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Hannspree Boston: We've got wood

We all know the designers at Hannspree are marvellously bonkers. Why else would they release a monitor that looks like it was carved from a tree?

We all know Hannspree is wonderfully bonkers. Why else would it sell displays that look like they fell out of a child's toy box? The latest example of its charming lunacy is the Hannspree Boston monitor -- a 19-inch PC display with a wood-grain bezel.

Unlike recent offerings from LGand SwedX, it's not real wood -- but it's a pretty close approximation. If you're a fan of retro designs, trees, or Crave's eco-happy sister site SmartPlanet, you should absolutely adore it. Here at Crave, we're not really feeling the whole wood theme, but the cylindrical aluminium stand at the rear is pretty cool.

The Boston has a native resolution of 1,440x900 pixels, 300cd/m2 brightness, 700:1 contrast ratio, and 5ms response time. It comes with D-Sub and DVI video inputs, a 150-degree horizontal viewing angle, and a three-year onsite warranty.

We applaud Hannspree's attempts to branch out (bu-dum tish!) and do something a touch different. It makes a change from all the silver and black monitors we see every day, and at least it's a talking point. With that in mind, we're off to write a full review of it. -Rory Reid