AOC i2352Vh review

15 Mar 2012

A 23in monitor whose IPS panel delivers superb quality at a simply unbelievable price

AOC i2352Vh
Price when reviewed: 
137(£137 inc VAT)
5

By the i2352Vh’s unassuming figure it looks to be just another budget monitor, but appearances can be deceptive. AOC has skimped on the looks to squeeze a high quality IPS panel into the slimmest of budgets.

First impressions are excellent. The slender plastic chassis definitely won’t win any style awards, but AOC has found room for an internal power supply, along with DVI, HDMI and D-SUB inputs, and a headphone socket for listening to audio sent through the HDMI connection.

Set the AOC up on a desk and the modest budget soon becomes apparent. The monitor tilts a little back and forth but that’s your lot – you’ll need to look to the pricier Viewsonic VP2365-LED if a height-adjustable stand is a necessity. And then there’s the AOC’s onscreen display: combined with the fiddly buttons, the sluggish menu makes adjusting basic settings a bit of a faff.

Luckily, though, this is one monitor that needs barely any adjustment. The moment the i2352Vh’s LED backlight beams into action, the images onscreen are bold and crisp and colours are neutral. Viewing angles are far wider than the TN panels normally found on monitors at this price, with colours remaining true even way off-axis.

AOC i2352Vh

In our technical tests, the AOC put in an assured performance. Brightness hit a maximum of 293cd/m2 (well above AOC’s claimed 250cd/m2) and contrast reached an impressive 926:1. And the colours that look so good to the naked eye are backed up by the figures – an average Delta E of 3.3 compares very favourably to pricier rivals. A measured colour temperature of 6,357k is close to the ideal of 6500k, and only the gamma of 1.96 disappoints, leaving images looking a touch washed out in the brighter shades. Still, delve into the OSD and select Gamma Mode 3 to up that reading to a much better 2.1, just a whisker from the ideal of 2.2.

In fact, there are only a couple of minor weaknesses. The AOC’s panel offers rich, vibrant colours, but response time is slow, with the edges of fast-moving objects dogged by a subtle but noticeable blur. And with no overdrive settings in the OSD, there’s no way to get those pixels shifting more quickly. Serious gamers take note.

Then there’s the LED backlight itself. While quite bright enough for any purposes, viewing the AOC in a darkened room reveals brighter patches leaking in from the top-left and bottom-right corners.

At this price, however, we certainly don’t expect perfection, and AOC’s i2352Vh puts in a performance which belies its budget heritage. With very good image quality at the forefront of its talents, not to mention the reassuring presence of a three-year repair or replace warranty, AOC’s i2352Vh deservedly marches straight onto the A-List.

Details

Price ex VAT £114
Price inc VAT £137
Overall rating 5
Image quality 5
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 6

Main specifications

Screen size 23.0in
Aspect ratio 16:9
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Screen brightness 250cd/m2
Pixel response time 5ms
Contrast ratio 1,000:1
Dynamic contrast ratio 20,000,000:1
Pixel pitch 0.265mm
Horizontal viewing angle 178 degrees
Vertical viewing angle 178 degrees
Speaker type stereo
Speaker power ouput 2W
TV tuner no
TV tuner type N/A

Connections

DVI inputs 1
VGA inputs 1
HDMI inputs 1
DisplayPort inputs 0
Scart inputs 0
HDCP support yes
Upstream USB ports 0
USB ports (downstream) 0
3.5mm audio input jacks 0
Headphone output yes
Other audio connectors none

Accessories supplied

Internal power supply yes

Power consumption

Peak power consumption 35W
Idle power consumption 1W

Image adjustments

Brightness control? yes
Contrast control? yes

Ergonomics

Forward tilt angle -3 degrees
Backward tilt angle 19 degrees
Swivel angle 0 degrees
Height adjustment 0mm
Pivot (portrait) mode? no

Dimensions

Dimensions 548 x 190 x 399mm (WDH)
Weight 3.180kg