[section_title title=”Closer Look”]Closer Look
The HT231 monitor itself comes in a relatively plain brown box which displays some vital information including the brand, model number and a large illustration of the HT231 monitor itself. According to the box it is Windows 8 compatible, is an LED screen and has a 5ms response time.
Bundled with the Hanns.G HT231 monitor we have the following accessories:
1 x Power adapter
1 x 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable
1 x VGA cable
1 x USB 2.0 cable
It would have been nice to have at least a DVI cable or a HDMI included for those who want to connect the monitor digital but everything needed to get the monitor up and running is included which is always a good thing.
Taking a first look at the monitor itself, the screen is very glossy and so is the bezel which is made of glossy hard smooth plastic. The monitor does include a speaker which will appeal too many wanting this feature. On the bottom bezel, we have the usual features which are stickered on, the model number and on the speaker, there is the Hanns.G logo.
Here is a closer look at the logo which is embossed into the front of the monitor. It is silver in colour and contrasts the matt black well in my opinion.
Here we have one side of the built in speaker on the HT231 which can play audio via the included 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable. This allows you to combine that with your PC and also devices such as tablets and other relevant audio devices.
On the right hand side of the monitor, just behind the screen, we have the OSD (On screen display) controls which allow you to change visual setting such as contrast, brightness and even the placement of image. This is also where the power button is located and unclutters the front of the screen.
On the rear of the monitor, we have the stand which is simply a solid steel swing out frame which allows the monitor to stand up. With this type of stand, it isn’t possible to use the monitor in portrait mode; something I would have thought would have been excellent for a touchscreen monitor to have.
Here we have a closer look at one of the hinges on the stand which in my opinion, is of very good quality even if I do think the execution could have been a lot nicer. The stand itself feels very sturdy and having moved the monitor around a little, it stood solidly so the stand serves the purpose well.
On the back hidden in a recess, we have the HT231’s I/O. This includes the following connections:
1 x USB 2.0 connection
1 x HDMI
1 x DVI
1 x VGA
1 x 3.5mm audio input
1 x headphone input
1 x DC power input
The HT231 has plenty of options available in terms of connectivity and I am really glad to see the inclusion of HDMI. I am still a little bewildered as to why only a VGA cable was included but I can only think that Hanns.G were trying to save costs.