Looking at the specs, the Hanns-G HW 173DBB LCD widescreen flat panel has 1440 x 900 resolution, the standard now for 17 inch widescreens, a 160 degree viewing range, 500:1 contrast, 8ms response, a 3 year warranty, analog and digital input, tilt, and an Energy Star rating. Despite the DIV input, it only comes with VGA and power cable. It weighs 7.5 pounds.
The MRP is $ 231 USD, but online sellers have had it for as low as $115, and a price of $125- $130 can be found regularly. As of January 24, 2009, it is $115 USD at Newegg.com and $125 USD at Amazon.com. For the price, it is an excellent choice for homes and businesses needing a dependable monitor, who are not interested in using the monitor for graphic gaming or photo editing. The wide viewing angle is an asset with the widescreen, allowing more than one person to look at spreadsheets or presentations on screen with ease. It also allows home viewers who purchase DIV cables to use the monitor for widescreen movie viewing.
Most users were very happy with the performance of the monitor over time, and those who did have problems appreciated the 3 year warranty. Many users commented on the lack of dead pixels, and in the few reports there were, most users were able to massage them away. For those who didn't, there were reports of Hanns-G. sending out up several replacement monitors until the customer was happy. A couple of users did report frustration with the Hanns-G support, but most were content. Among the quite occasional problems that were mentioned in over 200 user reviews looked through were light bleeding in at the bottom when the picture first shifted to a dark screen. A user commenting on this said that the bleeding disappeared shortly after the screen change, and that this was not the size or price range where he would be looking for a monitor for photo editing, anyhow. A couple of other users mentioned a thin yellow or fuchsia line on screen after a few months, but they were able to get satisfactory results from Hanns-G support. Quite a few users mentioned that they had bought the monitor in quantities- up to 30 units in one case- to supply an office, and months later were still very happy with their decision.
Overall, this widescreen flat panel monitor from a relatively unknown brand compared very favorably with well known brands in this size and format, with both fewer user issues and fewer overall complaints. The wide angle of view and the widescreen are definite assets, along with DIV capability in a monitor in this price range. The resolution is standard for 17 inch widescreen flat screen LCD monitors, and the readability of the text was good, even with two pages side by side on the screen. If you want a 17 inch flat panel widescreen to fit in a small space on your desk, the Hanns-G HW173DBB is recommended for home and business use.