPS version consumes less than 40W when active. We don't think anybody will complain that Hazro reduced the power consumption by almost half. It's quite impressive!

Verdict

Compared to last year's model and current competitor products, the Hazro HZ27WiDP is a very competitive offering. It's priced equal (or slightly below) its direct competitors and provides all the necessities for in a high resolution display.

Compared to the older black model, the new 27-inch display got a serious Apple-centric make-over, which many will appreciate. Additionally, by using a newer, more efficient IPS technology, Hazro also managed to shave off almost 50% from the average power consumption. Even though it slimmed down, the HZ27WiDP got beefier on features, PiP (Picture in Picture), allowing 2 simultaneous sources to be displayed on a single panel, being one of the best. This said, it is still an IPS panel, and such displays’ core purpose is to run applications such as CAD programs, Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, film production software, or other media production tools relying on high accuracy color reproduction.

Mac users may rejoice! With the Mini DisplayPort™ to HDMI™ 4K adapter from Club3D in between, Macbook (Pro/Air) and iMac customers can use this Hazro display as an external monitor running at its maximum resolution.

Gamers will also find a lot to like here. Since high-resolution-capable graphic cards aren't an issue for gamer PCs, the HZ27WiDP is priced very competitively, making it a reasonably priced, classy alternative in creating a multi-display setup. Moreover, unlike last year's edition, the refresh speeds on this display are good enough for the most demanding gamers out there.

That said, this IPS panel was created keeping the requirements of visual professionals in the print/multimedia sector in mind. Gaming should be considered a nice extra on a display of this caliber, but it's true intention is to be a prosumer's all-day workhorse.

MSRP: 419£ (~$640)

Remember, this is an IPS monitor aimed specifically at professionals and prosumers in the print, multimedia and engineering markets. In that sector, you can hardly beat the price of the Hazro, it’s a gorgeous item to have on your desk, and it delivers pro-level performance.

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