For the money, and assuming it lasts as well as my now 5 year old Hanns.G HC194D monitor, buying this is a complete no-brainer for the average user like me who wants a good size monitor on a budget with a good picture and good specs.
Granted, it's a TN panel with all the inherent limitations, but the picture seems fine out of the box and viewing angles are good for such a panel. Also, the resolution is 1080p so could be good for casual tv/film viewing. It has DVI as well as VGA unlike some ultra-cheap monitors so you get the best possible picture without the blurring that you can get with VGA. You do not need HDMI on a monitor like this and in any case if you need to connect to an HDMI source, you can get an HDMI/DVI cable for the same price as a DVI/DVI or HDMI/HDMI cable and then connect the audio using the supplied audio lead.
Speaking of sound, for a very cheap monitor the inbuilt sound is surprising good, but still I would not recommend it for anything but the most basic uses.
Surprisingly, the monitor includes a VGA cable which seems a bit pointless and just adds to my pile of spare leads that will be worth something once we run out of metal to make wires! It's about time manufacturers reduced waste by leaving out things like leads and just send them out free on request. On the other hand if they had included a DVI lead, I could have made use of that.
One thing this monitor does not waste, though, is your electricity. It uses a maximum of 24 watts, which is excellent for a 24" monitor, but since it is excessively bright at this level, it also functions quite adequately in eco mode using an unbelievable low 11 watts (yes, I did say 11 watts) in moderate light conditions.
The monitor looks and feels quite reasonable for the price. It's actually quite light and this may reflect Hanns.G's commitment to minimise the use of materials.
The stand is a bit flimsy and low, and was a bit awkward to fit together, but works ok once installed and sat on a couple of old books.
The power indicator is very small and quite dark blue in the bottom right hand corner, so does not distract like on some monitors, which for me is a plus.
The only slight negative for me is that the control buttons, which are located under the right hand side of the monitor, are quite stiff and "clicky" to use.
Overall, provided it lasts well, I cannot recommend this highly enough.